As most of you know I market myself as a natural light photographer. That isn't to say that I never shoot in a studio or with off camera flash, but my preferred light is that which is given to me by Mother Nature. Living in Northern California, I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. We have gorgeous weather about 90% of the year, and in the Sacramento Valley, it almost never snows. So it was a natural choice for me when I decided to start my photography business to offer all of my sessions outdoors in the natural light. And while the light is gorgeous all year round, nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to golden hour in autumn. This time of year is absolutely my favorite time to be out shooting.

With that said, I've been working on a project that I've finally begun to share with all of my followers. I just announced this week that I had the opportunity to photograph 12 gorgeous German Shepherds, all of whom were rescued through the Sierra Nevada German Shepherd Rescue for their calendar. Not only is this a big deal for me, but it's a big deal for the rescue as this is their first time ever having a calendar made.

Now what does this have to do with natural light? Well, duh. All of the dogs were photographed in that gorgeous autumn glow I spoke of earlier. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought I'd share a whole 12,000 with you!

If you are interested in learning more about Sierra Nevada German Shepherd Rescue, you can check out their page here. You can also purchase a calendar on my website. If you are local to me, you can select to pick up your calendar when they arrive mid-December. Otherwise, you can select to have it shipped to you. Calendars are $20 each, and all of the proceeds go directly to the rescue in order to help them save as many of these beautiful dogs as they can.

Follow the rest of the Project 52 group blog circle to see their use of natural light for this week's theme. Next up is Pawparazzi Pet and Animal Photography preented by Shae Pepper Photography. Keep following the links at the end of each blog post until you make it back here to see all of this week's photos!