Photographed by The Archivers


This photo was taken during a styled elopement shoot planned with a photographer friend, Sandie Boloto. Lance had recently got a smoke machine and was hopeful that he could find a way to use it during this shoot and brought all our lighting equipment with us. While Sandie and Alison were photographing the couple in the bedroom Lance got inspired by the giant shower downstairs that formed a nice enclosed & dark space and quietly got all his equipment and started to set up the light and smoke machine. It was the end of an amazing but very cold shoot that already lasted several hours, we didn’t know if the couple would want to keep it up but when they saw what Lance created they got really excited and that’s how we got this photo!

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“I know it’s cold so JB hold her close and warm her up, cuddle up, look at each other and stay in front on the light”
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Broken RulesClose UpOff Center

We all love a good centered photo but sometimes an off centered image can give some nice dynamism, don’t hesitate to play around a bit!


Single Point Focused on Bridge of the bride’s nose Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightArtificial LightBack litDarkMoodyIndoor

Equipment & EXIF

1/100 f/2.0 ISO 640 WB Auto


Canon 5D Mark IV


Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Additional Equipment

Smoke Machine

Flash / External Light

Godox AD600BM

Flash / External Light Setup

The Godox AD600BM was placed on a light stand with the modeling light turned on at the highest intensity for steady continuous light. We used an orange color gel on the light to make it warmer. The light was placed behind the models and slightly above them to give them silhouette and highlights. We filled the space with smoke every few shots to give the space a moody atmosphere.

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Light / Flash

Godox AD600BM

Light / Flash Mode


Light / Flash Power



Standard reflector


Behind the couple and raised a bit above their heads aiming down at them


This image was edited with

We used the Earth 02 preset from our own Elements Presets Collection

Challenges & Solutions


Wedding / Event Venue France

Les Bonnes Joies

Chemin Des Chayets 78440 Lainville-en-Vexin

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The Archivers

Photographer France Nikon Z7 II NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
HI! We are Alison & Lance, a French/American photography couple. We met in 2016 in Paris while studying photography and unexpectedly fell in love. When the time came for Lance to go back to the US he couldn’t picture his life without me and we moved in together. We dream of a peaceful life by a lake, we just don’t know where ahah! We’ve been nomad since 2020 and looking all over Europe, we think it’s now time to try and find it in the US… fingers crossed! In 2019 we started photographing weddings, at the end of our first wedding season we knew it didn’t feel right. Since then we’ve specialised in elopements and recently uncovered our true calling, something unique we hope to bring to life in a year or two… stay tuned!
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