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If you’ve never done a full-blown editorial shoot or even tried your hand at modelling, posing for your wedding photos can feel pretty awkward. Now, we’re not saying you need to go through some America’s Next Top Model-style boot camp or hire a professional to help you get your looks just right, but you probably want to familiarize yourselves with some key wedding photo poses before your big day arrives. To help you out, we've picked out some of our favourites from the albums of real Canadian couples. They’re simple, they’re stunning and anyone can do them.

Here are the essential wedding poses to try.

The handhold

This tried and true wedding pose is sweet and simple, but definitely won’t disappoint. Create a little space between you and your partner (I know, this is tough, especially on your wedding day) and grasp each other’s hands. You’ll want to ask your wedding photographer to stand a bit farther away, so they get your entire ensembles from head-to-toe in the shot. P.S. don’t forget to choose a killer backdrop to really take it to the next level.

Cody Turner Photography
Cody Turner Photography

The stroll

Take your partner’s hand and go on a little walking tour of your venue while your photographer works their magic. Soundtrack suggestion: “Where You Lead” by Carole King.

Sky & Jen
Wedding of Sky & Jen

The walk away

Are the backs of your ensembles just as pretty as the fronts? Ask your photographer to capture that magic by following you as you walk away. You can hold hands, strut side-by-side or even dance it out for something a little different.

Alexanderfilm
Alexanderfilm

The ring shot

Yes, you’ll want plenty of pics of your smiling faces, but let’s be honest ­– you also want a money shot of your gorgeous new ring. Pose in a way that showcases your new bauble, like placing your left hand on the back of your partner’s head or on their shoulder. Alternatively, if you want to get both of your rings, you can lightly layer your hands-on top of one another. You’ll want some faraway shots and some close-ups for your album.

Jenifer Boyce Photography
Jenifer Boyce Photography

The lift

As we learned from Dirty Dancing everybody loves a lift. Get a full-body shot of your partner hoisting you up into the air. Don’t worry – while it’d be impressive, it doesn’t need to be a full overhead lift for it to look totally magical on film.

Forever Creations
Forever Creations

The dip

This is another dance move-inspired pose that always looks great. Ask your partner to dip you like they would on the dancefloor for a romantic full-body shot.

Britt Martin Photography
Britt Martin Photography

The classic kiss

Obviously, your wedding album is gonna require a smooching shot. Ask your photographer for a variety of options, including close-ups and full-body options. Let’s face it, you’re going to be making out a lot on your wedding day, anyway, so getting these pics won’t be too tough.

Maylies Lang Photography
Maylies Lang Photography

The cheek kiss

This one’s a little sweeter and more demure than a kiss shot, but still a necessity for any wedding album.

Sarah Arsenault Photography
Sarah Arsenault Photography

The sitting pretty

Got a cute bench at your venue? Is there a cool storefront you and your partner can cozy up in front of? Is there a booth the two of you can grab? Take a seat and let your photographer do the rest.

Pierre & Louise
Wedding of Pierre & Louise

The veil wrap

If you’re rocking a veil on your wedding day, you’ll want to try this great wedding photography pose. Grab your partner and drape the veil over both of your heads. You can smile through the mesh or get another killer kiss picture with a bit of extra oomph.

Mehak Khan Photography
Mehak Khan Photography

The loving look

This one is far from tricky. Just stare lovingly into your partner’s eyes so that your photographer can capture just how much you love each other. P.S. there will probably be a lot of candids of this, too.

Donovan Bissett
Donovan Bissett

The face touch

Similar to the loving look, but a little bit different. Adding a light hand on your partner’s face will make the shot even more romantic, so it’s worth trying out, too.

Travis & Julia
Wedding of Travis & Julia

The lie-down

Want to get artsy with your wedding photos? Lie down on the ground inside or outside of your venue and get your photographer to take pictures of you from above. This may require some extra equipment, like a drone, but the end result is totally worth it.

Draht Photography
Draht Photography

The cute cuddle

Cozy up with your partner’s arm around you for an intimate shot that can be taken almost anywhere.

Ana S. Chi Photography
Ana S. Chi Photography

The piggyback

Add a touch of playfulness to your wedding photo album by jumping on your partner’s back for a piggyback picture. It’ll remind you that your big day wasn’t a 100% solemn and serious affair.

The Light Box
The Light Box

The faux first dance

Have a first dance before your first dance, preferably at the peak of golden hour. That way you’ll get a cool dancing shot without any accidental photobombers in the background.

Hatt Photography
Hatt Photography

The sweet embrace

Ask your partner to hold you by the waist and pop a kiss on their cheek or mouth for a cute close-up shot.

Emily Nicole Photos
Emily Nicole Photos

The cute and casual

Relax, pop a couple of jokes during your wedding portrait shoot, and see if any candid magic can be captured. Sometimes the more casual, less pose-y shots are the best of the bunch.

Two Cheeks
Two Cheeks

The hug

Who doesn’t love a hug? Grab your partner and give ‘em a big ‘ol bear hug. These can feel more intimate than the kiss pics, so you’ve got to get a few.

Curtis & Rain
Wedding of Curtis & Rain

The heel pop

A heel pop is a great way to sweeten up your wedding pictures and show off your drop-dead gorgeous wedding shoes in one fell swoop.

Simon Remark Photography
Simon Remark Photography

The faraway love

If you’re working with a cool space, this photo is a must. Stand a few feet away from your partner and give them a cute wink or little laugh. This will show off your playful sides and the beauty of your venue all at once.

Rebekah August
Rebekah August

The classic smile

Just cheese it up for the camera and give your photographer a pair of million-dollar smiles!

Courtney Ingram Photography
Courtney Ingram Photography

The almost kiss

Not quite a kiss, but still pretty darn cute.

mecreative // megan ewing
mecreative // megan ewing

The look away

The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is take your eyes on your partner. But trust me, if you do it for one or two shots, you won’t regret it.

Sam & Mariah
Wedding of Sam & Mariah

The back-to-back

OK, this is the last option where you won’t be looking at your partner, I promise. Stand back-to-back for a pose that looks a bit more editorial than a classic kiss or hug shot.

Bake Photography
Bake Photography

The nose-to-nose

An Eskimo kiss may just be the sweetest type of kiss there is, especially in a picture.

Mango Studios
Mango Studios

The hand kiss

Act like a true gent and kiss your partner on the hand. This pose looks like a frame from a Disney movie and is definitely worth sampling.

Urban Fig Photography
Urban Fig Photography

The forehead-to-forehead

Share an intimate moment and stand with your foreheads touching and your eyes closed. This looks great close-up and faraway.

Dustin & Kelsey
Wedding of Dustin & Kelsey

The opposite views

Stand facing opposite directions to give the partner face-to-face with the photographer the spotlight without letting them steal the entire show.

Marissa Hanna Photography
Marissa Hanna Photography

The kiss from behind

A top-notch pose that’s especially great if your partner is on the taller side.

Sage & Heart Photography
Sage & Heart Photography

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