A Mother’s Day 2020 Tribute – “Mom Moments” from Family Portrait and Wedding Photography in Buffalo, NY

Today is Mother’s Day, 2020. It’s a weird Mother’s Day. No one is going out for brunch. No one is really going anywhere. The world is on pause and so are our Mother’s Day festivities. It’s lame. But, all the more reason to celebrate the Moms of the world and reflect on all they do. As a photographer of family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY, I’m fortunate enough to have a front row seat for a lot of really, really special Mom moments. As I assemble this little collection every year, I realize how important these pictures are to families and what a privilege it is to make them for people. I’m feeling extra grateful, especially this year, not knowing when I’ll get to witness moments like this again.

Anyhoo, to all the moms out there, thanks for all you do to keep this world together. Without you, we have nothing! And to all those whose Mom’s are no longer with us, to those yearning to be a Mom, to those with complicated Mom relationships, socially distant virtual hugs from me to you.

But without further ado, a review of some favorite moments with Moms to soak up during this particularly mom deprived time.

To the Moms raising little rebel girls, high ten.

mother hugs baby in front of murals at Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY
mother kisses baby in front of murals by Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY

Devon’s also a rescue dog Mom, you’re doubly amazing, Devon!

mom pets dogs in front of murals by Thin Man Chandler St. in Buffalo, NY

The Moms who keep us put together and lookin’ sharp…

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY

(see more from this wedding here!)

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Lewiston, NY

…helping us balance and just… helping – we thank you!

mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps bride get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY
mom helps groom get ready for wedding in Buffalo, NY

Mommas that keep us laughing…

bride and mom laugh before wedding in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh at mom before wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and mom laugh before wedding in Buffalo, NY
mother and groom dance at wedding reception at muranda cheese factory in Ithaca, NY
mother of bride delivers speech at wedding reception at Statler City in Buffalo, NY
mother and groom dance at wedding reception at Statler City in Buffalo, NY

…And Moms who let loose…

bride and mom dance at wedding reception at the Foundry in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids and mom dance at wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

And especially Grandmas who tear the house down with their rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” at every family wedding, you’re the best.

bride and grandma dance at wedding reception at the Admiral Room in Buffalo, NY

Thanks for teaching us to walk on our own two feet…

mother holds baby up during family portrait photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

…celebrating us…

mother claps for baby during family portrait photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

…and knowing how to let go.

mother escorts bride up aisle during wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove in Buffalo, NY

Thanks for those looks of admiration and pride, moms.

Mother and groom dance during wedding reception at the Barrel Factory in Buffalo, NY
Mother looks at bride getting ready for wedding at the Curtiss Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY

Thanks for the big, warm, comforting Mom hugs… mmm. Remember hugs?!

mother hugs bride before wedding at the Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY
Mother hugs son at wedding reception at Brookfield Country Club near Buffalo, NY

Moms who make two babies in one go… SUPERHEROES

parents with twins during day in the life family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY
parents with twins during day in the life family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY

I always have to send a shout out to the Aunts who are like second Moms – I had a couple of those myself!

mom and aunt help bride get ready before wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove near Buffalo, NY
Aunts cry after bride and groom share first look at their wedding in Niagara Falls, NY
Aunts cry during wedding ceremony at the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY

Thanks, Moms, for doing weird things like this pointy handshake? I’m not sure about this entry, but I couldn’t leave it out!

Bride and Mom gesture at each other before wedding ceremony at Hayloft in the Grove near Buffalo, NY

Thanks to the Mommas who are present and soak it all in…

Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at the Foundry Suites in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at Hayloft in the Grove in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries while hugging groom during first dance at wedding reception at the Park Country Club in Buffalo, NY
Mom cries during wedding ceremony at Marcy Casino in Buffalo, NY

To all the new Mommas holding their babies close, savor it all!

mom hugs baby during family portrait photography session at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
mom laughs with baby during family portrait photography session at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
mom holds newborn baby on staircase landing during family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY
mom holds newborn baby on staircase landing during family portrait photography session in Buffalo, NY

Thanks to all the Moms still laughing at bad Dad jokes…

Mom laughs while dad delivers speech during wedding reception at the Westin Hotel in Buffalo, NY

To the Grandmas bringing smiles to generations…

Brides and groom pose with grandmas for portraits at weddings in Buffalo, NY

…and setting amazing examples for longevity.

This is Shirley. She was married to her husband for 65 years and received the bouquet for being the longest married couple at Eliana and Mark’s wedding! Unfortunately, Shirley is no longer with us, but what an amazing privilege it was to honor her legacy in this post. THIS is what wedding photography is all about.

Grandmother receives bouquet from bride after winning anniversary dance at wedding reception at the Foundry Suites in downtown Buffalo, NY

Hope all the moms out there had a happy and healthy Mother’s Day! Here’s looking forward to getting back at it, documenting family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY very soon!

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