The couples boudoir photo trend is on fire. These intimate photo sessions range from slightly steamy to straight-up seductive, and may include some sexy attire, just underwear or no clothing at all.
We asked real couples who have stripped down for a boudoir shoot together to give us an inside look at what the experience was like. Get ready to feel the heat in I, of course, had no misgivings about it. Nonetheless we were both actually kind of nervous, even though there was nothing to be nervous about. But we both had a lot of fun. A few times, we got so caught up in kisses and neck nuzzles that the photographer excused herself without us even noticing!
The shoot was a great way for us to force ourselves to slow down and focus on nothing but each other for an entire hour. They are raw and real. They are works of art, and the subjects on display are you and your partner. It is empowering, it is magical, and it is awe-inspiring. You fall in love all over again, not only with each other, but with yourself as well.
You see yourself through your partner's eyes and that is a gift that is unimaginable. It was such an insane bonding moment for us. Kris had always been more reserved and enigmatic with her sexiness, but she really brought her A-game to our shoot and has opened up a lot as a result of embracing that side of herself so publicly. It was empowering, freeing, surprisingly effortless and allowed us to view each other through fresh eyes.
After having children, the last thing I wanted to do was shed clothes in front of a stranger. I went because he encouraged me. However, photographers Jennifer and Bryan made me feel awesome. They boosted my confidence and coached me very well. It ended up being more like a date for Zach and me. I came out of the shoot feeling really good about myself.
Getting the photos back made me even happier. It wasn't all pose and shoot. A lot of the photos were taken when we had no idea and they really showed the way that we looked at each other. He was in the Marines and living across the country and just moved home in July. Up until we did the photo shoot, most of our relationship has been long-distance so it was a perfect welcome home. Young and in love. I always like capturing moments like these and looking back at them. Our photographer Becka told us to just make it look natural and seductive.
I kinda just went full-out after that! It was a fun experience for sure. We were very new to our relationship when we decided to do the shoot. However, it seemed like the perfect time because we were very much still obsessed with that new love.
I wanted photographs to capture the goosebumps I had gotten from the touch of my new partner. I'd had two children and been married for several years and felt that I had lost my femininity. My husband disagreed and always told me how beautiful I was. So I decided to do a boudoir shoot for him as an anniversary gift. Cindy took those pictures and made me see myself as my husband always saw me, so I asked my husband to do a couples shoot with me.
It was my first ever photo shoot so the days leading up to it, I was a little nervous. My boyfriend and photographer Jasemine's team made me feel so much more confident and comfortable from the music playing to cracking jokes. The photo shoot just made me love Ernest even more. I had a positive experience and he enjoyed the photos so I gave my boyfriend the couples boudoir photo session as a gift for our most recent Valentine's.
I wanted to capture the intimate and loving side of our relationship in quality photos that I could have forever. Also, something to look back on when we're old and gray!
We wanted to make a photo memory to commemorate our first home together in a more private and intimate setting. Oh my God, it was definitely an amazing experience. I believe it brought us together intimately. Turns out, it was almost freeing. I really think it was a turning point for us in how comfortable we were with sharing our bodies with each other more openly. Mike is so professional and was able to make us so comfortable. As for our relationship, it was a very intimate and great bonding experience.
I definitely feel doing the photo shoot made that stronger. It was the first 'date night' we had in a long time. We had so much fun and it definitely rekindled our relationship romantically. We have been together for six years, married for almost five, and have three wonderful boys. She is very shy and was nervous, but our photographer Ashley really helped her warm up and just be as natural as possible.
I honestly believe doing the shoot made a difference going through this deployment. It's nice to have those intimate photos as a reminder of our love for one another. Ryan has always been my best friend, protector, and better half. Of course, we have tons of cute photos together but nothing like this. I really wanted something that captured the raw, passionate side of our relationship.
That way, the next time he has to go away for a while, I have something to hold onto that shows the more intimate side of love.
Chris, my boyfriend, was working on his laptop at the kitchen table. I wanted to spice up the photo shoot, so I told him to throw on his suit and join in the fun! Our relationship has always been adventurous, and being photographed in lingerie with a yummy man in a suit made it even more spicy! I had seen plenty of boudoir featuring heterosexual couples, but rarely saw images of two men in love.
As far as the posing, the whole thing was goofy and silly. We smoked some weed legal in our state to get comfortable. After the clothes came off and the weed kicked in, we got used to it.
By the end of the editing phase, it was really a boost to my self confidence. I honestly have never felt so confident wearing next-to-nothing with him by my side. He loves me the way I am and he would love me if I was ten sizes either direction.
It was also really helpful to have a photographer we were familiar with and made us feel comfortable. Even though I see how he looks at me daily, there is just something about a moment captured in a photo that helps keep it alive.
We have always been comfortable around each other, but being in that intimate of a setting forms a deeper bond. Brittany let us do the shoot in Alex's home, which helped to ease the nerves.
I remember we started the shoot off with a pillow fight. It sounds silly but it got me laughing and my butterflies settled and made me more comfortable with the whole shoot. Everyone's personalities are different, so finding someone you click with, and would consider a friend even, will help you get shots that go beyond the average. Also, we aren't above a healthy swig of champagne when needed.
Niels was a lot more comfortable doing it than I was. It was so much fun -- Amy is an amazing photographer and also just an all-around awesome person!