Animal Images—Credentials

Debrah H. Muska, award-winning pet, wildlife and wilderness photographer

Over the rolling hills of Newark Valley lies one of the best kept secrets of the Southern Tier Region of New York State. Nestled in the countryside is a studio called ANIMAL IMAGES. Debrah H. Muska, master photographer and craftswoman, has specialized in animal photography since 1985 and has received local and national recognition for her images.

Deb grew up in a rural setting surrounded by numerous animals. As an only child, she was their caretaker and they were her companions. Animals gave her a very early appreciation of their value in the circle of life.

For several years, Deb worked as a free-lance photographer concentrating on wilderness scenes and wildlife. This new frontier of photography was ideal for the harmonizing of two passions: her respect and love for animals and enthusiasm for photography.

ANIMAL IMAGES studio officially opened its doors in 1985. The studio and outdoor setting is designed to be pet-friendly. You will be greeted by the “Critter Crossing” sign on the rail fence along the driveway. A fire hydrant is conveniently located for your dog's use after a long ride. The inside of the studio is open and animal-friendly so dogs and especially cats will have difficulty finding a nook or cranny to hide in.

Debrah brings her animal instinct to each portrait session to expose your pet's unique personality and traits. She is very knowledgeable on the physical and personality traits of numerous breeds. Her backgrounds and props are designed to accent the natural beauty of every animal.

A pet's portrait is often created “once in a lifetime for a lifetime of memories.”

Debrah's credentials are vast:

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College as well as the Master Photographers Degree and Craftsman (Craftswoman) Degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

She is a member of Two Rivers Photography Club, Binghamton, NY, life member & past president of the Southern Tier Professional Photographers (STPP), life member and past president of the Professional Photographers Society of New York State (PPSNYS) and a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member and dual degree recipient.  She is a past board member of the Tioga County Council on the Arts and the Owego Camera Club.

Her achievements include: 

  • Master Photography & Craftsman Degree (M.Photog.Cr.)
  • Kodak Gallery Awards
  • Fuji Masterpiece Award
  • Loan Collection  Images
  • Images were part of the PPA traveling Loan Collection
  • PPSNYS Courts of Honor awards
  • PPSNYS Masters Courts of Honor
  • Merrimack Merit Award Winner
  • Images displayed at Epcot Center
  • Several Gold Corner Exhibition awards from the PPA & PPSNYS
  • Respect and Love from her animals past and present


Deb also is a photography judge and enjoys passing her knowledge on to aspiring photographers.  She is known for using the term “photographic  hors d’oeuvres” when judging.

She is an author of a book and several articles on photography.

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