Mother of the Bride Watches Kiss
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Mother of the Bride Watches Kiss

This image, that I've playfully titled "Joyful Joy," is one of my favorite mother-of-the-bride photos.


I received a Gold Award with a score of 90 in the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) 16x20 Print, Album, and Filmmaking Annual Competition.

This photo was entered in the Bridal Party / Family & Friends category. I was incredibly happy about the score due. Only a few Golds are awarded each year. This photograph also received a Junebug Weddings Best of the Best 2013 Honorable Mention under Hilarious Wedding Photos.

The Story

When I was photographing the bride and groom at this downtown venue, the bride's mother was hovering as I was capturing portraits of the happy couple.

She was hanging out with us and using her point and shoot digital camera while I created posed photos of the couple. Rather than spoil her fun by asking her to stop, I brought her into the experience and incorporated her into several photographs.

Although that isn't my natural reaction to interruptions or distractions, I'm glad that I took that chance. This image was my favorite of the series.