Timeless Photo Albums: Printing Photo Books For Your Children

My children are the reason why I pick up my camera.  Even before they were born and before I even knew them, I picked up my camera and documented our life for them.  Photographs are incredibly important and powerful to me.  Someone recently said that a story only lasts about 2 generations before it is forgotten and that made me so sad.  I want our children to know our story and I want their children to know our story.  I want my children’s children to see images of their parents when they were babies and to truly know who they were, at the beginning of their life.  It’s a gift I am giving my children, and my grandchildren.  While verbal stories can be forgotten easily, I think photographs retain stories that can be passed down from generation to generation.  Photos help to make a story timeless.  So when it comes to printing photos, I am passionate about creating timeless photo albums for our girls because I envision them showing their own children their story one day, through photographs.

For our children, they each receive an individual album of their first year.  This album begins with their first breath and ends at their first birthday, documenting each and every milestone throughout their first year.  I also print family yearbooks for my husband and I to keep, one for each year.  With our littlest turning one last month, I just printed her first year album and had goosebumps when it arrived in the mail.  It is everything that I hoped it would be.  Because I get many questions about photo printing and how I navigate photo book making, I am happy to share my process for creating timeless photo albums to inspire you to finally print your family photos.

For a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read The First Twelve.  And to learn how I document our everyday moments between milestones, be sure to read The Everyday Photograph.

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Timeless Photo Albums: Printing Photo Books For Your Children

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Why I Chose This Book

For my daughter’s first year album, I chose to create a 100-page, hardcover photo book with a partial jacket.  I only use Artifact Uprising for photo books because their quality is above the rest and their ink is very accurate.  I spend so much time perfecting my white balance so it is really important to me that my photos print accurately.  While their photo books are an investment, it is an easy purchase for me and I will tell you why.

Each year, I end up with around 1,000 final, edited photos of my family.  And those are just the final images.  If I were to disclose the actual number of images I took of my family, it would be in the 30,000+ range.  I tell you this to give you an idea of how much time I invest in memory making for my family.  Those final 1,000 edited images are created with hours and hours of photographing, culling, editing and story making.  At the end of the year, I want all of that time to count for something.  I don’t want those images hidden on my computer or put in a cheap album that can’t stand the test of time.  I easily invest a little more in a timeless photo album that I know will be an heirloom.  What I am trying to say is, although these books are an investment, think of the time investment you’ve already made all year long.  Your photos deserve to be beautifully showcased.

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How Long It Took To Make

My final 100-page album contains 217 images and took around 2 hours to create, after I had decided on what images to use.  Deciding what images to use probably took me about 20-30 minutes.  I know that may seem like a long time to make a photo book, but I actually consider that pretty fast.  And let’s remind ourselves of the amount of time we spend all year long taking photos and editing them.  We spend hours upon hours editing and creating final images that I find that 2 hours of photo book making is actually pretty accurate.  After a year of dedicated photo taking and keeping up with editing, I feel that images deserve to be preserved in timeless photo albums.

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The hardcover photo books include so many layouts that make creating a timeless photo album effortless.  Once you are creating your photo book, the layouts are available to choose from and you can decide, page by page.  I like to do a lot of storytelling with my images so it’s fun to choose layouts that are collage based so that I can create stories by grouping images together.  My favorite layouts to use are the full bleed and 4 image collage.  It allows me to showcase a favorite photo on a solo page, while fitting a large number of photos on the other page.  I also really like to use the 4 photo collage because it allows me to fit more images within my photo book.  And, like I said, my final image count at the end of the year is around 1,000 edited images…so I like being able to include as many as I can in the final book.

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A True Keepsake

I love that my final book comes in a beautiful white box, with the photo book wrapped in paper inside.  While our family yearbooks are out on display to look through, our girls’ first year albums remain in their boxes.  Like I said, they are considered an heirloom item for my girls and I just like to keep them as protected as possible.  They are truly a gift for my girls and their future children.  There is something about knowing that their own children will look at these timeless photo albums one day that keeps me picking up my camera to document their everyday stories.

When it comes to timeless photo albums, I can’t help but choose these photo books time and time again to display our family memories.  I love that they are simple and classic, ensuring that they are just as beautiful 20 years from now as they are today.  I make our family yearbooks a little differently, but through the same company.  Be sure to sign up for my email list below to get access to my family yearbook post that is coming in the weeks ahead, it is going to be a wonderful resource to help you get your images in photo books for your family.  Creating timeless photo albums for your family is truly a gift and you should be so proud of yourself for taking the time to preserve your family memories to be enjoyed for years to come.

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What To Invest In When Starting A Photography Business

Starting a photography business is such an exciting step!  I will always remember white knuckling my business plan daily as I saw my dream come to life, from getting my business license to getting my very first paid session.  Starting my business was one of my life’s best decisions, as it really has taught me a lot about myself, about others, and about photography.  Plus, working for myself is a pretty amazing reality and has been a blessing once we added a couple babies of our own, allowing me to be home with my girls but to also fulfill another part of me through working as a photographer.  Many have asked me what to invest in when starting a photography business and I definitely have some recommendations that have truly made my business run smoothly.  Some purchases were made right away, while others were a little while down the road.  But I will explain why.

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While I will not being giving any advice on contracts or insurance, know that they are both absolutely necessary and highly recommended.  Both a contract and business insurance were on the top of my list, when thinking of what to invest in when starting a photography business.

Okay, so let’s say that you have your computer and your camera, which are two of the biggest items you will use with your business.  I personally photograph Nikon, but started my business with a D3200 for about 6 months before upgrading to a full frame.  As for computers, I started my business on an Apple MacBook, before upgrading to an Apple desktop in addition to the laptop.  I like the flexibility of a laptop, but I like the monstrous screen of a desktop.

I view your contract, insurance, camera and computer as the basics, but when thinking of what to invest in when starting a photography business…here are a few additional things that you might consider to help your business run smoothly.

Blogging Software

One of my best purchases to date was this blogging software.  I use it almost daily with my business and it makes creating collages for blog posts so easy.  When thinking of what to invest in when starting a photography business, this is not only a really affordable investment but one that will make blogging your sessions effortless.  This software, for me, was a first year investment and well worth it.

Here is an entire tutorial on how to create photo collages for my blog in minutes!

Lightroom

Just in case this isn’t a given, editing software will be one of your best investments.  I personally use and love Lightroom.  I have used it for years and find that it does everything that I need to edit final high resolution images for my clients.  I am a Creative Cloud member and pay monthly for my software, allowing me to receive any updates for my software when they become available.

Camera Bag

When thinking of what to invest in when starting a photography business, my husband really encouraged a good camera bag.  After seeing what I invested in when it came to photography gear, it was a no brainer that having a good bag to carry and protect my gear in, two and from sessions, while on location was to be one of my first purchases.  Over the years I have been so blessed with so many camera bags that I have adored (many of which you can read about here on my blog, while searching camera bags).  I currently use the Weekender camera bag and love it’s openness for putting gear in and taking it out, while also allowing a lot of space for me to carry two camera bodies with attached lenses and a variety of other odds and ends.

Portrait Lens

If my mama brain serves me correctly, I invested in a portrait lens (my first 50mm wasn’t the ART version, but is now what I use) right after my first year in business.  I do remember regretting not purchasing it sooner, as it was a complete game changer for my photography.  My portrait lens literally lived on my camera during my first years in business and helped me create some of my best work.  I firmly believe that you can photograph for a long time with just a portrait lens and DSLR, before investing in additional gear.

Wide Angle Lens

Being an indoor lifestyle newborn photographer, my wide angle lens quickly became my most used and favorite lens, allowing me to photograph in smaller spaces fairly effortlessly.  If you plan on taking a lot of indoor photos, I would definitely recommend this lens.  It is butter!

Education

Education was and still is something that I invest in regularly.  I have had many game changing moments when learning about photography both during hands on experience and when investing in education.  If you are interested in family photography, be sure to read The Family Photograph: Unlocking the Secrets To Successful Lifestyle Family Sessions.  And if you are interested in lifestyle newborn photography, you definitely need to check out The Ultimate Newborn Session Guide Bundle.

A Daily Organizer

Hands down, a must have yearly purchase is a daily organizer.  From helping me schedule sessions, build in time for post-session workflow and create harmony between my personal and business tasks, this is the only planner that I use.  I am definitely a pencil and paper type of girl, as I feel like that is just how my brain works…I love spilling out my ideas and tasks on paper so that I can cross things off.  Plus, I think this planner always brings a fresh visual happiness to my work area.  And one of my favorite things?  You can get color coded stickers to help organize your task.  Need I say more than the words “color coded”!?

Back Up Camera

I can’t remember exactly, but I believe it was my second year in business that I learned a very hard lesson when my camera broke during an actual session.  It was my very last fall session of the year, in the last minutes of the session, when my shutter completely broke.  And it doesn’t matter how many lenses you have in your bag when it is your camera that no longer works.  (Don’t worry, I had plenty of images to deliver to the client and they ended up being repeat clients for years).  But I learned the hard way that you definitely need a backup camera for your business.  Because it is quite pricey, it may not be an investment you can do right away, but is definitely something you should keep at the top of your list for purchasing.  Trust me, your camera will break eventually…and it’s possible it will call it quits at the worst time.

The great news is, once you have a backup camera you can put one lens on each camera during your session and photograph effortlessly and quickly, without wasting time changing out your lenses.  Now having a backup camera is important to me, not only for just in case moments, but because it helps me photograph sessions quickly…which is a must when working with small children.  In short, a backup camera both protects your business from accidentals and helps your session run quicker and smoother.

Listen, I know it seems like starting a business is expensive, but most things you don’t need to buy on day one.  I run a completely debt free business and have from day one, only buying things as I could afford them.  Remember that is it okay to grow slow and don’t compare your chapter one to another photographer’s chapter 15…because we have all started from the beginning.  Have additional questions about what to invest in when starting a photography business?  Be sure to leave your questions below in the comment section so I can help you.  I hope this post helped give you some direction today!

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What To Do When You Can’t Decide On A Photography Style: My Style Story of Switching Back And Forth

Almost exactly two years ago I was looking at my images as a light and airy photographer and was feeling pretty restricted and uninspired.  At that point I felt like my photography style was ruining my photography and that it was limiting the times when I picked up my camera, as I avoided imperfect light.  My first reaction was to try something new and experiment with a moodier style, because why not?  When something feels broken, you try to fix it.  But looking back over two years later, was my photography really broken like I thought?  Many of you have asked me why I decided to switch back to my light and airy style, after experimenting with a more moody look and I am about to tell you a classic story of “the grass is always greener.”  If you can’t decide on a photography style, my style story might be exactly what you need to hear.

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My Instagram feed between styles.

I am an open book.  I love to write and share my story because I feel like, if it can help someone else in just the smallest of ways, it is worth typing out.  Looking back, the real reason why I switched from light and airy images to a more moody look only to switch right back to light and airy is…light and airy is simply who I am.  Are you familiar with Marie Kondo?  If not, you need to read this book, seriously.  She talks about how your possessions should bring you joy instead of that “meh” feeling.  And I firmly believe that this concept applies to photography as well.  When we look at our images we should be full of joy.  We shouldn’t be looking at our photography and saying, “meh.”  For me, the moodier style quickly made me feel “meh.”

Truthfully, any image of my family despite the editing style, brings me joy.  But light and airy images of my family makes me squeal with joy.  And there is a difference there.  There is a difference between being satisfied with an image and being joyful with an image.  While the moodier look that I experimented with for about 7 months was fun and resulted in beautiful images, it wasn’t satisfying my creative cup.  I wasn’t feeling the joy.

And this doesn’t mean that light and airy photography is better than moodier photography.  That’s not what I am saying at all.  In fact, most of my favorite photographers have a completely different photography style than me.  But for me, I wasn’t feeling inspired with shadows.

It really is a story about the grass is always greener.  Or a story about trying to fit a circle into a square hole.  But let’s talk about the grass story first.

Whenever we feel at a rut with our photography, our instinct is to pinpoint what isn’t working.  For me, I thought it was my style.  I thought that my need to find perfect light and time my images around ideal lighting was hindering my photography.  And, in a way it was.  I definitely wasn’t inspired to photograph in every scenario.  But let’s really think about that statement for a second.

I wasn’t inspired to photograph in every scenario.

I highlight this statement because this was my truth and is my truth today.  As a photographer, I am only inspired by certain things.  And my certain things will be different than your certain things.  I am inspired by bright whites and creamy skin and a blown out window and a cream chair and soft textures and blush and delicate details.  I am inspired by light.  And really, everything else is pretty much missable for me.

But let’s be real for one second here.  Not matter the photographer you are and no matter the style you choose, light is your key factor.  Light is what makes or breaks a photo.  Whether you are a moodier photographer or a light and an airy photographer, light is crucial.  It is your style that then tells you what light you love the most.

I thought that my feeling of not wanting to pick up my camera when the light wasn’t ideal was bad, but really it’s just who I am.  And even with my darker style, I wasn’t picking up my camera all the time either.  I am a choosy person and it took switching photography styles to make to realize that, despite my style, I am not the photographer who will photograph all day long anyways.  I don’t pick up my camera everyday, and sometimes I don’t pick it up for a week.  But it wasn’t my style’s fault, it is just the way I am.

I was trying to fix something that wasn’t really broken.  I just thought it was broken.  I thought the light was hindering my desire to pick up my camera but it really wasn’t.  I was trying to fit my circle light and airy self into a square hole of a moodier style.  And after 7 months, it wasn’t working.  It was fun!  It was educational!  But it wasn’t me.

I realized that everything about my style is light and airy, whether it comes to photography or not.  The clothes I wear, the furniture I choose, the paint samples I pick out, the book covers that attract my eye, and the sliders I feel a magnetic pull to in Lightroom.  It’s just me.  It literally is who I am.

In the end I realized my truth.  I am a light and airy photographer, through and through.  Yes, I might have to wait for good light and yes, on some days that can seem a little limiting.  But I have learned that, like a lot of things in life, waiting is worth it for me.  Good things take time and in the end, waiting always makes me happier with my final images.  I just couldn’t deny the fact that light and airy scenarios were having me run for my camera, and moodier shadows just weren’t my thing.  While other photographers photograph shadows beautifully and I learned to do the same during my 7 months of moodier shooting, it just wasn’t bringing me the joy that I felt when being inspired by an evenly lit room.  Ahh, light and airy is just where it is at for me.

I hope that I am not talking in circles here and that this makes sense.  But the takeaway of this post is, trying something new is always a good thing.  It can either introduce you to a new love or it can show you that what you previously had was right were you should be.  And for me, light and airy is definitely where I should be.  It’s my joy.

If you can’t decide on a photography style, I would definitely recommend spending at least a month photographing in one exclusive style and then try something new for another month.  By giving yourself a long period of time to exclusively photograph one way, you are allowing yourself some time to really take in how the style does or does not inspire you and if it really gives you the joy you deserve to feel with your images.  And be forgiving of yourself if you feel like you can’t decide on a photography style right away, it really is something that just takes some time.

In the end, I feel the strongest with my photography and style today.  I think taking a 7 month break from the light and airy style to experiment with something new really strengthened my photography and my focus, encouraging me to create some of my best work today.

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Valentine Gifts for Photographers | 9 Must Have Items For Every Photographer

With Valentine’s Day weeks away, it’s time to think through what you’re going to get your honey.  Or if you are the photographer reading this, it’s that time of year for dropping heavy hints about what you would like from your valentine this year.  When it comes to Valentine gifts for photographers, I’ve got you totally covered with 9 must have items that photographers appreciate.  Trust me, these are all sweet things that will make your sweetie think you are the most thoughtful person ever.

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Footwear for sessions.  Outdoor sessions can have photographers walking through tall grass and getting in just about any position to get the perfect photo angle.  My favorite outdoor footwear for photography session is Hunter boots.  Not only are they professional and functional, but they are also really practical when photographing in all seasons!  And to really persuade you, they can be paired with skinny jeans or a skirt, making the outfit selections endless.

two

A daily planner.  Listen, I am a pencil and paper type of gal and if the photographer in your life is too, this planner is the only planner I use.  Not only does it help me schedule my professional photo sessions, but it helps me manage our personal life as well.  This planner houses everything from playdates, to photography sessions, to storytime at the library, to blog post ideas.  I will buy this planner year after year after year; it is a slam dunk winner!

three

A better camera strap.  Because let’s be real, the stock camera strap that comes with a camera is just not cute.  A fun way to dress up a camera and show personality is through a nice camera strap.  This camera strap is my absolute favorite brand and earns me compliments at just about every session I photograph.  It’s a beauty and comes in so many colors, allowing you to have a unique version.

four

An iPad case.  Does the photographer in your life use an iPad on the go, during sessions to help with posing or to keep caught up on email between sessions?  If so, this adorable case is a fun way to help protect gear and bring some beauty into her camera bag.

five

Keep her coffee hot!  Listen, if you know the photographer in your life really well…you know that she spends a lot of time editing.  And, like me, may get so focused on editing that her coffee constantly goes cold.  Is this just me?  Am I the only one grabbing for my cup of coffee between edits to find that it’s a very cold sip?  My girls got me a hot mug for Christmas and, let me tell you, it’s worth every penny!  When it comes to Valentine gifts for photographers, this idea takes the cake!

six

A cozy throw blanket.  Again, editing can find photographers behind a computer screen at all hours of the day, or night.  I love editing with a cozy throw blanket to keep comfy during my long editing sessions.  Plus, it can double as pretty office decor on an editing chair when not in use.

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A lens to help photograph in smaller spaces.  We’ve all been in small homes or tighter spaces that make it difficult to photograph the scene we want because of limited space.  Because we can’t move walls to allow us to back up further from our subject, this lens is a must have for a photographer’s camera bag and one of my go to lenses.  Plus, it takes the most sharp and crisp photos of all my lenses.

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A lens pen.  This tiny little pen is a must have for every camera bag.  Whether a child accidentally smudges your lens with their fingers or you need to clean dust off the lens, this pen works wonders!  Plus, it is small enough to keep in your pocket so it is very handy.

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A book known to boost inspiration.  Have you heard the photographer in your life mention that they are in a creative rut or that they desire a boost in inspiration?  The Everyday Photograph: The Art of Seeing Beauty in Ordinary Moments is a must read for every photographer.  Not only will it help you pick up your camera, but it will help you see everyday things in a new way.  It’s the perfect source for inspiration when you need a little creative boost.

Valentine gifts for photographers has never been more simple.  Whether it is helping her stay cozy during editing marathons, giving her some inspiration, helping her dress up her camera bag or self, or surprising her with new gear, your photographer sweetie will be so thrilled to receive any of these Valentines.  I hope this has helped guide your gift-giving and makes your Valentine feel so very loved!  If you have more Valentine gifts for photographers, be sure to leave your idea in the comment section below!

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Taking One Year Old Portraits | 6 Easy Ways To Capture Perfect Portraits

Our baby just turned one last week and on her birthday I made sure to schedule time for taking one year old portraits.  I love taking birthday portraits on my girls’ actual birthdays and intentionally schedule the photos for first thing in the morning, before the exciting day gets away from us.  Birthdays can be beautifully exhausting for little ones, as it is a day full of excitement and presents.  Knowing this, I like getting their birthday photos done earlier in the day so their mood is fresh and cooperative.  No matter the age of your child, here are 6 easy ways you can capture portraits of your children.

For a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read The First Twelve.  And to learn how I document our everyday moments between milestones, be sure to read The Everyday Photograph.

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1. Encourage Neutral Clothing

When taking portraits, the focus should be on the child.  Avoid clothing that is bright in color and/or contains text or animation.  Not only does clothing with writing and characters distract the viewer from the child’s face, but it can make for a messy portrait.  Clothing that is bright in color can also present color casting issues in which the bright color from the clothing reflects off of the child’s skin, creating unnatural skin tones.  When choosing clothing, focus on neutral tones and fun texture to add an element of interest that supports the portrait instead of distracts from it.

For my daughter’s first year portraits, I chose a pale pink dress with a tutu skirt and lace bodice.  The texture adds just enough interest to make the photo interesting, while the color is neutral enough to keep the focus on my child.  For a similar styled outfit, here are some similar options from Target, Carter’s, Old Navy, and Janie and Jack.  I also usually size down for portraits so that their clothes fit well and don’t make the child look like they are being swallowed in fabric, which can easily happen when children are photographed in clothes that are too big.

2. Intentional Schedule Portraits

When taking one year old portraits, or portraits at any age, be sure to schedule them for a time when the child is their best self.  Ensuring they have a full belly and are well rested are two great starting points when trying to decide when to schedule your portraits.  I personally like to schedule their portraits first thing in the morning, after they are well fed and before the gifts begin.  Once the presents start, say goodbye to any cooperation from your child…they will be too excited and distracted to cooperative for a portrait or two.

To be inspired by her winter birthday party, be sure to see my post about her Winter ONEderland themed 1st birthday party!

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3. Nail Your Settings Before You Begin

Before I even bring my little ones into the portrait space, I always take the time to set my ISO, aperture and shutter speed.  Preparing my settings before shooting allows me to be completely ready, once I set my child in place for their portraits.  With little ones, you want to reduce any waiting time on their end because they usually only want to cooperate for a short amount of time.  I never want to waste my little one’s patience waiting for me to fumble with my camera settings so I intentionally set up my camera before even bringing my little one in the room.  (Of course, light may shift in the mean time, but those are quick adjustments once my base settings are selected).

For reference, I photograph with my DSLR, my favorite everyday lens, and my portrait lens.  For the portraits within this post, I used my DSLR and my favorite everyday lens to help work within a smaller space.

4. Focus On The Eyes

To ensure your portrait is crisp and in focus, be sure to place your focal point on the subject’s eyes.  No matter what pose your subject is in and what aperture you are using, always make sure you are placing your focal point on your subjects eyes to create beautiful focus and a beautiful final portrait.

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5.  Encourage Sitting

Let’s be real, little ones are fast.  To give yourself a fair chance at achieving a good photo when taking one year old portraits, or portraits of younger children, encourage sitting.  For our baby’s first year portraits, I started the short session by having her sit in a large chair and then we moved to a small child sized rocking chair, which was actually her birthday present!  Because this small rocking chair was brand new to her, she was easily excited and distracted enough to allow me time to photograph some sweet portraits.

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6. Encourage Personality

Some of the images above have my daughter looking off camera or offering a more serious face, but are equally sentimental images because they capture her current personality.  Remember, portraits are more about the subject and who they truly are.  Don’t stress about creating a portrait of your child with the perfect smile with perfect eye contact with the camera.  While those images are always wonderful, be sure to give equal credit to the images that truly show who the child is.  Each of the 7 portraits I shared within this post are equally meaningful to me because they each capture part of her sweet personality at 12 months old.

As you prepare for taking one year old portraits, or portraits of any child, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure an easy portrait process with beautiful final images.  Taking the time to think through clothing, preparing your camera settings beforehand and think through your child’s schedule will all help to streamline the process of photographing young children.  I hope these tips help you create portraits that you enjoy forever, with a little less stress!

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