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Amanda & Jason are wed! | Saddlebrooke Wedding in Tucson Arizona

It was a very emotional day full of smiles, tears, laughs and hugs.  A day I will not soon forget.  I have been so honored to have known the Dillon family and all that I have been able to do with them, and now seeing Amanda & Jason is just thrilling to say the least.  Many of you will remember their historic engagement session where they just tore it up!  Check out their awesome engagement post to relive their awesome pics!  http://www.spencerboerup.com/blog/archives/238

Their wedding was at the beautiful Saddlebrooke Wedding venue, one of the very coolest venues, in my opinion, in all of Tucson.  Lots of beautiful window lighting, HUGE ceilings and just a great all around place!  Every minute of the day was just awesome, and although it was a long one, it was very invigorating and refreshing to be with a couple so in love with each other.  Congratulations again Amanda & Jason (and to your new families!), I can’t wait to photograph the little kiddos :)

WARNING: LOTS OF AWESOME IMAGES!!!

Awesome skies the entire day, can’t complain with that!

Check out that ROCK!

WOW!  Instant heart-throb, she is smokin’ in this one!  Looks like a top model to me . . .

My assistant Kyle grabbed these 2 great details

Another WOW!

Guys just couldn’t contain themselves, so much that they . . .

almost ran me over!

I loved this one how her dress is all poofed up, she looks like a Disney princess here!

Another great grab by Kyle, Amanda was so excited about all the people come she was always gazing out the windows to see the commotion :D

It was contagious after a bit apparently

Jason became very emotional as he saw his beautiful bride for the first time coming down the aisle

Another great shot by Kyle

Jason couldn’t keep that smile off his face the entire day!

Another great detail by Kyle

The Dillon’s are VERY proud and happy parents :)

If you look past their awesome beauty, you’ll see a small family of deer in the background, haha!

B&G FTW!

I love a couple that isn’t afraid to be goofy and have a lot of fun!

Surprise gift from Amanda’s family to Jason . . . is that Nacho Libre?

Dance shot FTW!

Just STUNNING!

I love the bubble exit, so awesome!

Mt. Lemmon – Michele & Terry | Arizona Wedding Photography

I was up on Mt. Lemmon 2 times in the past week, and each time was just absolutely beautiful. The weather is amazing, and it is a fairly pleasant drive (if you are the one driving . . . I got a little carsick while I was passenger). It’s a nice break from the Tucson heat for sure, but most importantly for Michele & Terry, it was the start of a new relationship. Terry popped the question to Michele almost 2 years ago at the Iron Door at the very top of Mt. Lemmon at Ski Valley. Quaint restaurant for sure (I went back a week later and their food was awesome), and the staff was very accommodating to allow us to photograph on the location! We didn’t spend too much time indoors, but we had a ton of fun outdoors for sure. Terry’s Harley is so rad . . . it has soul, a big whopping loud soul too :) They are getting married this coming Friday, I bet they are sure excited and can’t wait to see them again!

I love it when clients can let loose and have a little fun!

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mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

Beautiful window light . . . you can’t buy light like this!

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

mt lemmon tucson arizona wedding portraits photography iron door

OMG!  I think eye cried looking at this picture, my eyes couldn’t take it (I also risked my life and camera hanging out my trunk trying to get this one [thanks to Kyle for driving!])

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katie & denis | 4.18.09 @ stillwell house | tucson arizona wedding photography

You’ll remember Katie & Denis’ awesome engagement photos we took at the very end of last year (in fact, the 2nd to last photoshoot I did for 2008) and since then I had been really looking forward to their wedding.  They are such a fun, genuine couple that are truly in love.  I didn’t know much about their story until Sergio (the best man) gave his wedding speech/toast at the wedding, and what a fun and amazing couple they are!  Sergio, who undoubtedly gave the very best wedding speech (Lib’s was just as awesome as well!) I’ve ever heard in wedding history, insomuch that I really felt like I got to know Katie & Denis so much more and how wonderful a couple they make!  The light throughout the whole day was beautiful (thank you AZ, you’re always kind to me) and it was just a blast to be there with them.  The Stillwell House is always a fun place to shoot at, awesome details, superb staff and awesome food as well!  Thanks again guys for allowing me to work with you both on such a special day, I feel so lucky!

Also. big props to my buddy Sergio, sergiomottola.com, who flew down from Seattle for the weekend and came and shot this wedding with me.  You can see his stuff on his blog!  His style is such a breath of fresh air, he definitely beats to the tune of his own drum and copies no one.

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Wowzers!  This ringshot is near the top of my favs, including their other ringshot you’ll find below!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Loved her hair, isn’t that gorgeous!?

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Fun group of good lookin girls, hard to take a bad pic!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

This should be the cover of a magazine for sure!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Amazing light during the ceremony, gotta love this kind of stuff!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Almost every wedding, the guests will be missing this kind of reaction of the groom when he sees the bride walking down the aisle.  Everyone always looks down the aisle at the beautiful bride (like above), but miss the sweet tender expressions of the groom.

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

There’s the beautiful lighting again, man, it was awesome!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

On technical standpoint, this was my favorite lens of the day.  Gotta love the wide 24L loving, just fantabulous

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Hard to say which one I like better.  But I bounced my flash on Sergio (the photographer) who was off the side, and also held a napkin up near the flash to create this effect.  You don’t need fancy tools to get the job done some times, just some ingenuity :)

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Love this dance shot, I love how everyone’s attention is all on them!

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

tucson wedding stillwell house venue downtown arizona photography

Amanda & Jason | continued . . . Tucson Airport Engagement Portraits

Well after the awesome day with Amanda & Jason on Saturday where the emotions were high, I wasn’t sure how yesterday was going to turn out.  Mainly because it was going to be hard to top the experience and photos that we took during the actual engagement, the amazing security clearance that was given to create photos on the airplane and the Tarmac and other awesome places.  Well, yesterday was a home run (no pun intended).

We started at a downtown location and took some fun portraits, but the real fun began when we were able to go over to Hi Corbett field and have the entire field to ourselves.  What can I say, I guess my name has some clout and people allow me to do some pretty cool things if I just ask for it :) (Thanks a TON Eric, it totally made everything awesome!)  Anyway, it was the most beautiful day this week and it made for some pretty awesome portraits.  Amanda & Jason were just bubbling with fun, love and awesomeness the entire time, and you can tell in the photos below.  Thanks again you guys, I’m so honored to have been part of so many special things for you guys and can’t wait for the wedding!

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Mom’s love these kind of pictures :)

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Everyone at the Southwest gate was so gracious and accommodating, it made for some cool opportunities for sure!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

So, here is Jason.  Jason is getting ready to ask Amanda to be his wife.  It was a tricky task, but it was pulled off flawlessly (in my opinion).  We had been taking portraits atop the stairs (in the next photo), and we needed to create a diversion that would force Amanda to stay up stairs while Jason got his flowers and sign.  Scott, Amanda’s brother, had come and was hiding ninja-like the entire time waiting for the drop-off.  We made Amanda change her shirt, 2 times, so that we would be ready for her when she came down the escalator.

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

A lot of the airport personnel watched along, and as soon as Amanda said yes, they all clapped.  It was one of those “awwwww” kind of moments :)

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Now thats a smile of a newly engaged women :)

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Wow, what a ring for sure!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

They met on a Southwest flight, and when the got off the plane, they sat in one of the terminals and chatted for a long time.  I loved the lighting on this one!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

We sort of simulated them meeting for the first time on the plane.  It was SOOO awesome being on the plane!  Made me feel like we were really heading somewhere . . .

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Another awesome shot from the Tarmac, can’t decide which one I like better!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Oooooh, this one is hot!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

The movement, blurriness and lighting on this one just . . . . hard to describe why I like it :D

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

This was totally spontaneous . . . they just walked onto the field and did this without any premeditation or direction.  I was lucky I was just in the right place at the right time, makes a GREAT series!  They sure hit a home run with everything else that day!

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

This is now my all-time most favoritist (is that a word?) picture.  Not only is the lighting, the expression, the mood and color just awesome . . . but also knowing that this same pic couldn’t have been taken with a Nikon, priceless :P

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

Running the bases here . . .

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

This one comes in a close 2nd or 3rd for favorite image of the day.  This isn’t special Photoshop effects or anything else, this is real photography here.  No enhancements.  Just a special lens that makes a special picture.  Does your photographer do cool stuff like this?

tucson airport wedding photography engagement hi corbett field arizona portraits

St. Croix, USVI Photography

Of course a photographer travels to an exotic island in the Caribbean to photograph an amazing wedding with an amazingly good-looking couple . . . and then doesn’t share the “other” pics. I do enjoy shooting landscapes, but I really just enjoyed the beauty of the island and relaxed. Of course this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph such a beautiful place that I HAD to take my big camera and take some snaps. I love doing panoramas, as you’ll see at the bottom. I do hope that these give you a glimpse of the island of St. Croix in all it’s beauty. There is a lot to see, more to learn, and even more history that made this trip so memorable to me. A big thanks goes to Mr. Bidelspacher from the east end of the island for the historical information that he so willingly shared to me, that made me better enjoy my stay . . . immensely. Can’t wait to go back!

Something special that I learned prior to coming to St. Croix was that my great-great-great grandfather lived here when he was part of the Royal Danish army.  He later moved to Illinois and thats how part of my family came to the states.  It was meant to be that I go back and visit!

This is part of one of the larger intact ruins left from the Danes.  There are many many old sugar mill plantations on the island, some preserved and some not.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is near the pier in Fredriksted (West Island)

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Some of the Fredriksted Buildings.  The architecture on the island is beautiful, very unique.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This was taken during the “rehearsal” for Amber & Carraig’s wedding.  Killer awesome sunset!!!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This is the Rust Op Twist sugar mill.  One of the largest and very well preserved still!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

I took a snorkel tour to Buck Island, one of the most pristine beaches in the entire world (I’m not making that up either!)  JFK came to Buck island in the 60s and designated Buck Island the only National Underwater Park.  It is very well preserved and has some of the world’s best snorkeling.  I can tell you first hand it was absolutely AMAZING!  Below is the world famous “Turtle Beach”.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

This was taken from our sail boat of the very very east tip of Buck Island, right where the boat ‘docked’ and where we snorkeled for an hour.  The water is really that clear, there is no magic or tricks here, it was simply that amazing!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Again, another from Turtle Beach, with a view of the north central part of the island, Christiansted.  I took a quick dive here, the water is absolutely amazing.  There were a bunch of small, clear transparent fish swimming everywhere.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

A view of the east end of the island.  Just past those hills is the eastern most property of the USA.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Here is the south east bay.  Near here is the Divi Carina Resort/Casino.  You are looking at Grape Tree Bay, and on the very left side of the pic is where we shot Amber’s bridal pictures in the old, run-down resort hotel.

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

From atop a hill in the pic above you can see Isaac’s Bay, one of the less frequented beaches due to its accessibility.  On the other side of that hill is Jack’s Bay, supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the island.  It’s a good hike to get down there!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

One last one from the other side of Turtle Beach on Buck Island.  Amazing day to take some pics!

us virgin islands st croix landscape panorama photographs

Amber & Carraig: Wedding Photography in St. Croix, USVI

Well it’s taken me a while to finally prep and finalize Amber & Carraig’s complete wedding set.  3 days of working makes a lot of pictures, a lot of hard drive space, and a lot more time making them more awesome :)   A lot had to do with my frustrations with my computer giving me problems and errors left and right (PC), thus slowing down the process.  Ironically, using my Macbook while on the island was a fresh experience (long time PC user, but loving Mac more and more).  Combine PC frustrations + newfound Mac loving, and well, it makes you want to get a new Mac (coming soon . . .).  Enough of that talk, but more on their images.  Not much more to say, just enjoy the photos!

Tons of awesome details, awesome bling, relaxed expressions and a lot of fun.  Thanks again Amber & Carraig for letting me be part of something so special and intimate!

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st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

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st croix us virgin islands wedding photography arizona tucson photographer

A couple more | St Croix Wedding Portraits

It’s so hard to not have time to look through all of their pictures, let alone want to work on them instantly. But, while doing a quick gander (2 hours is quick for me!) through some of their post wedding pics, I just had to share a few . . . they are that good.

Back in the early 1800s, St Croix was owned and controlled by the Dutch. It had a heavy slave population (like most of the Caribbean did) and they produced a lot of sugar cane. This sugar was manufactured in the sugar mills, and some of these old 18th century mills are still on the island. We took a couple of fun portraits near the Rust Op, and then later headed down to Sandy Point (one of the nicest beaches on the island). Fun day, nice weather . . . these photographs far exceeded my expectations (and they were very high to begin with!). Enjoy :)

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us virgin islands wedding photography
us virgin islands wedding photography
us virgin islands wedding photography

Brianna & Ricardo | Tucson Engagement Portraits

Brianna & Ricardo were the other new couple I had the chance to work with on Saturday. I always love working with new couples!!! We started at the UofA and then migrated down to the downtown area to finish up their engagement portraits. They seemed to nail their photos each time I took a picture, they must have studied up on my style or something . . .

Anyway, another awesome session with a super fun couple. They are getting married this coming September @ Hacienda Del Sol, of which I am really looking forward to! It’s a really nice place although I have never had the opportunity to shoot a wedding there yet. Thanks again Brianna & Ricardo, have a super Christmas!

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tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

tucson engagement photos ua downtown weddings

Nashville Wedding!

It’s hard to sum up the experience I had shooting on Saturday in Nashville, it was a totally different experience than I am used to.  Many of you may know (that have worked with me or have followed my work) that my style is a mix of traditional and photojournalistic.  I don’t like to control parts of the day, but I do like taking the time to get some cool, sexy and creative portraits of the bride & groom.  At the same time I like to let things just work themselves out, let the day unfold without me asking people or groups to “say cheese”!  Shooting with Evan Baines was different because I was not the one with all the pressure on my shoulders, I was just another photographer in the background with a different eye.

I will say that I love working under pressure . . . I like a little fire under my pants to keep me on my toes and to keep me thinking outside the box.  Saturday was a day full of photojournalistic approach with little intervention and guidance.  The couple was super relaxed and just relished in the joy and beauty of the day, so capturing awesome moments was a common occurance for the day.  Getting to see how another excellent photographer works is always awesome, and to that I can thank Evan for the great experience.

Out of the many thousand photographs we captured that day, here’s just a small small small few of my favs :)

Headin’ to Nashville!

I don’t remember commenting about this, but I get to head off to Nashville this weekend to shoot a wedding with a friend of mine, Evan Baines.  Evan is an amazing photographer whose work is simply top notch!  He asked me to come out and help him with this important wedding he has and I couldn’t be more delighted to go.  I’ve always wanted to travel to Tennessee and I’m looking forward to it.  I’ll be sure to spoil you all with some awesome wedding pics on my way back :)

You can view some of Evan’s great works at www.evanbaines.com

Destination: St. Croix, USVI | Wedding in Virgin Islands

If I could sum up the experience I had this past week into one word, that would be impossible; but the closest I can get is “unforgettable”. It truly was an amazing experience to shoot with Amber & Carraig for such a special occasion, and it such a meaningful place. Amber grew up there and had not been back in 17 years, so it was an honor to be there with them and her family. St. Croix is a beautiful place, but much different that I had anticipated. Not different in a bad way, just different.

The first thing that Carraig let me know was that everything moves at a slower pace on the island . . . much slower (except for the traffic, where speed limits are ignored). Food is prepared slower, your bags at the airport are released at a lethargic pace, it’s just a very laid back (as you can imagine an island vacation should be like!) community. I had pictured in my mind, and from online photos, that it would have been somewhat like what I see in one of my favorite TV shows, LOST. Close, but not quite. It did have a very fascinating rainforest part, but quite interesting was that the other part of the island was somewhat like a desert. The beaches had lots of lava-rock on them, but the water was as clear as you see in the pictures! Aqua green and you can easily see 20-30ft down without a problem! Coral lined the shores like it was nobody’s business. The architecture is very old, leftover from the Danish when they owned the island (don’t quote me on this, I’m no historian by any means). It was fascinating though! There were a bunch of old sugar mills left from back in the day when harvesting sugar cane was the big thing to do, now they were left empty as tourist attractions. Other ruins dotted the island (as you’ll see from the photos).

One other special thing for me was that I found out that my Great-great-great-great grandfather had lived on the island when he was in the Royal Danish army, back in like the 1840s or something. Although I didn’t get to tour the Fort where he was stationed, I’ll be sure to do so when I return in January for the wedding. We did get a neat and special tour of the main Government building of the island, and the Royal Ballroom, now that was neat.

I was able to drive across the entire island, so I guess it’s safe to say that I saw just about everything, almost all of the beaches as well (the island isn’t that big). It was a lot of work, but well worth the price to have been able to create such beautiful photographs for Amber & Carraig. Thanks again you two!



























Virginia Tech & Radford | Wedding Engagement Photography in Virginia

Although this week involved little sleep, long hours of flight and sore shoulders from hauling all of my gear through the airport, I would do it again in a heartbeat! I had a blast with Jennifer & Scott for their engagement photos, who are getting married this coming June. I might be a little biased as she’s my sis-in-law, but I think their engagement photos are the most romantic pictures to date :) Radford University and Virginia Tech University make great locations, and you can probably tell that Virginia is a bit greener than Arizona. Our family is really excited for them, and I’m just really excited about their photos.

I was surprised that the sun doesn’t set till around 8:20 there, so it was an interesting change! Enjoy . . .