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  • We are the Chansons!

    We are the Chansons! We are Scott and Breanna Chanson and we live and breathe to tell stories…. We were married in 2005, and as we stood saying our vows at the altar, neither of us could've predicted the incredible story our life together would develop into. Since we began shooting weddings in 2006, we've had a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences. We've shot all over the U.S. as well as internationally. We've gained an invaluable following of loyal fans who have encouraged us to continue on… even through the rough times. We've developed ourselves into teachers and mentors for other photographers and small businesses. We've expanded Radiant by adding a new photography team and creating a home base in both Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Through all this, we've discovered that the two most important things to us are people and their stories. Radiant Photography exists to help us meet amazing people and allows us to tell their stories. We hope you enjoy this shared experience into one another's worlds.

3 States, 2 People, 1 Wedding: Chenaill and Auggie’s Engagement

As Chenaill and Auggie well know, being engaged while living in separate states is tough!0011  Especially when the state you’re getting married in is neither of the ones that either of you are living in! Three states, two people, and one wedding. Now that is complicated!00670045But when you see them together, it’s obvious that it’s all well worth it.00030034Who cares about complication when you’re this in love?!0065Plus, I think that Chenaill and Auggie are up for the challenge! They decided to make the most of their time in California by having their engagement session done at the same time they were here checking things off the wedding planning to do list.008500380046We also made a little checklist of our own for the engagement session!0064Laughing and having a fun time together? Check.0004Seeing someplace new and different? Check.00390009Hanging out on the beach? Check.0070Being really really ridiculously good looking? Double check.008200760042Goals accomplished! Overall it was a fantastic session! 0087Chenaill and Auggie, we had so so SO much fun with you guys!!!0075I hope you love the pictures as much as we loved taking them! Good luck with all the wedding planning, I think it’s going to be a good one!00660062CLICK HERE to see the rest of the photos from Chenaill and Auggie’s Engagement Session!

Gabi’s End of an Era Senior Session (by Scott & Breanna)

When you see Gabi’s senior pictures, you will probably notice the same thing that Scottie and I (Breanna) noticed…gabi0031…this girl should be a model!gabi0024gabi0059gabi0047I’m not sure if that’s what her parents want to hear or not, but it’s true.gabi0049She’s not only tall and gorgeous but she was a complete natural in front of the camera!gabi0073gabi0038gabi0056gabi0088I asked her over and over again if she’d ever done modeling before because she just seemed to know what she was doing. Every time I asked, the answer was still no, but I still had a hard time believing it!gabi0058Maybe it’s just because Gabi’s grown up watching how her older brothers and sisters do it, since this will be the fourth and final senior photo session we’ve done for her family! We’ve figured out that Gabi was probably only nine years old when Scottie and I started photography, and likely still pretty close to that age when her oldest brother’s senior photos were taken! It feels like the end of an era!gabi0021I’m sure Gabi’s parents feel that way even more so as they get ready to watch their baby girl don her cap and gown for her graduation ceremony!gabi0028gabi0039I guess that’s why senior photos are so special in the first place, they mark both endings and new beginnings. They commemorate a major stage in life that’s about to transform into a new exciting and equally terrifying (maybe more so for the parents than the kids!) time in life.gabi0083gabi0080gabi0052It’s a very special thing and we’re so happy that we got to be a part of it not only for Gabi, but for all of her family!gabi0012gabi0037gabi0090Congrats, Gabi! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! A modeling career perhaps???gabi0089gabi0081Click to see the rest of Gabi’s End of an Era Senior Photos.gabi0076

Kelsey and Steven’s Busy Beach Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Ah the sound of the ocean, the feeling of sand under your feet, and the sounds of children laughing…kelsey_steve0061kelsey_steve0079kelsey_steve0087… or is that thousands of adults laughing, screaming, and talking? Yep, it’s the second one!kelsey_steve0026When we arrived at the Santa Monica Pier for Kelsey and Steven’s engagement session, we definitely expected to find more of the first and ended up with a lot more of the second!kelsey_steve0008kelsey_steve0029Unbeknownst to us, it was the night of the free concert on the pier, and there were thousands of people there along with their millions of bottles of wine. At first, I was a little worried that all these people might take a toll on our photo session, but happily found out that instead, they actually added to it!kelsey_steve0053I mean, what’s a completely empty and quiet beach? The answer is it’s a sad beach! It’s way more fun if there are tons of people wading in the water, building sand castles, or you know, getting drunk on a Thursday night perhaps!;-)kelsey_steve0076kelsey_steve0108kelsey_steve0039kelsey_steve0009In the end, the people really added to the whole energy of the session and gave it a fun hustle and bustle feel… or rather, gave it a more intimate feel with Kelsey and Steven being lost in their own world while people all around them were in a hurry to get in line for a corn dog or to get in the front row of the stage!kelsey_steve0056When you have a couple this perfect for each other and this in love, you can put them anywhere, including in a group of hundreds of people, and they will always catch your eye!kelsey_steve0054So overall, it was a very fantastic and fun session! We had a great time with Kelsey and Steven, got some amazing pictures, saw several intense public displays of affection, dodged some gnarly seagull poop, and are now looking forward to your wedding day even more than we were before!kelsey_steve0074kelsey_steve0058

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See you two soon!kelsey_steve0060Click to see the rest of the photos from Kelsey and Steven’s Busy Beach Engagement Session!kelsey_steve0105

Matt and Rachel’s Bonus Filled Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

You’d think that the best thing about Matt and Rachel’s wedding would be that it involved our (Scottie & Breanna’s) first trip to New York! But no, that wasn’t even close to the best thing!favorites_0081favorites_0038favorites_0092favorites_0033The best thing was that this wedding was all about two of our closest friends (and neighbors!) committing to one another for life and celebrating their beautiful relationship in the company of their most cherished loved ones.favorites_0054favorites_0057

Yeah, that was the best part by far!

favorites_0008favorites_0009favorites_0011It’s pretty impossible for anything to top that, everything else above and beyond was just a bonus!favorites_0078Bonuses like the fact that it was at an absolutely incredible wedding venue in upstate New York (Emerson Park Pavilion) that had more greenery than either of the desert-born Scottie or myself knew was possible…favorites_0040favorites_0048favorites_0039favorites_0018

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favorites_0019favorites_0034…like the fact that it was filled with the wonderful friends and family who helped make up the lovely people Matt and Rachel have become today…favorites_0017favorites_0003favorites_0015… the fact that so many of our photo opportunities really represented Matt and Rachel’s personalities…favorites_0021

(Matt LOVES UFC! In fact, UFC tickets were Rachel’s wedding day gift to him!)

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(Well, this one doesn’t represent Rachel so much as it does her very fun bridesmaids who came up with this idea!)

… the fact that the entire day was pulled off seamlessly by the extraordinarily talented wedding planner, Kate Lemos Brown from Lovewell Celebration Design (are you SURE you don’t want to move to Los Angeles, Kate?!)…favorites_0063… and of course the fact that it was an incredibly meaningful day for both Matt and Rachel that involved so many laughs, tears, and Jewish customs.favorites_0056favorites_0020favorites_0052favorites_0097Added to all that was the fact that everyone got to live it up and enjoy life at one amazing party to celebrate all things Matt and Rachel!!!favorites_0101favorites_0100favorites_0102Matt and Rachel, I’m sorry if this blog doesn’t do your wedding or our relationship to you guys justice. Perhaps it’s because I’m so tired from my amazing day of chaperoning middle schoolers at Disneyland with Rachel yesterday! Or maybe it’s because I’m still recovering from the average weekend on Venice Beach that we just spent together, involving all the usuals- like BBQ’s, cop calling, fearing for our lives, national news making, and sour cream and onion dip.favorites_0027But most likely it’s because I’m having such a hard time putting into words what the two of you mean to Scottie and I. There’s really a good chance that we would’ve moved home by now had we not met such valuable friends as you two (yes mom, you can blame them for keeping us here!).favorites_0043

(That’s me- Breanna- photo bombing their selfie!)

It’s been amazing for both Scottie and I to find the kind of friends who go on couple dates with us, get us into Coachella for free, listen to all our troubles/issues/OCD/over-Googled fears (OK some of those are just me, not Scottie) , take us to Korean BBQ or to the coolest Whiskey bar in Downtown LA (which remains cool even if ALL the drinks slide off the table onto your lap, as happened to me), offer to make buffalo dip or cookies for us, laugh as we watch another neighbor sell our parking spots to beach goers, help us (okay, ME) make outfit & accessory decisions…favorites_0006…play cornhole in the street with us (along with our friendly, neighborhood horse cops of course), let us use their parking spot sometimes (a true representation of their love for us), translate our letters to the gardener into Spanish, play “Just Dance” on Wii together (yes ALL of us!), get to know and care about our other friends, convince us to build a giant structure (Sukkah) in our front yard for a Jewish holiday, provide us with an endless supplies of Dried and True beef jerkyfavorites_0104…sit around watching youtube videos together for hours, let my parents (along with 8 teenagers!) stay in their place while they’re away, let our dog boss theirs around (also pee on their rug, eat their dog’s food, attack every dog in sight while they’re being so kind as to walk her… the list goes on and on for that one), take long/life figuring out walks with me, discuss “Pretty Little Liars” (Matt & Scottie won’t shut up about it)…favorites_0086…teach us about jiu jitsu without asking to practice on us, make s’mores around the campfire in our front yard with us, go into our place to ease my fears that we forgot to turn off the stove/curling iron/etc, and most of all– the kind of friends who will sit with you in the front yard for hours upon hours just enjoying life together. It’s because of these things and SO MANY MORE that we couldn’t be happier to have the two of you in our lives.favorites_0032You mean the world to us and if it were possible for your wedding to mean more to anyone else than it did to you, I think it would be to us (well, probably to your parents/family/those you’ve known since birth, and THEN to us!).favorites_0076favorites_0044We love you guys and couldn’t be happier that you’ve decided to spend your lives together… while living next door to us.favorites_0080favorites_0085favorites_0094Click to see the rest of the photos from Matt & Rachel’s wedding!favorites_0098favorites_0031

Courtney & David’s Flagstaff Wedding (by Josh & Kelley)

Hi there Radiant Photography fans and followers! Kelley here, bringing you a beautiful love story with photos to match.

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Meet David and Courtney.

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David is one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever meet, but he’s also got a bit of a wild side.

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Sure, he teared up a bit during their reveal moment, but darned if this military man doesn’t constantly wear the manliest of boots, drive a muddy truck, and own a screaming motorcycle.

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Courtney is everything you’ve ever thought a modern day Disney princess would be like.

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She’s beautiful and brilliant. She can balance her time perfectly between singing and playing the ukulele, and hanging out outdoors and going on motorcycle rides. She’s calm, yet incredibly fun. She’s self-confident, but 100% approachable. Basically, she’s awesome!

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David and Courtney first met while they were working together. However, it wasn’t until after Courtney got a new job somewhere else that they started spending time together.

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They went to a few group events, celebrated a birthday or two, and then… Then they had “the night”.

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What was, “the night”? What happened that was so important? According to David, they, “stayed up all night and into the morning just talking about life, each other’s past and future goals, and [he] got to know her really well. As [they] opened up to each other, [he] found that she was not only beautiful but also really down to earth and funny.”

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After that, it was pretty obvious that their relationship was going to be something special. In fact, David went home that weekend and couldn’t help but tell his parents about this “amazing woman.”

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Soon, David picked Courtney up in his muddy truck, opened the door for her, and the two of them went on their first date. They’ve been enjoying adventures together ever since!

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Courtney and David, thank you so much for letting me and Josh be a part of one of your biggest adventures thus far!

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Your wedding day was fantastic, and we know your marriage will follow suit. Congrats you two!

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