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The College Photographer of the Year contest has launched many famous photojournalism careers. At 20 years old, Matt Eich is a hard-working college student enjoying life with his girlfriend, Melissa, when he learns he has won the contest. As his dream of traveling the globe with his camera becomes a reality, he learns that he has another budding reality at home: Melissa is pregnant.

As these two young people navigate some very hard choices, they also stop to document this time in their lives, sharing their thoughts and fears for the road ahead. What results is Love in the First Person, a touching account of what it means to grow up.

Published: October 17, 2007


Photography: Matt Eich, Melissa Eich
Additional Photography: Kainaz Amaria, Yoon Byun, Chris Capozziello, Pamela Chen, Noah Devereaux, Andrew Henderson, Nathan Rapheld, Dana Rieber, Michael Rubenstein, Kacey Sellers, Lacey Sellers, Johnny Simon
Video: Kainaz Amaria, Rob Finch, Tim Gruber, Chad A. Stevens
Producers: Chad A. Stevens, Diane Cook, Eric Maierson
Executive Producer: Brian Storm

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