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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.

Addie and Dan’s Game Changing Wedding

Addie and Dan are the kind of people who make everything they touch better.0027005300540082Take cactus for example.0059Hopefully they didn’t actually TOUCH any cacti, but they definitely did something to them because as a child of the desert with many malicious cactus experiences… they were never my (Breanna’s) favorite things.0060

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0058But once Addie and Dan got involved, suddenly the cacti at the Desert Botanical Gardens turned into some of the most majestic and stunning things I’ve ever seen!00260010And I KNOW the cactus didn’t look like that before they got there, because I had several photography field trips there in High School and none of my pictures then looked like these do now!00800093And then there are these old beards.0033Had I seen them in the store, I would’ve thought, “yeah those are gross, I’m not touching them”. But when Addie and Dan put them on, suddenly they had a new level of hilarity that I never would’ve thought possible! I was even willing to touch them! Like, a little bit. With the tip of my finger.00910090Of course pretty much everything that one might consider normal and typically (or evil and gross for that matter- in the case of cactus and the beard), Addie and Dan can make outrageous and hysterical.0034Like posing for photo time. That seems like a pretty run of the mill process that people do at their weddings all the time around the world. But put Addie and Dan into it and suddenly there’s nothing standard about it!00660070Not only is a photo time that’s been touched by Addie and Dan’s magical fingers more fun than anyone has ever thought possible, but it also produces some of the most gorgeous photos than anyone ever thought possible!003000850061Then there are the lucky people who come into contact with Addie and Dan over the course of their lives (including us now!).  It was more than apparent on the wedding day, that those people’s lives have been taken to a whole new level with these two beautiful people in them.00380049Addie and Dan were the bright spot at this wedding- and not JUST because they happened to be the bride and groom- but also because all of the people there were so excited to see two people as wonderful as these, commit to one another for life. All ranges of emotions were thick on this day!0071007200770086Which brings me to the most important thing that Addie and Dan’s mere presence changes for the better… and that is one another. I may be incapable of phrasing that in a non-cheesy way, but don’t let that hinder my point here, because it’s the big one.0016

(Getting ready to head down the aisle and face the big moment together).

Granted, I didn’t know Addie and Dan apart, but it is absolutely clear to me after spending just a few days with them that these two are meant to be. I can’t even imagine how they ever lived before finding one another because it seems that they are necessary to the other’s existence.0040

(About to see one another for the first time on the wedding day!)

000400440006If you don’t believe in the idea of soulmates, you probably haven’t met Addie and Dan. They are meant for each other like two ratty beards are meant for them.00500051Addie and Dan, thank you SO MUCH for including us in one of the most important days of your lives. You renewed my faith in cacti and simultaneously reminded us of why weddings are so incredible and why we are so lucky to be a part of them.0014000700170015003700200023Seriously, I can’t think of anything more special than to witness two people being joined together who are so obviously meant to be.0025003500680092Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us into your world. Now run off and enjoy that crazy adventure that I know you’re going to have in your lives together. I can’t wait to see what comes from it, because I know that with the two of you using your powers for good as a team together, the result can be nothing short of game changing! Congratulations!0089Click to see the rest of the photos from Addie and Dan’s Game Changing Wedding.0011

Chloe and her wonderful new family

Little Chloe doesn’t know it yet…0080… but her family is amazing.01120121Sure, she won’t think they’re so amazing when she’s 5 and trying to sneak staying up past her bedtime, or when she’s 10 and doesn’t feel like doing her homework, or when she’s 16 and trying to date (I don’t see her dad being much of a pushover on the boy stuff)… but she’ll be wrong about them.01070067Her parents are the perfect ones for her.01050097And I can already tell that they love her more than she’ll ever be able to understand.0020009900470054Thankfully, she’ll have grandma to let her get away with just a tiny bit more than her parents do and to give her just a wee bit extra leeway on the bedtime and homework… though probably not on the boys issue (sorry, future Chloe!)!0056She’ll also have a large canine friend to back her up when she needs someone to blame for the mess she made in the kitchen, or to cuddle with when she’s had a bad dream and her parents are asleep.0143He’s definitely got her back.0084This little girl is far more blessed than she knows now, or may ever fully comprehend. But that’s of no matter to her family members who love her regardless of how many times she wakes up crying in the night or how many stinky diapers they change.0040They hardly even notice those things, actually.0079Because all they see when they look at Chloe is their perfect little girl who they can’t wait to watch grow up, even when she proves she’s not quite 100% perfect ALL the time. But just as they could care less about that stuff now, I’m sure in the future she’ll be just as perfect and incredible in their eyes as she is now.0139Chloe, you are loved by a wonderful family. We couldn’t be happier for all of you as you grow, change, and get to know one another. Congratulations!00810120Click to see the rest of Chloe and her wonderful new family’s photos.01550104

Chrissie and Matt’s Engagement Session Under the Stars

When Chrissie and Matt first mentioned the idea of a camping engagement session, Scottie and I (Breanna) were sold!0192016801700186Because what could be better than two people in love, cuddling under the stars by the glow of the firelight?!01970184I mean, come on, that’s the stuff of dreams for all the young romantics on Pinterest!002801580144But as the planning progressed, the life logistics involved in making this camping engagement session happen, just started seeming too big to conquer.01520176We kept finding ourselves asking important questions like, “how will we make it look cold and cuddly when it’s a record setting November heat wave and we’re sweating? What if the bears are attracted to massive amounts of hairspray? Where will we pee?”00530073These questions and more made us re-think this silly “romance under the stars” notion.01720203But just then, Chrissie and Breanna started Googling… and Instagraming… and Pinteresting. And the overwhelming adorability of a camping engagement session just couldn’t be denied! Our questioning soon felt more like practical problem solving. As in, “how much is too much to spend on pretty lights just for camping?0200Can Chrissie set up a tent in a dress?0135How many pictures of a raw chicken do we actually need?”0132These questions and more led us to one conclusion.0019If Chrissie and Matt couldn’t do a camping photo session, they couldn’t get married.0088Well that was MY conclusion anyways. I didn’t specifically ask them if they agreed, but I felt in my heart that they did.01510180So off to the campsite we went (Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho), with an adorable picnic set up, a few plaid shirts, and a tiny little dog in tow.017101410107Since you’ve seen the photos, I don’t think I have to spell it out for you… next to getting engaged, having a camping engagement session was the best decision Chrissie and Matt ever made (again, in MY opinion).00300078

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It was all the cute and cuddly, stars, pine trees, twinkle lights, and kisses, that any teenage girl with a “Someday My Prince Will Come” Pinterest board, could ever dream of!013000460199And Chrissie and Matt lived up every moment of it. Together. In love. And all that adorable stuff.00550068We love you guys and can’t wait for your big day… that will now arrive thanks to the completion of our awesome and mandatory camping engagement session!008700080082Click to see the rest of the photos from Chrissie and Matt’s Engagement Session Under the Stars.01630189

Baby Paxton is here!

Baby Paxton, welcome to the world!002400340016I hope you like it here!005300670048We have lots of fun things for you to see, do, learn….00620065… and scream about!0070Plus there are so many fun and cuddly creatures that you’ll love…004601010045…not to mention, your mom and dad are pretty awesome.00640075Welcome to your new home in your new world!0105We’re glad to have you and hope you love it as much as you are loved!008000810085Click to see the rest of Baby Paxton’s newborn photos here.00370072

Kevin and Carrie’s Emotional Wedding

We all know that there are some pretty incredible aspects involved in a wedding day.002300330037There’s the gorgeous location and all it has to offer…0018

(In this case the location was the ever amazing Condor’s Nest Ranch, one of our all time favorite places to shoot at… and you can see why!)

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… there’s the amazing dresses…00010016… okay, okay, the tuxes are pretty stylin’ as well!0013

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There’s the stunning flowers…

00110062… of course, the adorable little ones…00030026… oh, and let’s not forget the bling!0069There are so many amazing reasons to love a wedding, that it’s hard to name just one that stands out. Well, at least in most weddings it may be hard to name one that stands out. But in Kevin and Carrie’s wedding there was a very clear part that stood out to me (Breanna) as being my favorite.0021The best thing about Kevin and Carrie’s wedding to me was the emotion involved in it.003900410040There were tears, smiles, laughs, and plenty of hugs to go around.004400630061It was so beautiful to watch Kevin and Carrie’s reveal moment as both tried unsuccessfully to keep it together.00060007

(Read more about why Kevin and Carrie chose to see one another before the ceremony here).

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And I can’t even describe how wonderful it was watching them committing their lives to one another during the ceremony.00460053Not to mention laughing along with them as they fully enjoyed every second alone during the picture time after the ceremony.00290032It truly was such a beautiful and special day for everyone. Including for us as photographers. Kevin and Carrie, thank you so much for choosing us to be a part of this special moment in your lives, it truly was an honor to witness it and we couldn’t be happier for the two of you. Congratulations!!!003000650027Click to see the rest of Kevin and Carrie’s Emotional Wedding Day photos here.00590058