Testimonials

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Here you will find testimonials and feedback from our clients.  We appreciate them for taking some time to write something about The Chicks and our services.  If you’d like to speak with any of these clients, please let us know and we would be happy to put you in touch with them.

I had the pleasure of meeting Maura at a good friends wedding. I’ve never been so impressed and excited about a photographer. I hate having my pictures taken. But somehow Maura made me comfortable. Almost like an instant friend! Her energy is amazing. Her true passion shows through.
So of coarse after the wedding I liked her Facebook page and I began stalking her pictures. I loved them. Then came the boudoir photos. I was so impressed with them. I thought I’d love to do those. But I don’t think I can. I have too much fat here and there. There’s no way any pictures of me would look any good. Then I saw a few girls who were about my size post their pictures. And thought they could do it, so can I. So I decided to tackle boudoir. Maura obviously was the only decision. I’ve never been so comfortable in front of a camera. Maura made it so exciting, and truly made me so feel so comfortable. Through my experience with her I found self esteem I didn’t even realize I had. So Maura – thank you. Thank you for these beautiful pictures, thank you for helping me find my self esteem I didn’t even know I had, and most of all thank you for this creative, exciting, wonderful experience.

~D (Boudoir Client)

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Ladies, if you don’t know Maura McCarl Chick from Pics By Chicks Photography, you’re missing out! She can make you look like a supermodel and you’ll want her photos blown up, framed and hung over the fireplace so you can still be admiring them when you’re 90. For real.

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~K (Boudoir Client)

 

I am not a model. I have never had my photograph featured in magazines or been professionally photographed outside of this experience and my wedding. I am a size 12 on a good day, size 14 most day, wine and food loving, sometimes active, sometimes not, 30 something year old with body issues. I have hips and curves. I am you.

I’ve had two boudoir shoots with Maura. My first one was as a wedding gift to my husband. I was super nervous and some of the people I told about the shoot were less than supportive, making me question the decision even more. Let me just tell you that every doubt I ever had was gone the second I met Maura. It was like being reunited with on old friend. She makes you super comfortable. My favorite thing about working with Maura is her enthusiasm. She gets super excited about the pictures she is taking and makes you feel as if you are the most beautiful person ever. The photos were beyond what I could have ever imagined. The whole experience was super empowering. I have never felt more beautiful, especially in such small amounts of clothes. Because of that, I hold my head higher now, am more proud of my body and all its flaws, and stopped focusing on all my imperfections. (And my husband loved the gift, if you were wondering.)

I would highly recommend boudoir photography to every woman. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. And trust me when I say, Maura is the person to shoot you. She is simply THE BEST Pittsburgh has. Her pictures are sexy, sultry, beautiful, glamorous, and just perfection. Her eye for detail is amazing and she will do anything for her clients. I can not sing her praise enough. I would recommend her a thousand times over.

~H (Boudoir client)

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“Inside of all of us there is the need and the desire to be heard, to have our innermost thoughts, feelings and desires expressed for others to hear, to see and to understand.”
–Viktor Alexander

This quote is a great translation as to what my boudoir session meant to me. It is my feeling everyone comes to Maura for different reasons but all with one common purpose; self-expression. For some this could be an expression of confidence, sexuality, art, courage, or love. For me it was all four. I am a young, conservative workaholic who is in love with her long-time boyfriend, but at the same time not the perfect communicator or expresser. My boudoir shoot was an important outlet but also challenge for a girl who does not always make time for herself. My shoot with Maura was professional, glamorous, fun, and exhilarating! I can say it is one of the things I am most proud of in my recent years. I think I told Maura at least 20 times “I so needed this.” I did this for my other half, but it ended up being more for me by the end. And the photos themselves, words cannot describe the perfection. I looked nothing short of ELEGANT and STUNNING! It is my feeling that everyone should have this experience. It is a beautiful avenue of promoting self love, confidence, and understanding. The take-away is inevitably greater than what you pay and it is something I will probably do again. This review may seem over the top for ‘just getting some photos taken’. But until you have a session with Maura you most certainly cannot judge..

“If you want to soar in life, you must first learn to F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself) – Mark Sterling

~D (Boudoir Client)

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My decision to do a boudoir shoot was not an easy one. I’ve deal with years of insecurity and poor self-image. In the months leading up to my wedding, I put a lot of time and effort into becoming healthier and feeling better. And I did. With this little boost of confidence, I thought to myself “why not?” So I did. I was referred to Maura by a friend who did a boudoir shoot prior to her wedding. Saying that I was nervous before the shoot is an understatement. It was borderline panic attack. However, moments after entering Maura’s home, it was clear that this was going to be okay. She immediately makes you feel like this is exactly what you were supposed to be doing at that moment in time. As if you were going into work. It was not uncomfortable, not forced, not pushy. It was a celebration of all the good things women strive so hard to achieve – confidence, self-worth, power. I worked very hard to get to a good place in my life, and Maura helped me celebrate and share that through her photography. It felt like Maura and I had known each other for a lifetime. Her positivity and encouragement is contagious. For anyone who has something positive in their life to celebrate; or for those who need a catalyst for that positivity, I would recommend spending some time with Maura. It was worth every minute!

~K (Boudoir Client)

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Where do I even begin?! My experience with Maura was life changing. I have never felt more beautiful or more comfortable in my own skin than during my photoshoot. I was so nervous about what to wear and the angles of the photos, but Maura made me feel so comfortable and relaxed I felt like a professional model. Everyone needs this experience in their life, the photoshoot makes you realize that no matter what your size is or your problem area… you are beautiful. Maura thank you for just being you, your talent and kindness is something that I will never forget!

~S (Boudoir Client)

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Husband received the album on Christmas Eve. I couldn’t wait any longer. When I got the album in the mail I loved it so much I wanted to give it to him right then! His reaction was definitely surprise, then confusion. Mostly, he laughed. He was so surprised and didn’t know what to say–laughter is his reaction in such situations. My husband isn’t big on compliments. He just doesn’t think to compliment me, which is hard, but it’s just him. After looking through the album quickly once and asking me some questions (When did you do this? Was it awkward? etc), he took the time to go back through the album and comment on each picture, pointing out what he liked. It was really, really something. Mostly, the phrase “smokin’ hot” was used and I was like “damn straight”! Hahaha So thank you. Thanks for being so fun and making me feel so comfortable. Thank you for making me feel good about myself. know that most people would say “they’re just pictures” but the entire experience was a lot more than that! You really are a fantastic person and you give your clients so much more than “just pictures”. You really made me feel good about me and gave me something special I could share with my husband.

~J (boudoir client)

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Maura (and Tony!) are AMAZING. Mark and I clicked with her at our first meeting, and when I say clicked I mean it was like we found a long lost family member. Maura is sweet, HILARIOUS, fiery, feisty and SO INCREDIBLY TALENTED. I’m recommending her to all of the couples I know getting married in the next couple years, because she will take care of them, and make them laugh, and when it’s all said and done, will give them a gift to cherish for the rest of their lives. I couldn’t be more grateful to her (and Tony!) for taking care of us during our wedding like they did!!! Love you guys!!!!

~Adrienne & Mark

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In case you have been wondering, our Gregory Victor wedding pictures turned out amazing thanks to PicsbyChicks Photography with Maura McCarl Chickand Tony Chick!!

We couldn’t have asked for a more friendly, welcoming, hilarious, genuine artist to work with to capture such amazing moments!! Looking forward to working together in the future! Thank you so much!!

~Brianna

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I HIGHLY recommend Pics By Chicks Photography. Maura was unbelievable! Not only did she fit me into her busy schedule last minute, she didn’t rush through the shoot even though I was late. She was extremely nice and made Emma feel comfortable. She also made sure she got all the poses I wanted. I can’t wait to do it again!!

 

~Mary Beth

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I cannot express how highly i recommend Pics By Chicks Photography. The entire day was amazing. What a treat to spend the day with my daughter having fun like this!! Maura McCarl Chick made everything so special. The prices are on par with other places but the service is above and beyond anything i would have expected. From the time i made the appointment to receiving the most unexpected and thoughtful packaging and personal note with our pictures. what u see in this post are only a few of the 90+pictures that we had to choose from. You cant go wrong here. I have heard some senior picture horror stories this year. Save yourself the trouble and go here. I also recommend the hair and makeup session. Elyse did a phenomenal job. She really knows what she is doing with that makeup for photography.

 

~Bridget

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Maura and Tony were an absolute pleasure to work with! They were able to capture amazing photos of us, our bridal party, family, and friends all while under a time pressure. They truly captured moments that Shelby and I will cherish for our lifetime, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone. Thanks again Maura and Tony!

~Brian

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OH MY GOSH!! I ABSOLUTELY 100% LOVE my photos!! They are AMAZING!!!!!! I am so glad that I chose you to be my boudoir photographer; for how nervous I was at the beginning of the session is how freakin’ ECSTATIC I am now looking at my photos!! You are truly AMAZING!!!! I was a little hesitant to put myself out there like that but am extremely glad I did. And you made me feel so comfortable and beautiful

~S (Boudoir Client)

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Oh Maura, I’m in awe of what you have done! I’m so excited about these! They came out beautiful, even more so than I had imagined! Can I tell you I’m a huge fan of yours?! I am so loving the art and class in every photo. You have given me an experience of a lifetime! I’m so excited to share these with my husband. This will be the best gift ever and I’m sooooo pleased with the outcome. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

You are amazing. So excited about everything!! You are the best. I think I’ve looked through them 5 times already. Might need to do so again.

~C (Boudoir Client)

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Maura & Tony,

Chad and I absolutely positively LOVE every single picture you captured!  I can’t stop looking at our wedding pictures.  You did an amazing job capturing every special moment on our special day.  We can’t thank you enough.  Every single day we get to reminisce on our wedding day because of the beautiful pictures from you!!!!
YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!  I will refer you to everyone I know.  I promise you when I am home again I will definitely book another session with you.  I don’t even care what it is for!
We adored you both and can’t believe how comfortable you made us feel all day.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Your little packages are the best too!  I wish there were more to come!  Thats why I need to book another session with you soon!….
THANK YOU AGAIN!  YOU ARE THE BEST!

~Anna & Chad

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Thank you so much for the wonderful day today!  I felt pampered, beautiful and confident…so not how I usually feel!  I’m so excited to see the photos!  I love your talent, your excitement and your passionate energy. You made everything so fun and what I think was one of the hardest things I’ve done easy. You are special and you have a gift. Thank you again!

~ C (boudoir client)

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oooooo my goooooddddnnnnessss!!! ahhh i love them!!! There’s so many its going to be crazy hard to narrow it down! Thank you so much for an amzing shoot! You were the perfect photographer for the job and i am so excited i found you and had you take the photos for me!!! so excited right now!!!

Thank you soooooo much again Maura! you’re amazing!!!!!
Jennifer 🙂
(very very very pleased [boudoir] client!) 😀

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Literally. DYING. I LOVE THEM! you are amazing! Seriously they are amazing – everything I wanted / could ask for. you are fantastic. I can’t thank you enough. Being 7 months pregnant doesn’t always make you feel the most “attractive” but these make me feel and look unbelievable! What an experience. I don’t know if I can wait 2 more weeks to show him!

~T (Boudoir client)

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We are so happy Maura & Tony (pics by chicks photography) were recommended to us. They were so much fun and I literally shouted out loud with excitement upon seeing the pictures of our wedding. Thank you Maura McCarl Chick and Tony!! You managed to capture details that hold a special place in our hearts. We are so grateful that we had you to capture our wedding day and even more thankful that we got to spend the day with you!

~Shelly

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Maura-

I just wanted to email you and say thank you for the over the top, AMAZING experience i had today :)! I had soooo much fun dressing up and posing for you. I can not wait to see all the pictures you took! Those few you did showed me looked wonderful, i can’t wait to see more! Thank you for being so creative and following your passion of boudoir photography, you truly make it a one of a kind experience and really made me feel great and very comfortable. I’m so glad i found you and got to have this experience. Thank you again for a wonderful day 🙂 you truly have a talent and I’m so happy i found you!
~J (Boudoir client)
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So I finally gave my husband the pictures for his Birthday.  He was very surprised and he loves,  loves, loves, loves, loves them!  He grins ear to ear when we talk about them.  He said that was the best gift ever that keeps on giving.  
 
I absolutely had the best time at my photo shoot, and I love the pictures.  I can stop saying how gorgeous I look.  
~T (Boudoir client)
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Maura – oh my god. I’m seriously speechless!! You are absolutely so talented and passionate about what you do! You can tell in the pictures!!! I can’t even believe how great they are. They have surpassed my expectations. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful experience and for the beautiful photos!!! I just LOVE them all!  I will let you know how my fiancé reacts – I’m so so so excited to give him this gift!!!
~K (Boudoir client)
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Maura,

I just received the box with all my goodies 🙂  I feel like I can’t thank you enough for such amazing pictures.  I am just stunned when I look at them and it makes me feel amazing! At times I was debating whether or not I should pursue this and I am so very happy that I did…I’m sure my husband is glad too! So again thank you so much for such an awesome experience and such awesome photos!!

~L (Boudoir client)
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Oh Maura…..Thank you SOOOOO much!!! I absolutely LOOOOOVE THEM!!!  You and Tony did a phenomenal job!!!!  I have looked at them three times already- I just can’t get enough!  My mum is in love too!!!!!
I am so lucky to have found you & Tony and I will spread the word about how wonderful you 2 are.  You helped to create a magical day for us and gave us memories to last a lifetime!!!! I could never thank you enough!!!
~Camille
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WOW.
 First of all, let me start by saying YOU ARE AMAZING. I can’t believe the pictures. Never underestimate how meaningful your work is.. You made me (and many other women) feel so beautiful, and you can’t put a price tag on that. You’re just wonderful. I can’t thank you enough.
~T (boudoir client)
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You are amazing, you made me feel so comfortable and confident and the pictures turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you so much, you have no idea what you did for my self confidence! And for as much slack as I got, I can honestly say I would have paid double the price to feel as good as you made me feel. Thank you just isn’t enough!
~H (boudoir client)
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Maura!!
I LOVE it!!!  Thank you SO much for making me feel comfortable, relaxed, and most of all, beautiful!!  You’re an amazing person!

~S (boudoir client)

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I cannot express how grateful I am for  you and these photos.  I so wish I would have had you at all of my kids previous birthday parties.  You really need to let your clients know that you do parties.  It is such a great thing!!
I cannot wait to make Lacey a photo album with these photos.  Photo #87 is my fave pic of her of all time!!!
Thank you!!!!!!!!!

~Angela

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My Boudoir photo shoot experience with Maura and Pics by Chicks Photography was such a fun, confident boosting, and amazing experience! I enjoyed every second from getting my hair and make-up done to striking multiple poses in front of the camera.Maura made me feel so comfortable, beautiful, and special (like I was a famous hot model working the Victoria Secret fashion show)! After seeing the photos for the first time I couldn’t believe that gorgeous girl in the photo was me! My boudoir experience and the photos are something I will treasure for years to come! Not only was it a gift for my soon to be husband, but it was also a gift to myself, to remind me that I am a beautiful and confident woman from the inside out.

~R

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Hey everyone, did I tell you how amazing my friend Maura McCarl Chick and her husband Tony are?! Amazing doesn’t even begin to cover it! If you need any pictures of your family, friends, wedding, anniversay, etc. you need to call them! Pics By Chicks Photography !

~Sarah (Copy from a Facebook status update)

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Wedding pictures are done!!! Thank you Maura McCarl Chick and Pics By Chicks Photography we love them!! You are amazing at what you do! If anyone is interested in booking Maura for your wedding or anything else, let me know and ill be more than happy to share our pictures with you.
~Katie (Copy from a Facebook status update)
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Thanks Maura McCarl Chick! You and tony did such a wonderful job, and I am so glad I met you when I did! I can’t wait to share all the pictures with everyone!!! Here’s to our future photo shoots and endeavors!!! So glad we connected so well!!
~Nicole
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I never got the chance to thank you for taking Josh’s senior pictures.  They are fantastic.  All the pictures you and Tony are taking are absolutely awesome!!!
~Todd
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Just received my USB drive and couldn’t wait to see the pictures.  They are beautiful!!!  Thank you both SO much!  We are all going to have a hard time choosing which ones to frame.  We will be calling for more in the future.  Thank you!
~Amy
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Mom just called me. She got the mail and your pictures. She is so happy and she says they are beautiful and she is all choked up looking at them 🙂
Thank u! You made my mom cry!
~Beth
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Great work Pics by Chicks Photography, EVERYTHING LOOKS AWESOME!

~HJ

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I love them Maura!!! I’m so happy to have such beautiful pictures of the girls- thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us!

~Danielle

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Maura McCarl ChickTony Chick – you are truly incredible! Thank you so much for capturing our day!! We are LOVING us some Pics by Chicks!!!

~Shannon

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Yay thank you soooo much!!! I had a BLAST!:)

~Chelsea

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We love, love, love the pictures!! Thank you so much!

~Tara

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MAURA! I got the mail today and did not expect a beautiful, gift boxed complete with bow, jump drive with all of the wonderful photos. It is great, and now I have to try and decide my favorites. Thank you so much

~Maggie

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Maura! I want to thank you again for such an amazing photo shoot! You made us feel so comfortable and special the entire time. It was a blast, and not to mention the photos exceeded all my expectations! You are truly gifted, and I look forward to our future sessions!!

~Autumn

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Maura, thanks for the amazing photos and the great experience. Can’t wait for the next photo session:)

~Cheryl

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ok my friends you have GOT to check out these pictures that my friend Maura McCarl Chick and her husband from Pics by Chicks photography took. Please go to my page and look at the beautiful pictures of my BEAUTIFUL children. Makes me emotional just looking at them. I can’t thank her and Tony Chick enough!!! Once you see these pictures I am sure you will want to have her photograph YOUR family…absolutely amazing job Maura.

~Karen (Logan, Landon & Noah’s mom..This is a copy of a Facebook post Karen made after seeing the pictures on the website)

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As Maura mentioned in her write up of our photo shoot, my biggest(and only regret) is not having professional pictures taken at our wedding. We recently were able to have Maura and Tony take our pictures. As someone who never knows how to stand, what pose to take or what expression to have, Maura has a wonderful sense of direction. You can just tell she knows what she is doing by the confidence in her voice. Tony is in the backround but make no mistake- he is taking shots you will be amazed by because he catches you in candid moments.

I was a bit nervous about the whole shoot but having Pics By Chicks take our pics was one of the most fun evenings we’ve had in a while. I was so surprised at how natural I looked under her guidance. Tony also took some cool long distance shots that not only show off us as a couple but the backround of Beaver’s bridges.

~Jen & Lloyd

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Dearest Maura and Tony,
Thank you for an absolutely delightful evening. We had so much fun that our cheeks hurt from smiling! Quite honestly I was a little apprehensive about the photo shoot, but you both made us feel so incredibly comfortable. Never imagined we could be the subjects in such beautiful pictures. You are both clever and talented and our pictures are proof of that. I wish you well on this journey. You are sure to capture many amazing moments for everyone you see through the lenses of your cameras.
Xoxo,
Carla

 

Thank you, Pics By Chicks Photography! Audrey & I will treasure having these sweet moments captured forever.

~Amanda (this is a copy of a Facebook post Amanda made, which linked everyone to her session on our website)

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No I’m not trying model but Maura McCarl Chick is a great photographer and made me look fabulous! And it was really fun helping her out and getting some pics taken! Great job Maura McCarl Chick and check out all her fabulous work at PicsByChicksPhotography.com!!!

~Lauren (this is a copy of a Facebook post Lauren made after seeing her pictures)

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Tony & Maura have a great eye.  They were very easy to work with and really understood what we were looking for in our pictures!  Can’t wait until the weather gets nicer so we can schedule another shoot.

~Molly & Cody

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Enjoyed my time with Maura & Tony!  I was extremely happy with how light hearted and friendly they were during my session.  It really helped me relax and enjoy the experience.  Love that crazy Maura humor!

~Sarah

 

 

 

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