About the Photographer

Hi! I’m Courtney and I am a pet photographer based outside of Atlanta, GA.
In my teens and early 20’s I worked for a marketing company that produced an annual magazine which taught me to craft beautiful images and introduced me to many artists behind the camera. This experience taught me how to create the images I saw in my head and gave me the technical knowledge to create with light.
I began my own journey behind the lens when working in animal rescue more than 10 years ago (originally as a foster then going on to found my own rescue as well as working with my local Humane Society)! Creating incredible images of pets to get them into the homes they deserved became my mission. I remain passionate about animal rescue and a portion of every session is donated to animals in need.
More than just the reward getting pets adopted through online pictures, I fell in love with the craft of creating art people want to display in their homes. I love opening boxes from the printers and helping my clients fill their homes with beautiful artwork of their dogs. 
I want you to have personal art in your home. Art that makes you smile every single day and touches your heart when you see it. I’d love to help you create the images you see in your head and bring them to life on your walls.

About the Dogs That Started It All

I took that photo of Willa with her tongue out back in 2014. That’s the first time I remember falling in love with an image of my own and truly seeing the personality of the dog represented in single portrait. I had no idea we would lose Willa suddenly just a year later. I can’t express how grateful I am for all the images we have of her. She was the beginning of so much in my life, the first Boston Terrier which in turn led to the Rescue Ranch (the Boston Terrier Rescue I co-founded with my wife), the start of so many friendships, and falling in love with my now wife (who Willa first belonged to) all started with that tiny 13 lb Boston Terrier. I have her photos all over my house. 

Next is Lira who was born in my home after her mother was surrendered pregnant. 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 and we have a bond unlike any other I’ve ever experienced with a dog. She is truly like my child and I cherish every experience and every memory I get to make with her and treasure every image because I know they will be what I keep forever.


Here are a few of the certifications and professional organizations where I am a member. I strive to continuing my photography education through classes, print competitions, and professional organizations. 

In the Press

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.