Photographed by Beatrice The Quirky

Story

I often shoot in natural light. And by often, I mean 99% of the time. I’ve made the golden hour and backlighting my signature style. Knowing that I do like artificial lights, (coming from a photography studio background ), I don’t know why I don’t ask my couple if they would like to try something different. So for this shoot, I wanted to go the opposite of my usual photos.

I had ideas in mind I wanted to try. I was inspired by the retro mood we find lately in films, tv shows or music videos. So I asked my couple if they’d be keen to experiment with me and they were keen.

I felt super excited to go out of my comfort zone, and now shooting in artificial lights is definitely an option I give to my couples.
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Directions

CalmIntimateAlmost Kiss

“Can you stand face to face very close? Arthur stay on the left side please, and Angela can you go on the other side. I’d like the ray of light to be between you. Now get your mouths very close as you’re about to kiss.”
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Composition

Center FramedLeading LinesMid Range

Focusing

Single Point Focused on the boy’s eye Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Artificial LightBack litRim Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/125 f/1.2 ISO 800 WB Auto

Camera

Sony A1

Lens

Sony 50mm f/1.2 GM

Flash / External Light Setup

I used a studio light (Nanlite) on a tripod and put a red color gel on it. I placed the light behind the couple so I would have a backlight, and pushed the power to 80%.

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Light / Flash

Nanlite Forza 60

Light / Flash Mode

Manual

Light / Flash Power

Dimmer at 80%

Modifier

Barn Doors

Position

behind the coople

Editing

This image was edited with

Own personal preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Sport studio France

Journey

57 cours d’Albret 33000,Bordeaux, France

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Beatrice The Quirky

Photographer France Sony a1 35mm
Hey! I’m a photographer, half of The Quirky team, and I’m based in Bordeaux, south west of France (yep, the wine area!).
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