North Georgia pet photography

The pet photographer

For the most loved pets


You know that there is no such thing as “just a dog”

And you know that the time you have will never be enough.

You want to remember what he looked like, what his fur felt like under your hands, and how much he loved that slobbery, disgusting tennis ball that you threw a million times. And you need to keep those memories safely in your heart to revisit over and over again.

When memories are all you have, you know that they won’t be enough.

You’re in the right place.

Professional photography albums custom designed featuring your dog are the most popular art choice for pet parents.
Athens pets photographer Courtney Bryson is an exert in working with dogs.

I’m Courtney, a professional pet photographer, and I work with dogs, cats, & horses from Atlanta to Athens, Georgia and beyond.

I create photographic artwork for pet parents of Georgia’s most loved pets.

Most days you’ll find me on our small farm in Rutledge, GA taking care of rescued pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats, & a horse & caring for the special needs foster dogs we take in as part of the non profit Boston Terrier Rescue I founded with my wife in 2014.

When I’m not at home editing photos and caring for animals, my favorite place to be is rolling in the grass somewhere photographing dogs! I can’t tell you how many times I have rolled in something I’d rather not step in (much less wallow in).

The best part of my job (besides being able to meet all the pets) is seeing my client’s face when they see their images for the first time. There is something really magical about seeing the images on screen and then seeing those pixels become real artwork for your home.

Because, while digital files are great for Instagram & the wallpaper on your phone, nothing quite makes you smile like walking past your favorite furry face on the wall.

And nothing makes memories more real than holding an album in your hands and turning the pages on all your gorgeous images.

While my canine clients might say all the treats at the session are their favorite part of the experience, my fellow dogs people know that having someone walk you through all the choices and delivering finished, ready to display artwork is why they choose to work with me.

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.



Atlanta pet photographer receives a merit image at the 2020 IPC photography competition by the Professional Photographer's Association.
Athens area dog photographer is featured on Hair of Dog - A Pet Photographer's podcast about building a pet photography business in a small town.

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.


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