Pet Photography has its occupational hazards.  I fall in love with the pets.  In studio I shoot pets along the same principle as people.  The big difference is that the light stands are lower and the props are pet toys instead of, say,  a desk or a book.

In 2019 I entered a portrait of a cat into the International Photographic Competition of Professional Photographers of America, which accepted the portrait into their annual collection.  The picture shows our  Lala Silverpaws on the posing stool.   We have a metal print of the image on our walls. 

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On the Lookout, PPA General Collection 2019.

The next year I entered into the International Photographic Competition a picture of our young male cat Maxwell, a real character, which also entered PPA’s General Collection.

National Awards

Staredown, PPA General Collection


The pets should come to the consultation so we can get acquainted and the pets become accustomed to the studio.

A week or two later we have the shoot. During first 15 minutes of the shoot, pets walk and play in the studio to feel comfortable.  The owner and I work as a team.  Then the shoot begins.  If the pet is inattentive, the owner will offer a treat and dangle toys and sometimes I join in.


I am careful not to tire out older pets with many poses.   

The studio has a pet large posing-table , 1.5′ above the floor, designed to be high enough to deter jumping down, but not so high as to cause harm were the pet to jump.    


Patience is a requirement for pet photography. 

The hardest task is getting pets together and relating to each other.  Lily and Eva we were happy to see together on the posing table.  Their “parents” the Carusos bought this and two other images as metal prints with a silk finish that does not permit reflections.  The prints were gorgeous. 

Binghamton Pet Photography

Lily the Ragdoll and Eva the Maine Coon


 The same principles of lighting and even posing that photographers use for humans work for pets. I spend a lot of time editing the images, just as I do for subjects who are people.


Sometimes pets do not pose just where we want them to.  No surprise about that!  I am a good editor.  After Bud at The Cat Doctor was not in the best place in respect to the background, I replaced the background in Photoshop.  Bud’s picture is not missing a hair. 

Professional photo of orange cat

Bud of The Cat Doctor


We own two cats,

Henrietta Basmann

Binghamton Pets

Maxwell Basmann

but they stay safely behind the locked door of the studio.  I really enjoy working with animals.


The prints of pets look great on canvas with a satin finish, on  aluminum, acrylic, or wood, all done by national fine-art printers. 

Nancy Basmann Photography

4816 Country Club Rd
with handicap ramp,
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: (607) 731-1626

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