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It’s taken a few months to get everything going but I am pleased to announce that I have a new business name, logo, and blog!  As a result, I will no longer be posting here.  Instead, please update your records…the new address is graywrenphotography.com.  All the content from this blog has been exported to the new blog, so everything will be in one place.  Thanks for all your support…without all of you I would not have the courage to make this huge leap from taking portraits as a hobby to taking portraits as a professional.  I truly love this new career and am so excited to share it with all of you…I hope you will come along for the ride!

With gratitude,

Alicia Westra

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happy new year

I promise I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth.  Sometimes it feels like I have, but I really haven’t.

This is what has been going on:

He’s almost 7 weeks now, and he doesn’t really like it when I try to do anything at the computer if it involves holding him at the same time.  So I steal bits of time here and there to edit photos.  I promise I still have a bunch to put on here.  Stay tuned…

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It has been busy round these parts…I know I always say that, but it is always busy.  I should just get used to it.  But I digress…

A couple weeks ago, the talented Tara of Winsor Photography asked me to second shoot with her for some wedding formals.  I jumped at the chance, and we had a great time!  I always love to learn from other photographers.

So I have been processing the photos that I took at that shoot and today was preparing to crop a nice photo of the bride and groom when I spotted an intruder in the photo.  Highly distracting (at least to me), I did a double take.  Then I zoomed in to see if it was really just a reflection, maybe of the bride’s mother, in the window.  A trick of light?  Nope.

A Cinderella doll (think Barbie-sized) peeking through the window of the reception hall behind the couple?  It couldn’t be.  So I asked my 7 year old to look.  She immediately confirmed my suspicions.  My 5 year old had to have it pointed out to her.  My husband also identified the intruder as the elusive girl who lost a glass slipper in the famous fairy tale.  Who knows how she got there or what she was doing…personally, I think she was there to check out the bride’s dress and wish them a wonderful happily ever after.

Yes, I know it’s lame to tell you the story without sharing the photo, but I can’t post the session until after this beautiful couple ties the knot.  And even then, Cinderella doesn’t belong in their special day…they have their own fairy tale to live out.

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Here are some photos of a different kind of princess:

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Today I have been working on more of the N family’s pictures.  As I was editing merrily along, I came across a photo that was kind of similar to one I had taken before.  I had used that picture in a project for a class I was taking at the time…in fact, here it is:

I thought it would be neat to do a similar treatment to this photo of Craig and Bobbie.  I have two versions.  Bobbie, you will need to tell me which you like best…the colors are obviously different, but the text is slightly different in size and placement of the words.

How about anyone else?  What do you think of the color and placement of the text?  Do you like the green or the red?  Words on top of Craig’s head or not?  This was so fun to put together!  I’m looking forward to doing more of these projects in the future!

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Hello world!

Welcome to the new and improved photography blog of Alicia Westra!  This is where you will find photo previews, news, and other information regarding my photography.  Please stay tuned as I post some pictures and get some more info on here.

Thanks for visiting!

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