How to (not) pose for Natural Wedding Portraits, Pigeon Style

How to (not) pose for Natural Wedding Portraits, Pigeon Style

Posing for Natural Wedding Portraits

Are you nervous about the prospect of posing for wedding portraits?

It is easy to assume that all the people you see looking cool, calm, natural and happy in wedding photos were confident and knew exactly what they were doing.

Chances are they didn’t know what they were doing, and weren’t necessarily confident in front of the camera, just like you.

If you’re looking for proof, look no further than this photo of pigeons looking natural, relaxed and in love. 

They were not professional models and this was not a styled shoot.  I took this photo as the pigeons went about their business.

Oh and before you run off thinking I’m comparing all my past couples to pigeons, it’s a metaphor!

My Approach to Portraits

For those who don’t know, I am a wedding photographer.

Most of my couples will tell you that they didn’t like the idea of having their photo taken prior to their wedding day.  Some have even said it was causing them serious anxiety.  

Those same people come to me after their wedding commenting on how I made everything so easy and that they really had nothing to worry about after all.

So, what’s my secret?

Above you’ll see that final pigeon shot, plus all the others I took alongside it.

Basically I watch and wait for the right moment, snapping when I sense the right moments.

It works just as well for people.

Basically, I find a great spot for my subjects to stand, give a few basic pointers on where to point their bodies, and then walk away.

As I’ve said many times before, I don’t pose people and I don’t make people smile if they don’t want to.  When you’re photographing people who have just gotten married to the person they love, happy moments of love and laughter just happen.  

I just watch, wait and snap.


I took this photo of pigeons by watching them interact with each other, waiting for the right moment and snapping discretely.  This is exactly how I work with humans.

What I’m trying to say is if I can get a photo of two pigeons looking romantic then I can do it with you and your partner too, no matter how rubbish at being photographed you think you might be.

I would love to photograph your wedding day

As you can probably tell, I'm a pretty laid back photographer.

I take photos of people who are happy, so that I don't have to keep asking people to smile.

You know why they're happy?

Because they found the right photographer that suited them and the flow of their day.

I might not be the right photographer for you, if you fancy getting in touch to find out then hit the button below.

James Morgan

James is a professional wedding photographer based in Sheffield. He loves taking photos of people, tinkering with computers, real ale and red wine, and of course his family.
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