Do I shoot portraits? Yes. Yes I do. Because I choose to champion an ‘authentic’ collection of photographs in my main gallery, I do get questioned from time to time about the formal photographic set ups synonymous with wedding photography – and if I even do them at all? In terms of family group shots, there is a separate page linked here that you may jump to, to read my approach and thoughts toward that legacy part of a wedding day. When it comes to photographs of a couple, I take a natural stance. Often my decisions are formed by how I see brides and grooms interact during their ceremony or during a wedding consultation prior to the day. Given that I am now approaching my 800th wedding as a photographer, I’ve learned to read these incredible life stories, to gauge feelings, to interpret body language. So I don’t approach a day with a set list of posed formal couple shots; it has to be impossible to do that with any degree of authenticity surely? Given that I have built my own reputation on a documentary approach, it’s a part of the day that is clearly contrived – and so by definition is not in any way photojournalistic. Does that sit comfortably with a photographer driven by the unofficial reportage code of less organisation or orchestration, favouring just real moments? In all honesty, I learned my trade in a traditional sense, so giving over a considered (note not considerable) part of the day to some family and couple shots still sits with the overall documentary I am producing. A light touch. That’s what I call my posing. Take a walk, have a kiss, talk for a while, sit on a bench, watch the sun set. That’s more likely to be how I instruct a couple during these moments. I take a very long detour around arranging fingers so they cup an ear perfectly, or asking couples to jump in the air, or dip each other. In essence, I’m going to treat you as an adult, not an object, not a child and not request you do stuff you otherwise wouldn’t do of a Friday night out with your friends socially. The following examples show couples I have photographed in degrees of posing I guess? Some folk pose, but they do it reasonably naturally without even knowing it. Some folks don’t – and that’s the beauty of being human. We are none of us, the same.