Couple's Boudoir Photo Shoot Shows How Important It Is To Celebrate Self-Love And Romantic Love

"I never expected the pictures to reach so many or give others the inspiration that it has. It’s been quite a journey."

Over the past week, an engaged couple's boudoir photo shoot went viral after their photographer, Bria Terry of Wolf & Rose Photography, posted the pictures to her company's Facebook page.



Captioned with "Today, and always, Wolf & Rose Photography celebrates real love, and the beautiful couples who allow me to capture it," the intimate pictures of Stephanie W. and Arryn B. of Overton, Texas were an empowering celebration not only of romantic love, but self-love. 

"I honestly have never felt more attractive," Stephanie told HuffPost, who commissioned the photographs from Terry. "I was so nervous to see the final result. I didn't know what to expect. But when I saw the album, I was shocked. I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening." 

And thousands upon thousands of people did. Since Terry posted the pictures on September 14, they've received more than 65,000 likes and 85,000 shares. "After our shoot went viral, Arryn and I have gotten a lot of support from people — women and men, alike," she told A Plus via email. "I never expected the pictures to reach so many or give others the inspiration that it has. It's been quite a journey." 

As many positive responses Stephanie and Arryn have received, one has been notably negative. Stephanie lost her job at the Austin Bank, Texas N.A., where she'd been working for over a year, due to the photographs. 

"Every company has rules and policies. I understand that. I'm not saying that the company I worked for did not have the right to terminate my employment," she said. "This is the only negative feedback that Arryn and I have received, which was disheartening... I'm saddened that there are still places of business who believe that the way a person lives in their home-life is influential of their work-life. In my opinion, they're two separate entities all together." 



That said, Stephanie told A Plus she does not plan to file a lawsuit against her former workplace for wrongful determination. "If they, as a company, feel as if I will jeopardize their place of business, then what can I say?... At the same time, I, personally, don't want to work for a company who thinks that what I have shown the world is shameful or a disappointment," 

Stephanie explained. "I'm proud of what I did. I want to work for someone who thinks the same. I wanted to take the pictures to feel better about myself, to help my confidence. I don't think there is anything wrong with that." 

Stephanie, like so many women, has been on a body positivity journey since her early teens. "I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn't the way it was 'supposed' to be," she told HuffPost. "Over the years, I've come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size. I push myself out of my comfort zone by wearing clothes that I love... I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself." 

That's why, regardless of the repercussions, Stephanie not only stands by her choice to do the couple's boudoir photoshoot, but would do it again "in a heartbeat." 

 "I feel like the impact it's made is much greater than whether I can keep my current employer..." she said. "I no longer work there for a decision I made — and would make again, and again." 

A Plus has reached out to Austin Bank, Texas N.A. for a statement. 

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