The Bride & Groom Fed Cows! Samantha & Joshua’s Country Wedding

This Saturday, Christine & Tatiana traveled to Haue Valley for Samantha & Joshua‘s wedding — and this venue can boast something none of the others can:

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Yes, they were able to feed the cows!

We almost got the Bride Mobile stuck in the mud on the way there, but hey! We made it, and it was totally worth it for the shot! This next shot was also taken in the cow pasture:

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Christine first met Samantha at a bachelorette party for a mutual friend (who was also a bridesmaid in this wedding)! After a few glasses of wine, they decided they were best friends and that there was no one else better suited to photograph this wedding!

Thanks, Sam!!

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And let’s take a moment to drool over her gorgeous dress and bejeweled shoes:

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Sam & Josh have an adorable little girl named Genevieve, who was the cutest little flower girl in the wedding!

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Mr. Luke was also pretty down for this adorable cousin hug, too!

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It was a whopping 36-degrees … but everyone was a champion about being outside:

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Haue Valley is a 246 acre farm — which is readily availble for the bride, groom, photographer, and videographer (hat tip to Applause Weddings for being amazing to work with!) to explore in the Bride Mobile. We’ve already mentioned the cows, but there is a pond, a silo, and several photo hot spots on the property.

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Plus, there is a spot absolutely perfect for the first look. There is a gorgeous wooden sliding door where the groom can wait to see his bride.

As long as one of the groomsmen doesn’t pop out of it before the bride can …

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Don’t worry, Sam go her time to shine, and Josh was an elated groom to see this stunning woman he was about to marry:

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It had snowed the day before, but not much of it stuck to the ground. However, there were some gorgeous spots where the Fall colors and snow blended perfectly together for photographs.

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The bridesmaids also found that shots of vodka helped keep them warm for the photos! 🙂 I personally think that was a fabulous idea!

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It was a wonderfully perfect day for Samantha & Josh to tie the knot. Thank you for letting Kansas City Photography be a part of your day!

 

Maternity Shoot at Burr Oaks!

Sunday, we explored Burr Oaks Woods with the Carter clan!

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Anthony and Katie already have a beautiful daughter, Charleigh, and now they are expecting daughter #2!

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Even though she won’t be the center of attention anymore, Charleigh is super excited to be a big sister!

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Katie and Anthony are going to have a busy holiday season for the rest of their lives. Charleigh’s birthday is December 16th and baby-to-be is set to come Dec. 6th!

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December is definitely the time for celebration!

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Kiddo #2 doesn’t have a name yet, but mom and dad are hoping to know as soon as they meet their baby girl. They had a name picked out for their eldest, but when they met her they knew she was a Charleigh!

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Thank you so much for sharing this special moment with us, and we can’t wait to meet the newest addition to the Carter family. <3

Poop Jokes In The Woods! A Funny Fall Family Session

I met up with Stacy, Trevor, Logan, and Cloe Saturday at what is quickly becoming one of my favorite photo locations, Shaw Nature Reserve!

Stacy saw her friend Angie’s photos and just had to book a session with us! We are so glad she did!

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Usually during a session, I will have the kiddos say things like “cheese!” or a character from their favorite show, like “Chase!”

Logan, however, was cracking himself up by shouting all things related to poop instead!

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I heard things like “cheese ball poop!” and “poop crackers!” But, hey, it got him to smile, so there are no complaints here!

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Cloe is our little forest nymph. She saw a tree that Trevor mentioned he bet she could climb … so she did!

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Speaking of trees — at the very end of the photo session, Trevor spotted a hawk up in one! It was just sitting there watching us intently.

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As we walked back to our vehicles, we saw it dive bomb into the pond to attempt to catch some fish! It was a really cool experience!

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Shaw Nature Reserve is 2,400 acres of amazingness. It has trails, bridges, ponds — you name it! I am going to have to update our top St. Louis locations list!

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When I first met Stacy, she told me something that I never hear. She said Trevor was just as excited about family photos as she was!

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This is unique, because usually it takes a bit of convincing to get Mr. Man on board, but then they always see why it was worth it afterward. This time, there was no battle! We were a “GO!” from our very first meeting!! Thanks, Trevor, for seeing the importance in family photos! You’re the man!

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It was so wonderful to meet this family! Here’s to many more family sessions! I love watching as the kiddos grow up!

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Hiking To A Castle: Ayanna’s Senior Photo Session!

Since I was raised at the Lake of the Ozarks, I am always excited when I have the opportunity to make the trip down. It was no exception when I met up with Ayanna and her wonderful family at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. And, yes, it has a castle!

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For anyone who hasn’t been there, the castle was built at the turn-of-the-century. A fire destroyed it, but the ruins remain for us to gape at. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a fence around it like there is now, and people were able to get much closer to the castle and explore.

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It was a delightfully overcast day (a photographer’s favorite!), and we even got a little rain. Jacob was kind enough to hold an umbrella over me while I Asked Ayanna to play in the rain! You can even see the streaks of it as it passed by:

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I had my oldest daughter, Lily, at the session with me. She is my little road trip buddy. She and Ayanna’s brother, Nicholas, really hit it off and entertained one another while I took photos.

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Ayanna’s sister and mother, Alyssa and Airyanne, were so amazing in helping me carry my backpack and lenses! This senior session truly was a family ordeal! Even the family pup joined on our adventure!

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Ayanna told me she planned to start out at a local college. She isn’t sure what she wants to major in, but we all know this woman is going to go places!

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My dear friend, Misty, introduced me to this wonderful family. She asked that we snap a family photo during the session, but we were missing Zack! Next time, my friends! 🙂

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Thank you for spending your Saturday with me — it was a treasure to get to know you all! I’m excited to see the great places Ayanna will go on her journey!

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“Oh, She’s In The Chiggers!” Sudduth Family Photos!

I met with the Sudduth family this Saturday at a NEW location (at least for me!) We met in Gray Summit at Shaw Nature Reserve.

For this very first shot, I had to step pretty far back off the path into approximately 1,000,000 sticker bushes. There was a photography class going on behind us, and I guess people were staring over at me, because the instrucor went: “Oh! She’s in the chiggers!”

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Early Saturday morning, Andrae, Grant, Walker, Angie, and Joey introduced me to this jewel, which very much reminds me of Burr Oak Woods in Kansas City!

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Angie told me this was her family’s first time getting photos outside of a studio (think, like, JC Penney photo studio). I was completely flattered, honored, privileged … you name it … to introduce her into this whole new world of on-location photography. So, whatcha think, Angie?

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Andrae, who was named after Angie’s maiden name, was our 12-year-old helper. Angie is actually in a BOOT right now due to a stress fracture. Andrae was a gem helping us carry, not letting me forget to leave my lenses lying around, and helping me explore this new setting!

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Grant, whose birthday is in just a month (to the day!), was also very excited to tell me all about Shaw Nature Reserve. He also told me I was a “nice lady.” Thanks, Grant!

Also, Angie told me this is one of his original faces:

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But we got this 6-year-old to cheese for us, too!

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Now, Mr. Walker, our 2.5-year-old, was surprisingly good at giving little grins. We didn’t get any huge belly laughs, but we got some smiles when we asked him to say “Chase!” instead of “Cheese!” He’s a big “Pat Patrol” fan.

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We also had to make time for photos of just Angie and Joey. These two lovebirds are still in love, three (and 13 years) kids later!

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Thanks for booking with Kansas City Photography, we can’t wait to keep capturing these memories for you — outside of a studio! 😉

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Apple & Lemonade Stand Sessions! Pumpkins Are Next!

Last Sunday, the St. Louis branch of Kansas City Photography set up its lemonade / apple stand for some adorable mini sessions!

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Christine has two signs. One says “Love & Lemonade,” and the other says “Appes & Ale.” She’s getting a third sign that says “Pumpkins & Potions” to use in October! The talented Crafted by Danyelle helps her make the different signs for her stand.

First up, Miss Elena! Her mom, Alyssa, fell in love with the stand when Christine got it this summer, and had to have the lemonade sign!

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Then, we moved onto the Apples & Ale minis because ’tis the season! Our own little Harry Potter fan, Jaxton, was all about those apples, let me tell ya!

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Next up, some of my very favorite people — the Nelson clan! Lochlan and Aislyn were rocking the apple stand! And Aislyn was all about eating those apples, too! Maybe the reason the stand was such a hit is because kids love apples?!

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We also snuck in some family photos!

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We will be using the stand for “Pumpkins & Potions” mini sessions next! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest!

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He Puked On Me! Baby Oliver’s Newborn Session

Oliver, unlike his big sister Genevieve, was all smiles for me during his newborn session!

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I did manage to get one good grump face out of him, so here’s a side-by-side of Oliver at the same age as Genevieve!

And, with newborn sessions, there is usually some type of bodily fluid. I’ve been pooped on. And peed on. Oliver was no exception when he decided to upchuck on Aunt Christine.

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Happy parents, Jenn and James, are avid sports fans. They love the Dallas Cowboys. This is something Jenn’s Dad passed onto them, because neither of them are actually from Texas.

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And, of course, there will always be some sort of homage to Mizzou in Jenn’s photos. We can actually thank the University for us even meeting. And we were roommates for several years and still love each other. That’s saying something!

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So, we’ve covered the NFL and college sporting teams, what do you think is missing, St. Louis?

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It wouldn’t be a completely sporty newborn session without some Cardinals love. Having lived in Kansas City for years, I am personally partial to the Royals, but don’t tell anyone here that! :O

Oliver also has the cutest birth / beauty mark right on his eyebrow!

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Tell me that isn’t adorable! We probably won’t be able to see it once his eyebrows grow in darker, so I wanted to make sure to get a picture of it!

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Oliver is such a little stud. Thank you, Jenn & James, for letting me play with him for an hour! We had some drinks while you were away! 😉

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“Get The Suture Kit!” Bret & Hannah’s Cliffside Wedding

Yes, there was a suture kit. And an IV bag. And 7 medical professionals in the wedding party alone! But we’ll get to that in a moment.

We had the great pleasure of capturing Bret & Hannah’s beautiful cliffside wedding this Saturday! I could sit here and try to explain its beauty, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

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Tatiana and I both made the trip out to Sunset Bluffs in Washington, Missouri, and was it ever worth it! We couldn’t have paid to capture shots in such a beautiful venue.

The cliff itself is reserved for the bride, groom, and photographers. It was like our own little slice of Heaven away from the hubbub of the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

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It was a beautiful 66-degrees … ALL day! It was perfectly overcast, like God was smiling down on these two lovebirds and telling them: “This is your day! And it is a beautiful one!”

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Compare this weekend to last weekend — where it reached 105 degrees! What a stark difference, and just in time for their vows! I’ll take 66 over 105 any ol’ day!

The wind was also cooperating, blowing just right and fluffing Hannah’s veil for shots like this:

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And we can’t forget our main man, Elijah! Not only was he “ring security,” but he played an integral part in the wedding! He was a big helper, and super excited to help out his dad and new mom!

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His cheeser is so adorable! He was such a sport through all of the photos!

Now, let’s get to that medical staff we mentioned earlier. Of Hannah’s “Bride Tribe,” as she called it, there were two EMTs, one paramedic, one radiology tech, and an RN. When a bridesmaid was having trouble with her dress zipper, all of these medical field people started whipping out all the bells and whistles to fix it. A suture kit, and IV needle, you name it!

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They were going to fix that darn dress before show time!

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And all of these medical professionals I’ve mentioned so far were just on Hannah’s side! This doesn’t include Bret’s groomsmen, or all of their friends not in the wedding party. Like, all of these firefighters Bret works with, for example —

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Even the bride and groom! Hannah is a paramedic, and Bret is a paramedic firefighter. If anyone had any health issues that night … they were in good hands!

Although, if it was at the end of the night, maybe in very good tipsy hands … but, hey!

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We are so honored to have been there to capture special moments for Bret & Hannah. Things like the joy written across her mom’s face when she saw her daughter:

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Or the look on Bret’s face when he finally saw Hannah for the first time:

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Or the finishing touches on Hannah’s dress:

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Plus, their unique ideas! Hannah had a “Man of Honor,” in her wedding party. It was her very (not gay) best friend, Max! I only included his sexual orientation because during his speech at the reception, he pointed out that Hannah used to introduce him to people as her “gay best friend.” Seeing as his beautiful girlfriend, Amanda, was in the wedding party, he pointed out only the “best friend” part was true.

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There are so many more photos I’d love to put into this blog, but I would be up all night editing. I can’t get enough of the beautiful location, the gorgeous bride and groom, and their adorable little Elijah!

Thank you for letting us be there for your special day!

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They Tied The Knot With PB&J. Seriously! Tara and Luke’s Lakeside Wedding!

This Saturday, we had the pleasure of celebrating with Tara and Luke as they tied the knot at Lake Tapawingo!

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Tara and Luke booked our Chiffon package, which is 3 hours of awesome wedding magic!

Starting with … the First Look!

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I hid Luke behind a tree so he wouldn’t see Tara until the perfect moment.

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When he did see his gorgeous bride, he couldn’t stop smiling!

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Tara decided to go with blush pink and white for the colors of her special day. Such a gorgeous choice!

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Her bridesmaids were beautiful, too!

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Luke’s groomsmen really got into the loving spirit of the wedding, complete with prom poses —

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… and reenacting scenes from the Titanic (spoiler: they let go).

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The lovebirds met when Zane was 2 months old, and Luke fell in love with Tara’s babies right then, too!

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Allison and Zane were both thrilled to see their mother so happy with such an amazing man! With Drew, their youngest, they make such a wonderful family!

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Although, Drew was pretty camera shy. It’s okay, though. He didn’t want to take away the spotlight!

The ceremony was incredibly sweet, with Tara’s brother, Michael, as the officiant.

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Now, this next part was a first for us. Tara & Luke came up with the most unique wasy to symbolize their love during the ceremony! Since they go so perfectly together like peanut butter and jelly, they made a PB&J sandwich to celebrate the big day!

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Tara and Luke are the perfect match and their love inspires everyone around them.

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Help us congratulate Tara and Luke on their eternally happy future together!

‘This Is The Last One, We Swear!’ A Shackelford Newborn Session!

Everyone, step back, because you aren’t going to believe this. But we got Cameron to smile.

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Hold your applause, though, because we also got a few to add onto his grump gallery. Here is what I have been used to seeing over the years, with the most recent one at the end!

Now, this cross-armed pose is something we all look forward to! Hahaha!

I met with the Shackelford family last weekend to meet their newest bundle of joy, Devin. I hadn’t seen them since their pregnancy announcement in January!

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Devin was born July 18, 2018. Weighing in at 7 lbs., 14 oz., he is the eighth grandchild for the family!
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It seems like just yesterday I was taking his brother, Holden’s, newborn photos!
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But he’s a BIG brother, now!!!
I think the second photo sums up just about he feels about that. 😉
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But, we did get some good shots of Holden, too!

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Ayden is a veteran at this point. She is the big sister to THREE little brothers. Oh, boy!!!

I mean, not even during this meltdown did she lose her cool:

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It was too funny not to share … and I know Jordon loves it when I include shots like that above. 😀

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And, not only that, Ayden is a dog mommy, too! Meet Annabelle and Princess!

Nanny Della always wanted a granddaughter named Annabelle, but other than Ayden, all the grandkids are boys … so she got a grandpuppy named Annabelle instead! I thought this was too hilarious not to include!

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Every time I see Ayden, she has gotten taller! These two photos were taken only ONE year apart!

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Ok, Jordon & Ethan, make sure to tell Devin he isn’t allowed to grow up as quickly as the rest of them! My heart can’t take it!

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See you all again soon!

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