The first prompt for this year's Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project is a perfect way to start the new year - "blank slate." For those of you who are just joining in to my blog, I'd like to spend a little time sharing a bit about myself and my business.

My name is Kylee Doyle, and I am a pet photographer living and working in the greater Sacramento area. I have lived in this area my entire life, and I honestly couldn't image a better place to live. As a photographer who specializes in natural light photography, this area is perfect; we have very few days of inclement weather, but we're less than two hours from snow in the winter. Outside of my photography business, I do hold a full-time job with Sutter Health, working on the IT side. No, that doesn't mean I know how to fix your computer. However, I am certified to work in and support Sutter's electronic health record application.

I started Kylee Doyle Photography in July of last year. Prior to starting my business, I was an avid amateur for several years. I have always had a deep love for animals, so it seemed only natural when I started my business to specialize in pets. While I include human family members in my portraits, the focus is on their connection with the pet, as well as the pet itself. We, unfortunately, only get to have our furry family members with us for such a short period of time, so I think it's incredibly important to capture their spirit during that time they are with us.

One of the big motivating factors for starting my business was being able to use photography to help animals in need find their forever homes. I am a member of HeARTs Speak, and I volunteer with several local rescues to photograph at their adoption events and take their dogs' adoption photos. If you are a rescue looking for a volunteer photographer, please feel free to fill out the Contact form on my website.

With that said, I just spent a morning taking adoption photos for a number of dogs with the Sierra Nevada German Shepherd Rescue. For more information on this rescue, or any of their available dogs, head on over to their Facebook page.

Featured above (left to right, top to bottom): Ryker, Misty, Maddie, Moji, Beau (adopted), Ellie (not currently available).

Follow the rest of the Project 52 group blog circle to check out their "blank slate" for 2020. Next up is Kicking off 2020 with: Darlene Woodward with Pant the Town Photography serving MA and NH. 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!