The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour – USA & Canada

February 13, 2010

I had the opportunity to catch this tour last week when they came through Charlotte, NC and I’m so glad I did!  Sandy was a great speaker and had so much information to share in 5 hours, but she did it well.  I would definitely recommend signing up for this tour!

“Learn the best methods of family portraiture craft, the latest trends in marketing, timesaving tips, advice on tools of the trade, and be infused with unbridled enthusiasm.

The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour covers all aspects of developing, executing and marketing a successful family program.  You will learn how to create life long clients who will regularly update their family portraits for generations.

Each attendee will receive a catalog with helpful tips & tricks and fantastic offers from Sandy’s sponsors.”

Phoenix, AZ Feb 14

San Diego, CA Feb 15

Los Angeles, CA Feb 16

San Francisco, CA Feb 18

Sacramento, CA Feb 19

Portland, OR Feb 22

Seattle, WA Feb 23

Boise, ID Feb 25

Salt Lake City, UT Feb 26

Kansas City, MO March 29

Omaha, NE March 30

Des Moines, IA March 31

St. Louis, MO April 1

Louisville, KY April 2

Indianapolis, IN April 3

Columbus, OH April 5

Cleveland, OH April 6

Buffalo, NY April 7

Boston, MA April 8

Hartford, CT April 9

Newark, NJ April 12

Long Island, NY April 13

Philadelphia, PA April 14

Baltimore, MD April 15

Richmond, VA April 17

Pittsburgh, PA April 18

Detroit, MI April 19

Grand Rapids, MI April 20

Chicago, IL April 21

Madison, WI April 23

Minneapolis, MN April 24

Vancouver, BC Aug 27

Calgary, AB Aug 29

Edmonton, AB Aug 30

Toronto, ON Sept 1

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Spreading the word for the Spread the Love Tour

November 24, 2009

<a href=”http://www.justinmarantz.com/”>Justin &amp; Mary Marantz</a> are coming to Charlotte in January for their Spread the Love Workshop and on Black Friday, seats will only be $50!!  After Friday, seats will be $150, so make yourself a reminder to do a little quick shopping online before heading out to shop and wait in hour long lines.

Here’s what they had to say about the workshop:
<em>Spread the Love is not a photography workshop…It’s a LIFE workshop. So you don’t have to be a photographer to attend! Florists, planners, basically anybody who owns their own business can benefit from Spread the Love. In this seminar, we’ll cover everything from marketing, branding, building relationships, business 101, financial health, balancing life &amp; business, creating systems that stick. and so much more. This is the time for a fresh start, and what better way to kick it off than getting inspired to get back to what you love about not only your business, but more importantly…to what you love about your LIFE again? </em>

For each city to remain on the map, at least 50 people will need to sign up for that city, so help them spread the word and invite all your friends to come along!

We’ll be kicking everything off in our own backyard: Beantown, aka Boston on January 5th!

Spread the Love Boston: January 5th
Spread the Love NYC: January 6th
Spread the Love DC: January 7th
Spread the Love Richmond: January 8th

***We’ll be heading to Nashville here to be in town for Imaging/DWF. For any of you guys that are planning on coming to Imaging and can’t make any of the other stops (or just want to come twice!!) we’ve planned the Nashville stop to be the day after the conferences end, just for you!! Well….and all the Nashville people! 🙂

Spread the Love Nashville: January 14th
Spread the Love Charlotte: January 15th
Spread the Love Atlanta: January 18th
Spread the Love Jacksonville: January 19th
Spread the Love Houston: January 22nd
Spread the Love Austin: January 25th
Spread the Love Dallas: January 26th
Spread the Love Phoenix: February 2nd
Spread the Love San Diego: February 4th
Spread the Love LA: February 5th
Spread the Love San Fran: February 8th
Spread the Love Seattle: February 11th
Spread the Love Salt Lake City: February 15th
Spread the Love Denver: February 17th
Spread the Love Kansas City: February 19th
Spread the Love Chicago: February 22nd

***We’ll be taking a break here to get ready for WPPI 2010 where we will be speaking for the very first time! Bleh….I feel like throwing up already!! 🙂 🙂 And then we will wrap up the tour after WPPI with our Maine stop, when hopefully it will be a little warmer up that way!

Spread the Love Maine: March 24th


Chelsea Hudson Photography – Phoenix, AZ

August 19, 2009

Meet Chelsea Hudson, a Canon shooter who uses her right eye.  She shoots in JPEG using mostly Aperture priority, but is currently transitioning over to fully manual mode.  She uses all kinds of actions, but she modifies them to suit her processing style.

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http://www.chelseahudson.com
http://chelseahudson.com/blog
Facebook

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
There wasn’t really a moment, but a succession of moments. The clincher was
when a friend came over to my apartment in Berlin, Germany and walked in the
door and said, “We think you need to do this as a business and I will make
you a website in exchange for some maternity and newborn photos.” I said,
“You have a deal!” I had been really into photography for some time since
moving to Berlin. Europe is definitely a great place to get into something
artistic like photography. I had my first daughter there in Berlin and
strangely enough (not really) my photographic interests started to focus on
a little human being more than the neighborhood palace or funky downtown
buildings. My husband offered to be my business manager, and my first real
client offered to design a website for me. I took these as green lights and
I have not looked back since!

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Shoot what you love, and learn to shoot well. Focus on technique (not
technicalities) and not on acquiring the latest gadgets, gear and software
as you progress and learn. Practice, practice, practice… and then practice
some more.  Unless you consider OpenSourcePhoto a school, I have never  had
any formal education regarding photography. I am still learning… but I am
not depending on a certain action, piece of equipment, or upgrade to help me
“get there.” I shoot to capture the human connection, when shooting people,
and God’s creative genius when I am shooting nature or architecture… all
of the post processing is to enhance what is already there, not create
something from nothing. I cannot create emotion via an action or texture, I
just have to know how to use the equipment that I already have to capture
the moments people give  to me.

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What makes you different from everyone else?
I don’t know that I am that different than many other photographers. I DO
know that my clients tell me that I make them feel comfortable, real,
relaxed and at home. I have had clients show up to a shoot nervous, uptight,
dreading “taking pictures” (have to admit, most of these are the guys), but
have left with a smile, relaxed, and saying “Hey, that was actually really
fun.” My goal is to capture my clients in their real lives, real skin and
real moments…. and they have to be comfortable and relaxed to be able to
give me those moments. Its a beautiful dance of
sorts – I strive to make them comfortable with themselves and with me and then they relax, laugh, giggle, kiss, hug etc… and then I get to capture those moments digitally and in turn give them
back those very moments via timeless images that they can relive over and over. Its truly a beautiful thing.

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
One?? No can do. I will give you a couple of them. 🙂 They are not up and
coming, but certainly fantastic. You just featured them on this blog a
couple of weeks ago – the Chansons (
http://radiantphotographyaz.com/radiant_life/). We live in the same metro
area, and are planning to meet up in person, finally, soon. But I have been
admiring their work for awhile. They are a husband-wife team that seems to
encompass all that is required for an INCREDIBLE future in the photography
and design world – technical smarts, artistic genius, personality, love of
people, and the list goes on. One of the things I admire most about them, is
how they feature someone or some organization that is giving back in this
world. They give a portion of their shooting fees to these
people/organizations each month. That is impressive. That is one of the
reasons I think they are going to go big… because their vision is not
limited to themselves and their own work, but it encompasses so many others.
I hope to have a similar feature in my business in the near future.

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One item you can’t live without?
my imac

Your best bokeh image and why?

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I so love this image…. it is hanging as a large canvas on my
daughter’s wall. It absolutely screams of the innocence and preciousness of
the early years.

Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?
I have to admit, exposure and networking. I am new to the Phoenix area and
am building my business and presence here slowly but surely. I have actually
seen several local photographers featured here and hope to meet them
sometime in the near future as well. I love this blog and love learning
about so many in the industry and I am excited to be featured as well!

Favorite book?
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret is an all-time favorite

Favorite movie?
Anne of Green Gables, Three Amigos, Blood Diamond, Amistad, Ghandi, Dumb
and Dumber… hey, I am well rounded.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I often find it traveling… anywhere, anyplace. If I am stuck in a rut in
my portraiture shooting, I will go for a hike in the mountains behind our
house and look for inspiration in the desert. If I have been shooting alot
of nature/travel/fine art, I get really excited and inspired to shoot a
newborn session or a senior session. As far as people that inspire me, my
friend and fellow photographer, Alyssa, inspires me to no end. She is an
undiscovered gem in the photography industry, and she probably prefers to
stay that way for now… what with her SEVEN children and all. You can get a
little bit of a taste of her creative genius on her blog (
http://www.xanga.com/kiddosphotos). She inspires me on so many levels,
photographically and beyond.

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What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
Everyone and I mean everyone wants the images on cd/dvd. I offer them at
this point, built into most packages. I am ok with that. I have been on both
sides of the debate and at this stage in my life and business, this works
for me, and apparently very much so for my clients. At some point, I may
change to another pricing/product strategy, but for now, this is working for
me.

Do you use a second shooter?
Many times, but not always.

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How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Email me, talk to me, show me a good website and/or blog with their best
images. Buy me some coffee and you get the gig. No, I am only kidding…
really, just talk to me and we’ll see what we can do!

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
me ra koh. Would give my right arm for that chance. I respect her art, her
life, her family, her business sense… I would love to second with her, and
even more-so, sit down and just chat with her for an evening, you know,
after the 14 hour wedding day. 🙂

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
Does OSP count?? I did get a couple of images selected in the recent
www.weddingphotographydirectory.com
contest. Didn’t win, but sure felt honored to even be a finalist! I am looking into WPPI and also PPA this year.

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I started the business in Europe, so transitioning into the business here
in the USA has been a process…. still a process, so I will get back to you
on that. Other than the normal things, I think getting a blog and website to
feature your work is a huge step in the right direction.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
1.) Practice, practice, practice. 2.) Don’t be afraid of shooting some free
sessions (of your own choosing) to build up your portfolio or referral
network. I have done several of these since moving to a completely new city
with no contacts. It has paid off with the referrals and foot in the door
with the various networks of each of these “free” clients. The important
thing is that YOU choose who to offer the shoots to. I don’t respond to
those who ask me for free shoots. And when I have done a shoot for free, it
is usually as a gift of some sort so that the word doesn’t get out that I am
that “free” photographer. 3.) Be wary of doing “deals” for friends. My
exceptions to this rule is A. a percentage off, across the board, for a
certain group I am connected with (maybe a mops, church, work group,
whatever), B.) referral discounts, and C.) a service exchange (occasionally
and only if it is of equal benefit and use to both parties). If I want to do
something special for a friend, I do it for free when I can. But again, it
is offered by my and not requested by them.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Nothing really. Any suggestions 🙂 I rely solely on word of mouth and the
blogosphere.

Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I paid for a local newspaper add once and didn’t see anything from it. I
could see how being featured in a magazine could be extremely helpful, but
blogging and word of mouth seem to be the best bet.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Food, drinks, great conversation and a shoot together… official or just
for fun.

Anything else you would like to share?
As a stay-at-home-mom, photography has provided such an essential creative
outlet for me. I need it in my life to help keep me grounded and sane in
this stage of life. It is such a gift from Above to me right now. My two
little princesses, ages 1.5 and 3.5, keep me hopping to say the least. I
unwind and refuel by meeting new clients, shooting with them and capturing
priceless moments and then coming home to process those moments. It is
therapeutic for me. I love it. I love seeing life through my lenses…. your
life, my life, my children, our world around us. I love being able to freeze
moments in time and enjoy them over and over and over. I love what I do and
I do it as much for me as I do for my clients. I like to encourage any new
mom to find what energizes her, inspires her and provides that outlet she so
needs and just go for it. Make room in your life for it. Everyone else in
your life will benefit… especially you. 🙂

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Lizzie Kimball Photography – Phoenix, AZ

July 1, 2009

Meet Lizzie, a wedding and senior portrait photographer who shoots Nikon with her left eye.   She shoots in manual using both RAW and JPEG, and post processes using Lightroom.

http://www.lizziekimball.com
http://www.lizziekimballblog.com
Facebook

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I’m a college student majoring in English education, and one day as I sat in my room writing a paper, I knew that was not the life I wanted to live. I looked at my camera, headed out the door, and took off!

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
To form relationships with other photographers. It’s amazing to have photographers to talk to, ask questions, bounce ideas off of, and share. My business wouldn’t be established without the help and support of so many photographers!

What makes you different from everyone else?
My eye. I try my hardest to envision the picture before I take it. When I walk around (even if I’m not on a photo shoot) I see the picture in my mind before it is even taken. I try my best to be creative and make all of my images different. I also try to have that dreamy light!

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Jenny Bishop (jennybishopphotography.com) is a really great photographer I met at a workshop! She’s such an awesome girl and has a great future ahead of her.

One item you can’t live without?
Does it have to be an item? Do people count as items? I could never live without my family! If it had to be a material object it’d be my iPhone 🙂

Your best bokeh image and why?

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ISO 1000, 35mm, f/2.0, 1/40 sec

I love the glow from the lights in the background. I especially waited for the car to drive by in this one 🙂

Favorite book?
The Bible

Favorite movie?
Dan in Real Life. Zoolander takes a close second, have to love blue steel!

Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere around me. I love to take something someone may see as trash and make it beautiful.

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What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
My relationships with my clients. I love to get to know them, joke with them, become their friend. I go above and beyond to make my clients comfortable and happy. They are all totally awesome and without them, there would be no business.

Do you use a second shooter?
Usually

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How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Bake me cookies. White chocolate chip, please :). Just kidding. Send me an email and get to know me first!

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Jamie Delaine (jamiedelaine.com). I have never met her but I love her. Really, I do. Her images, her personality, she’s awesome and it would be so fun go get to know her and hang out with her. Jamie, if you see this, I love you! 🙂

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
Does Open Source Photo count?

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I am still a college student, and to take the leap I continually have to sacrifice time spent studying and doing homework to keep my business afloat. It’s very hard to balance school and running a business, but with the aide of God and my beloved family, I am able to get through it.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Follow your heart and never give up.

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I posted an ad on Craigslist to do a free wedding. It was my first wedding, ever, and I wanted to bless a couple with free wedding photography and get some experience and wedding images for my portfolio.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Meeting in a dusty ghost town. Perfect, perfect sunlight. Lots of cameras and a fun, relaxed photo shoot. Followed by Pizza, Cherry Coke, and editing our pictures together.

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Anything else you would like to share?
I continually grow everyday. I am 19 years old and started my business about 6 months ago, and it’s been a long ride but it has been more than worth the effort. When I first started, I hardly knew anything about my camera. With practice, patience, and the help of so many kind photographers, I’ve been blessed in growing my business and improving every day. Never think you’re too young. Just follow your heart and with effort and the blessings from God, you will succeed.

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Radiant Photography – Phoenix, AZ

June 13, 2009

Meet Breanna Chanson of Radiant Photography.  Radiant Photography is a husband and wife team whose focus is weddings and seniors.  They shoot RAW using their right eyes in mostly aperture priority mode (occassionally manual mode) with Canon.  They use Totally Rad Actions and some of the husband’s “home grown” actions.

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www.radiantphotographyaz.com
www.radiantphotographyaz.com/radiant_life
Facebook

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
It was more of a process than it was a specific moment. I have always loved photography but I thought my husband was out of his mind when he said he wanted to be a photographer since he hadn’t really used even so much as a disposable camera before!!   I now have more confidence in his ability to learn new things because he quickly made me eat my words and as he became more and more successful, I became more and more jealous!
If I had to pin it to a moment, I suppose it would be when my husband came home and said our source of income had been completely eliminated.  News like that will make you do some crazy things…. like starting up a new company from scratch in the middle of a recession!

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
That photographing people is all about, well… people!  You can have exceptional skill, but if you make people uncomfortable they are not going to want to spend 8 hours with you on one of the most important day of their lives.  I think it’s very important to be a real person and to relate to your clients as real people.
Every time we drive to a meeting or a photo session, my husband and I make sure to spend time talking about how the people we are about to meet with are real people with real thoughts and emotions… they’re not just dollar signs. It’s so easy to get business focused and to forget that you are doing something to make someone happy that can be a huge blessing in their lives.

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What makes you different from everyone else?
There are so many fantastic photographers out there, I can’t sit here and tell you that my work is completely different than all of them and totally unique.  We do a lot of special lighting tricks but that’s more due to my husband’s ability, not mine (I do serve as quite an excellent human flash stand though).
I think my real answer to this question has a lot to do with my answer to the last question. We truly believe that we have a greater purpose in life than to just freeze moments in time… we believe we need to center everything we do around loving people.  So we do that through the relationships we build with our clients and also through our Radiant Love program which means every month we donate 10% of our shooting fees to a different charitable organization and honor a different individual for his or her service to the community by offering a free portrait session and $100 print credit.

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
I’m not sure how “up and coming” she is, she may be pretty well established, but I’d have to say that my favorite local photographer is Kimberly Bee.

One item you can’t live without?
My eyeliner (I should’ve said “my philosophical ideals” or something so you wouldn’t know how shallow I truly am! Ha ha).

Your best bokeh image and why?

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I really love the hardcore ballerina on the train tracks.  Probably just because I can describe it like that, I really like contrasting themes… delicate ballet dancer + old, scary train tracks = glam.

Favorite book?
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

Favorite movie?
Little Miss Sunshine

Where do you find inspiration?
Movies, music, when movies and music are combined together, Caia Koopman (my favorite artist), creative coffee shops, the weather, designer store catalogs, other photographers I find online, little kids, and spending time with unique people who make me think differently.

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What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
The dynamics between my husband and I.  Our strengths and weaknesses align in just the right way so that we compliment each other perfectly.  Plus we bring in the male/female aspect, not only artistically, but also in the way we relate to people and in the way we view the world.

Do you use a second shooter?
Yes, my husband, Scottie.

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How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Shoot us an email showing a genuine interest in specifically what we are doing (not some generic, “hey I’m looking for a job and I’ll take anything” email) and have samples of your work easily accessible somewhere online.

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Jasmine Star

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
Just the PPA as far as organizations go, and no awards yet… unless you count grade-school awards for picking up the most trash and things like that! 😉

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
It’s sort of weird because there wasn’t a ton of hesitation for me.  I was just in the perfect place in my life to do this.  The hoops were just the normal ones like the money for startup cost, hoping we’d make enough to survive on, etc.  I think the worst part was all the paperwork and figuring out tax laws for businesses…. boring things like that.  Our photographer friend, Jefferson Todd, helped us out a ton with that stuff though.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Be brave and be prepared to run on 4 hours of sleep a night for a little while!  Oh yeah and don’t spell “photography” wrong on your homepage when you first launch your website.  Then later when you DO make a mistake on something just tell yourself, “well, at least I didn’t spell photography wrong on my homepage like Breanna did!”

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
We just shot a regional gymnastics meet that had about 500 kids in it with the goal of getting at least a few action shots of every single kid so the parents would look around on our website to purchase prints and hopefully hire us for portrait sessions and other things.  It was crazy, we shot for 14 hours straight the first day with no breaks and my quads were so sore that my legs just gave out at random when I was walking for the entire day after that (so embarrassing)!

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Well I know this isn’t very “networky” but I think spending time in a smaller group and then moving onto a different small group would be perfect because then you actually remember the people you meet and get to know a little bit about them.  A much stronger connection is made that way.

Anything else you would like to share?
No matter how hard it gets, remember to step back and appreciate your life as a photographer.  People actually pay you to share in their emotional experiences and to capture the beauty of the things they value so much in their lives.  You also work your own hours and get to be your own boss.  Life is good.

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