Pet and Family Photography Holiday Sessions: Sherman, Texas

I am so excited to share some information a very special cause I am working with– Animal Refuge Foundation in Sherman, Texas. But first let me tell you the why behind this!

I love animals and will do anything I can to help with animals in need. I have a huge soft spot for all animals and have always been drawn to help. I do not have the greatest memory, but I can always remember loving animals. I grew up on a small farm with lots of pets.

And when I couldn’t have any more at home (because apparently there was such a thing as too many…), I found other ways to be around and help animals. I remember being 9 years old and volunteering at an animal shelter and organizing a campaign that raised over $100 along with supplies, from my small class of 40 students, to donate to the shelter.

When there were stray animals found or someone’s cat had kittens, I somehow was campaigning to find them homes. (Thank you family and friends for taking in so many animals that went on to live great lives.) This has been a pattern that has continued throughout my life. I have even picked up puppies off the side of the road, because knowing they were there I just could not keep driving.

I just can’t help it. I want to help them and would keep them all if I could! Unfortunately, this is something my fiance does not condone. He may think I am a little nuts :)

But the moral of this is, that I always want to help. So, I did a little researching on local animal rescues and decided that the holidays would be a great time to give back.

In my research I found two great organizations who do very important, but very different work. (Read more about the second one here…coming soon!) And of course, after reading about each one, I couldn’t choose so I decided to help them both!

Back on track here– I emailed and spoke with Martha, the founder of Animal Refuge Foundation (or ARF). She was so sweet and offered to meet with me at ARF to show me around. This also gave us a chance to talk about working together to raise money for them through my photography.

I browsed their website and studied up on what their group does beforehand but nothing prepared me  for arriving there and seeing the all those dogs and riding along with Martha. It is such a big thing they do there.

ARF “is a no-kill, care-for-life canine sanctuary, caring for 350 dogs at any given time.  Located on 45 acres in North Texas, ARFhouse provides plenty of space for all its residents to live and play, and hopefully find their forever homes.” (Taken from their website:

With so many dogs that stay for life and so many that need special care, I can only imagine the cost in running an organization like that.

So, what’s the plan to help?

For each session, a set amount will be donated to ARF. $25 or $50 depending on the session type you choose.

In order to accommodate as many people as possible, there are two options for those who want to get photos taken by me and help a good cause at the same time. Oh yes, and to add to it– there is a holiday discount on my session fee as well as on holiday cards.

Mini Session

November 23 at Herman Baker Park in Sherman, Texas

A 30 minute session with an online gallery to view the proofs

A complimentary 8×10 print of your choice

Check out Herman Baker Park.

15% discount on holiday card orders

$25 goes to ARF


 A little more about Herman Baker Park: “Herman Baker Park is a large community park located on 83 acres.  Within the park, Pickens Lake has a considerable amount of shoreline and a nature trail system around the lake.  The lake dam is a very popular location for sledding after every snowfall in Sherman.  The park has mature vegetation and wildlife, giving it a private, naturalistic and serene setting.  It’s hard to believe that you are still inside the city when you visit Herman Baker Park.”  (


Full Session

Scheduled in November or December at the location of your choice

Up to a 2 hour session with an online gallery to view the proofs

A complimentary 11×14 print of your choice

25% discount on holiday card orders

$50 goes to ARF


Which option is best for you?

Mini sessions are great for those who are looking for a shorter session with all the big details planned for them. Naturally, with less time there will be fewer proofs to choose from. Mini sessions are basically an abbreviation of my regular sessions. This is a great option if you don’t know where to take your photos and have a limited amount of time.

Full sessions are for those who want more! More choices, more freedom to make the photo session fit you, and more proofs to choose from. Full sessions give us the ability to collaborate to create whatever images you desire! This is a great option if you want to incorporate your pets and prefer a particular location that your pets are accustomed to.

Either option you choose, I will do whatever in that particular situation to get awesome images you’ll cherish!

Everyone can take advantage of the discount and make those images into holiday cards. (I can even have your return address printed on the cards to save you time when addressing!) And photo prints and photo products (such as calendars and travel mugs) make great Christmas gifts. Whatever options and products interest you, a photo session with me is a one-stop shop. And who doesn’t love that around the holidays! Not to mention, every single session will benefit a great organization that does so much good for dogs in need!

What type of sessions are these?

These sessions are tailored for pet and family photography. Every custom photography session can be designed around what you want. Do you have special requests? No problem! Contact me and we will get to planning!

I am happy to photograph the family and the dogs, the family without any pets, or simply the dogs. Do you have horses you want in your photos too? No problem, we can do that too.

How do I get an appointment?

Simple, contact me by email and we will start the process of creating the session that fits you! I want to learn as much as I can about my clients so we’ll talk and get you set up for an awesome photo session!