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Alvarado Photography LLC - (AP)

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About Alvarado Photography LLC - (AP)

About Alvarado Photography, LLC (AP)

John Rey & Jesscerrie are in love. They have been dating since high school. They are proud and patriotic (John is in the USAF, and Jess is his support). They love their siblings. They have a soft spot for fat chunky babies. They like to eat curry, sushi and ramen. They like all genre of music. They love to volunteer. They love watching funny movies. They love making people smile. They love meeting new people. They are your photographers.

The company was established in August 2008, and started out as a hobby. After a couple of sessions through family and friends, AP grew through word of mouth and Facebook. John and Jess are the main photographer members of Alvarado Photography LLC.

Alvarado Photography LLC is your local and special events photographer based in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii. They photograph weddings, birthdays, graduations, family portraits, pet photography, pawtography and sports action shots which are typically on-location photography.

Style specializations are sepia, black and white, soft, glamour, color isolation and many others. They cater to all (kama'aina, military and abroad visitors) who are planning their special wedding day or other special events. They are reliable, affordable and would love the opportunity to take your photo.

Visit our website, galleries and blogs for prices and samples.

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Aiea, HI 96701

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  • 5/5 stars November 19, 2013

    My family and I decided to take family photos during our vacation in Hawaii. After extended research we found Alvarado Photography and decided to go with them based on their many positive feedback. I have 3 kids, and Jess was very patient with us. She was very down to earth and was easy to work with. We just got the proofs to our photos and they turned out spectacular! We only had an hour to shoot and in that time frame Jess was able to capture some unbelievable shots! I love them all! I am so glad we chose Alvarado Photography for our first family photo session!

  • 5/5 stars July 28, 2013

    After receiving a recommendation from a friend of mine, my husband and I decided to look up Alvarado Photography and their work. We were so impressed that after just five minutes of looking them up online, we were emailing AP to schedule our maternity pictures. We emailed Jess back and forth for a while setting up which time, date, and location would be the best for us. Her opinions helped out so much in our choice. We chose the North Shore location, and can assure you that we were not let down! We drove up to the North Shore and by the time we got there, the weather had turned too sour to shoot that day. Jess was so understanding and sweet, and we rescheduled a new shoot within the next couple days via email. During the shoot, a week or so later, we felt so comfortable and never had to fake a smile! Jess was easy and funny to work with and worked so well interacting with my husband and me. We felt very relaxed and at ease the whole time; you can definitely tell from the pictures! She let me rest and take a break in the middle of the shoot (I was 38 weeks pregnant), and was very caring of our safety around the rocks and ocean. The pictures turned out absolutely incredible, and we got them in a very timely manner. The photos were so well done, we couldn't help but love them all! For the price, professionalism, and care, we absolutely recommend Alvarado Photography to anyone looking for amazing pictures!

  • 5/5 stars July 12, 2013

    We were in Hawaii on a family vacation in June to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we wanted to find a photographer who could take photos to celebrate the occasion. We found Alvarado Photograhy online and we are so happy we chose them for our photos! From the very beginning, Jess was quick in responding to questions via email and phone, and she was so friendly that she put our kids and us at ease on the day of the photoshoot. She suggested a hidden cove at Ko'olina that was just breathtaking, and she knew lots of different poses that felt really natural and captured our personalities and the beautiful scenery perfectly. Every photo came out stunningly beautiful!! We would definitely recommend Alvarado Photography to anyone visiting Hawaii, you will not be disappointed! We only wish she was here in California so we could book Alvarado Photography for all of our special occasions! Her work is absolutely beautiful!!

  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2013

    My wife and I visited Oahu for the very first time to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and we wanted better photos than just from a camera phone. I goggled photographers in Oahu and as I came across Alvarado Photography website and I was in total awe of the photos I saw there. So I e-mailed Alvarado Photography to see if they were available on a specific date and time and they were. From the very first e-mail I received the utmost professionalism, every email I sent was responded to quickly and I was provided easy driving directions to the location of our photo shoot. The photos came out simply amazing, I could not be more thrilled about how the photos came out. My wife and I are extremely happy that we choose Alvarado Photography.

  • 5/5 stars May 19, 2013

    Having recently visited Hawaii for the first time we decided we wanted to have some photos taken. We googled and made enquiries to a number of photographers, which was our only option from Australia! Jess Alvarado stood out right from the start. Her photos are stunning. There are no words to describe how beautiful they are. Communication was fantastic. Jess replied to all our emails and questions immediately. The day itself was brilliant, Jess makes you feel so at ease and comfortable. Nothing was too hard and everything we asked for was catered for. It was so much fun and definitely 1 of the highlights of our trip. We would recommend Alvarado photography to anyone. They are second to none.

  • 5/5 stars April 17, 2013

    My girlfriend and I visited Oahu recently (March 2013). Since she had birthday a few days before we traveled there, I needed to get a birthday present. I decided to surprise her with a couple photo shooting from Alvarado Photography at the Ko Olina lagoon. The photo shooting turned out to be the best present ever. We both love the photos and had a lot of fun during our shooting. From start to finish, Jess responded to all my e-mails really quickly and made it very easy for me to get all formalities, which are related to the shooting, done. Since the weather during this period of time is changeable on Oahu, it was very important to me that we had the possibility to reschedule the shooting during our stay. Jess stayed really flexible and called us two hours before our shooting to check if the weather was good. The shooting itself was fantastic! Everyone who has ever done a couple shooting before will know what it means to find the right pose, in order not to look like puppets on the pictures. Jess was really creative and professional in this context. She took us to different spots, helped us to find the right poses and took great authentic pictures! The overall atmosphere was so relaxed and we felt really comfortable during our shooting. Retrospective, I would love to do it again and it was definitely worth the money. I can highly recommend Alvarado photography! Thanks for the great pictures!

  • 5/5 stars April 1, 2013

    My Fiance and I got engagement pictures from Alvarado Photography and they were so beautiful! Alvarado Photography are affordable and well worth the money for there amazing and talented pictures. My Fiance and I live in Alaska but, he was working in Hawaii for a few months. It was easy to talk to Alvarado Photography from Alaska and get everything ready for the pictures when I went to Hawaii to visit because they are very organized and easy to work with. I had a lot of fun with them while taking our engagement pictures. I would most definitely recommend them to anyone who are getting engagement pictures. If they lived in Alaska I would have them do our wedding photos. Thank you for giving me the most wonderful pictures!

    -Tiffany and Josh

  • 5/5 stars February 16, 2013

    Jess and JohnRey are outstanding photographers. They are warm, friendly, caring people. We were very comfortable in our photoshoot. We are very pleased and excited about our photos. Thank your for the great memories!

  • 5/5 stars February 7, 2013

    Jess at Alvarado Photography was amazing to work with! This was our first visit to Hawaii and we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We couldn't have picked a better photographer to help us remember our wonderful vacation! Jess was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable. I liked that she really took her time with us and asked if there were any specific shots we wanted. The pictures came out Amazing & I would highly recommend Alvarado Photography to anyone wanting photos taken in Oahu.

  • 5/5 stars January 15, 2013

    Kim & Onin Arongay

    When my husband (then fiance) was looking for photographers online, he stumbled upon Jess and John's website and was blown away. Their shots were so unique and beautiful that we asked for an appointment immediately. Once we met and spoke with them, we were sure we had found our photographers. Working with John and Jess was a dream. They are so accommodating and professional and always made us feel at ease. And when you're planning a wedding on your own, like we were, it's so wonderful to feel so assured that your photography is in the good hands of Jess and John's solid teamwork. We're so happy with both our engagement and wedding photos, that it was a struggle to choose our favorites. Our marriage license agent gave us this advice: "whatever you spend on for your wedding, choose the best photographers you can because in the end, those are your memories." I know we did with Alvarado Photography.

  • 5/5 stars December 20, 2012

    I highly recommend Alvarado photography to anyone who wants to create beautiful memories for themselves, with family or friends and for any occasion! I have worked with Alvarado photography for 3 photoshoots now (first: solo for my 21st birthday second: with my best friend at the beach and third: with my family for christmas cards) and I have been extremely pleased with our photos and the photo shoots every time! Jess and John are very professional, polite and they always know exactly what poses, looks and directions to give to get the pictures to turn out amazing!! Even on an overcast day at the beach with my 8 month old son and dog running around and lots of "background distraction"...we were still able to have a successful photoshoot within an hour's time. They are truly beautiful photographers and you can really tell that they are passionate about their work and they care about the people they work with. I will definitely be working with Alvarado Photography for more photo shoots again in the future.

  • 5/5 stars December 19, 2012

    Amazing photographers! Jess and John were very attentive on the day of the wedding. Before after and during our big day they were always available to answer any questions that we had. They had an amazing attention to detail and I will be recommending them to all of my family and friends.

  • 5/5 stars December 15, 2012

    We were looking for someone to take family pictures for us. A couple of coworkers suggested that we call John and Jess since they had done pictures for their family. Jess was very friendly, responsive, and organized and we were able to quickly coordinate a time. When we met with John and Jess we knew immediately that we had made the right choice. They were very patient and friendly and were able to put our two little children at ease. They loved the little animals that Jess had brought. Throughout the photo shoot our kids were happy and engaged. The end result was great!!! John is a very talented photographer, the pictures looked very natural. The only problem we had was deciding which pictures to choose. We will definitely be calling them the next time we are looking for family pictures.

  • 5/5 stars November 24, 2012

    John and Jess were awesome! They were patient and also comfortable to work with. This is a plus especially when dealing with a really shy and crabby little toddler. I'm sure other mommies out there can relate to that! Our portraits turned out really nice and we can't wait to share them with our family and friends. We definitely recommend them to all families! :))

  • 5/5 stars September 10, 2012

    We are so grateful to have found Alvarado Photography. My husband and I have always wanted to take family portraits in Hawaii, and we were very blessed to have another opportunity to vacation in Oahu this August. We were very impressed with Jess's prompt replies via email and very professional coordination. She was very accommodating when we had to reschedule our photo shoot 2 days prior to our originally scheduled date. She was so patient with our kids, including our 17 month old boy who didn't seem to want to smile. She brought toys for the kids and even had a cute camera prop to draw attention to the camera. It took about two weeks to view our pictures, and they were definitely worth the wait. I was so pleased with how the images captured the natural beauty of Hawaii and also the best candid expressions from my kids. Overall, it was a great experience, and I will gladly spread the word to friends and family. Thanks Jess for giving us wonderful pictures and memories for years to come.

  • 5/5 stars September 6, 2012

    To celebrate our 10th anniversary, my husband and I decided to do a trash the dress photo session. I looked online for a photographer, and when I saw the butt shot (hands on each other’s butt, staring off into the horizon), I knew Jess was “the one.” Her photos showed couples who were comfortable, relaxed, and having a great time. She helped us choose a gorgeous location on the North Shore, maintained good communication throughout the planning process, and was flexible as we suggested a few exciting photos (like the kissing in the sand, “Pearl Harbor,” shot that caused our friend to literally fell over when she saw it). The price was very reasonable, and most importantly the photos are AMAZING. We couldn’t be happier. I whole-heartedly recommend Jess for your memorable outdoor photos.

  • 5/5 stars August 3, 2012

    Alvarado Photography is awesome! Our good friends visited Hawaii in 2011 and had the most beautiful family pictures taken. When we came to Hawaii this year we made it a point to get a sitting with Alvarado Photography. We had the best experience with John and Jess, who also brought along their assistants who kept our young kids entertained. They were extremely professional, friendly and super easy to work with! Our pictures are so amazing and now we can see ourselves in Hawaii every day. If you live in Hawaii or just want to capture your vacation memories we would highly recommend John and Jess. Thank you for capturing our incredible family vacation! See you next year! Da Clemente Family!

  • 5/5 stars July 17, 2012

    We chose Alvarado Photography for our destination wedding on Oahu. From the start, they were great to work with. Throughout the entire planning process, they were very responsive and made the planning process easy. Their price is very reasonable compared to most photographers on Oahu. Jess was able to incorporate photos we liked and ideas and helped us get the exact shots we wanted. Even as obstacles arrived prior to the wedding, they made everything we wanted work. They even brought in an extra photographer the week before the wedding to help us get the receptions shots we wanted before we arrived at the venue. During the entire wedding and reception, they worked very hard to get every shot. We received our proofs of the wedding pictures in a timely manner and absolutely loved all the shots they took. We would use Alvarado Photography again in the future for more pictures next time we visit the Islands. Jess and John Rey were so nice and we were happy to have them be a part of our wedding day!!!!

  • 5/5 stars July 8, 2012

    We found Alvarado Photography through the internet and had John and Jess take our son’s first birthday pictures. We liked their website and their prices were not over the top. Their work was amazing from the start. They took us to a spectacular location, a beautiful hidden beach we had not seen. They were professional and came very well prepared. We felt very comfortable with them and our son loved them. They were very sweet with him and made him smile easily for the pictures. We loved their ideas for pictures and the two of them work great together as a team. They obviously know what they are doing and their equipment is superb. The pictures came out incredible; we are in love with every single one of them. We are so happy we went with them and will definitely have them do our future photo sessions in Oahu. We highly recommend them; they are professional, punctual, energetic, creative, great with kids, and amazing photographers.

  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2012

    Awesome!!!!! Awesome!!!! Awesome!!!!! Very professional yet we felt like we knew each other for years. It was our first time visiting Hawai'i, and I'm so happy I ran across Alvarado Phography while googling Oahu photographers, you absolutely can not go wrong with them. Affordable & professional. If you haven't seen their work go onto their website, I'm sure you will be 100% satisfied!!!! We will definitely be doing business with them again, thank you guys!!!

  • 5/5 stars June 25, 2012

    We highly recommend Alvarado Photography. Jess was wonderful! We were able to schedule a family session last minute before we moved off island. She returned emails promptly, monitored the weather in case we needed to change our location, and fit us in on a time constraint. The photos came out amazing; even our 8 month old was happy and smiling.

  • 5/5 stars June 25, 2012

    After much searching online for a good photographer, I stumbled upon Jess and John Rey s website, Alvarado Photography. I immediately fell in love with their perspective on their clients. They fully utilized the natural lighting and had fun/quirky poses in multiple locations. I quickly called to further discuss the details. The were extremely prompt in getting back to me via phone after I had left a message. The day of the session was absolutely awesome! Our chosen location was at Ko Olina at sunset. It was gorgeous! They were very professional, but fun at the same time. They were able to snap many candid moments, which happen to be some of my favorites in our set. Overall, we had a really great experience with Alvarado Photography. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer who can truly capture the moment without forcing it.

  • 5/5 stars June 18, 2012

    Alvarado Photography did a great job on our engagement and wedding photos. They were easy to work with and get along with. They answered all of our questions in a timely manner and addressed all of our concerns prior to the “big day”. Once the day came, they were very helpful by keeping things moving according to the schedule. They took some very creative shots and did a great job of capturing the memorable moments. Several of our guests had nice things to say about their overall demeanor and efficiency. They had an assistant join them who took some amazing photos as well. They also provided us with a great value – something that was important to us since we were on a tight budget. If you are looking for a professional photographer for a reasonable price for your wedding, Alvarado won’t disappoint!

  • 5/5 stars June 11, 2012

    We love our photos!! We had our family portraits taken by Jess and she definitely took her time with us and our 2 daughters. I had called and researched all the photographers that appeared on Google when searching for a photographer in Oahu and she was the best and most responsive. Jess was really good about listening and capturing silly/ laughing moments that we were looking for. Alvarado's portfolio is amazing. I have already recommended them to friends and will continue to do so! Thanks Jess.

  • 5/5 stars June 10, 2012

    Alvarado Photography in a word is...INCREDIBLE! I researched different photographers throughout Oahu, and Alvarado had the best value for our money. They're communication was very prompt throughout the time leading up to, during and even after our session. John and Jess helped us pick a spot with a breath-taking view for our family shoot and were able to relate to our children (ages 8 and 5) very well....(did I mention they even brought toys to entertain the kids while my husband and I were getting our picture taken???) My expectations were pretty high for this "once in a lifetime" shoot, and AP's services FAR EXCEEDED them all!! They were prepared for everything! I would recommend them to EVERYONE and ANYONE looking for a photographer!!!

  • 5/5 stars May 31, 2012

    Choose Alvarado photography, you wont regret it. They are great with small children. John and Jess captured genuine smiles on their faces, it was hard to choose which ones to keep. From the beginning, they were prompt and responsive to emails. They suggested locations for the shoot and even offered to reschedule should it rain on the day of our shoot. Always pleasant, even when our 23 month old wasn't cooperating. They were just awesome, the session went by so fast becasue the smiles weren't forced and we could just relax and enjoy it. We plan on using them again, no need to look anywhere else.

  • 5/5 stars May 18, 2012

    Jess did a wonderful job on our engagement photos. She made us both feel very comfortable and was down to earth and professional. The end product was amazing! The photos were beautiful. We will definitely book her again for our wedding!

  • 5/5 stars December 6, 2011

    We had a great experience with Alvarado Photography! We had amazing photos done on O'ahu before we moved back to the mainland. Jess and John were able to get my dog to participate and pose in some shots as well! They all came out priceless and I am so happy we have these memories of our time in Hawaii.

  • 5/5 stars December 5, 2011

    Best photographers ever!! Friendly, proffesional, affordable. I searched the web and am so happy I found them. They were very accomadating with our short notice and were so great to work with. The photos are amazing and we are so happy. I would definitely recommend them.

  • 5/5 stars November 28, 2011

    Great experience. I was very impressed with the way our family pictures turned out. The setting was amazing. Jess and John were able to get both my kids to cooperate and smile at the same time and I was very impressed with all the ideas they came up with for poses. Every member of my family genuinely loved the way the shoot turned out. I'll definitely use Alvarado Photography again.

  • 5/5 stars November 23, 2011

    Our family booked a family photo session with Alvarado photography while on the mainland. Jess was very prompt in returning my emails to schedule a session. Our family of five, plus my parents and aunt were in the shots. John and Jess were wonderful with a three young kids. They were very patient and everything ran smoothly. We just saw our proofs, we are so happy with the pictures. We will definitely recommend Alvarado photography. I will cherish these photos! Thanks John and Jess!

  • 5/5 stars November 20, 2011

    We used Alvarado Photography for our family photos and are so pleased with our photographs. I found Alvarado Photography online, and was quickly impressed with their portfolio, professionalism, and their quick response to my inquiry. Prior to our photo shoot, I was a little apprehensive because our toddler can be a bit camera shy, and I wasn’t sure what kind of photos we would end up with. Our son was immediately comfortable with Jess and John and they were able to capture several awesome shots. They took their time when photographing our family and let our son take breaks when he needed it without putting pressure on us to stay on schedule. Our experience was enjoyable and we love our pictures! We definitely recommend Alvarado Photography and look forward to using them for our future photo needs!

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2011

    When looking for a photographer I had very high expectations. I'm very big in to photography and having photographers who were very good at just capturing the moment was a big deal to me. I came across the Alvarado's web site while googling photographers in my area, I instantly fell in love with their portfolio. They were the first I looked at so I explored onto other photographers web sites to see what else was out there, but came back to theirs because really no one else even came class to comparing to their talent. I was in contact with Jess the whole time and she was always prompt at getting back to me, and so kind. My wedding day came and they were there to capture every moment from me getting ready all the way to the end of the reception, they captured the moments so well! The editing of the photos and the angles they used where outstanding! Their creativity and detail was amazing! they exceeded my expectations, and I would recommend them to everyone.

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2011

    We had an incredible morning out at Ala Moana Beach Park with Jess and John on October 22. We travelled to Hawaii from Australia with our entire family. The shoot was to capture our baby's 1st birthday and it was so much fun! Jess was great - so helpful (especially guiding us to the spectacular location) and entertained our daughter endlessly! The photos are just beautiful - it was so hard to choose which ones we liked best. We would highly recommend Jess & John to anyone hoping for some truly beautiful photos of their time in Hawaii.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Hawaii Weddings, Oahu Destination Weddings, Family Portraits, Couple Portraits (engagements, anniversaries), Model portfolios and other events

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Look for quality of work by viewing work samples or online gallery. You can also look for reviews posted by other members or past clients on multiple review sites like Google and Yelp

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The biggest thing is for customers to truly know their vendors so they know the exact type of service they will be receiving. Go through reviews or other sites to see what past clients and customers are saying. And of course you can look through your photographer's gallery.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. We love meeting new people. Many of our clients are either in the military or visiting Hawaii for a vacation. So we are constantly making new acquaintances and friends.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Visit http://alvarado-photography.com/AP/site/#/prices/ for most updated listing.

Standard prices for couple and family portraits:
1 hour Couple/Family Package (2-7 People and or Pets) is $250.00 tax includes:
(cannot be used for weddings or vow renewals)
Time and Travel*
Location of your choice
Unlimited Shots and Poses
Wardrobe Changes (optional)
40 pictures digitally enhanced on a DVD.
On-line Proofing Gallery for 2 weeks
Photographer release form to make prints and enlargements
(Perfect for Graduations, Couple, Engagements, Family, Friends, Maternity, Pets, Children)
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1 Hour Small Group Package (8-15 People and or Pets) is $275 tax includes:
(cannot be used for weddings or vow renewals)
Time and Travel*
Location of your choice
Unlimited Shots and Poses
Wardrobe Changes (optional)
45 pictures digitally enhanced on a DVD.
On-line Proofing Gallery for 2 weeks
Photographer release form to make prints and enlargements
(Perfect for Graduations, Couple, Family, Friends, Maternity, Pets, Children, Small teams, Multi family)
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1 Hour Large Group Package (16 People and or Pets) is $300 tax includes:
(cannot be used for weddings or vow renewals)
Time and Travel*
Location of your choice
Unlimited Shots and Poses
Wardrobe Changes (optional)
50 pictures digitally enhanced on a DVD.
On-line Proofing Gallery for 2 weeks
Photographer release form to make prints and enlargements
(Perfect for Graduations, Family, Friends, Maternity, Pets, Large teams, Multi family)
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30 min Mini Session is $175.00 tax includes:
(ONLY for individual or couple portraits and cannot be used for weddings or vow renewals )
Time and Travel*
Location of your choice
Unlimited Shots and Poses
Up to 20 pictures digitally enhanced on a DVD**
On-line Proofing Gallery for 2 weeks
Photographer release form to make prints and enlargements

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Ala Carte/Other Services
Extend Session - $125 plus tax per half hour
Additional Photographer (coverage) - $100 per hour plus tax
Additional duplicate Wedding DVD Album - $50 plus tax (Free shipping within USA)
Online proofing 1 month extension - $25
Online proofing upload (re upload fee) - $25

*A $25 Time and Travel fee may apply to locations exceeding one-hour commute time, specifically these areas: Pupukea, Waiale E, Kawela Bay, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kaaawa, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Kaena Point, Mokuleia, Waialua, Makapuu Point

*A parking fee of $10 (or greater depending on the available parking structure for the location) may apply to any location where free public parking is not available within 5 min walking distance from the photo session location.

*A $25 return/refund fee is charged for any qualified returned, refunded or processed checks (refunds or bounced)

*A fee of $25 or 2.9% of deposit $0.30, whichever is greater will be charged for any qualified refund or processed credit card/debit card/PayPal/google check out transactions.

* Color Corrections, Tone changes, Minor special edits (Black and white/Sepia/Color Isolations)
Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time by photographer. For concerns or other requests please contact us
Photographer release form to make prints and enlargements

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