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    What you will find here is the past several years of blog entries -- selected client shoots, sneak peeks, facebook recaps, news and announcements, promos and specials, as well as info on canine health and general dog chat. (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)

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more wintry goodness! ~ {Waterloo, Ontario pet exclusive photographer}

well, there’s no denying that here in Waterloo and across Ontario, it is — indeed — winter.  so as i plan to head out to take advantage of yet another new blanket of snow to shoot a client session today, i thought i’d present you with another wintry blog entry.  this is, of course, a courageous attempt at some serious catchup with blogging from our 2013 sessions.

a lot of people don’t consider winter to be a viable shooting season … yes, it’s colder and we have to bundle up and be aware of the dogs’ comfort … yes, the weather is a little more unpredictable and we have to be flexible with the schedule … but the results are wonderful!  of course, having said that, i will also say that in the winter months i am most typically shooting Starter Sessions and the winter segment of the Seasons Session, so that no one is spending 2-3 hours in the cold!

unlike the spring and fall seasons which book up well in advance, winter tends to have a little more availability.  so if you are considering a session for your scruffy, winter might be a good time for you!  we still have room for a couple of spots!

without further ado, let me present to you Chaos, Axel and Maggie …

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Maggie here was almost 10 at the time of her session.  how sweet is this face?
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and she certainly had lots to say.
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sweet Maggie couldn’t be trusted off-leash, so we used one of the scruffy dog long lines.  of course, this line would typically be edited out for ordered prints and products, but for the sake of showing you what goes on during a scruffy session, i’ve left the line in some cases here.
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and this handsome boy is Axel … the youngest in this pack at 2 yrs.
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i had lots of fun with this boy.
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Axel, as well, could not be entirely trusted off leash so, to be safe, i had him kept on a line as well … as you see here.
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and finally we have Chaos … a.k.a. ball hog, stick hog, rock hound.
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but his true love is his soccer ball …
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thanks, Teresa, for sharing your border pack with me, and for a fun afternoon of shooting!


Linda Leighton - What a beautiful series with my favorite breed! You really caught the spriit of these beautiful dogs!

Holly Garner-Jackson - Haha! Great series!

Brittany May Garrett - Axel is gorgeous against that snow!

Teresa Nicoll - This truly just brightened up this gloomy day. I was excited to see the picture of all 3 of them but to have a whole blog! Thank you Ilon

Michelle Bradshaw - OMD>>>i am in love with all three of these beauties!!! Awesome shots illona!!!

put a little scruffy in your winter ~ {Waterloo pet photographer}

as a cold snap grips scruffyville, i figured it was a good time to blog some winter shots.  and as promised, it is my mission to try to blog at least a decent portion of the sessions shot last year.  during the actual heavier shooting seasons of spring, summer and fall there is seldom time to do any serious blogging, so this is my narrow window of opportunity!

so let me introduce to you Chewy and Huxley …

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exactly how handsome are these two boys?  Huxley — Mr. Dark and Handsome — had actually been entered in a previous scruffy dog facebook contest and i’d remembered seeing his photo … but what i had remembered was a schnauzery-looking, little scruffnut … and what bounded out of Kathy’s car was this long-legged, scruffy man!  i was stoked … what a handsome man!

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of course, Chewy is no slouch in the Looks Department.

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and while Huxley was all go-go-go …

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… Chewy was Mr. Poser.

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so while Huxley showed off his running skills …
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…and his super mad pouncing skillz!
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brother Chewy showed off his superior posing talents.
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of course, no session is without a scruffy dog ball or two … and Chewy was only too happy to oblige with some retrieving …
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and some crazy leaping skills himself.
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i’m not entirely certain what Huxley thought he was hunting in the snow, but his skills were definitely honed.
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thank you for introducing me to your fabulous boys, Kathy.  it was a pleasure to capture their images!

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Holly Garner-Jackson - Haha! super work!

Joni A Solis - Leaping lizards — I mean dogs — what fun!

Brittany May Garrett - Great stuff! Love the action shots against that pristine white background. Lovely.

Debi Livingston - awesome!

Michelle Bradshaw - Gorgeous shots illona!!!!

lucy mcshortypants ~ {Waterloo, Ontario pet photography}

for those of you who follow scruffy dog on facebook, you’ll already have met Lucy … now, with the heavy fall shooting over, with the rush of Christmas orders completed and picked up, and with the holidays behind us, it’s finally time to catch up on some blogging!  and i couldn’t think of a better entry than Lucy’s.  if this girl and her ears don’t make you smile, i’m not sure what will!

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we started Lucy’s session in her home where she showed me her favorite spots …

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…and her favorite toy, which is basically any plastic bottle.

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but Lucy was ready to go!  …ready for adventure!
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so we headed on out to see what adventure we could rouse up.

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Lucy enjoyed the big woods …

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although she was not to keen on the sappy pine needles stuck between her toes!

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and with 2 1/2″ legs, the long grasses almost swallowed sweet Lucy whole!

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mom and dad told me that Lucy doesn’t care for walks much past the mailbox … but this mighty girl proved them to be both liars!  she ran…

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…and ran!
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and she was a trooper when it came to exploring  new places.

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and she even proved to be a savvy balancer.

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thanks for introducing me to your wonderful girl, guys … it was a honour to capture her images and an absolute pleasure to meet and work with you!

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Jess Kamp - I love your angle, I am a proud dachshund owner so “on my belly – in the dirt” is my go to move :)

Holly Garner-Jackson - Those ears and those sturdy little feet are awesome! Well done!

Norma Rowley - Awesome ! You really captured her beauty and personality.

Robin Schmidt - Lucy Mccutiepants! Every shot heartbreakingly sweet.

Fran Klaas - This may be my very favorite work of yours!

Herman & Daphne Greening - We’re proud grandparents of this beautiful little dog. Lucy really outdid herself. Beautiful work!

Michelle Bradshaw - OMD she’s cute!!! Beautiful shots as always Illona!!!!!!

Donna Rigg - Her family must adore the images you have captured of their beautiful wee girl. I would hate to have to choose just 1 image, they are just so perfect :)

Di Fisk - Such an awesome series. How will they ever choose?

Helen - What a pretty girl and beautiful photos to capture her character.

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