Unraveling Success in Freelance Photography

Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel. – Peter Adams

A Freelance Photographer is a person who takes pictures and then sells or offers it to any clients and gigs.

This person is neither tied nor employed by any company and is free to work on multiple projects and clients anytime.

Life of a freelancer can be quite tough, with all competitions and stuffs; one must be able to know and handle the maze of survival.

Everyone I know loves to be their own boss where they can handle their own time, manage their stuff in the way they wanted it to be and controlling the pace of their career. Some gave up before they start to build their future.

But others really did take the risk and fight.

Where do you want to be?

Are you going to be a part of those who just gave up or be a part of those who succeeded?

Dare to dream!


Defining Photography

Photography is a vast word and varies in meaning depending how one would perceive it.

There are also many kinds of photography categorizing each in different aspects of the world and life. I myself always love to photograph nature that seems so serene and peaceful dancing with the wind.

Things fade in colour and only photographs can halt its dauntingly vibrant theme.

Most people would define photography as an art of creating photographic images by means of an image sensor and by the aid of a camera.

But on a heart of a true artist, photography means capturing those perfect moments that time would steal away any minute - freezing a priceless memory and carving it on the eyes of the future... and that is what Mr. Wallace Francisco believed in.


Mr. Wallace Francisco
Mr. Wallace Francisco

Who Is He?

You may or may have not heard of him, but Mr. Wallace Francisco, only on his early thirties, took the world of photography by a whirlwind.

He can turn a simple flash into one lasting treasure... and his masterpieces are his great proof.

Mr. Wallace Francisco is a successful Freelance Photographer and has done many photo shoots for weddings, events or any personal portraits and is currently into kid’s stuffs. He already garnered the trust of his clients, giving them utmost support and best results for any special day.

Success after success, Mr. Francisco kindly shares on this interview his experiences and tips on how to become a good freelance photographer. For those who love photography as much as he do, you can really learn a thing or two from him. He also started from scratch but became better and better every day.

What's his secret?


A HOBBY THAT TURNS INTO PASSION


As a photography hobbyist, he joined an outreach program in Payatas together with his fellow photographers. This was his first photo shoot experience and right there at the moment, he knew that he could achieve more in this field.


Q: When did you start thinking about being involved in the world of photography?

WF (Wallace Francisco): It all started way back December of 2008 when I told Jester Alcaraz, who is my mentor as well as my friend, that I wanted to buy a digital camera and ask him to buy one for me in Singapore.

I could start on a digicam but in a twist of fate, he suggested that he will just buy a Nikon DSLR for me, so I thought, why not?


Q: Most successful freelance photographer start from small beginnings. Please share us your first paid photo shoot:

WF: It was in Makati City for a Make-up and Aesthetic School. It was a tough experience for me since it's my first project but all you need is confidence and trust to yourself and be the best as you can be in any way.

That is one major step-up for me and who knows I'll get this far? It was not a simple coincidence; but rather it was the motivation that fuels this passion on the art of making memories last forever.


Q: Wow, that’s an amazing insight for someone so young. What motivates you to learn more and be a better photographer?

WF: The good photos of other photographers motivate and inspired me to become one. It’s like a challenge for me to achieve more beautiful photos like theirs. I know it’s hard to achieve perfection on this craft, but it's a start.

Great things come from small beginnings, right?


Q: Yes sir, right. Being able to do free and paid photo shoots, what did you learn on your experiences?

WF: I've learned a great deal when it comes to clients. Seriously, they have different attitudes and needs different approaches. You have to know their needs as well as their wants. Clients need to be assured to gain their trust. Most especially, be professional in any way.


Q: You seem so passionate on showing your best to your clients, which I know is the start of a very great career. I know that not all times we praise our work. Sometimes, we get into these ideas that our work may not seem so great. Have you ever felt this before?

WF: Right on track, M. Yes, sometimes I do feel that way.


Q: So what made you decide to keep going?

WF: I took it as a challenge. I’m not afraid to stand up again upon a mere fall. This keeps me to strive hard and do my best next time. Life has a way to test you; but if you do love what you’re doing, not a mere fall will keep you from moving on.


Q: Any upcoming projects you would like to share?

WF: I have some small petty party coverage this last quarter of the year and got two weddings to capture this December.


Q: Can you share us your secret what’s behind all these success in freelance photography?

WF: I deal with my clients on the highest professional way possible; giving them the captured moments that they want to keep and have.

Being a freelance photographer, success is not always about money; sometimes you need to run an extra mile for that person requesting for your services – making them feel at ease and satisfied with the output.

When clients are happy and satisfied with the results, I can feel that I’ve done a great job; that it’s really a successful event in their life and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Q: I do agree with you, Sir. Also, satisfied customers really are our best ad. Any message you would like to share?

WF: Love the craft wholeheartedly and do practice every time you got a chance. It doesn’t matter what your camera is, the photographer is still the one who makes and capture the picture.

Practice makes perfect. Most importantly, capture the essence of time with your heart. Experience is the best teacher. You just have to be patient to learn new things every day, take things slowly and don’t race with time.

Learn from your mistakes and always maximize your resources, meaning explore more, go out and feel the outside world – there’s so much to know.

The best advice I can give is, don’t be afraid to take risk, to try something new and learn from the experiences of others too – take that as a challenge wherever you go. And always always believe in yourself.

If this is your passion in life, go for it even if others are against it. That only means you are good enough to fight what you want.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”


You can view his online portfolio by visiting his official page:

Wallace Francisco Photography - Events | Weddings | Portraits

I humbly offer my big thank you to Mr. Wallace Francisco for giving me this rare opportunity to interview him on the art that almost everybody loves. The main purpose of this is to shed light to other aspiring photographers who might need a little push to keep going to what they really love.

I also must say that this is not an advertisement nor promoting any products/services but rather a food for thought for all of us to let us know that no matter how hard it is, no matter how many times we stumble, we just need to pull ourselves up and keep going. Success is just around the bend!

Well, I’ve learned that success really comes within you, the determination and the hard work you’ve wasted wisely will be all worth at the end.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

wowwww a jewel for sure this hub is, Spy. Well job done. All my votes up and away......

'..“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”...'

Photography if can be felt then its the most successful part for the photographer for sure. Thanks for sharing this one.


lizmmmm 4 years ago

Great!!! Love this article Ms. M!


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sjwalsh 4 years ago from Brookline, MA

Excellent article!!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting hub, and I love the last quote from the photographer! Thank you for sharing the interview - I enjoyed reading it.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi M. my friend great well written hub and a wonderful interview with Wallace Francisco. Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Spy - I am so proud of you. This was such a unique way to write this hub. Although your hubs are always intersting, I truly enjoyed the interview concept.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Great article. I love to see good pictures and wish I was more skilled. Very interesting hub.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Wallace Francisco is a gifted, motivational and inspirational man.

Spy, you captured his passion and essence in your excellent interview. The photography, as to be expected, is remarkably exquisite.

Fascinating showcase and I LOVE your South Park border.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Spy, this is a great interview . I agree about photography not being about gadgets and gizmos but about the person behind the camera...Its good to see you showcasing such an interesting talent. Thanks- the pics look great. voted up and shared.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Deergha. oh thank you so much for the comment! And im so glad that you like this hub.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Lizmmm.. thanks dear! Glad you find time to read this one :) Keep in touch.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Sjwalsh. Thanks for the visit and your great comment!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Alicia! thanks for reading!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Tom! what a lovely visit from a friend. Wallace Francisco indeed has a wonderful talent and skills when it comes to photography.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Like Mr Fransico, I have a friend who is a freelance photographer who takes great shots. Like you've said, it really isn't easy! You have to learn how to adapt to the environment. This is a fantastic hub I was looking forward to reading and here I am!! Sharing!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I wish I were better at photography, especially now that I publish Hubs and would like good photographs. I see others that are so good, I envy them. Great interview you did. I voted this UP, and will share.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Becky!!! thank you so muchhh! Huggss and kisses. xoxo


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Pamela, thank you for this kind visit. Love it!


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davenmidtown 3 years ago from Sacramento, California

What an awesome and inspiring article... both artistically and in a motivational way. It sorta makes you want to believe!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

What a cool, inspirational interview! I love it! Thank you for sharing this with us. Photography is awesome!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

I agree Maria. He is truly an awesome artist. Heheh thanks for liking :) Hugs back to you xoxo


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Doc, thanks! Thank you for sharing and for the support :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Michelle! Yeah you are right, you have to know and learn how to survive on the maze. Thanks Michelle for always supporting my hubs :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Mary! thank you for stopping by. Me too.. now it makes me want to buy a camera again after my previous one was broken. :) thanks for the shared :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

DAven, thank you for supporting. :) wonderful talent indeed.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

CC, thanks for dropping by and read this hub. thank you so much, i think photography rocks!


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Lord De Cross 3 years ago

Wallace Francisco does use the right lighting and the a perfect time exposure. Loved his taste, and of course a great interview! Thanks Unknown Spy!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Joseph!! I really appreciate this very wonderful message :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful hub and a wonderful message. Dare to dream! Success comes from within. Those are powerful thoughts of affirmation.

Well done Spy!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello sir Bill! Wow, thank you, such a wonderful message to hear. Love it :)


proud mama_mecf 3 years ago

Mr. Unknown Spy . . . all I want to say is . . . . THANK YOU for the article!

i believe you're also a gem in your own field . . .


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Proud mama, that was very kind of you. All my thanks to you for reading this and leaving this wonderful comment!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Congratulations on a fascinating interview.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you soooo much Mhatter!!


proud mama_mecf 3 years ago

Unknown Spy, actually Xavier Wallace Francisco is my eldest son . . . and I never knew of this interview not until he shared it on FB . . . honestly, no amount of words can let you know how your article really made my day!!!! i know i can't thank you enough, but just the same, THANK YOU really . . . . and more power!!!!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Oh my, I thank you and sir lace as well for this chance. I learned so much from him unmasking the real world of achieving success in this field - that this is not all about money but the satisfaction that your client gets on your services.

I do hope that this will inspire others to keep reaching for their dreams.

ps: his daughter is very charming and beautiful!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is awesome and we have quite a few good photographers here on HP who will find inspiration from this, indeed it inspires me to do more in the way of photography too.

“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.” I can relate to this as I like people to 'feel' my poetry. Awesome advice.

You did a great job.

Voting up and sharing


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Rosemay, oh thank you so much for the kind visit. And Im so glad that this inspires you to do more in the way of photography. I appreciate the votes and shared :) Hugs. thanks much!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Wonderful article and interview! He is a talented photographer. Photography is all about what the photographer sees through the lens - it is his/her personal view of the world. I like this photographer's view of the world - the photos of the children are precious and beautiful and so optimistic and hopeful. Photography is an art, just like a painting. It is what the photographer does with his canvas through his photography. I love photography also and the view of the world I see through the lens. It is about capturing a moment in time for all posterity. I love photographs for that reason more than videos.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Unknown, really enjoyed this article. The interview was a great perspective for this article. Here in West Virginia, they are a bunch of them. They take great photos and it can become a great income. Very useful and wise information Unknown.


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reindeerz 3 years ago from Georgia

Wow! Tons of information here! Loving this.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Great hub, Spy! 'Success comes from within'. So true!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Very talented and creative photographer. He has an eye for color movement and uses it well.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I have always admired free lance photographers.. not only are they so gifted their pictures are so unique. I love this interview. you did a great job.

hugs and sharing

Debbie


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This hub goes beyond the interview. It shows heart and the human spirit to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again when the results aren't good enough. I love photography and I am inspired by Mr. Wallace's words to photograph what you feel! So many times I'll see something and think...that would make a great picture! Thanks for this interview and hub.

Voted up, useful, and very interesting.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very interesting and you touched almost all corners of freelance photography, indeed an addition to my knowledge, thank you o much.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I really enjoyed this interview! Your questions were pointed and thought-provoking. I admire great photographers and the skill they need to succeed with all the competition in this field. I recently became interested in still photography as a hobby, mostly of food. I haven't really started yet but am reading about lighting, etc. and hope to set up a makeshift "studio" in my office soon, so this is very inspirational for me. Thanks so much for another great hub!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Lovely hub :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Suzette, thank you for stopping by and for also appreciating this talented photographer I know. I know that you really like photography too by just reading thru your hubs. Amazing right, capturing the memories while we still can!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you the lyricwriter. yes, can be a great source of income too :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you much Reindeerz!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Sha! thank you for such support!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Wow Dianna, thank you, such a brilliant observation.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Nice interviewing techniques, Mycee!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hello Mary. Wow, that was a wonderful message! Thank you so much..and I completely agree. I too, was inspired by Sir Wallace's words about succeeding eventhough how many times we stumble and fall. There's no easy task or thing but when you have the power within you to achieve something, then it will come true.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Girishpuri! thank you so much..i cant say it enough.highly appreciated!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Vespawoolf, thank you for the kind and heartfelt message. Wow, that'll will a great start. Dont stop, one step at a time. Good luck and hope to read and see your photographs :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you so much livingsta!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Heheh thank you Deb!!


Guest 3 years ago

I love the photos of sir wallace. they are rich in color and very vibrant. a talent indeed.


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rcrumple 3 years ago from Kentucky

Great interview and great storyline information. Gotta mention tremendous pictures, too! I'm hooked. Now if I could only get my cats to pose! : ) Great Job!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Guest. Thank you for the time to read and comment.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Rich. Thank you so much for the read. Hehehe i love it, getting your cats to pose :)) Thank again!


Philip 3 years ago

The photos are all awesome. Great job Mr. Spy and Mr. Wallace.


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shruti sheshadri 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

Really interesting hub, A great insight about the photographer... great works of his!

I am sending the link of your hub to a friend of mine into photography, I am she will find it captivating. Thank you :)

voted up!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi philip. thank you for the wonderful comment!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello shruti! thank you for the message and the votes. And I really appreciate the kind gesture you have, sending this to your friend. I hope that she will find it very inspiring.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Fantastic interview, Mycee and I gleaned so many helpful tips from Wallace's interview. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub and your questions elicited useful answers.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Wow thank you soo much Rajan..as always you take time to read and comment on my hubs :)


Lot 3 years ago

Perfect talent! I love the photos as well.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you Lot :)


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mywill4ever 3 years ago from From the place where happy people LIVES and that's what we call

you're such a great writer spy. and the photographer itself, He is lucky enough to have such talent in photography. Can he be my official photographer for my daughter's kiddie party ? I wish so :) great hubs spy. voted up and sharing !


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi mywill4ever. thank you so much for the compliment :)) Anyway, you can contact him on the link provided above, his official page on facebook :)

Thanks for the time to comment :)


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Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

Fantastic hub with some good, solid info. :-)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much for reading Darryl!


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Wow Unknown. What a great high quality hub. You did wonders with discussing this topic and bringing in people from the industry to discuss it. Kudos to you, well done. :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

im flattered, thank you so much for always supporting my articles Aubrey.

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