How to Choose the Best Pet Photographer in Atlanta for You & Your Pets

Written by Courtney Bryson

Picking A Pet Photographer

Choosing the right photographer is not an easy or straightforward task no matter what you are capturing. I was lucky enough to be recently named among the Top Ten Atlanta Pet Photographers by PeerSpace, but I am certainly not the Atlanta area’s only pet photographer. Atlanta has many great pet photographers that call Georgia home. I’m even lucky enough to call many of them friends. 

While yes, I am a pet photographer, I am NOT the right pet photographer for everyone. I suggest you weight the criteria below, speak to several photographers, and then make the best decision for you. 

5 Criteria For Choosing A Pet Photographer


  1. Experience
  2. Style
  3. Process
  4. Final Product
  5. Budget

Let’s break these down.


While I made my list in no particular order, for me, experience is actaully the first priority in my opinion. Pet photography is a specialty genre for a reason. 

Of course you’d hire a wedding photograher to photograph your wedding. That’s a once in a lifetime event and you can’t just reshoot it. A newborn photographer is working with an infant, so choose an expert. A pet photographer is working with your fur kid, and having someone that understands working with animals, posing animals, & posing you with your dog is very important.

How long as the photographer been working with dogs, cats, horses, etc? Do they do any continuing education in photography? What about animal training or behavior classes as ongoing education? Do they belong to any professional organizations?


Do you like studio images or on location or maybe lifestyle documentary images taken in your home or a combination of them all? Does the pet photographer you’re considering showcase that style?

If you like studio style images, do you like classic portraits or bright colorful backgrounds? Lots of props? No props?

Do you prefer urban locations or park like settings for on location images? Or is what you’re looking for really a session in your home capturing the ones you love in the place you love them most?

And once you’ve thought about all that, don’t forget things like editing styles. Some pet photographers photograph dark & moody, or light & airy, or true color. Be sure to check out their portfolio, blog, and social media for examples of recent pet photography work.


Your pet photographer should explain the process of working with them. Some will send you questionnaires or have a consultation before the session to talk about what you want while other pet photographers will just meet you at the time & location selected. 

Some pet photographer’s will design a reveal for you to show you your images in person and help you select the images and artwork for your finished product while others will load your images onto an online gallery. 

Neither is right or wrong, but they are things you should be aware of before choosing a pet photographer. 


While we’re talking about the finished product, that’s another criteria to continue. This is a completely personal choice. 

As a pet photographer, I specialize in creating artwork from the images we create together. I design wall art and galleries and albums and image boxes for my clients in addition to offering digital files. Presenting my clients with a tangible beautiful product is a big part of WHY I’m a pet photographer. 

But, maybe you want your images delivered on a disc or gallery online without any physical art, and there are pet photographers that offer that too.


Let’s be honest, pet photography is a luxury and choosing the right pet photographer is a first world problem. With that said, as long as the pet photographer is running a legal business and properly insured, there is a pet photographer for most every budget.

Don’t take risks with someone operating under the table… your pet’s safety is too important.

Just remember, the price a pet photographer charges usually lines up with the value & experience they deliver. You get what you pay for is often a very true cliche’. 

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.



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