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A Goal Setting…. what?!

After I married Scottie, there were a number of surprises that came my way.  How differently we each viewed the phrase, “just a few more minutes”, how dishes tended to appear in the sink out of thin air, and how much it apparently matters if you place the bread in the wrong part of the shopping cart…. were all just a few of the things that continued to astound me! But one of the biggest surprises I had after marrying Scottie was when he said he wanted us to have a “goal setting retreat” during our first year of marriage.  A what?

You have to understand, that up until that point, Scottie had been an excellent sport.  I (Breanna) received my bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from ASU (yes, that’s an actual degree) and continued on to work on my master’s in professional counseling (umm…. still not finished with that one).  Marriage and family were both of significant interest to me and something I spent years learning about…. all before I was actually married.  So when I got married, needless to say, I was so excited to get to put into practice all I had learned!  So Scottie sat through hour after hour of marriage classes, seminars, and of reading books on marriage to please his new bride!  He did participate fully, but I’m sure it wasn’t his first choice on how to spend his Sunday afternoons (he missed many NASCAR races for me).

So when Scottie Chanson actually initiated a “Goal Setting Retreat” I was stunned.  Way to go the extra mile, buddy!  I was thrilled even though I still didn’t actually know what that meant.

So we went out to the middle of the desert in tents, to find out what that meant. I know “retreat” makes you think of hammocks or lakes or something else pleasant, but we were newly weds and we were dirt broke….  so in the middle of the dirt is exactly where we found ourselves on this lovely “retreat”.

It ended up being awesome.  I knew I was married to a dreamer, and he knew he was married to a staunch realist, so this goal setting retreat really brought those two factors to light and helped us figure out how to mold his dreams into a shape that I could view as manageable (at least enough so that I didn’t have a massive aneurysm just thinking about all of it) so we could start making them into “our” dreams and begin accomplishing them.

(As a side note: I once interviewed about 200 people who had been or were currently married, and “having goals” came out as one of the top 5 things they thought were required for a successful marriage”.  Hum along with me know….”The More You Know”).

OK, all that way long explanation to say that we just returned from our 2nd Goal Setting Retreat (4 years after the first one).  This one found us, not in the desert, but rather, at someone else’s home where we dog-sat 2 crazy dogs.  Again, “retreat” doesn’t necessarily make you think of getting up BEFORE 5am every day to walk 2 humongous creatures, but that’s where our “retreat” took place this time!  Mostly because it was easier to take a few notes than to bring our entire computer set up so we could process pictures from that location.

This retreat took on a very different form than our last one and was a whole lot more work!  This time we own our own business.  Before we were like, “if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” and this time we were like, “what are the quarterly numbers for our weenuses?” (That’s a “Friends” joke for all of you who feel left out right now).  Way less exciting.  But still very, very helpful and productive!

So now, all you Radiant Blog readers, can know that Scottie and Breanna are real grown-ups, with a real plan for their lives, and a real 5-year business plan!  Well OK, so it’s a 5 year business plan draft….  well OK, so it’s just a bunch of scribbled notes.  But we do have another goal setting retreat planned in about a month.  Put on another pot of coffee, it’s gonna be a long one!

Here are pics of our 2 ” business associates” we had at this meeting.



I didn’t mention, that this was where we had some of our meetings (you gotta do what you gotta do when the temperature gets over 100 degrees!)



Chandler in Scottsdale

Seeing how we loved working with Chandler’s brother a while back, we were very happy to hear that this wonderful family had another son who needed his youth forever frozen in time!  We love this family as a whole.  They are great people to work with and we were so happy to have them as returning clients! 

We went down to McDowell Mountain Ranch Park in Scottsdale, AZ with Chandler, his mom, and his guitar.  His mom told us if we wanted to capture the real him, the guitar needed to be integral part of the photos.  And man, were we glad it was!  We LOVE working with props… especially the kind that help bring out who the person  really is.  It’s all too easy for us to get in a rut and have “pose block” where we can’t for the life of us think of a new pose that hasn’t been used over and over again.  The guitar helped a ton with that!  It helped break us out of our mold and see things fresh again.   It also helped to have a guy for a senior session, it’s been awhile!

We are so happy with how the pictures from this senior photo session turned out and we’re ready to take pictures of their next kid when the time comes!


Click to see all the photos from this senior portrait session.


Click to see all the photos from this senior photography session.


Click to see all the photos from this Arizona senior photography session.


Click to see all the photos from this Arizona senior photography session.

Get rid of your old prom and bridesmaid dresses to help Arizona teens in fostercare!

Hi everyone,

It is not unheard of for us to line up a bridal party for pictures and see some of the same faces that we’ve seen in this same position, only in different dresses, on a different day, with a different bride and groom. In other words, we know that most of you either have half your closet filled with old bridesmaid dresses or you know someone who does! So what do you do with them? You could…..

a. Regularly have dress up parties with your friends (which loses it’s fun as soon as you realize you don’t fit into half of them anymore).

b. Use them to sew new curtains, but how many windows do you have in your house that need hot pink curtains really?

c. Hang them all over your house to creep out your guests (warning, this may cost you friends and a lot of money for therapy).

d. Donate them to girls who really need to feel special and beautiful for a night.

Assuming that at least some of you chose “d”…. read on!


The Arizona Princess Program provides teenage girls residing in the foster care system a night to SHINE by hosting a formal ball. Each girl who attends this event receives a formal dress, shoes, jewelry, wrist corsage and tiara. Each girl is pampered by make-up artists, hair stylists, and then crowned “Princess” for a night of dinner and dancing. We need your help to make this event a success!

Until the end of May, you can help by donating the following items:
*New (or gently used) formal dresses *Formal shoes
*New makeup *Jewelry *Party purses *Hair accessories

Drop off your donation items at any of Dolce Salon & Spa’s 3 valley-wide locations.
Donate 5 or more items and receive a $25 gift certificate good for Dolce Salon & Spa services!

Dolce Salon & Spa drop off locations (MAY ONLY):

6166 North Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

8385 WestMariner’s Way
Peoria, Arizona 85382

Chandler Fashion Center
3325 West Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, Arizona 85226

If you live out of state or if your closet is fresh out of taffeta, make a financial contribution to The Princess Program today! Your donation of $100 per teen will help create an unforgettable night. All contributions are tax-deductible. Donate online at or mail check payable to Hope & A Future, PO Box 61172, Phoenix, AZ 85082.
Thank you for your support!

For large donations, corporate donations, or scholarships, please call 602-740-1772 or email:

The Arizona Princess Program is a program of Hope & A Future, Inc.

Click here to see the Facebook invitation to this event….
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As always, thanks for partnering with Radiant to help others!

Much love,
Scottie & Breanna

Phoenix Arizona Wedding Photography
Radiant Beauty. Radiant Relationships. Radiant Love….. Radiant Photography.

Radiant Love Supports….Living Water International (May ’09)

Living Water International is an organization dedicated to providing clean and safe water to people around the world.

LWI is an implementer of participatory, community-based water solutions in developing nations. In its 18-year history, LWI has completed nearly 7,000 community water projects in 26 countries, which provide safe, clean water to 9.5 million people every day.

It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and LWI Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.

That pattern continues today in LWI’s 26 countries of operation; LWI trains, consults, and equips, empowering local people to implement solutions in their own countries.

Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, LWI also leads hundreds of volunteers on trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It’s hard to know which lives are changed more—those “serving” or those “being served.”

LWI’s world-class training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.

For more information visit their website: