52 Reviews on “J&J Studios, LLC”

52 reviews
  • Eileen

    J&J studios did our photos for our wedding. They were very easy to work with price wise and we didn’t ever feel pressured in buying things we didn’t want. Come wedding day they showed up on time and got straight to work. Very professional and I would use them again!!! We had a blast during the shoot also!!!! Thanks again for everything

    1. Chris Mecleary

      My wife and I used a few photographers before we found John and Vanessa and the advancement in professionalism and quality of photos that they gave us over “the other guys” was amazing. You can tell they are passionate about their work – I wouldn’t recommend anyone else over these two.

    2. John Ryan

      Thank you so much! We really enjoyed working with you and are so glad you loved the images.

  • Hilary Greenhalgh

    John and Vanessa were great. They are very passionate about what they do, and they’re talented as well. We had our engagement shoot with them and couldn’t be happier and we’re very excited to have them on our wedding day!

  • Amanda Wyszynski

    Our engagement shoot was absolutely wonderful. Amazing shots, creative locations, and so much fun. We were hesitant at first because we feel awkward having pictures taken, but John and Vanessa made us so comfortable. So excited for our upcoming wedding with J&J! Can’t recommend them enough!

  • Dana Kozole

    John and Vanessa were great to work with. Our wedding photos turned out beautiful. They found the most beautiful spots in our Venue for photos. Great price!

  • Erica Mecleary

    We used John and Vanessa for our engagement photo shoot and have never needed another photographer since. They are a dynamic duo which make the shoot very easy and not forced. They seize every opportunity to take candid photographs and capture all of the “fairy tale moments.” John and Vanessa are both extremely talented and reliable so I would highly recommend them!

  • Megan

    I can’t praise J&J Studios enough! My fiance and I were a bit nervous about taking our engagement photos but John and Vanessa made us feel so comfortable and made a potentially awkward situation feel so fun. Their particular attention to lighting detail during sunset and dusk makes for absolutely breathtaking photos. And, not only do they have great ideas for shots, but they ran with our crazy ideas to shoot my fiance and I popping confetti cannons and champagne bottles at each other. We are anxiously awaiting our wedding day and can’t wait to see what they have in store for our big day!

  • Ashley Connor

    J & J Studios recently took our engagement photos. Considering it was our first photo session, John and his assistant made us feel very comfortable as they created a very easy-going and relaxed session. We appreciated the time and creativity that they used to capture our perfect photos! We would certainly recommend J & J Studios to others.

  • Cara

    J&J studios were there to capture the moment that I got engaged. Not only was I surprised about the engagement, but was then also surprised when my engagement picture was in Philly Magazine. John & Vanessa did an amazing job at capturing the snow falling and worked with my now husband on finding the perfect spot. We then used John and Vanessa for our engagement pictures and our wedding this past October. John & Vanessa are so easy to work with when it comes to scheduling dates, providing ideas for location of engagement/wedding pictures and were very patient when we included our 70 lb bernedoodle in our engagement pictures at the art museum. Our wedding was captured beautifully! I am so happy that I will have the pictures they took for the rest of my life. Their photography is beautiful and on the day of, they provided all of the direction and got all of the “key” shots without needing my input. I was able to relax on the day of my wedding as they took control and made sure we were sticking to the schedule we had planned. We also got a short wedding video, which included aerial video, and it is beyond amazing! They chose great shots, perfect music and the video flows so well that people who watch it feel like they are at our wedding. Clearly my husband and I love working with John & Vanessa as they create beautiful photography & videos, they are easy to work with and provide direction and take ownership of the shoot. My wedding was also featured in 13 magazines, which clearly is a testament to their work and that alone speaks to the level of quality of their work!

    1. John O’Rourke

      John took very elegant photos and really brought them to life. He was very pleasurable to be around and very accomadting with reasonable prices for his quality of work. 10/10 would reccomend

  • Kristin Stokes

    J&J Studios did our Wedding in May 2019 and they did absolutely phenomenal! John and his team did a ton of prep work including scoping our venue, which made the day of our wedding so much better becuase they knew where to take all the best shots! The day of our wedding John and his team were professional and they never got in the way! JJ studios provided us with so many beautiful photos that we couldn’t even include them all in our album! Additionally, they provided a highlight video ( early the day after our wedding!!! My husband and I got to watch it first thing when we woke up the day after our wedding). The video was done so beautifully. The photos were all beautiful and he made everyone look amazing! I still get so many compliments about our wedding photos and how amazing J&J Studios did at our wedding! We also had a huge wedding party and they did an exceptional job at handling a group of that size! I highly recommend J&J Studios for a your photography needs! You will be thoroughly impressed!

  • Dena

    I am so happy with my shoots with J&J Studios! Our engagement photos came out so beautiful and John was so comfortable to work with. He truly captured this memorable moment and the scenery was breathtaking. I cannot wait to have these photos displayed at my wedding and to have J&J studios capture my dream day!

  • Kris Brown

    John and Vanessa did our wedding last year and we couldn’t be happier. He worked with a very tight (by the minute) timeline and yet still got all the photos we could want.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how beyond happy my husband & I are having trusted the true artistry, dedication & attention to detail that John & Vanessa brought to our wedding day with their absolutely STUNNING photography & videography work. They truly CARE & it shows in everything they do. From the communication & planning of their services provided to the dedicated work ethic on the big day, they are truly a CLASS ACT team & they captured every moment for us that we envisioned & THEN SOME…They kept us track to capture everything we set out to do but yet they let each moment unfold exactly as it should & were at the forefront without being intrusive or rushed…They were TRULY part of our family that day as all our guests enjoyed them! We got STUNNING images & had so much fun with them…Now we need to find any excuse we can to work with them again soon in the future! Thanks again John & Vanessa for beautifully capturing those extremely precious & rare “first moments” with my husband & I…We couldn’t imagine trusting that with anyone else other than J&J Studios.

  • Mihaela Simianu

    John touched and made beautiful every moment captured during the morning tour before our wedding ceremony! The rain drops, the bright sun, the walk across the city, radiates the love and joy we felt that day in everyone of his pictures!
    Mihaela and Steve

  • Bekah

    J&J is awesome! My husband hired them to document his real-time proposal 2.5 years ago, and since then we have used them again for our engagement photos, our wedding (which they travelled to California for), and most recently a beautiful maternity shoot. John is so easy to work with and always comes with ideas for your session and more than willing to listen and work with what you want as well. You can rest easy choosing them!

  • Angela

    We did our wedding with J&J Studios, it was an amazing experience working with John and Vanessa, they really care for great shots and results making sure that our especial moment was memorable, we were so happy with them that we had to do our pregnancy shoot with them, I love how they tell you how to pose and what looks better, since I’m not a professional, but they are, they’re creative and very helpful!

  • Sarah Boozer

    We hired J&J for our wedding in 2016 and we were not disappointed! John and his team did a great job adding a bunch of elements that made our photos special, even included shots on their drone! We also added a photo book to our package that came out beautiful as well. Totally recommend! 🙂

  • CJ

    Choosing the right photographer was very stressful and I wanted someone that would give me the professional results I wanted. I’m super pleased that I went with J&J because the result was exactly what I hoped for, I was so pleased with my wedding photos, that we used J&J for our maternity shoot, and I’m excited for the next opportunity to hire them once more. GREAT job guys, were thrilled with our photos and thank you!

  • Raymond Dobrovolsky

    I have enjoyed working with John Ryan at J&J Studios outside of Philadelphia. John made the experience so pleasurable and turned what could have been a stressful time to what it should be- fun and exciting!

    John’s eye for selecting the right setting for each and every shot is impeccable, and his talent for lighting and composition was amazing. My pictures were a delight to view, and were as equally amazing as those of friends who also utilized his services. I would use John for any of my future photography needs and highly recommend him to any and all!

  • Brianna Pereira (Belford)

    We could not have chosen a better photographer for our wedding! John & his partner Vanessa were very punctual the day of our wedding, even early, and it was clear that they wanted to do the best photography work that day. Even in our tiny Old City hotel room with 6 women + hair & makeup professionals, John & Vanessa were in and out and got numerous beautiful “getting ready” photos. John was the perfect balance of ‘always there’ to catch memorable moments while also being ‘out of sight’ so as not to distract from the day. His artwork is impressive, and we can’t wait to save, print, and share these photos for a very long time! He also made the photos available extremely quickly, and easily! If you are considering hiring JJ Studios, DO IT! And make sure you do the “practice day” ~6 weeks before your event – it makes the day of go so much smoother and more comfortable!

  • Valerie L

    We had a great experience with J&J studios: professional, punctual service. Creative thoughtful suggestions about location/ poses. I’ve got beautiful pictures

  • Emma Cawlfield

    John and Vanessa were wonderful, both during the planning process and on our wedding day. They helped us organize our day-of schedule and were prompt and professional throughout the wedding. Our photos are so beautiful, and I can’t believe how quickly we received them after the event. We would definitely hire them again.

  • Albert Zhao

    John did a good job on the elopement. He has a lot of great ideas of poses and photo shooting. Choose him as your photographer and you won’t regret!

  • Ilya D

    John and Vanessa are an excellent duo. I have utilized J&J Studios for many events and have always had an outstanding experience. They are very responsive, accommodating and friendly which is what I look for when dealing with any company. They make hiring a photographer extremely easy and offer a wide array of services/options to fit anyone’s needs/budget. I thought the prices have been very fair as well for the high level of service and quality of photography that I have received. If you are looking to book a photographer for your special day I would look no further than J&J Studios.

  • Paul P.

    J&J Studios provides an excellent service that has talented, professional, and friendly staff. John and Vanessa have an innate talent at capturing the best caliber photography no matter the background, light, or other variables that might come into play. This talent should be especially underscored because this is certainly not easy to find and cannot be replaced even when using the most advanced equipment. In addition, John and Vanessa are incredibly reliable and professional from scheduling the session to receiving the pictures/videos in a timely manner. Most importantly, John and Vanessa are very friendly and easy to work with, which naturally translates to an enjoyable experience!

  • Jon Stevens

    John and Venessa are amazing!! They captured the proposal absolutely perfectly!! The whole element of surprise really worked and Jen was not even close to expecting it.

    Jen and I will be using J & J for our wedding also!!!

    Thanks Guys!!

  • Rachel Rouse

    We met John through a mutual friend and came into his studio to talk about our small intimate vow renewal at Normandy Farms. We were concerned since it was such a tight schedule that John wouldn’t have time to pull things together, but whew were we wrong.

    In the space of 10 minutes we sprinted around the grounds and took no less than ~20 stunning portraits of me and my husband. He even somehow had time to use his drone and take a few stunning aerial images, one of which hangs in our living room.

    After the portraits, the vow renewal ceremony was fantastic in the private banquet area, and John somehow managed to make it look like we were in a grand hall. My family all commented how friendly John was and personable.

    After the vow renewal we got the images back the next day. I was floored by how beautiful they were. And such a quick turn around! Absolutely gorgeous. Would definitely use them again (and we plan to for our anniversary) and recommend to friends and family alike.

    ~Rachel and Bill

  • Britney Lee

    Really made lemonade out of lemons! Do yourselves a favor and hire him.

    I have to say I was anxious hiring this guy. It was rainy and gloomy my wedding day. I was crying. John and his assistant were like don’t worry, it will be alright. Yea right I thought.

    Well, come a month later I get my pictures back and I was floored. It didn’t even look like it was raining. The pics have the golden toned sun kissed look that I wanted. It was almost like magic that the way he edited them I had amazing, golden, sun kissed beautiful images from my wedding.

    I honestly broke down in tears when I got my album. So luxurious. I was so happy.

    Cannot thank J&J Enough! Will definitely hire them down the road.

  • Carolynn Rainey

    J&J Studios did a great job on my wedding photos and video. Two years later and I still cry whenever I look through the album! You can’t go wrong with them!

  • Ngoc Nguyen

    We have used John’s services for many occasions now (family portraits, headshots, and special occasions like announcements) for both pictures and video. I cannot overstate the quality in both service and professional knowledge and execution. If you’re looking to hire someone for any event or occasion, just book John and rest assured your special moments will be captured perfectly.

  • Jeffrey Harrison

    J&J Studios photographed our wedding in October 2017 and were recommended by the supplier from our wedding venue. My wife and I are very pleased with the wedding photographs. So many of our wedding guest and family members commented on the efficiency and skill of the photographer as they photographed the wedding and reception. During the day itself, John & Vanessa were very accommodating, relaxed, but manage to capture so many key moments as well as more formal family group shots that we wanted. We received exceptional service throughout the initial meeting to the close of our wedding/reception ceremony.

    My wife and I would highly recommend J&J Studios to anyone ad we certainly would use their services again for a future occasion. Thank you so much J& J Studios, we really appreciate you hard work!

    Best Regards,
    Jeffrey Harrison

  • Quynh

    Had J&J Studios for our first ever photo shoot. Pictures came out gorgeous! They are so detail oriented, capturing the elegance in every moment. Very professional! Thank you for the amazing experience!

  • Jenny Nguyen

    I had such a great experience with J&J Studios. John and Vanessa are both very professional and responsive. They are also very so efficient and resourceful. I am also a little camera shy and not the most knowledgeable as far as photo combos, poses, and/or locations goes. John and Van made just the right amount of really helpful suggestions and were really positive during our entire photo shoot. The location that they’ve suggested was also amazing…. it was very fitting to our personality and lifestyle. I love that they took our personality into consideration when determining a location to do the engagement shoot. I am so excited to have them photograph my wedding.

  • Hilary

    I hired John and Vanessa for both my engagement shoot and my wedding. I don’t even know where to begin, the were PHENOMENAL! All of my guests are RAVING about our pictures. John far exceeded our expectations. He is such a talented artist and we feel so lucky to have had him for our special day. His coverage was amazing. He had a team of four (including himself) and they didn’t skip a beat. My guests thought it was so neat that there was a photographer EVERYWHERE. He captured the true emotions of our day, which is hard to do. I can’t say enough great things about them. I would HIGHLY recommend.

  • Nicole Fisher

    Beyond excellent !!! The best photoshoot I ever went too. I highly recommend this for any event or photoshoot. John was very professional and friendly to my family and children. Pictures came out fantastic 🙂 I’ll definitely come back for more business. High quality studio and equipment. I highly recommend.

  • Katrina Spalding

    John and his team have done several photoshoots for our Hotel in Exton, PA and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! His level of communication, professionalism, pricing, and turn-around time on our images were all top notch. We would definitely recommend his services, as well as use J&J Studios again for future photography needs! Well Done!

  • Srushti Raja

    J&J Studios did a phenomenal job with our photo shoot and capturing precious memories with our friends! John and Vanessa went above and beyond to capture various angles and poses that turned the simple park we took photos in, into a truly magical escape. The photos came out beyond perfect. They were also extremely professional, timely, and accommodated all of our requests. You will be beyond satisfied if you choose their services!

  • Niyanta Kumar

    John and Vanessa are fantastic at what they do. Well prepared, patient, and talented! Their nifty changing pods and ability to cart around a plethora of photography equipment to four different locations all the while being super easygoing was great. And best of all we Loved our engagement pictures! I would highly recommend this professional and talented duo. We look forward to working with them again!

  • Lydia Bonilla

    John and Vanessa from J&J Studios were wonderful. I was surprised by my now Fiancé with his proposal after our romantic valentines dinner. They were very professional and made sure we were comfortable and captured every special moment of this amazing night. The pictures were amazing. I highly recommend J&J Studios for your special moment.

    1. Lydia Bonilla

      UPDATE: We highly recommend John and Vanessa from J&J Studios. We were very happy and satisfied with John and Vanessa’s professionalism and work for our proposal photo shoot (which was awesome by the way!), that we decided to go with J&J studios again for our wedding. We just did our engagement photo shoot and they were wonderful! They were patient, made us feel comfortable and put up with my fiasco with my shoes (insideer!!!) Of course, the pictures came out AMAZING!! You will not regret having J&J Studios for your special event.

      1. Lydia Bonilla

        This is an update to our review. My husband had hired John and Vanessa for our engagement, and it was awesome. People are still talking about how beautiful the engagement pictures were. They have different packages to suit your needs (Photography and/or Video Services). We were so happy with our engagement photos, that we wanted John and Vanessa to also do our wedding. From the very beginning John is with you step by step and will answer any questions that you may have (and trust me we had a lot!). John helped us create our perfect wedding timeline and allowed some time for any surprises that might have come up. On our wedding day, they kept us on time to make sure we would be able to get the most photos we could of our special day (I have to say we were ahead of schedule). Even with our wedding mishaps (flowers taken to venue instead of hotel, groomsmen needing to run out to do some shopping and change of bridal suite at last minute) John and Vanessa were very patient and worked with us to make sure everything was going smoothly. We cannot WAIT to see our wedding photos. If you are in need of a photographer/videographer who are creative, professional and good at what they do look no further. John and Vanessa of J&J Studios will not disappoint.

  • Elizabeth O

    John, Vanessa and their team did an amazing job on our photos! They arrived day of and were timely, efficient, charismatic AND got every shot we could’ve dreamed of!! Our wedding photos look like something out of a fairytale! They also were amazing in getting our photos back to us in a timely manner considering our move out of state too!! We could not be happier!!!!

  • Jon T

    I had originally planned a surprise engagement in May, but with the lockdown, had to postpone. John was very helpful and accommodating for a reschedule. He’s was very easy to work and we were able to have a great time! The pictures came out amazing and we are extremely pleased with the results! John was very quick with his responses and providing these beautiful photos! Highly recommended!

  • Megan Saylor

    I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about John and his work. When my husband and I got engaged, one of the first things we did was seek out a photographer. The photos were one of the most important aspects of the experience for us. Photos have always covered our home and we knew we needed John to shoot our day when we saw his work- the editing details, the angles and relaxed nature of his work was very appealing to us. John is extremely professional, detail oriented. thoughtful and a true joy to be around. I was nervous going into our engagement shoot, but John made us feel right at home, and as close to “models” as possible, he captured our love so well and we love looking at our engagement photos. From all over Rittenhouse Square on a chilly October night, to John’s ability to pivot quickly when our wedding changed venues less than 40 days out this September, he has been a constant for us! He kept us on track, always provided thoughtful suggestions and really listened to my husband and I about what we wanted. On the day of the wedding, John and his team did not disappoint. They got to work right away and at moments I forgot they were there! My guests also commented on the professionalism of the team and how they were able to capture the happiest day in a very long day, and of our life’s, so wonderfully. I am gushing over the photos and just cannot recommend J&J Studios enough. John gave us a sneak peak the night of our wedding of some pics he snapped and we were floored, again, by his work and thoughtfulness. I don’t know anyone else who got to see even one picture the night of their wedding, let alone multiple! Our home is now coated with John’s work from two of the happiest days of our life. If you are even considering hiring John for any special event in your life, do not hesitate for one moment. He is truly a wonderfully talented photographer and pleasure to be around. Thank you for everything John! We can’t wait to have you capture more of our memories in life!

  • Sabrina Anderson

    J&J Studios is wonderful. We recently did our engagement photos with them and, despite some mishaps on our end (such as the groom-to-be accidentally bringing his blue suit jacket to wear with his black pants..), the session was wonderful and the photos turned out to be phenomenal. They made it super comfortable and easy even though neither of us had really been photographed prior to the session. He took his time to get creative with shots and different positions. We got our photos back so quickly and we were both stunned!! The edits and lighting and really everything about the photos are incredible. We would choose them again for any photography needs in a heartbeat. Very fun, pleasant session and wonderful turnout.

  • Becka Rich

    I highly recommend John and his company to any couple getting married during these unusual times. John made it clear that he was a creative professional from our first consultation. We were asking for something very unusual: Not only did we want to broadcast out our wedding to guests, we also wanted our parents to be able to give blessings and for readings to be given. I had consulted with several other vendors and none of them had any idea how to make this happen and the only other one who was willing to even consider it didn’t have the equipment. John brainstormed with us and made the wedding day really, really special. John worked with the synagogue where we got married to make sure that the stream would be exceptionally high quality. The only technical issues we ran into were due to people having different names than expected, which was in no way something that John or I could have predicted. The photographer who was there with John made sure we got every picture we could possibly want and had great suggestions for the few non-candid shots we wanted. John even had the pictures processed within less than 26 hours. The pictures did an amazing job of reflecting our joy and love on that day. We are so grateful to John and the people who work for him for making our wedding so special despite COVID-related restrictions and difficulties.

  • Dana L Haney II

    J&J Studios were the perfect match for our wedding! They captured every single detail, moment & more! John and Vanessa are the greatest team. They made every step of the process enjoyable and memorable.

    Some of the top reasons for selecting them for our big day was their talent! Their work speaks for itself and we definitely recommend them! I remember when we first met them for our engagement shoot. Sean just got off of work from an overnight shift and I was nervous. They made us both feel relaxed and we captured so many great moments! Our wedding day was more than perfect! They are so organized (even more so than me!) They kept us on track and were all so easy going. A majority of the time, I did not even realize they were around filming and taking pictures!

    We highly recommend them for any occasion and cannot wait to use them again when baby HQ comes!

    Dana & Sean

  • Crophil and Johannah

    Our Anniversary Photo shoot was scheduled months in advance but, mother nature had her own plans and decided to send snow and rain and sleet. But, that did not stop J&J Studios.

    The Nor’easter came strong, but it created even greater pictures and the creativity and beauty that was captured with each photo was truly breathtaking.

    We had a truly memorable photo shoot and everybody was truly positive and went above and beyond to ensure we captured the perfect photo. Every image was able to show our true love for each other and the passion that J&J Studios showed during the crazy weather is further proof that this is the best place to go to create memories that will last forever

  • Kristen

    John was great! He made the experience of taking pictures a lot more enjoyable than you would expect. Our photos turned out great! He was responsive from the first email I sent until the very end of the process and getting our pictures. I would definitely recommend.

  • Denida Seybert

    I’ve worked with John and Vanessa for the past 4 years and they are wonderful people. Always fair and never cut corners. They work really hard and treat each wedding as if it was their own. I love working with them and I hope to keep working with them for a long time.

  • Josephine Giaimo

    John, Vanessa, and their team are super talented. I am so glad we booked with them for our wedding and engagement shoot. The photos turned out fabulous. We cannot wait until the big reveal to see everything. They were all so professional during the entire process and helped us stay at ease. I would recommend them to anyone looking for photography/videography services for their event!

  • Elsie F

    I have been a bridesmaid in a few weddings in the Philly area, and I can confidently say no one beats John & Vanessa. They are professional — John is organized, easy to communicate with, and is transparent about prices/packages. Our wedding photographs were a perfect mix of editorial and authentic, making sure to capture all our moments! Moreover, they pay attention to the little details; they are always prepared with supplies (like command hooks for my dress); and they offer some direction when taking photos (which not all photographers do!). I really can’t recommend them enough!

  • Domingo Rodriguez

    Wow wow wow! Hiring J&J was the best decision we made as a couple when planning our wedding. John is so responsive. You can send him an email and expect a response within minutes. The quality of their work is superb. We reached out to J&J literally 2 months before our wedding ceremony in September 2020 and luckily learned that John and his team were available. He walked us through his reasonable and very worth it packages and we decided what worked for us. Given the complexities of planning a Covid wedding, John agreed to split the 14 hour coverage into two days (7 hours in 2020 for the ceremony and 7 hours in 2021 for the reception). J&J was not only super responsive to us when communicating, but super punctual and beyond professional. From our engagement photos on the beach to the picture perfect photos of our ceremony to the stunning shots taken at our reception, we’re blown away with the work John and his team do. Thanks so much for making our wedding special and capturing everything. We’re honored to be a part of the J&J family.

  • Sarah

    Highly recommend J&J Studios to capture your big day. John made our engagement session very easy and helped us to get comfortable in front of the camera. Our wedding photos turned out amazing! John and his team were creative and took some artistic shots as well as formal portraits. They proactively communicated to ensure everything was in place for the wedding.

  • Hailey

    Usually guests will compliment the DJ, venue, band, or officiant, but my guests cannot stop talking about the team at J&J studios. They were amazing!!! I received my photos, video, and photo album and wish I could give J&J an infinite amount of stars!!! My photos came out unbelievable!!! I received them in July and I still look at them every single day!!! They captured every important moment and more! They were truly the most amazing photos I have ever seen!!!! As for the video, I was just as speechless!!!! The way Vanessa edited it was incredible!!!!! The whole team is so talented and professional! My husband and I loved going to the studio to see our final video! Working with J&J studios was the best decision I made!!!!!!

  • Orchid Alexander

    John Ryan and Vanessa are outstanding! We had a perfect engagement shoot with them thanks to their attention to detail and creative direction. Hands down will recommend J&J to all our friends and family! They just did our rehearsal dinner and wedding as well and we could not be more thrilled with everyone at J&J Studios! We are so grateful to be a part of the J&J Studios family.

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