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Tonia and Jay, in love and engaged under the red rock mountains

Whenever we book a wedding with a bride and groom who live in a different state, we’re always worried that we won’t get the opportunity to get know them before their big day.

We’ve discovered that the better we know the people we’re taking pictures of, the better their pictures tend to turn out because they feel like friends are taking pictures of them rather than strangers.

So when Jay and Tonia booked us, we set out right away to find a way to get a chance to hang out with them!  Luckily they needed to make another trip down to plan their Sedona wedding so we set up an engagement session in that great land of red rocks!

We started out at the shopping area called Tlaquepaque (I’m not kidding, that’s seriously the name of it) where we got some old European city looking pictures…

…but we were itching to get out and explore the real beauty of Sedona which lies in the great outdoors!

We picked a spot to shoot and found all kinds of cool things there!  Giant trees…

…a place where people have built hundreds of little of rock piles all over…

(it’s a lot harder to build them than it looks!)

…the famous red rock mountains

…and a BEE-AUtiful sky!

While we were very grateful we found some interesting backdrops for our shots, they really weren’t that necessary because the people we were taking pictures of were interesting enough!

(They’re definitely one of the first couples we’ve ever had do a chest bump for a picture!  Ha ha, you guys didn’t know I was actually going to put that one in did you?!)

Jay is one of those guys who has a very straight faced sense of humor, like you never really know when he’s kidding.  I (Breanna) happen to find that style of humor absolutely hilarious!

So all day I’m there, trying to aim and focus my camera, while having a major interruption due to my hysterical laughing at some little side comment Jay made.  As you can see, I’m not the only one who finds him funny!

I loved the random little faces and gestures he made towards Tonia to get her to laugh… his quest to crack her poses was definitely a success!

From beginning to end, Tonia and Jay were laughing and having a ball with each other!

If they felt at all uncomfortable in front of the camera, they hid it very well!

I think the trick is that they are comfortable enough with themselves to just be who they are whether there’s a camera on them or not.  It was really fun to watch them interacting and having fun with the session.

It seemed like they just decided it was going to be a fun day when they woke up in the morning and they just rolled with it.

So thank you Tonia and Jay for having such a great attitude and for feeling free to let us into your world a little bit.

We are so glad we got a chance to hang out and get to know you both a little better, it makes us very excited for your wedding!  We have so many more photo opps to come with the two of you, and it’s good to know that no matter what, we’re going to have fun doing them!  Can’t wait!

P.S. Thanks for the Picazzo’s Pizza… we’re addicted now!;-)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Tonia and Jay’s Sedona, AZ engagement session!

A trip down memory lane with Scottie and Breanna (OUR wedding story).

Lo and behold, what all the grown-ups told me when I was a child is true… time really does fly. 5 years ago on this day, June 4, 2005, Scottie & Breanna got married (Radiant Photography wasn’t even a glimmer in our eyes at that point).

If you’ve been following our blog for very long now, you probably feel like you know us somewhat (FYI: if we ever actually get a chance to slow down, we plan on increasing that “somewhat” to a full fledged “very well”).  As it is now, you hear from us all the time, and yet you see other people’s faces alongside our words.  So I thought in honor of this momentous occasion, I’d share some of our own wedding pics…

…and beyond.

(Thanks to Chelsea Hudson Photography for all the AH-MAZING “beyond” pics. Check out the rest of the photos from this session with Chelsea HERE).

It feels weird writing a blog about my OWN wedding!  It’s kinda fun actually!

I’ll give you a little background (using some “beyond” photos to go along with it) before we jump into the wedding story. We met each other through mutual friends (thanks Jon!) but we really started hanging out when the ’66 Mustang I had (she was a beauty) started breaking down, leaving me stranded closer to Scottie’s house than mine.

He was the only guy I knew who could fix cars, so after a night of walking/crying down the sidewalk in complete rebellion against my stupid car that had left me stranded, I went to him and asked for help.

After that there was a series of “car breaking down, Scottie coming over to fix it, Breanna taking him out to dinner as a thanks, Scottie calling to ‘check on the car’, Scottie rigging the car to break down again, and the cycle repeating”.  Of course the last point is debatable because he thinks I was breaking the car on purpose and I think he was doing it (of course the fact that it was over 35 years old is beside the point).

At the time we met , I (Breanna) was working at Starbucks and going to ASU to get my bachelors degree in Family and Human Development when I met my soon to be one and only (Scottie).  During the same time, he was a pool table mechanic for a local company.  He was working about 80 hours a week, missing holidays, and falling asleep on our dates.

When we started talking about marriage, I told him I’d marry him if he quit his job because I was more interested in having a real live husband around than I was in having the security that his job provided. Read more about why I felt that way HERE.

So though many people laughed at us for having him quit his job right before he got married… it was the stepping stone that eventually led to the start of Radiant. You can read a little more about the journey of actually starting up Radiant in the interview we did for the Phototuts blog awhile back.

Back to the wedding part! We got married in Pinetop, AZ (since it was summer time and we refused to sweat it out in Phoenix) on the property of a lodge that my old church used to own.  Lucky us it was right on the lake, which fit well with the perfect weather that day, and with our excellent photographer and his mad skillz!

Shout out to Jefferson Todd Photography (I met him while working at Starbucks… thank you green siren).  Make sure you check out his work, he did an amazing job at our wedding and he’s come a long way in the 5 years since then!

(I love this one with the “yay we’re married” faces!)

People always ask us if we have regrets about our wedding since we go to so many now and see all the options out there that we could’ve/should’ve thought of.  The answer is that other than some styles that already feel out dated to me, no.  Our wedding was perfect! We were among the first of our friends to get married so everyone was still a bit enthralled with this idea of a mystical union, and such an awesome party to go with it.  All of our friends and family were SO psyched for us, not to mention they were all in party mode since they were on vacation.

(We asked our friend, Dave, to be the MC for the wedding… I’m not sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into!;-)Ha ha!).

Apparently the party lasted into the night after we were long gone (off to our honeymoon starting in Greer, AZ and moving on to San Fransisco).

We felt like we picked the perfect location, the dream team for a bridal party, and the best vendors around.

5 years later, people still tell us it was one of their favorite weddings.  While I’m a little bit biased, I think I’d have to agree!:-)

After getting back from our honeymoon we had a typical first year of marriage (i.e. fighting, playing, laughing, fighting, boycotting chores, power struggles, getting the giggles on midnight shopping trips, playing, laughing, slumber party conversations, fighting, going swimming at 2am in the winter just because we could, etc.).

Since that time we fight less, work more, and still have late night giggle infested shopping trips (thank you 24 hour stores!).

Every year on our anniversary, we write each other letters that reflect back on our past year.  I’m still going to write a real letter but I figured I’d write a public letter to Scottie as well, so that everyone knows how wonderful he truly is.

So here goes…

Dear Scottie,

Thank you for putting up with me. Ha!  As you know, I’m only sort of kidding because truly you are one of the most patient people I know.  When I married you I said that your humbleness and willingness to serve others (hence the Mustang story) were two things that attracted me to you… oh yeah and your super tall, hot body. :-)  Those traits are still there and they have only gotten stronger over the years (hot body included).  Thank you so much for all the sacrifices you’ve made for me and for all the hard work you’ve put into Radiant.  I didn’t know how important hard work was at the time that I married you (though my mom tried to tell me that was one of your best qualities), but now I’m convinced.  You not only work hard on Radiant and our car, but you work hard on improving yourself and our marriage.  Thanks for putting in all the effort that you do for me, it doesn’t go unnoticed.  I love you.


Your (Beautiful) wife, Breanna;-)

The Harmons: Old Family Friends with New Family Pictures.

Over the past year or so, the Harmons have been letting us (Scottie & Breanna) into their lives more and more… and we couldn’t be happier about it!

We first met this beautiful family when we shot Emily Harmon’s wedding (she’s now a Kelly since she married Jon but we’ll still call them Harmons!).

(Jon was trying to make it look like he was really big and she was teeny tiny enough for him to hold her in has hands. Ha ha!)

We were so impressed by this family that the blog I wrote about the wedding was mostly about how amazing the families involved in the wedding were!  After Jon and Emily got married, we had the opportunity to shoot Christy Harmon’s senior pictures.

(That’s Christy on the right).

Again, another amazing experience with this family, one that we reflected with true emotion in our blog about that session.

And now here we are again… hanging out with the Harmons and loving every minute of it!

We actually had so much fun together that they took us out to dinner after the shoot!

The crazy part about this dinner (other than the fact that we stayed there talking for hours because we enjoy one another’s company so much) is that we discovered our relationship with them goes way back.

When I say “way” back I mean back so far that I (Breanna) wasn’t even old enough to have a conversation with them because my vocabulary was still limited to simple words like “no” and “more”.  Apparently my mom and her sisters went to high school with Greg (daddy Harmon)… …and they remained good friends until after they all got married and had kids.

Once we figured it out, the Harmons launched into a story about a camping trip with my parents (who were sick in bed with the flu the whole time) and little tiny me who was wandering around eating marshmallows and playing with bugs (actually I made up the bug part and it’s probably not true because I was definitely a girly girl who wouldn’t have had much interest in bugs)!

I’m a third generation Phoenician, meaning my grandfather was born here and in a transient city like Phoenix that’s a rare thing to find.

So whenever I meet anyone who’s been around here for any time at all, there’s bound to be some kind of connection.  The trick is just figuring out what it is.  But to find not only a connection, but a real friendship between our families that goes so far back, was a very cool thing indeed.

Right after the session I called my aunt and I said “Guess what?!  One of our favorite clients of all time just told us that they know you!”  I then proceeded to tell her how much we’ve connected with them and how we just sat talking with them for hours and had a great time.  Now I know why I get along with them so well… it’s in my genes!

(We thought it would be funny to do a manly non-touching picture and then do a cuddly pic afterwards!)

So thank you Harmons for always making us feel like a welcome part of your family every time we’re around you.

Thank you for being the kind and caring type of people that you are.

And most of all thank you for choosing us over and over again to capture your special memories that you will hopefully be able to reflect back on with fondness and nostalgia for years to come.

We’re so grateful to be able to capture “a year in the life of the Harmons” the way we have and give a gift to you like that.  We love your family and we are very thankful for the time we’ve been able to spend with you this past year! Good luck to all of you with all your new endeavors you have coming up, we’re excited for you!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this fantastic family’s photo session!

Courtney and Jesse’s perfect wedding day!

Courtney and Jesse hold a special place in our hearts because they are the kind of people that just do that to you!

They are both very warm, down to earth people who make you feel cared about from the get go.

Are there any kind of people you’d rather work with?!

We consider ourselves lucky to have been chosen to be a part of their special day.

And special it was!  Both Courtney and Jesse strike me as the sentimental type….

…so their wedding was filled with little details that meant the world to them.

(Don’t worry guys, we took good care to not get any stickiness on the rings for this picture!)

Courtney couldn’t stop talking about how the choir from their church was going to sing at their wedding. And every time she mentioned it, she had to work hard at not getting choked up!

Many of the choir members (and others in the church congregation) have watched Courtney grow up over the years. So when they threw out the invitation to the choir members to come sing at their wedding, Courtney and her family were shocked and touched by how many people volunteered to be a part of it.  It was obvious by the great response (and by watching their interaction with Courtney on the big day) that these old family friends were very honored to be able to watch this woman who they once knew as a little girl, grow up and get married.

The entire ceremony and interactions between people on this day were incredibly meaningful and emotion for both Courtney and Jesse.

It was just beautiful. Everyone from the choir members, to their bridal party, to Courtney’s long time church family, to their actual family and good friends…. were moved by the emotion of their wedding.

But if you think that this day was all about tears and intense emotion… you are mistaken!  This day was also about a P-A-R-T-Y!  Their bridal party was a ridiculously fun group!  How you even meet so many people in your life who are THAT hilarious is beyond me!

(Fan us on our Facebook page to tag yourselves in some of these photos!)

Speaking of those fantastic groomsmen, they kicked off the reception with a line dance to “Men in Black” and they followed it up throughout the night with another line dance as well!

Definitely a great way to start a party! From then on, the floor was hopping!

Everyone from the kids, to the older family members… were dancing the night away!

Seriously, it was an amazing party! And with that many amazing dancers in one group, how could it not be?!

When I think of a wedding, I think of tears, love,  joy, memories, and fun.

And it just so happens that those are the exact words I would use to describe Courtney and Jesse’s wedding.  Oh and with a “perfect” added in there as well.

It couldn’t have been a better day and again, we want to thank Courtney and Jesse for letting us be a part of it!  Both of you were super appreciative of all the work we put into your wedding and I really hope you both are indescribably happy with the results!  Congratulations you two!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Courtney and Jesse’s perfect wedding day!

Nicole, Kevin, some photos, and more than a few pine trees

It’s no secret that Phoenix gets quite scorching in the summer time.  Being that it’s May, we’re on our way to meltdown.  The only reason many of us Phoenicians can stand it the way we do is because just a couple of hours away there are several BEE-AAutiful forests that come complete with fresh air and a cool breeze!

So when planning their engagement session, it makes perfect sense that Nicole and Kevins thoughts wandered over to that cooler weather.

It fits even better when you know that Kevin used to live and work up there as a firefighter (pine trees + dry weather = lots of fires).

So we headed up to the place he used to call home to get a couple of shots of them with happy smiles adorning their faces, rather than tears mixed with sweat, which is what we would’ve gotten had we stayed in Phoenix for the session!

You never know what you’re going to get when you spend time in Payson.

This time we found an old truck that wasn’t quite abandoned, but lonely enough that we felt OK using it as a prop for a couple of shots!

We also stumbled upon this random dog!

No, not really, this is Nicole and Kevin’s dog whom they love dearly!

While in Payson we also found some cliffs…


… and of course plenty of wide open spaces…… that lend themselves to some great shots of the sky overhead!

Thank you to Nicole and Kevin for giving us a good excuse to escape the heat for the day (rather than making us work out in it!).

And thank you to their dog who did a great job with the “sit” and “stay” commands.

We had a great day hanging out with the 3 of you and we hope you love your pictures as much as we do!

Click to see the rest of these Payson AZ engagement photos!