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Sublime sunset couple shoot with Faye and Shep at Ingbirchworth Reservoir.

Back in April, I had a glorious afternoon wandering around Ingbirchworth Reservoir in Yorkshire with the lovely Faye and Shep. We chatted about drag theatre and opera, ran away from bees and trudged up and down hills in the beautiful sunset light. After so many months of being stuck at home speaking to the walls, it was absolutely divine to be back in the company of new, exciting people, and getting to spend time with two people so clearly in love just made it all the better!

Read on for Faye and Shep's love story.

How did you meet?

We met on Tinder five years ago. I swiped because they had a picture at the seaside with their younger brother and their grandad, and they all just looked like people I wanted to know. Shep swiped caus back then I had lavender hair and they were jealous. Theirs was pastel pink at the time- like candyfloss. I pulled by way of cringey chat up lines, and I asked Shep out first- but they messaged first!

What’s your best memory together?

One top memory is impossible. They just make me laugh all the time, so there's too many to count. Between lockdowns we went to Whitby a bunch- we just needed to see some different sky, you know? We kept going on these boat trips that just kind of go around the harbour and then a little way out to sea, and this one day it was glorious sunshine, the sea was so flat and perfect, so we signed up for a boat trip and oh my god I've never known anything like it. As soon as we got out the harbour it was UNBELIEVABLY choppy- there's some poor lass having a panic attack and bawling, I'm clinging to my seat trying to deep breath and not lose my mind, shaking, whilst this tiny sailboat is basically vertical on these massive waves- and Shep is next to me, whooping like a kid on a roller coaster and laughing their head off. That was one of those 'I love you moments', you know? One of those 'my head might explode because I love you so much' moments. That's the one that comes to mind.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome together?

Understanding each other's nonsense, definitely. We're totally different people, and there have been so many times where something seemed so obvious to me, and I'd be saying it over and over, and it just wasn't going in for Shep, or vice versa, because we were just on completely different levels of comprehension for whatever the thing was. Like, I can't cook to save my life, so Shep can tell me to saute an onion a hundred times, and I'm not being obtuse, I just haven't got a clue what they're on about! So it was all about kind of establishing this sort of middle ground of understanding, how to decode each other and make it make sense- kind of like learning a new, mutually 'us' language. I'd guess they would say the same, I think. Or like... family issues, like health issues and stuff. There's been some scary times since we got together and that's been hard to navigate.