We’ve all seen the meme of the teeny tiny list of “People I Trust to Watch My Dogs” and when you’re trusting someone to not only interact with your dog in new situations and asking them to capture your dogs personality, the list is even shorter!
I don’t just photograph dogs, I know them. Over the last ten years I’ve photographed thousands of shelter animals and hundreds of client’s dogs. I have spent years honing the craft of photography, but even more important I dedicate dozens of hours every month to ongoing learning about dog behavior. I have worked with dog trainers, attended seminars, and only practice positive reward based training with my own dogs, and in every one of my sessions.
But, don’t take my word for it, read what my clients have said about the experience they shared with their beloved dogs & cats.
My fiancé and I met over 8 years ago and bonded because we each had a rescue pup that was our entire world. Neville (shepherd/hound mix) is my partner in crime and Barkington (boxer mix) is Seth’s.
Our boys became thick as thieves and are regularly referred to as the “most bonded pair” at their doggy day care. Barkington is full of sass and bosses all of us around – despite being the smaller of the two. Neville is sweet as can be and wants nothing more than to sit in your lap (even though he’s 80+ pounds).
We love taking our boys on lots of long walks, hikes, and to parks all over Atlanta. Our boys mean the absolute world to us and we’re so thankful to have beautiful photos that capture them so well!
My boys were getting older and had a few health scares. I had talked about doing photos for a few years, but this seemed like the right time. I was most worried about my boys behaving and being able to sit still.
I know you promised 1000 times that they were behaved and that we for sure got some good shots – I was still worried after my boys were so chaotic during the shoot. Once I saw the photos though, I was absolutely floored – they were perfect.
I love the album – it’s such a beautiful keepsake of my boys that I proudly show to anyone who walks through our front door.
-Nicole from Atlanta, GA
“Shark has been my source of unconditional love, my encouragement to get up in the mornings, and my motivation to go out and explore more of the world. She is the best travel companion, a social butterfly, and the best and most persistent snuggler. She’s been the reason I’ve gained so many new experiences and new friends, and is my inspiration for always being down to try new things and going on fun adventures I never would’ve tried by myself.
You were very patient with the times Shark did break her stay, and also when she had a difficult time concentrating when there was a chipmunk running around one of the rocky areas (and got some very dignified pictures out of the intense staring she did during that whole situation anyway!)
I was wonderfully comfortable! We chatted and laughed and it was like hanging out with a friend even though it was our first time meeting up!
I love love love the picture that I got framed, her eyes are so sparkly and her head shape is perfect and her little ears are captured so well, it’s of one of my favorite expressions she makes when she’s just staring into my soul and she looks as full of love in the photo as she truly is all the time. I just feel that it really captures all my favorite things about her. The light background really makes her colors pop and I was really thankful you helped me pick out the frame most complimentary to it as well!“
– Emma – Shark’s mom
“Working with Courtney was a dream.
I was worried about how my dogs would behave and how Courtney would be able to get pictures of their chaos.
The process was very cool to watch and I felt comfortable with how Courtney directed my dogs and posed them. And the amazing thing was, they listened! (With treats, of course!).
Seeing Courtney get down and dirty on the ground, in order to get good shots, was very encouraging and showed me that she truly cared about making sure we had good pictures from every angle. I am so thankful that Courtney was able to capture my dogs’ personalities and perfection in her pictures.
My husband and I do not have children, so Nami and Jasper are the light of our lives. They have taught us the beauty of unconditional love and friendship and I am so thankful to have memories and pictures of my fur babies.”
-Esther – Nami & Jasper’s Mom
Romeo is a long-haired liver German Shepherd that we got as a puppy and have raised with the help of Anna Bettina (Happy Healthy Pup) and some of the wonderful trainers at Canine Country Academy. He is goofy, sweet, sensitive, laid back, and loves other dogs. His best friend is our rescue cat named Merlin. His favorite activities include playing in the water and digging in the mud.
I was most worried about Romeo staying still long enough for a picture, especially outdoors in a new location where I knew all he’d want to do is run around and sniff. I also was worried about getting pictures of the boys together when all they wanted to do was play.
Courtney is awesome! She was incredibly kind, generous, and accommodating to let Romeo’s canine buddy Duncan join the shoot. I’m sure it was not easy photographing two rambunctious teenage boys but the pictures turned out amazing.
The process went smoothly and Courtney worked her magic and got some amazing pictures that really capture Romeo’s inner and outer beauty. I love that she captured some goofy photos of the boys playing as well as some regal shots of them together. I really don’t know how she does it!
– Stepahnie – Romeo’s mom
Very thrilled with the photos and the artwork of my precious doggie and me. These are our family photos!!! Courtney is professional, patient and knows how to get the great photos. She was even very cognizant of my dog’s reactive tendencies to other dogs in the photo setting. I highly recommend CM Bryson Photography. She has the “Dozer” stamp of approval !!
-Nancy & Dozer
“Courtney did an amazing job with our pups! She really made everything fun and the dogs were comfortable around her immediately. We had a hard time narrowing down our picture choices because everything was so good. Highly recommend.“
– Rebecca, Lyanna, Bane, & Tai
“I was beyond thrilled with my photos! The entire process was seamless, from booking to receiving my photo items. Courtney has a remarkable eye, and a very nice way about her when it comes to interacting with the fur babies. Courtney was instrumental in capturing a very special moment between my ailing cat and I. I am so grateful she was able to capture such beautiful images that will be forever with my family! I highly recommend her services!”
-Shannan & Mesha
“When we first met for our session, Courtney spent time greeting Nelson. She put him at ease and gave him time to get used to the camera with a few warmup shots. It’s really great how she erases the leash from photos so it’s not necessary to shoot off leash.”
– Melissa – Nelson’s mom
“Courtney Bryson has the unique ability to get the best out of the people and their pets. I have admired her work for years. She captures the essence of human dog (pet) interaction. Courtney has an uncanny ability to capture through her lens a dog’s personality. Not just that. She seems to get their essence. That which makes them who they are inside and out.“
-Deb & Sweet Potato
"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
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