We were honored to recently photograph Stephanie and Sang Lee’s wedding in January at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Although we took a number of great photographs that day, this image of Stephanie and her mother was one of my favorites. Most couples ask to have a formal photograph taken with both sets of parents, but few think of candid photos like this one while Stephanie was getting ready. I asked Stephanie to have her mother help her with her earrings by the window and this was one of the resulting images. I think these images tell more about the story of the day and connection than any posed photo could do. Although “posed” looking into the camera type photos are always great for grandma, who wants to see all the faces, we always prefer to capture candid moments like these. Part of being a good photographer is setting up or suggesting natural moments like these throughout the wedding day. Stephanie sent us a very thoughtful thank you note after receiving all her images and was thrilled with the results.