2024 Bluegrass Pugfest – Charity Portrait Sessions




Fine art photographic portraits of YOUR pug to make a big impact in the lives of rescue pugs.

June 1st & 2nd 2024 with international award winning pet photographer Courtney Bryson.

Your $75 donation gives you a complimentary portrait session at Pugfest & inclusion in the 2024 “Pugs of Pugfest” book.


Your Pugfest charity portrait session is designed to create stunning artwork for your home while raising money for pugs in need.

With more than 10 years working with pets & their people, Courtney creates a luxury pet photography experience for pug parents and deliver wall art, image boxes, and more to fill their home with artwork featuring the furry faces they love most. 

Imagine finally having gorgeous photographs of your PUG, an experience you’ll both love, & ready to display artwork delivered to your door. 

Let’s capture the way his forehead wrinkles when he’s being serious, or her silly tongue out grin, or maybe the way he looks adoringly at you while you’re holding his favorite treat.



Studio inspired equine photography serving the Athens area horse community with white background or black background equine portraits.

I found you on Instagram and completely fell in love with your work. Your love of animals pours into your images. I absolutely love the photos, the love you have for animals translates to your work. . Thank you so much for capturing my babies so beautifully. You captured them perfectly! 

Jessica – Mom to Paco & Lupe


Dog Portraits

100% of your session fee is donated to Pugfest to help rescue pugs in need.

A DOG might have HIS DAY

but, Pugs have Pugfest:


  • A simple white background studio photo session at Pugfest
  • A $75 donation to Pugfest in your pug’s name
  • A 2 Page Spread in Pugs of Pugfest Book
  • Selection of your images
  • Professionally designed and customizable artwork options
  • Access to a special Pugfest only Product Guide
  • Collections starting at $795
  • An incredible experience with your pug



Register for your Pugfest session with a $75 per pug donation and select your time.

You’ll also complete a short questionnaire to help tell your pug’s story in the 2023 Pugs of Pugfest book!



Simply arrive at the CM Bryson Photography booth at Pugfest at your scheduled time with your puggie ready to go and I’ll take it from there. This will be your pug’s favorite part: treats, toys, and funny noises. 


This will be your favorite part!

Immediately after your session you’ll sit down with my assitant to review your images and select your favorites. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through this process and together we can plan how you’ll display the images you love. 


After making your selections for wall art and image boxes that hold all your favorites your finished – ready to display – artwork will arrive to your door 8-10 weeks after your Pugfest.


Can I see examples of the artwork available?

Absolutely! Not only can you see examples of the artwork on this page – you’ll also be able to see, touch, and hold samples of artwork at Pugfest!

How much should I plan to spend?

With such a unique look and rare opportunity, most people want to invest in a statement art piece of their pug for their home as well as other art options.

Wall art begins at $495. We also offer specialty portrait collections only available at Pugfest that include prints and matching high-resolution digital images starting at just $795. Many of our clients spend $2000 or more on art from their session.

What if my dog can't be off leash?

Want to know a secret? 98% of the dogs you see on my website were wearing a leash! With the magic of photoshop, your pug can remain safely on leash the entire time and leashes will be magically removed from all your final selections. 

My dog is too nervous/excited/untrained to get good images.

For more than 10 years I have worked with rescue dogs and photographed 1,000’s of adoptable dogs & cats. Most of them have ZERO professional training and are going through the scariest experience of their lives.

Professional camera gear and flashes can stop motion, unlike your cell phone, so even fast moving dogs can have gorgeous portraits.

And if you’re unsatisfied with your images, I’ll refund your donation. 

What if my dog has a disability?

I have photographed blind dogs, deaf dogs, paralyzed dogs, and dogs with neurological disorders.

We work at their pace to keep them comfortable, safe, and happy to deliver images that capture them at their perfectly imperfect best.

Athens dog photographer Courtney Bryson is an exert in working with dogs.

Hey Pug People!

I’m Courtney – dog mom (including Watson & Clementine the pugs!), professional pet photographer, animal rescuer, & official crazy dog lady of the family. You’ll recognize me when we meet because even though I promise I’m wearing clean clothes – there’s going to be pug hair on them.

I’m not the dog photographer for people who love their dogs like family. I’m the dog photographer for people whose dogs ARE family.

I can’t wait to meet you!


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.



"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