We've been in favor of bridal boudoir photo shoots for a while now, knowing the wonders they can do for camera shyness and how much your future spouse will appreciate the kinky keepsakes. But have you heard of couples boudoir shoots? There's another layer of raw, captivating romance when both parties are involved, as masterfully displayed by this lakeside session with Arryn and Stephanie.*
Looking at these gorgeous moments, there seems to be no denying the intensity of love here. And it's not just us who thought so; when Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography shared the images on her company's Facebook page, the post went viral.
The Internet noticed there was something about these sultry, stripped-down snapshots that felt like just that—love stripped down to its essence.
"This shoot just seems more pure to me," Stephanie tells us. "You can show your actual connection mentally and physically. In the normal, clothed type of session you can’t portray that as well. It’s more smiley and 'Hey! Look at the camera!' I don’t think Arryn and I really looked at the camera for our entire shoot."
But the camera obviously gave their chemistry all the attention. After seeing sparks this electric, we had to call up the Texan twosome for the backstory, and hear their advice for empowering other couples to bare their love:
Let's hear about chapter one of your relationship.
Arryn: I was scrolling through Instagram with a buddy of mine and I showed him a picture of Stephanie. He was like, “Dude, you gotta message her.” I did, and then she responded the next day.
Stephanie: He’d sent like, “Hey, you’re really beautiful. I’d like to get to know you. Text me.” And he sent me his number. [Laughs] Direct and to the point.
But you'd never met IRL until your first date?
Stephanie: Right. I worked night shifts back then at a fast food restaurant, and so we actually went to Dennys at, like, 11 p.m. after I got off work. We stayed there for 3 or 4 hours and just sat there and talked the whole time. If you can spend four hours at a diner like it’s nothing, especially on a first date, you know there’s something there.
And how did he propose?
Stephanie: This past February we were on a binge of watching Sons of Anarchy and it was late. I think it was, like, 2 in the morning. He said, “So, you know I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” After he went on this cute little spiel, he reached behind his back and grabbed the ring and asked, “Will you be with me for the rest of your life?" It’s funny because, you know, some guys will do the whole big shebang so the women know it’s coming, but this caught me completely off guard.
The late-night dates are the best dates for you guys. How did the idea for this photo shoot come about?
Stephanie: I personally have always enjoyed looking at boudoir shoots. I think they’re really fantastic in the way they display women, so that was something I'd always wanted to try. But it was actually Arryn who brought up the idea of doing a couples shoot.
Arryn: I knew she was into the boudoir thing, and I came across an article about a couples shoot. I showed it to her like, “Why don’t we try this thing one day?”
Stephanie: So when my friend from high school, Bria, last week made a post about needing a couple to do a boudoir session, we volunteered on the spot. The very next day we took pictures.
Arryn: It was really just a do-it-for-fun kinda thing and help Stephanie out, since way back when she'd told me about how she'd wanted to do it. Then it blew up. We had no idea it was going to get this outcome. It’s crazy.
What do you think a boudoir-style shoot offers couples, as opposed to the more conventional fully clothed option? What was the experience like? How did you feel?
Arryn: Oh, man.
Stephanie: [Laughs] The last time we did this, he didn’t have to answer anything. So now you’re putting him on the spot, and I love it.
Arryn: I felt really awkward at first because, like, I was half naked and I’d never had my picture taken with my shirt off, especially not in water with jeans on. But then, it smoothed out and we went with the flow, and it turned out pretty cool. I got more comfortable by the end.
Stephanie: For me, I felt extremely intimate. I enjoyed the vulnerability of it—being that close to someone. I felt very exposed but at the same time very confident, because I knew that he was with me.
Arryn: It’s nice because, like Stephanie said, you’re so vulnerable you get this intimacy you’ve never had before, and then someone has taken a picture of it for you to see it.
Did you forget Bria was there at any point?
Stephanie: Arryn didn’t, but yeah, I did a couple of times. Like I said, we were looking at each other so it was easy for me to forgot we were taking pictures.
Arryn: That’s super cheesy.
Stephanie: [Laughs] He’s being rude.
When we encourage brides to do these types of shoots, we talk about how nothing cures camera shyness on your wedding day like having taken your clothes off in front of a photographer prior. Do y’all feel like that will be the case for you?
Stephanie: Completely. I think after this, a regular session would be a breeze. Even having the camera on you all day long, which is essentially what a wedding is composed of, would not feel as intimidating.
Did you do anything for this shoot to make each other more at ease? Anything funny happen that helped?
Arryn: Well, Bria had this thing where she told me to whisper in Stephanie’s ear the sexiest thing that she’s done. That made it more playful. It was a lot easier to open up at little bit after that.
You probably don’t want to tell us the sexiest thing she’s done…
That’s fair. Stephanie, how did you keep your hair looking so good?
Stephanie: Oh, girl. I got up extra early to curl it with my wand before work. Then, I put a lot of hair spray in that hair.
What advice do you have for couples who want to do this type of shoot, but may be nervous?
Arryn: DO IT.
Stephanie: We definitely recommend it. We’re not only proud of it, but it’s changed our relationship in a way. You’ll never be more vulnerable than when you’re half-naked in a lake with a camera, you know? Now I feel like we’re more in tune with each other and, like I said up front, we’re closer. We’re trying to adapt that moment—of looking at each other really happy in love—into our home life. It’s transferred because we’re trying to do extra stuff for each other and make each other feel extra loved.
What about for men specifically?
Arryn: You know, as long as your significant other is going to be happy about it, do it. If they’re happy, you’re going to be happy.
Are you more comfortable with your bodies or your bodies with each other now? I know for some women, the thought of their partners seeing them without dim lighting is still nerve-racking.
Stephanie: For us, being comfortable with our bodies by ourselves was never an issue. It has helped me personally with positive body-image. I’ve always been a thicker woman, so being out in public I'd have in the back of my mind, “Is what I’m wearing flattering?” But with all the confidence you can see in the pictures and all the positive feedback, it’s made it easier for me to be like, “I look fine the way I look.” I don’t want to dress to impress anyone except for myself and Arryn.
Your wedding is set for February 2019, right? Any special plans yet?
Stephanie: We haven’t really planned anything specific, but the date we have is the three-year anniversary of us seeing each other for the first time—the day of our first date.
*Preferred to omit their last names