DOG PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE
12 CREATIVE BRIEFS DESIGNED TO CAPTURE
GORGEOUS PHOTOS OF YOUR DOG
What are the EMERGE Challenges?
- SPACED OUT
- HIGHS & LOWS
- UNDER COVER
- ALL IN THE DETAILS
- SLOW MOTION
- MIRROR IMAGE
- DOUBLE TROUBLE
Is your dog up for the challenge?
See specific requirements below.
12 challenges to create gorgeous photographs of dogs.
In 2022 I set out on a Herculean task – participating in Unleashed’s Embark dog photography challenge.
As one of hundreds of incredibly talented pet photographers across the globe, we were presented with 12 challenges – each a different theme of image to create, enter, and compete. While the primary goal was competition with myself – pushing myself creatively and improving the craft of pet photography – we also competed with each other. In each challenge you could receive a Top 20 or a Top 10 placement – as well as feedback on your work and suggestions for improvement.
In the end I finished with a “Highly Commended Portfolio” highlighting work of a professional standard for my final 12 submissions, 4 Top 10 images, 1 Top 20 image. Now as we enter 2023, I’m going to do it again!
The next round of Unleashed Challenges are called Emerge and there are 12 brand new challenges and I’m looking for the right dogs to participate.
Does your dog have what it takes?
VALUED AT $1,750 – Your EMERGE Session Includes:
- EMERGE Pet Photography Session
- Image Reveal – View the best of your images & select your favorites. (No additional purchase required.)
- Five (5) high resolution digital files of your choice
- $500.00 Product credit towards any portrait purchase
EMERGE SESSION $795
Payment plans & scholarship opportunities also available.
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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.
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