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Photographer’s Take: Brides Across America, a local nonprofit that provides free wedding dresses to military and first responders, always makes a good story and a good picture. But this particular assignment featured a more heart-wrenching subject. Roseann Sdoia was not the typical bride. A Boston Marathon bombing survivor who lost her leg in the tragedy, Roseann found love with firefighter Mike Materia, who was one of the first responders to tend to her on that fateful day. Roseann was among the brides-to-be who Heidi Janson, founder of Brides Across America and owner of Tulle Bridal in Andover, helped at her annual dress give-away in July. As a photographer, you instantly think you have to find a way to show Roseann’s prosthetic leg to emphasize the magnitude of her story. But as a person, you wonder how you can ask someone who has suffered such a tragedy to share something so personal. The thought of potentially upsetting or insulting her led me to decide to just wing it and be ready to lock my shutter down if a moment arose. Fortunately for me, Roseann walked out of the dressing room in a ball gown that nearly engulfed her. After taking a few steps with the gown trailing behind her, she gathered the dress and lifted it off the floor. As she proceeded to the mirror, I was able to capture the sheer joy in her face that came with trying on dresses, planning her wedding and moving on.