Being the mother of the bride (or groom) means that you play a key role in your child's wedding day — and in the photos. To ensure that you look your best and get the shots you want, we asked top wedding photographers Olivia Leigh and Liz Banfield for their best tips, specifically for parents.
1. Get dressed and have your hair and makeup done before the bride.
"Many mothers shy away from the camera before they are 'photo ready,' which can mean a lot of missed photo opportunities if they aren't getting their hair and makeup done until later in the day," says Leigh. "I love capturing moms laughing with the bridesmaids during the preparation, or tearing up after zipping her daughter in her dress, and having mom look her best is a great way to ensure that these will be photos she'll be proud to show off."
2. Choose a more fitted dress.
"Mothers often worry about not looking slender and youthful in photos," says Banfield. "I highly recommend dresses that are fitted but also have arm coverage. Loose and flowing dresses can look good in person but usually add weight in a picture. If in doubt, have someone take pictures of you wearing the dress to test it out."
3. Prioritize family photos.
"Family portraits are extremely important to parents and many can worry these won't be handled properly, especially if hiring a more modern, documentary style photographer," notes Leigh. "Make a formal portrait request list, where you can jot down different groupings you'd like. Working with your photographer on a quick list like this can reassure parents that they will get the photos that mean the most to them."