Getting Ready: Mother Fastens Bride's Necklace
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Getting Ready: Mother Fastens Bride's Necklace

I captured this getting ready photograph of a bride getting ready at a downtown Marriott hotel.

This photo represents everything that's wonderful about a mother helping her daughter get ready for her wedding day.

There's so much joy and happiness in this photo along with the story that is quite obvious. Although this image looks candid, it's a directed moment.

In a natural part of everyday life and particularly at weddings, we seldom stand in beautiful light in front of clean backgrounds perfectly positioned near other people.

To capture moment like this, I first place the bride in an area near a window were beautiful light falls naturally. Then I ask her mother to stand behind her, slightly offset, and place the necklace or jewelry on her daughter. Finally, I asked the bride to touch her mother.