Beautiful PACS ceremony in France

I learned something new with this shoot. I learned that in France you can do something called PACS that allows you to commit yourself to someone legally without some of the extra legal stuff that comes with marriage. It's a beautiful thing to do, and I wish they would do something like this everywhere.

Thank you to The Archivers for sending this lovely shoot over to me!

Credits: The Couple's IG @thezaibre / Dress: Y.A.S

From The Couple

We met on Tinder 3 years ago, it was love at first sight but then we had to live our relationship long distance for a year.
We then moved in together while we were still students. A little while later I (Cécile) got pregnant by accident, but unfortunately I had to go through a miscarriage. From that point forward having a baby became our priority and we started to just want to give everything up to have one.
A few months before the birth of our little girl, Jordan proposed to get PACS and it just felt right. I was six month pregnant at the time and will always cherish this next step to a lifetime together.

From the Photographer

What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?

We were inspired by the couple, Cecile and Jordan, and their very unique vintage style. By the gentle way they love each other and their baby to be.

How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?

We always speak with our clients before and after booking and tell them about our process and that we might use some extra tools for some cool effects if the setting is right and if it comes naturally.

If they are really creatively oriented, we might also talk about more concrete ideas and build a moodboard together.

We also make sure we know our couple and their story. In this particular case it was the second time photographing this couple. By getting to know them personally and keeping in touch before and after the shoots, we construct a relationship of love and trust which then allows the perfect space for a creative session.

What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?

We love to use all sorts of objects and effects when possible. On this particular shoot we used dual optical lenses we got from an optician taped to a makeshift (very DIY) poster board frame. Then we could hold that in front of the lens and play with the blurring distortion effect. Lance also loves to use his Sigma Art 50mm to do some freelensing, a technique where one takes the lens and physically unmounts it from the camera and manually floats the lens in front of the shutter. This is done with the aperture wide open and focus set just past infinity. If managed properly it creates a very particular tilt shift effect mixed with unpredictable light leaks for a particular aesthetic. (Be careful not to try this technique in windy or dusty conditions)

Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?

Being creative is also accepting the fact that your creativity might fail so our biggest advice is just to keep an open mind and be accepting of failure. However, if you aim to use something specific, practicing beforehand at home with some of these techniques or objects can make it much easier to be comfortable using them out on a live shoot so they can be used naturally and more efficiently.

Anything else you'd like to add?

In the end being extra creative on a shoot is always a bonus but should never come before your couple's comfort and happiness. Having an amazing time with your client is the best creative tool out there so just get to know them, be genuinely happy to share this moment with them, be present for it and for sure you’ll create the magic you want!