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You just couldn't get the smile off Rachel's face while having the back oof her dress laced. As I explain to my brides, I'd like to be as involved with you getting into your dress as you feel comfortable having me in there with you. In my opinion, that's when it really gets real for the bride... The bride, on her wedding day, the day she's dreamed of since she was a child, getting into her perfect dress, surrounded by her friends and family and shortly to marry the man of her dreams... Those are the shots you can't recreate... You can't fake the tears of joy and the release of emotion... And that's the essence of photojournalism. I have multiple state and national awards for photojournalism and am looking forward to adding more.