Dear Dad


 I never realized how big of a void there would be in my life without you in it.

You always tried to find the good in everyone and every situation.

You may be gone but you will never be forgotten because you will always be in my heart.

I placed flowers on your grave for fathers day but somehow that never seems like enough.

Father’s Day is like one of the toughest holidays for me to get through. It has been 2 years and 9 1/2 months since you passed away and I really do not know where the time has gone.

Happy Father’s Day I love you!


Life Lesson #1 – Storms will pass

Life Lesson # 1 –  Storms will pass

There are people in our lives that turn every situation in life to be about them because they have to be the center of attention. We tend to call them the “Drama Queens”.

They will never say ” I am sorry” or never admit any wrong doing.

They love to talk behind people’s back and play one person against another like a game.

What they do not realize is some people already see them for who they really are.

The storms they have created in my life the last few years have only made me stronger.





Happy Thanksgiving | Sonya Lira Photography

Thanksgiving is the time of year we get together with family and friends laugh, tell bad jokes and eat until we are about to pop.

The great smell of food though out the house, every kind of desert one could imagine.

That look on a small child’s face as they grab a cookie and run and everyone knows the children are having a sugar rush.

I will eat a few of my favorite things without counting the carbs. Last year I skipped my favorite things but this year I will get a few bites of them. I have come too far in the last year to screw it up now.

This is the time of year we are thankful for everyone and everything in our lives and we are grateful for the time we have with each other.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Drive safely and be careful.

Thirty Eight Years| Sonya Lira Photography

Today is my husbands and my thirty – eighth wedding anniversary.

Time really flies by when you are having fun and getting older.

Our life is pretty simple we do what we want to when we want to and have fun along the way.

My best advice to anyone starting out in a marriage is to make sure you enjoy your time with each other. Live life to its fullest and always remember to laugh.

Two years ago | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Two years ago today September 1, 2014, my dad passed away from adenocarcinoma. He had esophageal cancer.

It seems like yesterday when I was taking him back and forth to his chemo and radiation appointments. Taking him to the hospital for testing, going to the hospital to see him.

Even though they say time heals all wounds I do not believe that. I think the loss of a parent is hard no matter what your age is.

One day you wake up and realize you will never see your dad again, never get to say goodbye and most of all never get to say ” I love you” again. This is a day you will never forget because your life is changed forever.

The memories are all you have now. I love you Dad and I will never forget you.

The perfect rainbow | Manvel, Texas Photographer

We get to see rainbows fairly often around here but this was the first time in our lives we could see both ends of a rainbow. This rainbow happened this past weekend.

These two ends were only about 60 acres apart and were on 2 separate streets in Manvel, Texas. You could actually see the rays in front of the trees.

I used my Canon 24 – 105L lens to capture this picture. Funny thing is I have a 28 mm and a 35mm I am glad I did not grab one of those because I needed the width of the 24mm.

It was raining and I was trying to shoot with Jack holding an umbrella over my camera to protect it. This is something we both will never forget because it was so amazing.

Rainbows vary in color and vibrancy but each one is special. They represent different things for all of us.

I think they are a reminder to look around and be thankful for those that want to be in your life they are the ones who truly matter.

Rainbows remind me of my loved ones who have passed away it is like a message letting me know they are okay.

I think rainbows are a gentle reminder to live your life to its fullest each and every day and most of all follow your dreams. Be thankful for all the little things in life.

Rainbows are magical they are what we want them to be.

Manvel, Texas Photographer