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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.

Chrissie and Matt’s Old West Wedding

I can’t really think of a better way to spend a Saturday than by joining two friends who are joining to each other…chrissie_matt0045… in the old west.chrissie_matt0051Yes, I did say the old west. If I hadn’t seen the iPhone flashes lighting up the night as guests crammed to get their instas of this fabulous couple, I almost wouldn’t have known we were in present day times at this wedding!chrissie_matt0551IMG_3668chrissie_matt0258chrissie_matt0070First of all there’s the bride, Chrissie, who is one of our dearly loved friends. I always knew she was beautiful. But I have to admit that I had no idea just how classically stunning and radiant she could be, until I saw her on this day!chrissie_matt0001chrissie_matt0007When she transformed into what I imagine her great, great, great grandma might have looked like once upon a time on her wedding day, I (Breanna) was completely blown away by her timeless beauty!chrissie_matt0015Seriously Chrissie, mind blowing. I’m sure her dashing and dapper groom agreed! He happened to be looking quite debonaire himself with his bow tie and pocket watch, combined with a little old west swagger.chrissie_matt0003chrissie_matt0005The ceremony backdrop was of course just as lovely as the rest of this wedding, and was within walking distance of the reception taking place in Old Town San Diego.chrissie_matt0024chrissie_matt0030chrissie_matt0033chrissie_matt0034chrissie_matt0036chrissie_matt0037The ceremony and reception were close enough in fact, that they had a mariachi led parade of the bride and groom and all their guests as they all happily danced and spun their way over to the cocktail hour and reception that was happening at the time period appropriate, Cosmopolitan Hotel.chrissie_matt0021chrissie_matt0018

(Help spread Chrissie and Matt’s photos around by tagging yourself in them on Facebook!)

chrissie_matt0041This parade wouldn’t have been complete without the paparazzi they inevitably drew, who I think truly believed Chrissie and Matt were celebrities. Which is appropriate, since on this day, they pretty much were. As it should be.chrissie_matt0042At this point the guests were all ready to head in for a continuation of their merry making, but found that their plans were foiled by GUNFIRE!chrissie_matt0055chrissie_matt0058Yes, gunfire! But no worries, it was all taken care of by the heroes of the day, Chrissie and Matt, as their smoking guns lit up the town square not just once, but twice, with two fantastic Old West gun fight re-enactment shows.chrissie_matt0057It was an idea that Chrissie and Matt concocted themselves, and just in time too as the whole gunfight show thing was just about to be outlawed in Old Town San Diego. In fact, Chrissie was the last one to ever legally fire a fake gun there! And it’s important to note that she highly recommends that every bride fires a fake gun on her wedding day, as she felt all the stress and tension of the day burst out of her fingertips as she pulled that trigger!chrissie_matt0063Once the gun had fired, leaving them care free and ready to party, that is just what they did! And we celebrated right alongside them into the night. And it was sweet.chrissie_matt0040Chrissie and Matt, thank you so much for being so loyal and encouraging to us over the years. Especially as we moved to a new city and found ourselves immediately embraced by Chrissie as a fast friend, as well as supported by her as we moved our business with us to this new and scary place!chrissie_matt0053As much as we enjoyed hearing Chrissie’s interesting tales of romance woes during those first couple of years, I have to say that we MUCH prefer hearing her laugh and have a good time now that Matt has joined our threesome and turned our nights out into double dates.chrissie_matt0032We are so very happy you’ve found each other! We’re very excited for you guys and can’t wait to see how your life together unfolds in the years to come! Thanks for bringing us into your lives, and into this amazing day in particular that we are happy to know we’ve now been able to help you remember for years to come.chrissie_matt0048We love you both! Congratulations!chrissie_matt0050chrissie_matt0038chrissie_matt0044Click to see the rest of Chrissie and Matt’s Old West wedding photos here.chrissie_matt0066chrissie_matt0067

Introducing one year old Ryah!

We (Scottie and Breanna) couldn’t be happier to introduce you to our new little friend, Ryah!0020We’ve loved following along with her mom and dad as we’ve captured so many of their major life events from their engagement, wedding, and first anniversary, to maternity, and now a photo shoot with the little one herself!0029Of course we loved Ryah from the start. Partially because of our history with her parents whom we already love…0071…also because she’s SO photogenic..00310089… in part because her expressions are so fun to photograph…002100150035… but most of all because she’s just so incredibly lovable!!!00550057How could you not adore her?!00560063A big thank you to Ryah’s mom and dad for allowing us to once again be a part of this major milestone in their lives. It’s been so fun watching you two grow and change together since the wedding. All the way from a family of two in Arizona to a family of three in California! Thanks for giving us the honor of being a part of it! We love you guys!0025Click to see the rest of the photos from Ryah’s one year old session!00800065

Ashley & Kevin’s Beautifully Perfect Wedding Day

A beautiful setting, a happy couple, and plenty of family and friends to celebrate. That’s what a dream wedding is made of, right?!0031In that case, I’d say that Ashley and Kevin’s wedding had it all!0012First of all, the setting was stunning and the colors chosen for the big day complimented it so well!00010035I can’t get over how pretty the bridesmaids looked in that aqua color for this marina wedding!0006

(Click to tag yourself in some of the photos on Facebook!)

0004Then there was the couple themselves. Could they be any more adorable or in love?!00450040It was so fun to watch them on this day they’ll remember forever. You could just see the joy and love radiating from them. So beautiful!001900080041And of course there were the friends and family who were there to celebrate with Ashley and Kevin!0002000700110003

(She’s definitely the most excited for them!)

Everyone was so happy for this amazing couple, that the celebrating and merriment making just couldn’t be contained!0020This wedding was particularly fun for us as Scottie and I (Breanna) had never been to a Croatian wedding before!002700140054In case you were wondering what the best part of a Croatian wedding is, I’ll spare you the suspense… it’s the cookies!!!!0053It’s tradition at a Croatian wedding for each family to bring a plate of Croatian cookies. However, I did hear that Kevin’s mom baked for five full days straight to provide majority of the cookie love found at this wedding! And these aren’t just any cookies, every single one is decorated differently and tastes amazing in it’s own way! It really is a sight to see them all spread out on tables across half the room, with guests (understandably) clamoring to get as many as they can on their plates before their favorites are gone.0052

(If you love yourself some cookie photos, there are plenty more to see in the gallery with the rest of Ashley and Kevin’s Wedding Photos!)

Once you’ve pulled yourself away from the cookies (if that’s even possible!), you’ll find that Croatians not only know how to bake, but they also know how to party in style with plenty of traditional dances that everyone at the wedding had a blast participating in (along with some typical American favorites as well)!00560055So thanks to Ashley and Kevin for letting us be a part of this beautifully perfect wedding day with the two of you! We hope it was all you’ve dreamed of and more…  and judging by your faces and reactions in the photos, I’d say that’s a safe bet!0026Congrats to the two of you, enjoy the road ahead together!0016Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashley and Kevin’s Beautifully Perfect Wedding Day!00300036

The Ladd Family’s Vacation Session

One of the best times I can think of to do a family photo session is during a family vacation!ladd_0052ladd_0116I mean, how nice is it that everyone is relaxed and having fun doing things they love together?!ladd_0031ladd_0112ladd_0047What better way to commemorate that time than by having a family photo session to capture the moment?!ladd_0077ladd_0130Apparently the Ladd family agrees with me because that is just what they did when they left their home state of Texas to live it up in California for a bit.ladd_0080And live it up they did!ladd_0108ladd_0037ladd_0038ladd_0040But somehow between all of their packed adventures of Disneyland, baseball games, and playing in the waves, they found time to get together with us for their close ups.ladd_0060ladd_0061ladd_0092And we’re so glad they did because we were more than thrilled to help them remember this amazing trip to the California coast, when they were at the beach all together for the first time!ladd_0137Such a fun time for a family!ladd_0139Ladds, I hope that you enjoyed your trip out here to the fullest and that these photos will help you remember an amazing trip forever! Thanks for letting us be a part of it!ladd_0044ladd_0082Click to see the rest of the Ladd family photo session.ladd_0001ladd_0143

Amanda + Javier = someone new!

One of our very very favorite things about wedding photography is that we get to start with a couple at the beginning of their journey together (as early as their engagement!) and often get to follow along with them on their path to parenthood!0068We can’t tell you how much we love getting calls from our past brides and grooms asking us to take photos of their kids!00800083Lucky for us, this was the case with Amanda and Javier! We met them when they were just a wee itty bitty engaged couple and now they are full grown parents!008200610066Somehow Amanda and Javier managed to make this shoot even MORE special by adding in Amanda’s family to make it a bigger picture of the generations of love that have been poured into their one year old little guy!000300430045003000100121That’s right… he’s one year old now! And we have the pictures to prove it in case you didn’t believe us!01160115The extra cool part of this story is that while both us and Amanda and Javier have moved away from Arizona to opposite coasts, it just so happened that the one week this year they were traveling to AZ to visit family, was a week that Scottie and I (Breanna) were doing the same!009500350065

(I know these pictures say otherwise, but I promise that Arizona is not ALL teepees and horses!)


It’s amazing how well it worked out for us to do this shoot together!


Amanda and Javier, thank you so much for allowing us to be the ones to continue on this journey with you, despite the odds (or rather the distance) we had going against us to make it work!


We are so happy we got to see the three of you being a family together! It just melted our little photographer hearts! Hopefully our travel plans will coincide sometime in the future since we’d be more than thrilled to see once again how you guys have grown together as a family!

00690070Click to see the rest of Amanda and Javier’s family photo session here.0094


Callum and his new family!

Callum is three months old and ready for his close up!


His parents opted for a three month old session instead of a really early on newborn one, to give him time to settle into his new environment and to give the three of them a chance to settle into their new lives and roles together!


And it was clear from the moment we got there that those three months together had served them well!


It was so fun to see this new little family working as such a synched team already! They had their flow together and their relationships were already formed in a way that only love and quality time combined together could do.


Callum’s parents were very on top of his nap times, feeding times, and most importantly, his moods! So we were able to build the session around when he’d be the most likely to be happy, cuddly, sleepy, or a combo of all three!


Their play times and cuddle times together were absolutely beautiful and you can tell that Cal is already fully in love with his new mommy and daddy!


Congratulations to the three of you! We are so happy we got to take a peek into the wonderful little world you three have already built together. It was fantastic and it made us so excited for you guys in the future! Congrats!


Click to see the rest of Callum and his family’s photos!