Dear Dad

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!

 

Grandkids & shots

Our youngest grandson Adrian recently turned a year old.

Our daughter took him in for his shots. Later the next week he broke out with the measles rash from the MMR shot.

This started on the trunk of his body and quickly spread. There were so many bumps there was no way to count them all.

His pediatrician said she had only ever seen one reaction and it was 6 -years ago and nowhere near as bad as he was.

We are still waiting for his bumps to completely go away so I can do his pictures.

They have started to fade on his body but he still has some on his face.

Children need their shots but always be aware of the possible side effects.

Toxic people

We have all known toxic people whether it be a friend, acquaintance, or a family member.

Toxic people need a victim and if their victim is no longer around they will reach out to the next person they are closest to.

You can not please a toxic person no matter how much you do for them it is never enough because they feel like everyone owes them something.

You have to have enough Self-Respect and Self-Love to understand that no one should be allowed to belittle, insult, shame or ridicule you.

The day you realize that this is Verbal Abuse you will wonder why it took you so long to see it. This is not a healthy relationship for anyone.

Everyone deserves to be treated with love, kindness, and respect.

There comes a time in your life you need to shut the door and slam it hard behind you.

That will be the day you can start healing and feel the calmness entering your life because you are now free of the abuse.

That is the day you will realize you are no longer a VICTIM.

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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