• ... home of Ontario's premier pet photographer. This is where the photos of scruffy dog photography meet the heart and soul behind all of those fun and wacky photo shoots and the long hours in the digital darkroom ... a behind-the scenes peek into the zany life of a pet-exclusive photographer and her two ... now THREE trusty sidekicks. For more details on illona and the mcscruffies and the newest mcruffles cat, check out the "about" section.

    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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)

    So, grab a cup of jo, give your scruffnut a beef tendon to gnaw on, and enjoy the photos and ramblin's.

Bruin & Dawson ~ {Kitchener pet photographer}

meet 12-week-old Bruin …

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… and his life-mentor, 7-year-old Dawson.

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we hit more urban areas with these two, staying in the city, and even shooting at City Hall.

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…and then down to Victoria Park to check out the ducks.

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thanks for being great little models, Dawson and Bruin … from head to tail!

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Carol Watson Lyons - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

michelle bradshaw - Love these two…and the City Hall shots….super cute!

Capone & Echo ~ {Windsor pet photographer}

meet Capone and his sister Echo who traveled from Essex for their scruffy Big Picture session.

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Capone was not only one of the best models i’ve ever had the honour of working with, but he also possessed a pretty amazing head tilt.

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Capone’s younger, wilder sister Echo is definitely a work in progress, but is still such a great model that both of these boxers are at the top of the heap in the scruffy dog model database soon to be formally launched! 

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i loved the variety of expressions i was able to draw out of Capone …

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with the biggest scruffy dog collection in mind — a couch-sized canvas, numerous framed prints, tons of loose prints, and a big, gorgeous album in mind — we aimed for wide variety in Capone and Echo’s session, including the tunnel of trees.

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did i mention Capone’s expressions?

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these two boxers have amazing guardians who do a ton of varied work with them.  Capone does obedience work, man tracking, climbing, personal protection, and has worked around gunfire, smoke and water.  he can climb ladders, stand on branches, and even travel on his mom’s shoulders.  and while his little sister is venturing into the same training, she’s a step behind her super-experienced brother.
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thank you so much, Cindy, for trusting me to capture lasting memories of your two amazing boxers!  i look forward to the possibility of meeting them again in the future for some professional modeling!

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Charlotte Reeves - Nice work Illona! Kristina Kostic you will love these…

Tammy Neuert - Omg I love these! Beautifully done! I still can’t get overt how much Tonka looks like Capone! So hard top pick a favorite.

Krista Sweet - Wow those are AMAZING!!!!!

Cindy Barnett-Schulz - We had fun during the photo session. Thank you so much Illona for capturing such fantastic images of my boxers. I know we will meet again…and Echo will be less wild 😉

Diane Edwards - Beautiful dogs, they are truly amazing , Apollo get his good looks from his dad… I have many of the same poses of Apollo,Its like the pose for us purposely, they have such great features,

Ruth - What a great session. So much variety. The running shots cracked me up!

Kelly Hall - These pics are gorgeous! The photographer (and the “models”) did an amazing job!

baby doodle mayhem ~ {Toronto pet photographer}

for those of you who follow scruffy dog on facebook, you might already be familiar with this razor-toothed little monster…

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this is Amadeus … he’s a 4 1/2 month old goldendoodle …

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… and i think you’ll agree they don’t come much cuter than Amadeus.

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… even with leaves on his chin.

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… even hiding in the grass.
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… and even failing at catching falling leaves.

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photographing such young dogs is always a bit of a crap shoot.  sure, i’ve developed my tricks over the years, but you still have to work with whatever energy they bring to the session, and take whatever they’ll give you.  puppies always require more skill and work than a mature dog with some training and experience.    this little scruffnut was no different, but what a joy to work with such a lovely spirit.

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thanks for sharing your amazing boy with me, Liz.  i’m so looking forward to our next session in August, and can’t wait to see how much Amadeus has grown!

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Sarah McGraw - Simply gorgeous! Wow! I’m always amazed at the detail, sharpness, and color in your images. Love!!!!

Andrew Katina Peduzzi - He is cute

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