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 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 sometimes I join in with some cheese–and use clickers and squeakers. 


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.  One of my clients, Cody, came with his two mates Gracie Mae and Kuma.  While they posed nicely, Cody remained inattentive.  After the shoot I studied the shots of Cody.  Nope, we need to redo Cody’s shoot.  About two weeks later, Cody’s owner and I took

Professional photo of golden retriever with a bone

Cody Pacenza, 7 year-old Golden Retriever with his bone, printed on canvas, with a satin finish.

Cody, who this time came without his mates, for a walk down the T-junction in front of the studio. Before the shoot Cody played with toys in the studio.  Not wanting to stress out Cody, we stopped the shoot as soon as we got a good pose. Not only was shoot this time a success but Cody went home with the bone with which he posed still in his mouth.


 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, 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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