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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mother/Groom Wedding Dance Song – “All To You” – DJ Keo

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Copyright © 2010 – Scott Keough. Scott Keough is a Professional Wedding and Events DJ/MC. Visit his Website at: www.KeoSong.net or call: 602-214-1333.

feathers&heartLarry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Top 4 Favorite Wedding Photos

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I often will bring a camera to the wedding ceremonies I perform and after the ceremony I take a few photos. Some of the links will take you to a larger photo. Here are a few of my favorites.

EngstromJessie Engstrom and Jamie Wicks – Married @ 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010 – The Wrigley Mansion Club, Phoenix, AZ. Their 2nd kiss immediately after the wedding. (They didn’t know I was watching)!

Pouwels(right photo) Lauren Pouwels and Nam Ha (Alhambra, CA) – Married @ 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2010 – The Phoenician Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

blackburnSamantha Blackburn and Joshua Clark – Married @ 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2006 – Sandcastle Beachouse, Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico

richmond(right photo) Suzanne Richmond and Scott Steinmann Commitment Ceremony @ 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 27, 2007 – Las Conchas in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Mexico. Suzanne & Scott were legally married in a brief ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in Scottsdale on May 21, 2007

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (95 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blame It on the Bossa Nova

Lisa Pressman, Guest Author

music notes“Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking, and when she passes, each one she passes goes aah.” Aah is right!

Classic cocktail music is an art form in itself, especially the beautiful and sultry compositions by Antonia Carlos Jobim. Jobim created such classics as “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Wave,” “Corcovado” and “Meditation.”

The art of performing live music for a cocktail reception requires knowledge of these amazing songs whether or not they are actually performed. It is the style in which they are played that matters the most – the style of the Bossa Nova, which is simply lyrical and sophisticated all at once.

When the time has arrived for your cocktail reception following your wedding ceremony, you (the bride and groom) may be spirited away by your photographer for extra shots during a lovely sunset, yet you leave your guests in the talented hands of your live musicians.

A jazz trio, string quartet, solo piano/keyboard, harp or guitar can smoothly transition from your ceremony music into a sparkling selection of well-known songs in many genres keeping the gentle swing of the Bossa Nova style in mind.

Everything from Cole Porter to Sarah McLachlan may be performed in a classic cocktail styling that adds an electric pizzazz to this special moment. Not that every song should be performed in the same manner, it is the atmosphere of a live performance that mixes genres and styles that catches your ears.

Be sure to discuss with your musicians ahead of time any favorite songs that you wish to hear at this time. It is so much fun to take a rock song and perform it with a twist and the cocktail reception is the perfect place to do so.

Remember, that live music performance at this point in the event still requires the sound level to be one that allows the guests to mingle comfortably. Songs such as “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “Fields of Gold” by Sting, or “And I Love Her” and “Here, There and Everywhere” by the Beatles are nicely performed in this easy Latin style.

There are some oldies but goodies that naturally lend themselves to this style as they were composed with these rhythms in mind: “The Look of Love,” “Goin’ Out Of My Head” and “A Man and A Woman” are exquisite mid-century classics!

Mix in a few popular upbeat Latin styles (“Sway,” “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps,” “Por Favor”), plus several timeless swing favorites (“The Way You Look Tonight,” “Moonglow,” “Love Is Here To Stay”) and you have a classy and fun cocktail reception that will appeal to your guests of all ages before you pump up the volume, as well as energy, with the dance music.

Musicians are always thinking outside of the box when it comes to reinterpreting great songs for live performance and the cocktail reception is an ideal setting for a varied repertoire. Pop songs from the 60’s to the 00’s are excellent for mixing styles. Hits such as “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, “Faithfully” by Journey and “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder are easily performed together with the latest offerings from Jason Mraz, Norah Jones and Ray LaMontagne!

As the immortal Eydie Gormé sang, “Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic spell… Blame it on the bossa nova the dance of love.” Ask your professional musician about the possibilities – they are endless!

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Copyright © 2010 – Lisa Pressman. Lisa Pressman is a pianist/vocalist who performs as a soloist or with the Lisa Pressman Ensemble. Lisa was voted “Best Instrumental Solo or Group” in The Wedding Chronicle’s 2010 Readers’ Poll. Lisa’s original music is available on iTunes and on Watchfire Music. Contact Lisa Pressman at http://www.opusfromus.com/events or Lisa@OpusFromUs.com.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Break With Tradition!

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Something to consider. . . Although “tradition” says that the Best Man and the Maid of Honor usually walk up just before Ring Bearer, Flower girl and the Bride and her escort, if you have 3 or 4 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen or more on each side, it is often a better idea to have the Best Man and the Maid of Honor walk in after the Minister and the Groom so that everyone else knows exactly where they are suppose to stand.

steinmannThe traditional way often has the spacing between everyone staggered or off the mark and may show up as loosely organized and out of alignment in the wedding photos.

If you decide to do it this way, please remember to tell the wedding coordinator at the venue BEFORE the day of the rehearsal because they usually line everyone up to go in the traditional way.

Larry’s Note: Photo of Suzanne Richmond and Scott Steinmann in Rocky Point, Mexico. Married May 21, 2007.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Rehearsal & the Rehearsal Dinner! It’s Fun Time!

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The wedding rehearsal is a run-through of the ceremony with the minister (hitting the highlights of the ceremony and giving everyone their cues for the big day) from beginning to end, allowing everybody involved to feel more confident about what will happen on the wedding day. Walk through the ceremony, establishing the pace and timing, in the order each element will occur, where everyone will be standing and make sure all of the participants know their responsibilities.

The only people required to be in attendance at a wedding rehearsal are those who will participate in the wedding: the bride and groom, their parents and the wedding party.

To make your rehearsal go smoother. . . here is a HOT TIP: Provide the Wedding Coordinator at your wedding venue, ALL the details of the rehearsal, if any, BEFORE the rehearsal NOT at the rehearsal. Example: Names of Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, who seats the parents & grandparents, are the guys walking up first or will the Groomsmen walk with the Bridesmaids, names of the ushers (if any), etc. This will help make your rehearsal go much smoother and less time consuming.

Send an e-mail a day or two before the rehearsal to the coordinator with the names. Please send your minister a copy of the e-mail too. A well-coordinated rehearsal should not take longer than 30 minutes provided everyone arrives on time. Please encourage those who will be in the wedding party to be on time so everyone can move along to the rehearsal dinner after the rehearsal.

formaldinnerThe wedding rehearsal is usually followed by a dinner for members of the wedding party. All attendants, the bride and her fiancé’s immediate families, the minister and spouse, as well as any out-of-town guests are usually included in the guest list. Family and friends of the bride or the host may also be invited. It is generally acceptable to invite the spouse or significant other of each attendant.

If money is an object, only invite the key players. Rehearsal dinners can offer a contrast to the formality and stress of the wedding day and give the families a chance to get to know each other in a more casual setting.

The purpose of the rehearsal dinner is to allow both families and your special friends to meet one another, socialize and have fun together. It is a great way to begin your wedding festivities. Consider an icebreaker game to encourage mingling and establish acquaintances.

The rehearsal dinner is usually held the night before the wedding.

HOT TIP: Some couples prefer to have the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner two days before the wedding to allow a day of rest from the stress of having two busy days in a row. Wrap it up early enough for the bride to tend to any last minute details the next day like doing her nails or packing for her honeymoon, and to allow her the opportunity to wind down, relax, and rest well for the big day ahead.

This may not work if guests who are in the wedding party do not arrive in town in time for the rehearsal. However, if only one or two bridesmaids or groomsmen cannot attend I encourage the couple to go ahead and have the rehearsal without them and catch them up just before the wedding.

casualdinnerNobody says the rehearsal dinner has to be a “dinner.” Instead, opt to have a rehearsal brunch or breakfast. It could be a picnic in the park or meet up at a favorite breakfast spot for some delicious breakfast entrees and mimosas.

For a nostalgic touch, have the rehearsal dinner at a spot that is special for the couple. If Italy is the honeymoon destination, for example, an Italian restaurant would be fitting. Perhaps the dinner can be held at the restaurant that was the site of their first date or the site of the proposal.

The rehearsal dinner is often held in a private home or a restaurant and is as formal or informal as the host would like. Special instrumental music will make this event even more elegant. Consider hiring a pianist, harpist, or a guitar duo.

Depending on the guest list and budget, and the wishes of the hosts, the event can be anything from a formal banquet to a casual outdoor picnic. From a pool side barbecue to a formal sit-down affair, there are no hard and fast rules for the rehearsal dinner. While the excitement and stress of the big day may loom before you, this event lets you enjoy quality time with loved ones.

The wedding rehearsal dinner is traditionally given by the groom’s family. Planning the party is usually the responsibility of the groom’s mother. Many mothers of the groom are eager to participate. This is her opportunity to get involved in the planning process and contribute to the wedding.

It is a good idea for the bride or her representative to ask the groom’s family if this is an event she would like to take on. If the dinner is not something that a specific person can do because of cost or location, any member of the wedding party can take over planning the rehearsal dinner. Although it is traditional for the groom’s family to pay for the rehearsal dinner, it can also be built-in to the wedding expenses by both the bride and groom.

Given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, close friends, or even the couple themselves can plan and pay for the event. Whoever throws the party should definitely confer with the bride and groom to avoid any conflict with the theme, menu, or decorations of the wedding.

rehearsalinvatationInvitations should be sent at least four weeks before the wedding; or a simple phone call informing the guests of the time, location, and perhaps formality of dress. Usually rehearsal dinners are informal affairs, however a classy restaurant can be a welcome counterpoint to a formal dinner.

Consider using place cards to ease seating arrangements. Decorate the dining area with flowers and candles. You may want to mix your guests up a bit to allow them to meet someone they do not know. It is important to arrange seating in a way that will make guests feel comfortable, while at the same time encouraging conversation. Try to keep the guest list small, so that the dinner is intimate enough to invite conversation between people who have never met.

If the attendants gifts have not already been passed out, now is a good time to do so. An early evening is suggested as the events of the wedding day will be exhausting. The bride and her attendants will appreciate their beauty sleep.

The toasts (with perhaps a few roasts – no off-color remarks, please, as children may be present) at the rehearsal dinner are given by the host of the event (usually the groom’s father) first. Next would be the bride’s father, then the best man offers a toast to the bride and groom.

rehearsaltoastThe bride and groom may also toast at the end of the others. The groom with a toast to his bride and her parents and the bride with a toast to her groom and his family. This is an opportunity for them to thank everybody for support, etc. during the engagement. As part of the introductions, the bride and groom can stand and introduce the bridal party one by one and tell a little about each person. This is a great way to put together names to faces and get people laughing.

Not everybody must toast, but this is a perfect time to get the more personal stories and feelings out to the couple in a more intimate atmosphere.

Wedding rehearsal dinner ideas are only limited by your imagination. While there are elements of a rehearsal dinner that are traditional, this is the part of a wedding that has the most flexibility.

Following dinner, of course, is dessert and chit chat. Delegate someone to take some photos. Then the evening usually wraps up, particularly if the wedding is the very next day. Discourage members of the bridal party from capping the evening by going to a club to continue the celebration – everyone should be rested and refreshed for the big day. Bloodshot eyes don’t look good in the wedding photos! 😉

Horror stories abound of the bride, groom, or members of the wedding party showing up at the wedding late, in extremely poor condition, or at a minimum – not rested, after a late night on the town the previous evening as part of the rehearsal dinner festivities. The big celebration should be saved for the wedding day itself, and the rehearsal dinner kept a little more low key and laid back.

breatheNow. . . take a deep breath. Take another. And another. Breathing deeply – in through your nose and out through your mouth – is a powerful force and can wash away your worries and stress in most cases. Breathing in through your nose and out through you mouth is not the normal way to breathe. You have to “think” about breathing this way. When you think about something other than what you are nervous about breathing this way has a calming effect on you. You’re almost there. Take another deep breath.

Quick recap. . .

• The rehearsal dinner is usually hosted by the groom’s parents
• The bride and groom’s parents, step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, close friends, the minister, readers, out-of-town guests, the entire wedding entourage and their spouses/live-in-relationships/fiances should be in attendance.
• The rehearsal dinner immediately follows the rehearsal of the ceremony, usually the night before the wedding. (Some prefer to have the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner two days before the wedding to allow a day of rest from the stress of having two busy days in a row.)
• The party can be as formal or informal as you wish
• The party can be hosted at someone’s residence or at a restaurant
• The bride and groom usually offer a toast to their family and friends for their love and support.
• Gifts for the wedding attendants are usually handed out at this time
• Consider using place cards to ease seating arrangements
• Consider an icebreaker game to encourage mingling and establish acquaintances
• Special instrumental music will make this event even more elegant
• Select a location for the rehearsal dinner “close” to the actual rehearsal site
• The toasts will take place during the dinner. Between courses is a perfect spot for the toasts.

BONUS Article: 5 Savvy Rehearsal Dinner Alternatives

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (95 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Set Some Wedding Priorities – First Things First!

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He has proposed and you have said, “Yes!” You received your ring and have just announced your engagement. What’s next?

Make a list of the elements most important to you. This will help you decide on a date, budget your expenses and delegate tasks. Begin saving your money for your wedding as soon as you announce your engagement and sooner is even better.

budget#1 – Choose the date and the time of your wedding. You may want to select an alternative date in case the venue you choose is already booked on your first choice. The most popular day of the week to get married is Saturday. Friday is second and Sunday is third. However, couples can usually reduce costs if they decide to get married on any other day of the week. A Sunday brunch will almost always cost less than a Saturday night bash. Guests will drink and eat less and many vendors will give the couple a price reduction.

#2 – Book the wedding venue. Secure the ceremony location with a deposit.

#3 – Book the minister. The third and most forgotten priority is your minister. After checking numerous priority lists on the Internet, only a very few even listed the minister or the officiant and when listed there were toward the end of the lists.

#4 – Purchase your marriage license. In Arizona, you have 365 days to use it before it expires. 😉 After you use it, it doesn’t expire.

#5 – Begin interviewing other wedding vendors. Narrow down your choices and make a final decision. What is important to you? Start there. There’s the photographer, the videographer, the entertainment (Disc Jockey or Band), the caterer, the florist, the jeweler, the wedding dress, and wedding cake maker, just to mention a few.

“Opps! We forgot to book the minister!”

You’ve got to be kidding! How do you expect to get married without someone to perform the wedding ceremony?

I cannot tell you how many times I receive “last minute” calls to book a wedding only to disappoint the bride and groom by telling them I am already booked. I personally performed my “romantic” wedding ceremony 79 times in 2008 and 73 times in 2009. Those of us who are busy performing ceremonies often book wedding dates as much as 9 to 12 months and more in advance.

If you are planning a wedding during the months of March, April or May and October, November or December you cannot book too far in advance. These are the busiest months for weddings in the Greater Phoenix area.

Another priority is to talk dollars and cents. You need to set a budget for your wedding. Setting priorities will help. First, you’ve got to determine two things:

• How much money you want to spend on your wedding?
• Who will be contributing to the wedding and how much?

Managing your time can be very challenging during the pre-wedding period. Planning should be enjoyable and memorable. Do it “together” as a couple when possible. It will make the day more meaningful.

If you are having trouble coming up with dollar amounts or nervous about the planning process consider hiring a Wedding Consultant. They know where the great deals are and can help make your big day a lot less stressful. You can save $$$’s and avoid several headaches. Unfortunately most couples consider hiring a professional wedding consultant a luxury, when it should be considered a priority. There are hundreds of little details that all fit together on the wedding day. You will want to be sure that you are not missing anything.

Indulge in the areas you choose to be the most important. Be willing to adjust your thinking if your budget starts to get out of hand. Be prepare to shift some of the money around if you find a wedding vendor that you really want but they charge a little more than you had planned.

Don’t go overboard with anything. If you really can’t afford it, don’t go putting everything on plastic! The last thing you need after you return from your honeymoon is dealing with how to pay the wedding bills. Ignore this advice and you’ll be left with massive credit card debts and monthly minimum charges that can stretch you thin. Starting your marriage with money worries is a step in the wrong direction.

By properly identifying and understanding your priorities, you’ll be more satisfied with your choices and will more readily stay within your wedding budget. By booking far in advance you will avoid the disappointment of having to search for another vendor at the last minute.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (95 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Top Ten Things You Need to Know to Ensure Wedding Photo Bliss

Professional Photographers of America (Staff Writers), Guest Author

Sure, today’s affordable digital cameras can make anyone seem like a good photographer. But there’s a lot more to getting the wedding photos you want and deserve than just pointing and shooting. After this most important and special of days, it will be your wedding albums and pictures that you turn to time and again to remember and cherish those once-in-a-lifetime moments. Choose your photographer as carefully as you’ve planned every other detail of your wedding, and you’ll still be enjoying those images years from now.

To help, we’ve put together a list of ten critical aspects of wedding photography you should know and understand, along with some of the most important questions you should ask prospective photographers to help you make your final decision.

#10 Professional Fees: What are your fees? Do you charge a flat rate for the day, or do you charge by the hour? What about travel time, overtime, and editing rounds? Are there other potential costs I should know about?

#9 Format: Do you shoot with film, or capture digital images? Tell me why you choose one over the other. If you capture digital images, what steps do you take to preserve the digital files for the long-term? How soon after the images are taken are the media cards backed-up. What steps do you take to protect against data loss?

#8 Equipment: What kind of camera do you use? Do you use any equipment that requires flashes or special arrangements for lighting? Are you able to provide equipment for black and white, or special effects?

#7 Collaboration: Will I be working with you or someone else on your staff? Do you work with an assistant? Can we work together to make sure you get all the shots I want? What is the process for reviewing, selecting, and editing the final images for the album, enlargements, and print sets?

#6 Deliverables: In what format do you deliver the proofs? Do you provide an album, CD, and prints as final products? How many and what size? What packages do you offer, and what will I pay for additional items not included? Are negatives or image rights included in your costs?

#5 Time: What is the maximum amount of time I will wait to see proofs? Once I’ve selected my pictures, how long will it take for final delivery of all printed products?

#4 Quality: Do you develop or print the final pictures in-house, or do you work with a professional lab? If in-house, what kind of equipment do you use? What do you do to make sure my pictures don’t fade?

#3 Style: What is your artistic style? Do you shoot traditional poses, or have a more photojournalistic approach, or, is it mixed? Do you like to shoot in the studio, as well as on the wedding day? If you stage shots or group portraits, how do you manage distracted or uncooperative subjects or guests? Can I see examples of an entire wedding day shoot to see how you might tell a wedding day “story”?

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Experience: How long have you been photographing weddings? How long have you been in business? Can you provide references? Can I view some of your albums? Tell me about the worst wedding photography nightmare you’ve experienced, and how you got through it.

And perhaps the most important thing you need to discuss with your photographer…

#1 Assurances: How do you ensure my satisfaction? What are your backup plans in the event you’re late or called away by an emergency? What happens if there’s an equipment failure, or some other unforeseen issue? Do you carry liability insurance? Can I get all of the points we’ve covered in a written contractual agreement?

Do not take “no” for an answer to that last question! A written contract signed by all parties protects you and the photographer, and does more to ensure your wedding photo bliss than any other action or decision you can make.

Professional Photography – See the Difference

Professional photographers have unique skills and training in the artistry, as well as the technology, of creating beautiful wedding images that reflect exactly the image you want to portray. And wonderful wedding photography goes beyond the actual shoot itself to the products you’ll want to own. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure your photographer is well-versed in creating and delivering the total package that will make you happy long after your big day is over.

We recommend interviewing multiple photographers – and don’t forget, chemistry is important as well. Your photographer will spend this most important day in very close contact with you, your wedding party and your guests, so make sure you interview several photographers and after you’re satisfied that all of the above is in order, pick someone who you will want to share in your wedding day.

Larry’s Note: A special “Thank you!” to Marcia Mauskopf, Professional Photographer for calling my attention to this article.

Bonus article: Read, “Hire a Professional Photographer or Friend?

Copyright © 2010 – Professional Photographers of America. Reprinted with permission. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is an international non-profit association for professional photographers. PPA exists to assist its 22,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. To find a professional photographer, visit: www.PPA.com/findaphotographer/.

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