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Louisiana meets Ontario | e-session. Open this post

Nov 06
2013

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Louisiana meets Ontario | e-session.

Maegan + Peter are in love. Madly in love! She hails from Louisiana originally and he’s a born and bred Thunder Bay guy. Our two love-birds met in Texas where they’ve settled down to enjoy their respective careers in the medical and oil fields {pardon the pun}.  During a recent Costa Rican shoot, we had [...]

Maegan + Peter are in love. Madly in love! She hails from Louisiana originally and he’s a born and bred Thunder Bay guy. Our two love-birds met in Texas where they’ve settled down to enjoy their respective careers in the medical and oil fields {pardon the pun}.  During a recent Costa Rican shoot, we had the pleasure of really connecting with them. And though we were booked for their April 2014 wedding (San Antonio, TX), the chance to capture their giddy affection at an E-Session was something we jumped at. Maegan + Peter collected their engagement imagery after reminiscing all things sun + sand over some margaritas chez nous! You guys rock… and best of luck this Spring! — Alvis + Sam

Timothy: .... tnx for info.... 06.09.2014

Vernon: .... tnx!!... 07.26.2014

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vincent: .... tnx.... 08.22.2014

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Henry: .... tnx for info!... 08.23.2014

Sam: .... спс!!... 08.23.2014

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neil: .... спс.... 08.24.2014

sidney: .... благодарен!!... 08.24.2014

Bernard: .... спс за инфу!... 08.24.2014

Albert: .... áëàãîäàðåí!... 11.18.2014

todd: .... ñïñ.... 11.19.2014

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Jenn + Richard’s backyard E-session. Open this post

Jun 04
2012

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Jenn + Richard’s backyard E-session.

“Hey! You got hot!” Those magic words flew across the room at Hap’s — a local watering hole in Kenora — finding their way within ear shot of Jennifer Tennant. Who knew this would be the start of something special for Richard + Jenn. It had been years since they knew of each other during [...]

“Hey! You got hot!” Those magic words flew across the room at Hap’s — a local watering hole in Kenora — finding their way within ear shot of Jennifer Tennant. Who knew this would be the start of something special for Richard + Jenn. It had been years since they knew of each other during high school; and yet his passion for fishing and, conveniently, her love for sun worshipping would land them on solid common ground… enough to find them engaged and taking that leap this summer! We caught up with them recently in Richard’s backyard, giving them the opportunity to get warmed up in front of the camera and snag some official photos. The countdown is on, guys!

Frederick: .... thanks for information!!... 07.03.2014

marc: .... спс за инфу.... 08.22.2014

Oliver: .... hello.... 08.24.2014

nathaniel: .... благодарствую!!... 08.26.2014

Ronald: .... good!... 11.17.2014

Roland: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó.... 11.17.2014

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Hot love in the city {toronto e-session}. Open this post

Feb 29
2012

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Hot love in the city {toronto e-session}.

Whilst on our family roadtrip this summer, Bliss was able to capture some engagement sessions with a number of out-of-town clients. We met up with Katie + Christian in Toronto to shoot in the blazing heat. The day was spent capturing images at  the city’s hotspots – pun intended! - like Kensington Market and the CN Tower; we even hopped on [...]

Whilst on our family roadtrip this summer, Bliss was able to capture some engagement sessions with a number of out-of-town clients. We met up with Katie + Christian in Toronto to shoot in the blazing heat. The day was spent capturing images at  the city’s hotspots – pun intended! - like Kensington Market and the CN Tower; we even hopped on a streetcar! Toronto’s funky locations provided a perfect backdrop for this equally funky couple, who obviously have *the hots* for each other. Katie + Christian, congrats on the engagement and we can’t wait to shoot your wedding! p.s. Huge props for your massive patience on the blog post. — Alvis, Sam + Melissa

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daryl: .... hello.... 08.22.2014

warren: .... thank you!!... 08.23.2014

arthur: .... hello!!... 08.23.2014

samuel: .... tnx.... 08.23.2014

jacob: .... благодарен!!... 08.23.2014

Dennis: .... good!!... 08.23.2014

homer: .... thanks!... 08.23.2014

Seth: .... спс!!... 08.26.2014

robert: .... ñïñ.... 11.18.2014

Bernard: .... áëàãîäàðåí.... 11.19.2014

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Don’t knock Facebook until you try it. You just never know who you’ll reconnect with! Open this post

Jun 06
2011

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Don’t knock Facebook until you try it. You just never know who you’ll reconnect with!

Sometimes we’re asked if the stories ever get old. In fact, very recently I was asked point blank: “Dude! How can you not be cynical yet? You know 50% of all these couples aren’t gonna make it!” But to the naysayers, I shrug my shoulders and confess that this *dude* is a romantic at heart. [...]

Sometimes we’re asked if the stories ever get old. In fact, very recently I was asked point blank: “Dude! How can you not be cynical yet? You know 50% of all these couples aren’t gonna make it!” But to the naysayers, I shrug my shoulders and confess that this *dude* is a romantic at heart. The sappier, the better, I say. And as for whirlwind romances? Bring them on. The camera loves love no matter how it came to be.

So that was my lead in to the story of Jen + Nick. A couple with a distinct amount of sass and presently involved in their own version of the quintessential whirlwind romance. Nick + Jen live in Ottawa and are returning to the Bay to cement their relationship in stone in just 11 days {we’re counting right down with you, guys!}. Technically they first met back in high school {“I was much too shy to go talk to him since he was so cute!”} and finally managed to exchange words during a chance encounter over yearbook photos in the cafeteria. But that was 1999 and their story only really begins in 2007.

So what gives?!! {Yes, we wanted to know, too!}

Well, along came this nifty little social networking tool that drifted into Jen’s world. It was 2007 and within an hour of reluctantly creating her very own Facebook account, she received a message from Nick saying “hey! I’m back in town and having a BBQ!” And who doesn’t love a good BBQ?! As luck would have it, the weather turned sour and that BBQ ultimately turned into the discovery of their mutual love for sambuca shooters at Jack’s. {insert a little giggle. had another couple last year that came together over a mutual passion for tequila shots.} At any rate, it wasn’t too long into their casual dating that Jen + Nick discovered they were pretty much inseparable. Never an awkward moment or a lull in the conversation, they could sit and yack all night. It was almost as though they they had been best friends their whole lives.

Here’s our fave part of their story… Having only been seriously dating for 3 weeks, Nick was offered a job he couldn’t refuse in Ottawa and asked Jen to come with him. She took that giant leap of faith, left TBay and has never looked back. Some would say that was crazy! We say AWESOME. Because sometimes you just have to leap and the net will appear. Two years ago Nick proposed to Jen at the beautiful market place restaurant in Ottawa, *Vittoria Trattoria*. She was completely unaware of his plans and when he casually asked if there was anything she’d like to see change in their relationship, all that came to mind was him putting his clothes in the hamper instead of leaving them all over the place. But alas her answer was, “nope! Things are perfect.” To which he responded, “well, what if things were to change and you’d be my wife?” Naturally the ring came out and jubilant yes’s ensued.

And so to all the Facebook haters out there; take it from us. You just never know who you might bump into again. For Jen + Nick, that crazy {and sometimes annoying} social media tool turned out to be the best version of cupid they could ask for.

Jen + Nick, hope you enjoy these images from your E-session in Ottawa this past May. Thanks for all your patience, and we cannot wait to roll up our sleeves and lay out the framework for documenting your wedding. Oh, and Jen, Sam says “Remain calm. It will all get done!” — Congrats from Alvis, Sam + Melissa

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tyrone: .... спасибо за инфу!... 08.23.2014

stanley: .... благодарю.... 08.26.2014

Michael: .... ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!... 11.18.2014

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Diners. Milkshakes. Flirty hair tossing. A return to where it all began. {Laura + Jan} Open this post

May 31
2011

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Diners. Milkshakes. Flirty hair tossing. A return to where it all began. {Laura + Jan}

If you ever want to catch a really authentic glimpse into a couple’s life, tag along on a date with them sometime. Three weeks ago, we had just that opportunity and followed Laura + Jan around the beautiful cityscape of Ottawa, camera in tow, casually clicking away as they laughed, smooched, joked, and gazed lovingly [...]

If you ever want to catch a really authentic glimpse into a couple’s life, tag along on a date with them sometime. Three weeks ago, we had just that opportunity and followed Laura + Jan around the beautiful cityscape of Ottawa, camera in tow, casually clicking away as they laughed, smooched, joked, and gazed lovingly at each other. We even returned to the *scene of the crime*…. also known as how it all began. And it goes a little something like this:

Mutual friends had been hounding them to connect on the hunch they would hit it off. Finally surrendering to the pressure, these two now lovebirds agreed and had their first date at a trendy/cozy little restaurant in Ottawa. Friendship and attraction grew into love and before long the conversations turned to marriage. {Naturally we are WAY oversimplifying this!}

Although Laura + Jan are both very private people, what we do know is that they actually travelled great distances to find each other. Jan was born in Prague, but grew up in Kuwait, later Phoenix and then Ottawa, where he currently works in the medical field for the government. Laura has become the missing puzzle piece in his life.  In between training for his various triathlons, Jan takes great delight in helping Laura with her tennis game. Conversely, she coaches him with his running and now together they are even working on some slick dance moves for their upcoming wedding!

Paramount to Laura + Jan’s relationship is a mutual interest in celebrating their respective cultures. With Laura’s Finnish-Canadian background, Jan is learning to withstand the Finnish Sauna {and we’re told his time *in there* is significantly improving!} and also enjoy frequent helpings of Karjalan Pirakkas {naturally, made by Laura}. And with Jan’s Czech-International heritage, Laura has sampled his famous Schnitzel and is learning to bake the most incredible Czech Christmas cookies.

All this aside, these two busy professionals are now planning the wedding of their dreams back here in Thunder Bay this Fall. And this isn’t just any wedding; in fact it’s kind of special for us, too!

You see Laura’s mother is Rev. Deborah Kraft of St. Paul’s Anglican Church; a church that is near and dear to our hearts. But Rev. Deborah herself is also dear to our hearts. She has performed countless wedding ceremonies over the years and we can personally attest to her caring and respectful nature, along with the passion she exudes in talking about love and marriage. And if that’s not enough to get our attention, Jan’s mother — a classically trained opera singer — will be sharing her special gifts at the church that day, as well.

Laura + Jan, we’re honoured that you’ve asked us to document this momentous occasion. We are counting down right alongside you… In the meantime, please enjoy this handful of images from your Ottawa E-session. P.S. in case you are wondering how Laura’s back bends that way {trust us, you’ll wonder!}, she is a classically trained ballerina who, despite pursuing a career in law, never lost her turnout nor her incredible flexibility!

xo — Alvis + Sam

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Carlos: .... tnx for info!... 08.22.2014

Lloyd: .... спс.... 08.23.2014

ken: .... спасибо за инфу.... 08.24.2014

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Fair warning: wearing a killer dress to your highschool grad just might result in a future marriage proposal. Open this post

May 17
2011

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Fair warning: wearing a killer dress to your highschool grad just might result in a future marriage proposal.

FYI: wearing a stunning dress to your highschool grad just might have the intended effect of knocking his socks off!! And in turn, it just might lead to happily ever after one day. Such was the case for our bride + groom to be, Kristin + Al. A few weeks ago we had the pleasure [...]

FYI: wearing a stunning dress to your highschool grad just might have the intended effect of knocking his socks off!! And in turn, it just might lead to happily ever after one day. Such was the case for our bride + groom to be, Kristin + Al. A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of shooting their engagement session on  location at their current resident city, Ottawa. In between the goofing off and their obvious affection for each other, the real story of how this union came to be unfolded. It’s got a little something for everyone, so sit back, grab a cup o’ java and enjoy!

Ahhhh highschool crushes. Those were indeed the days. Remember them? You’d tell your kindred BFF about the crush du jour and before long the entire school would know. In Al’s case, word eventually got back to him that this flirty, outgoing beauty wanted to take him to HER grad. The answer was a no-brainer and before long the two were inseparable. Fast forward to the Academia Years while Al studied at Queen’s and our couple managed to hang tough during a solid bout of long distance.

But ultimately, heartbreak would set in as the degree was earned, and Kristin was unsure if moving away from Thunder Bay was something she was ready for or not. Break-up number one ensued.

And even while Kristin found herself in another relationship, Al persistently and consistently did his best to woo her back; but she was admittedly just in a different place. Two years of dissatisfaction later and the two of them miraculously found their way back to each other. And to seal the deal further, Kristin packed up her life in TBay and moved to Ottawa which was a “huge” step for her. There has been no looking back, only looking forward and relishing in the joy of being together at long last.

Other random bits of info we gleaned? Well, they could not possibly be any more in love with their two cats, Farnsworth and Lemmiwinks, lovingly named by Al {who specializes in oddball monikers for both animals and people alike}. Not sure if this is public knowledge, but he’s been known to call his true love Kristin “Bootface”, “Weasel” and most recently “Mia” {well that’s kinda sweet, no?!}. But perhaps what stands out the most is the obvious balance these two exude. Kristin: joyful, exuberant, overreacting, high strung. Al: easy going, calming, soothing, romantic {see next paragraph}. It’s a thing of beauty, really!

And for their engagement, Al meticulously planned it out. The symbolism of his bended-knee proposal at the very spot he had given her her promise ring was not lost on Kristin. Somewhere out on the rocks at Chippewa is a place that has become sacred to them.

So enough of the mushy stuff! We are thrilled to post some highlights from this Ottawa E-session. The chemistry between them seemed to leap right off the screen as we edited… leading me to conclude their August, 2012 wedding will result in equally gorgeous shots. Thanks for a blast the other week, guys. REALLY stoked to be a part of your Big Day and hope you enjoy this wee peak at some of what is coming your way. Cheers! — Alvis, Sam + Melissa

Amy Kukkee: Stunning photos, as per usual. 05.17.2011

Edward: .... thank you!... 07.28.2014

howard: .... спс за инфу!... 08.22.2014

Erik: .... спс.... 08.23.2014

zachary: .... спс за инфу!!... 08.23.2014

Larry: .... спс за инфу!... 08.24.2014

tony: .... благодарствую.... 08.26.2014

Gary: .... hello!!... 11.16.2014

Alejandro: .... áëàãîäàðåí!!... 11.17.2014

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Alison + Mike out rollin’ with the punches. {E-session x 2} Open this post

Feb 25
2011

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Alison + Mike out rollin’ with the punches. {E-session x 2}

Old man winter: you can pack your bags and get the he** out… We’re no longer fans! Twice in the last month you single-handedly initiated annoying car accidents with our new Kia Soul and on the most frigid days of the year to boot, one of which during our shoot with clients Ali + Mike. Good times, [...]

Old man winter: you can pack your bags and get the he** out… We’re no longer fans! Twice in the last month you single-handedly initiated annoying car accidents with our new Kia Soul and on the most frigid days of the year to boot, one of which during our shoot with clients Ali + Mike. Good times, good times. Thankfully, this fun-loving and extremely patient couple rolled with the punches {just like our car! bahahahahaaaa} and wound up with not one but two engagement shoots {both during extreme cold temps!}.

So here we are, delighted to showcase the love shared between Ali + Mike, whom we observe love life, laughing and each other to pieces. And in case you’re wondering, never doubt where you might bump into your future significant other. For these two that happened to be the emergency room at the hospital… and now they’re tying the proverbial knot July 30th! We’re confident Ali + Mike’s wedding day will be beautiful, emotional and most notably car-accident-free. For their specific e-session, they wanted simplicity and beauty… a walk in the city; a walk in the park. Their imagery is one-part urban and one-part nature which reflects both sides of their carefree personalities.

Guys, here’s your sneak peek and once again, God bless for just rolling with the punches. If you can get through your married life with the same sort of mantra, it will be a long, fulfilling and happy one {at least that’s been our experience in our first nine years of marriage!}. Warmest wishes, Alvis {along with Sam + Melissa in the editing room}.

And now to their city-scape e-session… hangin’ out on Bay St.

gilbert: .... thank you!... 07.28.2014

brandon: .... thanks for information.... 08.23.2014

Marcus: .... сэнкс за инфу!!... 08.23.2014

Francis: .... tnx for info.... 08.26.2014

clifford: .... tnx.... 08.26.2014

Clayton: .... спс за инфу.... 08.26.2014

Brian: .... спс за инфу!... 08.26.2014

clifford: .... áëàãîäàðþ.... 11.20.2014

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Sheri + Andrew’s Lakehead E-Session {warm hearts . cold noses . just hangin’.} Open this post

Jan 07
2011

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Sheri + Andrew’s Lakehead E-Session {warm hearts . cold noses . just hangin’.}

Sheri + Andrew have big hearts and big brains. Let’s just say that if the category of *Biology* ever came up in a round of Jeopardy, we’re pretty sure they won’t gaffe the Daily Double! These two Arizona State, Biotechnology PhD students are madly in love and will cement their relationship in stone this August. Their [...]

Sheri + Andrew have big hearts and big brains. Let’s just say that if the category of *Biology* ever came up in a round of Jeopardy, we’re pretty sure they won’t gaffe the Daily Double!

These two Arizona State, Biotechnology PhD students are madly in love and will cement their relationship in stone this August. Their story begins nine years ago, essentially during highschool, when Sheri asked Andrew to attend her semi-formal. We could easily say the rest is *history*, but that would be glossing over some pretty informative years of studying, moving, researching, etc. After completing their undergrads {both in Biology} at Lakehead U, they found themselves pursuing additional higher learning at the University of Toronto where they each completed their Masters. And if that weren’t enough punishment {for those of you itching to get out of school}, their path led them to Scottsdale, Arizona where they are completing their own independent research to culminate in their respective dissertations. Phew. Big brains. Big hearts!

In their downtime, you might find them at Home Depot snatching up materials for rennos on their recently purchased home… Self-described as *low-key*, Sheri + Andrew are connected in life through their own pursuit of higher learning and through the deep love and mutual respect they have for each other. For their engagement session, we opted for a place with meaning and headed out to L.U. It proved to be the perfect place for some winter frolicking and photo snapping.

Sheri + Andrew: we’re stoked to work with you this summer. Thank you for being such good sports on our snowy e-session day. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek of imagery… and Happy New Year!

Darryl: .... tnx for info!... 08.22.2014

lonnie: .... благодарствую!!... 08.22.2014

Arnold: .... tnx for info!!... 08.23.2014

Allen: .... tnx!... 08.23.2014

homer: .... tnx!... 08.26.2014

Eddie: .... good info!... 08.26.2014

robert: .... áëàãîäàðñòâóþ.... 11.17.2014

bill: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó.... 11.20.2014

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Lucie loves Kevin. {Fall E-Session} Open this post

Dec 18
2010

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Lucie loves Kevin. {Fall E-Session}

We’re not going to bog this blog down with our usual ooey-gooey, lovey-dovey superlatives… But do not mistake our *less is more approach* as disinterest. Au contraire. We are incredibly excited about working with Lucie + Kevin next October, 2011. We’ll be bringing the Bliss *entourage* down to Sault Ste. Marie for the entire weekend! About [...]

We’re not going to bog this blog down with our usual ooey-gooey, lovey-dovey superlatives… But do not mistake our *less is more approach* as disinterest. Au contraire. We are incredibly excited about working with Lucie + Kevin next October, 2011. We’ll be bringing the Bliss *entourage* down to Sault Ste. Marie for the entire weekend!

About six weeks ago amidst a chaotic week of moving from Sioux Lookout to Blind River, Lucie + Kevin came up to TBay to take advantage of some lucious fall colours and the opportunity for a second Bliss photo shoot {we count this one as their actual engagement session, though you may remember their winter *warm-up* session done last year}. They were hoping for some perfect shots for their Save the Dave cards… and something tells me they’ll have a tough time whittling it down to just one! Enjoy your sneak peek, guys. We wish you all the best of this holiday season and thank you for your patience. p.s. give our best to Mika!

xo — Alvis, Sam, + Melissa

edgar: .... áëàãîäàðþ!... 07.30.2014

Derek: .... ñïñ çà èíôó!... 11.17.2014

roy: .... thanks for information!... 11.18.2014

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Waiting for those metaphorical butterflies. {Chantell + Jeremy’s E-session} Open this post

Nov 28
2010

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Waiting for those metaphorical butterflies. {Chantell + Jeremy’s E-session}

Butterflies. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about! The kind you get deep in the core of your stomach when anticipation is nearly killing you. The kind that cannot be suppressed when walking down the aisle, arm in arm with your father… eagerly awaiting the reaction on your groom’s face. Chantell cannot wait for these [...]

Butterflies. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about! The kind you get deep in the core of your stomach when anticipation is nearly killing you. The kind that cannot be suppressed when walking down the aisle, arm in arm with your father… eagerly awaiting the reaction on your groom’s face. Chantell cannot wait for these particular butterflies! And earlier this Fall she had a chance to practice during her engagement session with hubby-to-be Jeremey {affectionately known to Chantell as *Jerry Berry*}.

Chantell + Jeremy will be married October 15th, 2011 in Jeremy’s grandmother’s church, St. Michael’s and All Angels {a special tribute to her}. To say they are excited would be the understatement of the year! Our radiant couple first met at the most unlikely of places: Fabutan and Future Shop. According to Chantell, she thought there was no way she’d ever go out with the likes of him! But Cupid got the better of her and also managed to ratchet up the chemistry on that very first date: she was toast. The crazy chemistry they shared, the bond they developed right away could mean only one thing: they were stuck together forever! And so for Jeremy, a man who could not live without fishing and his Boston Bruins, he now had one other obsession to add to the list… one he wasn’t ever letting get away.

Enjoy your sneak peek, guys. We are as stoked as you are for the Big Day to arrive. Well past the one year mark, now!!! All the best and Merry Christmas! –xo Alvi, Sam, Melissa

fredrick: .... hello.... 07.30.2014

Erik: .... thanks!... 08.22.2014

Jamie: .... спасибо.... 08.23.2014

dave: .... tnx for info!!... 08.26.2014

Anthony: .... good.... 08.26.2014

Barry: .... ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!... 11.16.2014

Troy: .... thank you!!... 11.16.2014

Russell: .... ñïñ!... 11.18.2014

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