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 (NOTE: previous years of blog entries have been archived.)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

Lucy and her fabulous ears ~ {Kitchener, Ontario pet photographer}

let me introduce you to Lucy … and her incredible ears.  Lucy is a Jack Russell-Beagle cross adopted through Petfinder.  according to Lucy’s session booking form, guardians Stephen and Nicole went to Lucy’s foster home to meet her, “watched her be crazy for about a half an hour, and brought her home.”   … now that’s commitment.

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Lucy is a true representation of both of her breeds … she is such a little hunter, always alert, and hearing things with this big ears of hers.

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of course, that crazy hunting drive meant that Lucy couldn’t be off leash, so for those dog guardians thinking about a session but worried about the fact that their 4-legger had to remain on leash the entire time, Lucy’s is a prime example of a session with such a dog.  in the case of these photos, obviously, the leash has been removed.
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thank you, Stephen and Nicole, for choosing scruffy dog for your sweet little girl.  and thank you, Lucy, for sharing your fabulous ears with me!
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Lauren A Miller - Lucy is so cute!

Michelle - Lucy is adorable. Beautiful shots as always Illona. I think I saw the Scruffy Dog Fairy sprinkling that magical dust again as it danced in the light shining through the trees.

Yolanda Wester - Love them!! Two of my favourite breeds together … and those sideway glances LOL … I get them all the time from my two jacks!!

Jen Metzger - What a cutie!

Darlene Girard - I can’t pick a favorite pic.. they’re all lovely.. and Lucy is a doll.. I love floppy ears on a dog.

Max ~ dog photography session ~ {Waterloo professional pet photographer}

this little dumpling is Max — a.k.a. Maxipoo … a.k.a. Bone Head — a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix who had a Fine Focus session with me so that his mom could have some artwork of him on her walls.

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i worked with Max and his mom in a few different settings, and always Max was a willing model, even though he could never be off the leash. if you are ever considering a scruffy session, but are worried about your 4-legger being unable to be off-leash, think twice as you look through just this small selection of images from Max’s session.  as explained on the FAQ’s page here on the scruffy dog site, safety is always of the utmost importance at every session, so in a lot of cases leashes and/or long lines are used, and then removed in post … as you see in Max’s images (or don’t see, as the case may be!).

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thanks for being such a willing little model, Max.  and thank you for entrusting me to capture you boy’s images, Elizabeth.  it was a pleasure!

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Lauren A Miller - Wow! What a cutie! Great job!

Michelle Bradshaw - Beautiful as usual Illona!!!!

Jade ~ {Toronto, Ontario pet exclusive photographer}

i consider myself extremely fortunate to have met this sweet Staffy-mix girl for her Holiday Tribute photo session last summer, and to have had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with her and her equally amazing guardian, Laura.   i was pleased when Laura upgraded her Tribute session to a Big Picture so that i could spend even more time with her gorgeous girl, photographing her in an even greater variety of venues.

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this girl is not big on showing off her splendid ears … so it took some mighty inventive sounds to get those pointy flappers at attention.

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but ears up or ears down … what a face.

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and how about this smile?

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Jade was 14 years old at the time of her session, and Laura has had her for 12 years of those 14.  according to Laura, Jade was brought into the clinic where Laura worked, and was slated for euthanasia after being surrendered to the Humane Society for being too ill for her former family to care for.   fortune intervened, and these two souls were united … and today, Laura can’t even begin to imagine a life without her girl … a sentiment i completely understand as i feel the same way about my aging girl Matea.

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for 14-yrs-old, Jade certainly had some giddyup, and shared a few moves with us during her session.

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thank you, Laura, for sharing your beautiful girl with me and for entrusting me to capture her images.  it was pure pleasure, and it was a joy to put together her album and prints for you.  and i must agree: that wiggly bum is pretty darn cute.

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Gabriela Palma - Beautiful!

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