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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.

The Smith Family Heads to the Beach!

We have a long history with the Smith family. It all started with lugging an entire bed frame out into the desert,  piles and piles of feathers, the cops and a threat to go to jail, a very nice golf course, running to catch enough sunlight to shoot in, and finally, a finished photo shoot that you can see here!

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Since then, we’ve gotten a little more refined in our shoot planning.

smith_fam0087Mostly, because we now live near the beach which is enough to work with to keep even wedding coordinator Shannon happy enough to forgo any bed shenanigans. Which is excellent because I think Mark would not have been in these family photos if he had to set up and tear down another bed several times in one day again.

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This time it was just sunshine, water, and a little sand that made up a great family photo session.

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But just so you know, we love you guys enough that we would do the whole “bed in a field” fiasco with you all over again if you asked us to!

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Click to see the rest of the Smith Family Photo Session.

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Madison’s Beach Senior Session

Five years ago Madison’s mom called us and asked us to photograph her daughter’s senior session. Breanna and I (Scottie) knew right away that we loved working with both mom and daughter and were pretty excited that she had 3 more kids that would someday need senior sessions. A few years after that, her son was up to graduate and our other photography team at the time, Josh and Kelley, did an amazing job with his senior session, although I am really bummed that we didn’t get to shoot it. So I was very excited when we got a call from this same family to let us know that the 3rd kid, Madison, was graduating, and even more excited that they would be coming to So-Cal so that we could shoot her session on the beach! I had so much fun photographing Madison, this was one of my most enjoyable sessions ever.

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Thank you both for coming out to California for your senior session! I loved it and I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Madison’s Beach Senior Session.

Rich and Priya’s Washington Wedding

Since Scottie and I lived first in the desert, and now on the beach, we don’t often get the chance to photograph in beautiful trees and greenery!

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So when Rich and Priya told us their wedding was going to be in Seattle Washington, we were thrilled!

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They rented a house not too far outside of Seattle to house their guests, host their weekend long celebration, and enjoy their actual wedding in!

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It turned out to be a beautiful day (at least until the rain came that evening!), as well as a beautiful wedding!

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Rich and Priya decided to do a mix between a traditional Indian wedding and a traditional American wedding. And the combo went over wonderfully!

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Everyone got to enjoy the best parts of both worlds as they celebrated Rich and Priya’s new wedded bliss!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Rich and Priya’s Washington Wedding!

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Marcus and McKenzie’s “Color Heaven” Wedding

After being a part of Marcus and McKenzie’s wedding, we discovered that there’s just something about purple hair, green eyes and red lips that makes you sit up and take notice!

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Add in a gorgeous bridesmaids in beautiful red dresses….

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… with a beautiful green background to offset it all…

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… and you have a STUNNING wedding that’s made in color heaven!

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But the coloring isn’t the only thing to make up the bride’s beautiful/vintage, yet modern/rocker look. The thing that really pulled the look all together was the vintage dress made by the bride herself… yes, you heard me right… she MADE her own dress!

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And of course there’s the groom. I can’t leave him out of this because he was looking quite dapper himself!

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Talk about a great combination!

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The rest of the ceremony and reception were also quite colorful and beautiful.

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Not to mention, the reception was a great party!

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Congrats Marcus and McKenzie! We wish you the best!

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A special thanks to Shannon Smith at Sassy Soirees for being so helpful in coordinating this day!

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Click to see the rest of Marcus and McKenzie’s “color heaven” wedding here.

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Jen and Jacob’s Shared Wedding Day

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a wedding.

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Now keep that hand held high if that wedding had FOUR couples standing up there at the alter in white.

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What? Just me?! Until Jen and Jacob’s wedding, I would’ve had my hand down on both of the last two. But now I’m raising it high after witnessing this beautiful family wedding!

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So there was Jen and Jacob (who we were hired to take photos of), Jacob’s brother who was also getting married, Jacob’s other two siblings who were renewing their vows, and Jacob’s parents who were performing the ceremony… all on Jacob’s parents’ wedding anniversary! How’s that for mind blowing?!

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I know what you’re thinking, what bride would be willing to share her wedding day?! That’s what I would’ve asked too, until I spent some time with Jen and got to see her perspective on it.

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Jen and Jacob saw the significance of this very special day both for themselves, and for the family. And because both sides had great importance, they decided to go for it and get the most joy, love, and celebrating out of one day as is humanly possible!

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I have to say, I think they succeeded in getting the very best of the best out of one day!

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Of course, they were each were able to pick out some of their own aspects of the day. Such as their dresses.

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(Jen chose hers because it fit the James Bond feel they were going for at the wedding. In her words she wanted, “Jessica Rabbit meets vintage glam Barbie”! To which I said, “nailed it!”)

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Each of the two first time brides also chose their own cakes, flowers, table settings, and colors (that fit with one another’s of course). Here are some of Jen’s choices.

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They even had their own photographers, and their own aisle to walk down at the ceremony so their different photography teams didn’t trip over each other while getting the shots!

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Of course, having different photographers meant that both of the newly wed couples each got to have their own photo time!

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Which also meant a few moments (semi) alone to celebrate their special day between just the two of them.

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After the photo time, the REAL fun began. If you have never partied with four couples on their special day all together… then add that to your bucket list!

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It was a night for the ages!

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We are so glad we got to be a part of all of it!

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Jen and Jacob, we can’t thank you enough for letting us be there with you on this special day times four! It was definitely a very fun new experience for us and we’re glad we got to share it with the two of you… and with so many others!

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I also have to say that I am very impressed that you two were humble enough to choose to share your wedding day. What a beautiful example of what weddings are really all about in the end. Not the stunning decorations, the party, or EVEN the dress, but rather about love and family.

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Congratulations!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Jen and Jacob’s shared wedding day!

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