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Austin & Dara | Wedding Photos + Cinema

Santa Barbara , CA
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333 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US (map)

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805-679-1645

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ABOUT US

We are a Santa Barbara based Wedding Photography / Cinematography company whose goal is to blow your mind with photographic & cinematic awesomeness. We started off as a husband and wife... Read more
We are a Santa Barbara based Wedding Photography / Cinematography company whose goal is to blow your mind with photographic & cinematic awesomeness. We started off as a husband and wife photography team and have expanded to include another married couple and a few video geniuses make sure we can provide exactly what you need.

Find out why we were voted "Best in Santa Barbara" for the last 3 years by reading our reviews and checking out our photos/videos.

Going to our website is the best way to see if we fit your personal and creative style. Also, unlike most, we have our prices listed there for your convenience.

http://austindara.com

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Allie
Wedding:
9/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I stumbled upon Austin & Dara while browsing online for wedding venues and knew right away that I wanted them to do our wedding. Finding out after how quickly they book up, I'm beyond thankful that we had the privilege of working with them on our big day. From the moment we met Austin, his personality, creativity, vision and passion was both refreshing and unmatched, and I couldn't imagine working with anyone else. I have continued to check their blog and Facebook page for photo teasers over the months leading up to our wedding, and it makes me even more excited to see how ours turned out. Can't thank you guys enough! If you stumbled upon this review, stop your research and book these guys before it's too late. Ready, go!
I stumbled upon Austin & Dara while browsing online for wedding venues and knew right away that I wanted them to do our Read more...
I stumbled upon Austin & Dara while browsing online for wedding venues and knew right away that I wanted them to do our wedding. Finding out after how quickly they book up, I'm beyond thankful that we had the privilege of working with them on our big day. From the moment we met Austin, his personality, creativity, vision and passion was both refreshing and unmatched, and I couldn't imagine working with anyone else. I have continued to check their blog and Facebook page for photo teasers over the months leading up to our wedding, and it makes me even more excited to see how ours turned out. Can't thank you guys enough! If you stumbled upon this review, stop your research and book these guys before it's too late. Ready, go! Read less
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Shabnam
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
My partner and I could not be more happy with the service provided by Austin and Dara. We were new to the world of wedding photography and chose Austin and Dara based on their lovely website, their excellent reviews, and their responsiveness to our inquiries via email and phone at the beginning of the process. Here is what goes without saying: They are amazing in every way. Before the event, they helped plan with us and responded to our unique needs and all of our questions. They bring incredible expertise to this work. During our wedding day, they demonstrated how incredibly warm, genuine, and flexible they were. Our guests commented on how professional and lovely they were and we couldn't agree more. As if this weren't enough to warrant a high recommendation, our real astonishment came when received our beautiful pictures. Austin and Dara go beyond a particular "style" or "technique" of photography. They have an incredible eye for capturing moments without objectifying the subjects of their photographs. To us, this meant that we felt free to just be ourselves. We never felt that we needed to look or act a particular way. Austin and Dara's photography is, beyond anything else, humanizing - they elicit and capture a wide range of emotions and beauty and let the moments speak for themselves. We give them our highest and most enthusiastic recommendation! ~Shabnam and Brian
My partner and I could not be more happy with the service provided by Austin and Dara. We were new to the world of wedding Read more...
My partner and I could not be more happy with the service provided by Austin and Dara. We were new to the world of wedding photography and chose Austin and Dara based on their lovely website, their excellent reviews, and their responsiveness to our inquiries via email and phone at the beginning of the process. Here is what goes without saying: They are amazing in every way. Before the event, they helped plan with us and responded to our unique needs and all of our questions. They bring incredible expertise to this work. During our wedding day, they demonstrated how incredibly warm, genuine, and flexible they were. Our guests commented on how professional and lovely they were and we couldn't agree more. As if this weren't enough to warrant a high recommendation, our real astonishment came when received our beautiful pictures. Austin and Dara go beyond a particular "style" or "technique" of photography. They have an incredible eye for capturing moments without objectifying the subjects of their photographs. To us, this meant that we felt free to just be ourselves. We never felt that we needed to look or act a particular way. Austin and Dara's photography is, beyond anything else, humanizing - they elicit and capture a wide range of emotions and beauty and let the moments speak for themselves. We give them our highest and most enthusiastic recommendation! ~Shabnam and Brian Read less
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Happy MOB!
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Hi,
I'm actually the mother-of-the-bride, but I think that qualifies me to add my input into the wonderful job Dara and Austin did in photographing both my daughter's engagement and wedding photos. I really didn't know what to expect. On a personal level I found Dara and Austin to be very warm, supportive and friendly people. I soon forgot that they were taking photos because they have a way of blending in and being non-obtrusive. I enjoyed watching them communicate and coordinate the entire event from getting ready to the final farewell. They have a relaxed and easy rapport with each other. Most importantly, though, are the beautiful photos that they took. Honestly, I could not be happier with the quality, number and artistic expression of the pictures. They have an eye for detail without losing sight of the big picture. I love looking at the photos and I can't say enough about the wonderful, professional and magical quality of them. Thank you so much, Dara and Austin!
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I'm actually the mother-of-the-bride, but I think that qualifies me to add my input into the wonderful job Dara Read more...
Hi,
I'm actually the mother-of-the-bride, but I think that qualifies me to add my input into the wonderful job Dara and Austin did in photographing both my daughter's engagement and wedding photos. I really didn't know what to expect. On a personal level I found Dara and Austin to be very warm, supportive and friendly people. I soon forgot that they were taking photos because they have a way of blending in and being non-obtrusive. I enjoyed watching them communicate and coordinate the entire event from getting ready to the final farewell. They have a relaxed and easy rapport with each other. Most importantly, though, are the beautiful photos that they took. Honestly, I could not be happier with the quality, number and artistic expression of the pictures. They have an eye for detail without losing sight of the big picture. I love looking at the photos and I can't say enough about the wonderful, professional and magical quality of them. Thank you so much, Dara and Austin! Read less
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vandx
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.7/5.0
How have I not written a review about these two yet?? My husband and I hired Austin and Dara to photograph our wedding in October 2011. (We also did an engagement shoot, and I got professional headshots.) I can say, without a doubt, that hiring the two of them was the singlehanded best decision we made in our ENTIRE wedding. I'm not exaggerating. I could spend the next few hours writing an epic tome about how incredible these two are not only as photographers, but as human beings as well. But instead, I am actually just going to include quotes from actual emails that I have sent them over the past few months:

After the engagement shoot:
"Hi guys,
Just wanted to say thanks for a very special evening on Saturday. We had so much fun with you two, and I'm so glad we were able to do the shoot because I think it will help with our nerves tremendously on the big day. It was also great to be able to sit down and share a very fun - and delicious - meal with you guys! We are both so happy that our photographers are not only insanely talented, but are also wonderful people with whom we were really able to connect."

After the wedding:
"Austin and Dara,
Words can not express how thankful Xander and I are that the two of you came into our lives. We had no idea that hiring a wedding photographer would turn into such an enriching experience. The two of you are amazing in so many ways. Clearly, you two are absurdly talented photographers. You have the ability to sneakily capture the most intensely personal moments, and you brought out the best in us without effort. You also went above and beyond for us in so many ways big and small, from doing an engagement shoot, to giving us fantastic vendor recommendations, to sharing words of wisdom and musings on life, to answering all of my many questions, to sharing a meal with us, to arriving early and staying late, and even to making sure we had cocktails and snacks on the big day! So thank you again for being such an integral part of our big day. You guys really feel like friends rather than simply vendors we hired for our wedding, and that is so special."

Upon receiving the photos:
"Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! These pictures make me so deliriously happy! I am running out of ways to express my gratitude for the two of you! You guys did such a stupendous job of capturing the raw emotions of the day. I can look at every picture and viscerally feel in my body exactly how I was feeling in that moment. These truly are pictures that I am going to cherish for my entire life. Thank you thank you thank you!"

Honestly, you don't even need to read these reviews. Just ask to sit down and share a cup of coffee with them, and you will want to invite them into your wedding and your lives in the same way that I and so many others have done.
How have I not written a review about these two yet?? My husband and I hired Austin and Dara to photograph our wedding in Read more...
How have I not written a review about these two yet?? My husband and I hired Austin and Dara to photograph our wedding in October 2011. (We also did an engagement shoot, and I got professional headshots.) I can say, without a doubt, that hiring the two of them was the singlehanded best decision we made in our ENTIRE wedding. I'm not exaggerating. I could spend the next few hours writing an epic tome about how incredible these two are not only as photographers, but as human beings as well. But instead, I am actually just going to include quotes from actual emails that I have sent them over the past few months:

After the engagement shoot:
"Hi guys,
Just wanted to say thanks for a very special evening on Saturday. We had so much fun with you two, and I'm so glad we were able to do the shoot because I think it will help with our nerves tremendously on the big day. It was also great to be able to sit down and share a very fun - and delicious - meal with you guys! We are both so happy that our photographers are not only insanely talented, but are also wonderful people with whom we were really able to connect."

After the wedding:
"Austin and Dara,
Words can not express how thankful Xander and I are that the two of you came into our lives. We had no idea that hiring a wedding photographer would turn into such an enriching experience. The two of you are amazing in so many ways. Clearly, you two are absurdly talented photographers. You have the ability to sneakily capture the most intensely personal moments, and you brought out the best in us without effort. You also went above and beyond for us in so many ways big and small, from doing an engagement shoot, to giving us fantastic vendor recommendations, to sharing words of wisdom and musings on life, to answering all of my many questions, to sharing a meal with us, to arriving early and staying late, and even to making sure we had cocktails and snacks on the big day! So thank you again for being such an integral part of our big day. You guys really feel like friends rather than simply vendors we hired for our wedding, and that is so special."

Upon receiving the photos:
"Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!! These pictures make me so deliriously happy! I am running out of ways to express my gratitude for the two of you! You guys did such a stupendous job of capturing the raw emotions of the day. I can look at every picture and viscerally feel in my body exactly how I was feeling in that moment. These truly are pictures that I am going to cherish for my entire life. Thank you thank you thank you!"

Honestly, you don't even need to read these reviews. Just ask to sit down and share a cup of coffee with them, and you will want to invite them into your wedding and your lives in the same way that I and so many others have done. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
This review is long overdue, but I wanted to make sure that I gave it the time it deserves! We used Austin and Dara Photography for our engagement session and wedding photography, and we couldn’t be happier. Photography was one of our splurges for our wedding since it was very important to us (along with food…yum).
First of all, as people, they rock. Like, seriously rock. I suspected it all along, but it was confirmed when we met at their home and they fed us delicious homemade muffins. That aside, the pictures are amazing!! Go ahead, look at their portfolio. All of the pictures are like that. I have to give the caveat that we’ve only gotten our engagement pics and wedding slideshow photos so I can’t review the photo book or all of the photos, but I love every single picture we have so far. We wanted more of a photojournalist style and lots of pictures of our friends and family, and there are some amazing and priceless shots.
But then, there’s more. We decided to do a ‘First Look’ for a few reasons, mostly because we wanted to minimize the time for pictures after the ceremony. This was one of the best decisions we made. Aside from the practicality of getting to the party faster, it really gave us a chance to settle in after the stressful morning. Austin was great and truly got us into the moment! Looking back, it’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
Anyway, bottom line, we’re SO happy we found them for our wedding day. They’re great to work with, super nice, and above all, their photos are amazing. We wholeheartedly recommend them.
This review is long overdue, but I wanted to make sure that I gave it the time it deserves! We used Austin and Dara Read more...
This review is long overdue, but I wanted to make sure that I gave it the time it deserves! We used Austin and Dara Photography for our engagement session and wedding photography, and we couldn’t be happier. Photography was one of our splurges for our wedding since it was very important to us (along with food…yum).
First of all, as people, they rock. Like, seriously rock. I suspected it all along, but it was confirmed when we met at their home and they fed us delicious homemade muffins. That aside, the pictures are amazing!! Go ahead, look at their portfolio. All of the pictures are like that. I have to give the caveat that we’ve only gotten our engagement pics and wedding slideshow photos so I can’t review the photo book or all of the photos, but I love every single picture we have so far. We wanted more of a photojournalist style and lots of pictures of our friends and family, and there are some amazing and priceless shots.
But then, there’s more. We decided to do a ‘First Look’ for a few reasons, mostly because we wanted to minimize the time for pictures after the ceremony. This was one of the best decisions we made. Aside from the practicality of getting to the party faster, it really gave us a chance to settle in after the stressful morning. Austin was great and truly got us into the moment! Looking back, it’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
Anyway, bottom line, we’re SO happy we found them for our wedding day. They’re great to work with, super nice, and above all, their photos are amazing. We wholeheartedly recommend them. Read less
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miguelb
Wedding:
5/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Austin and Dara, besides having the greatest names ever, have the greatest sets of eyes in the business. My wife knows I'm not good at multitasking and not good at finishing tasks, and get sleepy just thinking of tasks. So she gave me my one wedding planning task, finding the photographer. At first I thought it was better than having to pick the wedding cake flavor or the flower vendor, or the venue, or all that other hard stuff. But once I got started, after my long bouts with procrastination, and I started looking at wedding photography portfolios my brain turned into mashed potatoes. I saw the same compositions, the same sepia tones, the same kinds of shots that look like love song karoake video montages. I then tried to swap tasks with my fiancee. Why can't she pick the photographer and I pick the cake flavor? But she looked at me with those stearn, yet beautiful eyes (an impossible combination I know) and I stayed the course.

Then I saw Austin and Dara's website, I saw cinematic shots with great life in them. I loved the palettes of color, the personalities captured, and I envisioned myself succeeding in my one wedding task, therefore laying the groundwork for a successful marriage. No matter how much I mess up, or leave the toilet seat up, or accidentally become inconsiderate, at least I picked a really great photographer that made all our wedding party glow with happiness. Austin and Dara are super great and down to earth. Talking to them on the phone was a blast, because their daughter gave us an impromptu singing performance and she has promise. They're the kind of people you would definately want to invite to a nightime bonfire at the beach.

Austin showed up to our small but beautiful wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch and he was professional, easy going, and is someone you don't have to worry about on your busy day. I'm not the most photogenic person in the world, but after seeing his shots, I'm thinking my wife is not the only good looking one in this relationship. I mean yes she's always right somehow, but our future kids will be saying wow dad, no wonder mom married you. But seriously, Austin and Dara are great. I was beyond happy with their work and with them as human beings. It's a great family business and my wife and I are happy she gave me one great task.
Austin and Dara, besides having the greatest names ever, have the greatest sets of eyes in the business. My wife knows I'm Read more...
Austin and Dara, besides having the greatest names ever, have the greatest sets of eyes in the business. My wife knows I'm not good at multitasking and not good at finishing tasks, and get sleepy just thinking of tasks. So she gave me my one wedding planning task, finding the photographer. At first I thought it was better than having to pick the wedding cake flavor or the flower vendor, or the venue, or all that other hard stuff. But once I got started, after my long bouts with procrastination, and I started looking at wedding photography portfolios my brain turned into mashed potatoes. I saw the same compositions, the same sepia tones, the same kinds of shots that look like love song karoake video montages. I then tried to swap tasks with my fiancee. Why can't she pick the photographer and I pick the cake flavor? But she looked at me with those stearn, yet beautiful eyes (an impossible combination I know) and I stayed the course.

Then I saw Austin and Dara's website, I saw cinematic shots with great life in them. I loved the palettes of color, the personalities captured, and I envisioned myself succeeding in my one wedding task, therefore laying the groundwork for a successful marriage. No matter how much I mess up, or leave the toilet seat up, or accidentally become inconsiderate, at least I picked a really great photographer that made all our wedding party glow with happiness. Austin and Dara are super great and down to earth. Talking to them on the phone was a blast, because their daughter gave us an impromptu singing performance and she has promise. They're the kind of people you would definately want to invite to a nightime bonfire at the beach.

Austin showed up to our small but beautiful wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch and he was professional, easy going, and is someone you don't have to worry about on your busy day. I'm not the most photogenic person in the world, but after seeing his shots, I'm thinking my wife is not the only good looking one in this relationship. I mean yes she's always right somehow, but our future kids will be saying wow dad, no wonder mom married you. But seriously, Austin and Dara are great. I was beyond happy with their work and with them as human beings. It's a great family business and my wife and I are happy she gave me one great task. Read less
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Queen Mari
Wedding:
5/14/2011
4.9/5.0
Dara, I want to thank you for not only your professionalism, dedication and beautiful job you did but your personal touch was most amazing. Rosie and Daniel look STUNNIN! You did a phenomenal job. Makes me want to get married again. We had a fabulous weekend in Santa Barbara and I am so glad Rosie and Daniel selected you to capture their beautiful day and union. Mari (God-Mother)
Dara, I want to thank you for not only your professionalism, dedication and beautiful job you did but your personal touch Read more...
Dara, I want to thank you for not only your professionalism, dedication and beautiful job you did but your personal touch was most amazing. Rosie and Daniel look STUNNIN! You did a phenomenal job. Makes me want to get married again. We had a fabulous weekend in Santa Barbara and I am so glad Rosie and Daniel selected you to capture their beautiful day and union. Mari (God-Mother) Read less
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Lo U.
Wedding:
4/8/2011
5.0/5.0
To sum it up in one word, Austin and Dara are SUPERB. When we first met them for our engagement shoot last June, we immediately knew we picked the best photographers possible! (Plus, their little ones are too cute for words). My then-fiance was a little nervous about doing the engagement pictures - he had no idea what to expect. By the end, he was wanting to do more, and we both felt like Austin was our new best friend. Unfortunately (for us, not them), we didn't get to hands-on work with Dara too often (she was busy having a baby!), but she was ultra-supportive and super responsive with anything we needed/asked. She even sent me a ping to see if I needed help finding any vendors! (P.S. We found our photo booth, hair stylist, and make-up artist through them).

On our wedding day, we worked with Austin and one of their super-cool employees, Nick. All my bridesmaids LOVED Austin, and the guys had a blast with Nick. We just got our final pictures, and they are so incredibly amazing! They give me goosebumps just to look at. Everyone that has seen them has raved about how stunning they are!

A & D - thank you so much for capturing all our wonderful moments in our engagement and wedding pictures. You are both good-hearted people with loving souls, and you made us feel like friends, as opposed to just clients. We cannot thank you enough for working with us, and always being there when we needed you. We hope to see you in SB one day! Give Aliyah and Devan a hug for us!
To sum it up in one word, Austin and Dara are SUPERB. When we first met them for our engagement shoot last June, we Read more...
To sum it up in one word, Austin and Dara are SUPERB. When we first met them for our engagement shoot last June, we immediately knew we picked the best photographers possible! (Plus, their little ones are too cute for words). My then-fiance was a little nervous about doing the engagement pictures - he had no idea what to expect. By the end, he was wanting to do more, and we both felt like Austin was our new best friend. Unfortunately (for us, not them), we didn't get to hands-on work with Dara too often (she was busy having a baby!), but she was ultra-supportive and super responsive with anything we needed/asked. She even sent me a ping to see if I needed help finding any vendors! (P.S. We found our photo booth, hair stylist, and make-up artist through them).

On our wedding day, we worked with Austin and one of their super-cool employees, Nick. All my bridesmaids LOVED Austin, and the guys had a blast with Nick. We just got our final pictures, and they are so incredibly amazing! They give me goosebumps just to look at. Everyone that has seen them has raved about how stunning they are!

A & D - thank you so much for capturing all our wonderful moments in our engagement and wedding pictures. You are both good-hearted people with loving souls, and you made us feel like friends, as opposed to just clients. We cannot thank you enough for working with us, and always being there when we needed you. We hope to see you in SB one day! Give Aliyah and Devan a hug for us! Read less
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happybride
Wedding:
2/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Austin & Dara rock, from start to finish!
They worked with our budget and gave us exactly what we were looking for.
They are extremely friendly and professional. The vision and artistic touch that was put on each photo amazed us.
When I look through my photos, I remember each moment that was taking place and it evokes that emotion all over again. My wedding day was captured in the best way possible.
Love, love, love these guys! They produce double rainbows!
Highly reccommend!
Austin & Dara rock, from start to finish!
They worked with our budget and gave us exactly what we were looking for. Read more...
Austin & Dara rock, from start to finish!
They worked with our budget and gave us exactly what we were looking for.
They are extremely friendly and professional. The vision and artistic touch that was put on each photo amazed us.
When I look through my photos, I remember each moment that was taking place and it evokes that emotion all over again. My wedding day was captured in the best way possible.
Love, love, love these guys! They produce double rainbows!
Highly reccommend! Read less
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abbey
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Austin & Dara were the perfect choice for our wedding.

From looking through countless portfolios in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, they were my top pick - and they were even better than I expected. The photos are perfect.

This review is a long time coming, as we were married in late February and I am just getting to it now. Everything turned out so well that I actually feel guilty for not writing them a review sooner.

Entertaining, funny, understanding and easy to work with - plus amazing photographers. Austin & Dara get my highest recommendation.

We only worked with Austin, since Dara had just given birth to their second child. He was great with our constantly changing schedule and time requests for our (somewhat) DIY wedding in Santa Barbara.

Austin's ability to instantly put everyone at ease was truly impressive. I have worked on set for commercial shoots and films, and Austin definitely has what it takes to make you look your best.

Super creative and professional, improvising through bad weather and somehow making it fun. Their portfolio should speak for itself, but I am more than happy to say that we were thrilled to work with Austin & Dara.

You won't find better photographers, better people or a better value for your money anywhere.
Austin & Dara were the perfect choice for our wedding.

From looking through countless portfolios in both Los Read more...
Austin & Dara were the perfect choice for our wedding.

From looking through countless portfolios in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, they were my top pick - and they were even better than I expected. The photos are perfect.

This review is a long time coming, as we were married in late February and I am just getting to it now. Everything turned out so well that I actually feel guilty for not writing them a review sooner.

Entertaining, funny, understanding and easy to work with - plus amazing photographers. Austin & Dara get my highest recommendation.

We only worked with Austin, since Dara had just given birth to their second child. He was great with our constantly changing schedule and time requests for our (somewhat) DIY wedding in Santa Barbara.

Austin's ability to instantly put everyone at ease was truly impressive. I have worked on set for commercial shoots and films, and Austin definitely has what it takes to make you look your best.

Super creative and professional, improvising through bad weather and somehow making it fun. Their portfolio should speak for itself, but I am more than happy to say that we were thrilled to work with Austin & Dara.

You won't find better photographers, better people or a better value for your money anywhere. Read less
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