I can’t wait to meet your dog & you

I’m courtney

I tell the stories of the dogs that changed everything
and the women who rescued them through pet photography. 

Loving a Dog Can Change EVERYTHING 

I believe dogs reflect the joy, passion, & beauty that make life worth living and that giving them the life they deserve, full of happy and enriching experiences, not only gives them a better a life, it makes us better people, and I’ll bet you feel the same way.

Like you, I understand being crazy about animals. I am mom to 7 dogs, a cat, 4 pigs (including Hermione, the House Pig!), 2 donkeys, and a horse (Ginger turned 30 this year)!  I photograph dogs, cats, horses, & more from Atlanta to Athens and all the places nearby and between.



I grew up just outside of Atlanta, GA and moved to Rutledge in 2012. Rutledge is situated right between Atlanta and Athens, just off I-20, so I photograph dogs, cats, horses, & more from Atlanta to Athens and all the places nearby and between.

Nanny inspired my need to see photographs printed where they can be enjoyed. She cataloged the family memories in albums and boxes of prints and photos on the walls and tables and on her desk at work.


I Work With You To create artwork you’ll love

I specialize in creating wall art and albums to keep memories alive forever. Through pet photography & custom artwork you’ll cherish now and in 40 years, we’ll create a lasting legacy that honors the love you share.

I create custom wall art, albums, image boxes, & more from the photographs we take at our session to decorate your home in a way that is completely personal. Making your story and memories tangible is what I do. I know what it’s like to to have only memories to hold on to.


Why Pet Photography?

Animals have shaped my entire life. I got my horse Ginger when I was 4 years old. I moved from the suburbs to a farm to have more room to rescue dogs. I have fostered more than a 100 dogs! I founded a Boston Terrier rescue, and I was the Director of the Humane Society of Morgan County. I have photographed more than 1,500 adoptable dogs and cats to help them find forever homes over the last 10 years. Working with animals is what I am passionate about, so it pet photography was the only thing that made sense.

When I’m not photographing your loved dogs, cats, and horses, I’m helping homeless animals find forever homes, finding an interesting class to take with my dogs, reading a book, or traveling the world.

About The Dogs That Started It All

Photographing Willa was first time I saw the personality of a dog represented in single portrait. I had no idea we would lose Willa suddenly just a year later at only 8 years old.

Every time I see her photo above my couch, I smile because I remember not just what she looked like, but who she was. She was the beginning of so much in my life, the first Boston Terrier which in turn led to the Rescue Ranch, the start of so many friendships, and falling in love with my wife, all started with that spitfire 13 pound Boston Terrier.

Lira was born in my home after her mother was surrendered pregnant to the rescue. Lira is my very own miracle after being given a less than 10% chance of survival at birth due to a major diaphragmatic hernia. She survived 2 impossible surgeries during her first year of life.

We have a bond unlike any other I’ve ever experienced with a dog. I understand what people say when they say “heart dog”. She is my child and I cherish every experience and every memory I get to make with her. I know the images I have created will be what I keep forever.

7 Random Facts About Me
  1. I have fostered over 100 dogs & photographed 1000’s of adoptable pets.
  2. I was the Director of the Humane Society of Morgan County.
  3. I use to sell wedding dresses at an exclusive salon.
  4. When I’m not photographing client’s pets I love to travel.
  5. I love stationary, pens, and beautiful notebooks.
  6. I read all the instruction manuals.
  7. My house is more than 170 years old!

Happy Clients

"Such a wonderful experience! A true professional with has an exceptional knack for animals! Totally recommend!"

Trish & Hazel

"I am thrilled with the outcome! This will get a very special place in my home."

Krista & Scarlett

"I had such a great experience with Courtney! She ensured not only that the pups were prepared but that I was also. I had a detailed checklist of what to do to prepare before the shoot. From how far in advance to get the groomed/bathed to Coloring/cutting my hair in advance (if needed), what color and texture of clothing to wear for the best results, recommended collars for the pups. I think she had everything covered. Courtney was very patient with all of us :). If you are looking for photos with your furry family, I would absolutely recommend her!"

Liz, Kaos, & Kali

"We were lucky enough to attend the Love Barks event at Pet Pleasers Bakery in Gainesville, and Courtney captured some amazing photos of my dogs. It can be challenging to get them to sit still, but Courtney is a pro! Everything was set up perfectly to maximize our time there, and she is so fast with that camera. She was even able to Photoshop my hand + the leash out of several of the photos. It was a great experience, and we look forward to doing another session with Courtney soon!"

Kristen, Teddy, & Chloe

awards & accreditation

Top 10 Atlanta Pet Photographer

Courtney of CM Bryson is a pet portrait and lifestyle photographer who takes interesting narrative photographs of all sorts of pets –– cats, dogs, donkeys, you name it. She has an amazing ability to capture the fun-loving side of your pets, as well as their deep attachment to you, all while also being able to stage hilarious photoshoots that bring out the inner comedian in your little guys. Whether you’re looking for a serious, high-concept portrait or a hilarious photo of your pet sure to make you giggle for years to come, Courtney might just be the pet photographer for you.



“PPA’s mission is to create a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence.”

Our vetted and approved Certified Printmakers have gone through extensive training to create a process that serves both their clients and their businesses.

“HeARTs Speak is a nationally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals.

Bronze images have a high professional standard of technique and communication

why do awards matter?

I have always been a passionate learner, a reader of all things, and someone driven to improve. Seeking out the critique of other professional pet photographers by entering images into professional competitions pushes me to be a more creative artist and truly master my craft. Learning more about the technical side of photography through classes and courses inspires me to create more technically sound images

What all this means for you as the pet parent, is that during your pet photography session I will be creating professional quality images – Images of your furry loved ones that you’ll be proud to hang on the wall. It means that I’ll be able to focus on you and your pet because I have already mastered my camera and settings and the rules of composition and framing.


Have More Questions?

Get in touch. I’d love to talk with you.