The wind

Every since the beginning of March, we have had a big problem with the wind.

Normally you can count on March being windy but then it goes away.

It seems like every day for the last few months for sure it has been super windy and whipping everyone and everything around. It dries out the plants faster than normal.

It means I have to water every day. The overcast days make you think it is going to rain and then all you get is wind.

It is a good thing we have our own water well at this rate of using water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inspiration of a grandmother

My grandmother taught me so much in her lifetime many lessons I will never forget.

We called her Mama Dot and she taught me to appreciate the little things in life, be grateful for what you have and never be materialistic.

She taught me how to enjoy working in your yard and making it beautiful. Then you can stand back and look at what you created.

I have several things in my yard that came from hers. Now I know the reason she always shared things from her yard was so she could always be remembered. 

She loved listening to the birds sing and feeding them. I think that is one reason I love doing this.

She spoke from the heart and was never fake she did not believe in sugar coating anything. I guess that is where I get the guts to voice my opinions and speak from the heart.

Today so many people sugar coat everything they say and they are just so fake.

Mama Dot was very special to me and I knew I could always count on her whenever I needed some advice, a hug, or just a friend. I knew I could count on her inspirational words of wisdom.

Her unconditional love for me meant it was a real love with no strings attached her love was genuine.

 

 

 

Liars

We have two close family members that fall into the pathological lying category.

I went my whole life without realizing the older one was a liar. Funny the day you realize someone has been a liar your entire life it changes everything about the past.

Now I am wondering if the older one taught the middle-aged one how to lie. It is quite interesting when you think about it. What are the odds for there to be two in the same family in such close relation that are both pathological liars?

You have to love it when the pathological liar never admits they are wrong and NEVER says I am sorry.  Instead, they just makeup lies about you and change the subject of the conversation. I guess it makes them feel better about themselves and their low self-esteem.

When you have two doing this together it is like a lethal weapon to everyone around them. Some of us are wise to what is going on others just play along and some chose to ignore the whole thing and pretend it will just go away.

It is always better to stay far away from these type people and have no contact at all with them because nothing good ever comes of their lies.

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Photo books | Manvel, Texas Photographer

I am very picky about the quality of my pictures and the photo labs I use. It pays to be picky because you get what you pay for.

Recently I had a photo book printed at Mpix and the quality was truly amazing. I think paying the extra money for a top quality photo book is really worth it.

This book is a surprise for our granddaughter Preslie who has a birthday soon. I wanted it to show off some of the photo sessions we have done in the past. This book is for ages 7 -13 years. She has always been so photogenic so there were a lot of good pictures to chose from.

You never realize how many pictures you have done in the past until you are looking through multiple external drives for the pictures for a project like this.

This photo book will remind Preslie of the memories we have shared through the years planning out her photo sessions and taking the pictures. The funny things that happened including a few mishaps along the way.

I wanted a professional type photo book not a scrapbook type book. I did a dedication page with words from the heart and when I write those I always cry. At the bottom of that page, I put the page numbers and the age she was at the time.

It was very important for me to make sure that the two pages that were side by side were of the same photo session. I was going for a crisp clean look so I wanted it to blend well.

All my backgrounds were done in black including my front and back covers which also had images on them. Since I could not figure out how to change the binding cover it is white but I like the way it looks.

The two images I used on the covers were one of her favorite sessions we did with the newspaper skirt I had made her. She was 10 years old at the time. I also included more pictures from that session in the book.

This book is a 10″ x 10″ and it was priced at $39.99 for 21 pages. I paid $6.00 extra for an additional 12 pages.

She has so many good pictures that I honestly could have made a 100-page catalog if it weren’t for the cost I probably would have done that.

This is only the start of several photo books I plan on making this year.

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Questions

Instead of deleting this blog I think I will keep it but I am trying to decide now how to keep both blogs without them being mirror image blogs.

My domain name on this one is Sonya Lira Photography but I could name the blog itself something else without actually changing the domain. Although I could change the domain.

Should this one strictly be everything about photography including tutorials and how-tos?

The other one can be some photography,  DIY, some just general post etc? I could move the DIYs from this blog to that blog.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I need help lol..

Thank You

 

 

Starting over

In case you missed my last post I am starting a new blog.

Please follow me here:

Sonya Lira’s New Blog

Now that I named the new blog  I am rethinking the name I know it is a good idea to snag your own domain name just in case and since domains are cheap I have no regrets on that. I will also keep this domain  name. I am just wondering if I should have named the new blog something else. UHHH!

I honestly hate second guessing myself about this but I do it all the time on stuff like this.

There have been 3 post on the new blog, I am in the process of setting up albums of my favorite pictures from this blog. I am going to try to be organized for a change.

Yesterday I had a BIG disaster I restarted my computer and all of a sudden Windows had deleted all my pictures in Lightroom there was not 1 picture in there and there was over 50,000. I about had a heart attack.

I literally pulled off my fake nails and made my real nails bleed underneath. Note to self this is NOT a good idea. My fingers hurt today.

Last night I finally found part of the pictures and this morning the rest of them. I started importing them back into LR again. I have no idea WHY Windows 10 did this but it really made me mad. I need to be moving pictures to my external drive tonight while I am sleeping.

I am one of those people who sends stuff to the desktop so I can find it easier. I have documents in folders, folders of pictures you name it on my desktop guess what it was all gone.Those I have not found yet and believe me I have hunted.

Nothing is every easy when I am in the middle of trying to do something like start a new blog that is when disaster strikes.

 

 

A new blog & a new start

I ran a portrait photography business for ten years with great success.

The only problem was it took up all my weekends then I spent all week long editing pictures.

About 2 1/2 years ago I realized life is too short to spend the rest of your life doing this. That was the day I shut down my business and since then I have no regrets.

I still do portraits but now it is only of family and friends. This enough for me to get my fill of portraits, be creative and keep my skills sharp.

My husband and I love working in our yard, going on day trips and taking Daisy with us exploring trails and hiking. Since shutting down the business we have had the time to really enjoy doing these things.

This blog is running out of space even though I have deleted some pictures and some post it did not make much difference.

I attempted to start a new blog one time before but never really got it going lack of time got in my way. I would love for you all to follow me to that blog.

It will be a little bit different than this one. I want to have nature and pet photography, share photography advice, share stories, opinions, and DIY.

This blog will stay up for now and I will post on it occasionally but I am trying to transition to the new one as quickly as I can.

Please FOLLOW me at my new blog:

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