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Radiant Community Fusion

Ever since we started Radiant we’ve said we want to build a strong, loving, vibrant community around it.  But I think that’s what tons of people say whenever they start something like this.  I knew I wanted it, but I don’t know if I believed it was possible… so imagine my surprise when it started happening!

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(By the way, since we didn’t have pictures of us with all of the people we talk about in this blog… we just went with general pics that show some of the relationships that have either been formed or strengthened through Radiant).

We recently went to dinner with our friends, Erik and Chelsea.  We’ve been friends with these people for years (before we were even married) and they have both recently entered the wedding business.  Erik is a DJ and Chelsea makes beautiful, custom wedding invitations (so let us know if you need to get in touch with either of them of course!).  The vibes that came from this meeting were just amazing!  It was like back and forth… idea, idea, idea… they were being thrown around like we were juggling right there in the middle of the restaurant.  Combine the idea fusion with their heartfelt support and encouragement they were doling out like it was free candy and we left that restaurant walking on clouds rather than concrete.  It is so cool to be working in the same industry with our close friends and finding ways to partner up and create a collaborative thought that extends much further than simple photography.  It’s a vision for a way of living and loving others together.  Beautiful.

Two nights before that dinner, we met with some of our other old friends, Mark and Meg, about doing their wedding photography (I’ve been friends with Mark since I was 15).  Meg always speaks truly from her heart, and this night was one of her more eloquent nights of expression.  She moved me to tears as she spoke of her love of our work and the emotions our photos stir inside of her… so much so that they moved their wedding date just so we could be their photographers (we were booked on their original day)!  I thought her speech that night could never be topped… at least that’s what I thought before I read her email she sent me as a follow up to our conversation that said,

“More people should have pictured memories as stunning as you make them. I really believe that you & Scottie capture everything it is to be… to be… something I’m not sure there’s a word for. It goes FAR beyond a pictoral landmarker on the proverbial road of life. I never look at your work and feel like I’m just looking at someone else’ point in time. It’s always like I’m there, celebrating all that it is to be alive and well and happy and living life to the fullest. Mark and I are extremely grateful for you two.”

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Wow.  To have friends who are such fantastic people to be around (you know the kind that make you feel better about humanity when you’re with them) who actually value our art as much as we do is nothing short of a priceless gift.  And even better, we get to be a significant part of their wedding!  And this may sound weird, but spending the entire day closely with someone on a day as intensely emotional as their wedding, really forms a special bond that either forms new friendships or enhances current ones… so we couldn’t be happier that Meg and Mark worked so hard to have us be there for that!

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We also have recently made NEW friends through our work with Radiant!  We shot Tracy and Paul’s wedding about a year ago and they called us up last month to come celebrate their anniversary with them in Sedona, AZ and take some pictures of Tracy in her Folklorico outfits (see our previous blog with the photos).  We had the best time with them that weekend (serious, AMAZING fun)!  And every since then, Tracy and I have been chatting on facebook or sending email sometimes 3-5 times a day!  Tracy is involved in the music scene in LA so she’s always updating me on my favorite bands and events I’d be interested in and I enjoy spending hours looking at pictures of thier new dog, Libby, wishing she was mine!  Now we have another photo session scheduled with the 2 of them at the Bel Air Beach club in Santa Monica and we’re planning a little trip to Disneyland together to celebrate her birthday while we’re there!  I can’t even tell you how much it means to us that Tracy and Paul like us and our photos enough to invite us out for a second and third session after their wedding!  It is so cool to get to meet amazing people like them and then to work with them repeatedly just makes life better than I ever thought it would be!  I love relationships that are formed over art!

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Other new relationships we’ve formed through Radiant just in the past month have been with other photographers!  One thing I’ve always loved about the industry is that there’s this movement for photographers to be open with each other and to share their secrets and tricks with each other, rather than being all shady and competitive.  Everyone is super friendly and so good at helping each other out… Chelsea Hudson is no exception to this!  She sent us an email just saying that she’s been seeing our name around and would love to get together with us (how cool is that?! She’s way bolder than me)!  Apparently we’ve supported some of the same non-profit organizations in the past, we live in the same state, we have similar styles, and come to find out later that our common thoughts and interests extend way beyond photography!  She called us later the same day to tell us about a local movie theater that was showing Kite Runner to donate all the proceeds to a humanitarian organization she likes!  Ever since then we’ve been addicted to each others’ internet lives! Commenting on absolutely everything we post on our Facebook pages and blogs (business and personal for both of those outlets), emailing, checking out each others’ work, etc.!  It’s SO fun!  For one she is UNBELIEVABLY creative in her writing!  I can’t get enough of her genuine style and wit!  She’s like the kind of fabulous that demands the word “fabulous” to be covered in bling!  She’s also been so good for me as an artist… someone to relate to me and challenge me (and someone who’s not also my husband).  It’s just what I needed!  My new friendship with her has made me feel different about everything I do with photography!

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And then there’s all of our facebook fans… some are old friends, some family, some newbies to us…. no matter who they are, it is them who make us feel like we have a real community around us.  The support, the comments, the sharing our page with friends… all of it brings tears to my eyes.  People are interacting with EACH OTHER even.  Our page is actually creating relationships!  We recently had two of our brides befriend each other through our page to share wedding tips!  Now THAT is what we want to create through our photography.  We want to help people build, grow, and transform relationships.  To me, that is the whole point of so much of what we do.  We are freezing moments in time for people to treasure… but what value does any of that have without deep relationships? A wedding photo of a couple standing side by side with smiles frozen on their faces, doesn’t hold a candle to a picture of a couple looking deep into each other’s eyes with each holding the other’s face in their hands.  Relationships are TRULY what it’s all about to us.  And by “it” I mean EVERYTHING WE DO.   We do it for love… for community… for deep friendships.  That’s why we have a heart in our logo. Not because we’re cheesy and we work with weddings, but because no matter how hard we tried to create a logo with something more original than a heart, we couldn’t escape it.  It’s what we are.  We do it all for love and it moves us to speechlessness to think that our ideal community is actually, truly being formed around our art.  That’s all we can ask for.

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The new Radiant Photobooth!

Who would ever guess that a white wall could be so much fun?!  Well… maybe it was more the hot pink feather boa, sequin cowboy hats, and Elton John glasses.  But still who knew that just our regular everyday clothes could cause such a commotion!  Ha ha yeah right, I can just see Scottie walking into the Bass Pro Shop wearing a zebra striped cowboy hat and a giant, gold, dollar sign necklace!  So they may not be appropriate for a fishing trip, but apparently they ARE appropriate at a Radiant wedding!  OK, so I’ll get to the point already….

Radiant Photography has a new feature for our wedding packages and that is… the (still unnamed) Radiant Photobooth!  I don’t really have to say much more to describe it, because this video speaks for itself!

(If this video doesn’t work for you, click here to see photos)

So now that you get the idea, maybe you can help us come up with a name!  We want something that sounds crazy and funny, with fabulous style!  We also think we want to keep “Photobooth” in the title just for marketing purchases.  Or at least “booth” (even though it’s not actually a booth, it’s an open space so everyone can have fun egging on the people posing…constant entertainment for everyone)!  Here were some of our ideas… don’t worry these were preliminary thoughts, we are not really as lame as some of these may lead you to believe….

1. Photobooth flair (think Office Space)

2. The Furious Photo booth (sounds angry)

3. The Ghetto Fab Photo booth (dorky white people might think they can’t use it)

4. The Radiant Parlor (sounds like it’s for creepy old guys)

5. The Fantabulous Photo booth (I don’t know if you can make up words and still be considered professionals)

6.  The wtf Photo booth (um… way too offensive- but still very funny!)

7. The Love studio (much too open for misinterpretation)

8. The omg Photobooth (sounds like a 50 year old trying way too hard to be cool)

9. Strut Studio (there’s a reason Disco Stu wasn’t a main character on the Simpsons)

10. The Glam booth (this one actually hasn’t been totally ruled out yet)

Who knows… at this rate “Radiant Photobooth” doesn’t sound like a bad way to go!

If you are interested in using the Radiant Photobooth for your wedding, check out our current pricing page.  If you would like to have the Radiant Photobooth as entertainment at your special event, send us an email and we’ll give you a custom quote.

We need class of 2010 senior models!

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Attention class of 2010:

Radiant Photography is looking for senior models in the Phoenix area to be a part of our class of 2010 “Uniquely You” marketing campaign. This is a great opportunity to get your own unique senior pictures for free!

As a Radiant Senior Model you’ll get: a free photo session, free pictures for your facebook page, & free model cards to hand out to your friends.
You will also have your pictures featured on everything in our “Uniquely You” campaign including: Radiant’s facebook page, website, and marketing materials.

In addition to all of that, you’ll have the chance to earn free stuff by telling your friends about Radiant!

So if you or someone you know might be interested, check out our website for more information and to fill out an application:

Phoenix Senior photography model application

We’re accepting a limited number of models so get your application in soon!

Life behind the cameras

Lately we feel like we’ve been disconnected from our blog as people.  What I mean is it’s been really businessy lately… and that’s so not us!  So here’s the part of our blog that is really US in our truest form!

So here’s a little bit about us personally (probably more than you ever wanted to know):

When people think Breanna here are a few things that probably come to mind… lots of hair, mentos, singing, extremely passionate, artistic, writing, tons of talking, hanging out with little kids in our apt. complex, over-exaggerations, glitter/sparkly stuff, over-dressing, philosophizing,  over-opinionated (but working on it), honest to a fault, music, music, music, emotional about strange things, coffee, Anthropologie wannabe (too cheap for the real thing), always seeking aesthetic beauty, super organized, thinker, debating, learning…. and hopefully lots of other good stuff!

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This is Breanna on her “Princess Porch” as everyone calls it due to the massive amounts of white lights covering the ceiling, the sheer drapes (covering more white lights of course), and the tons of shiny looking things randomly placed all over the rest of it.

When people think Scottie here are a few things that probably come to mind… super crazy tall, red meat, intelligence, the mullet on his soul, reading, handy man abilities, the funny youtube videos he passes around, The Dallas Cowboys, his ablity to learn about and be interested in EVERYTHING around him, camping, Bill Nye the Science Guy (only in brains, not in looks), love for animals, ultimate trivia champion (he’s even pondered being a contestant on Jeopardy!), car mechanic, helpfulness, NASCAR,  movie and music buff, Landcruisers, documentaries… and so many other things because that’s the thing about Scottie, he’s a man of many many talents and an extreme variety of interests.

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Scottie in our office… where we spend most of our time these days!

And here are a few of our favorite things…

Breanna:

Music: The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cranberries, Muse, Regina Spektor, The Cardigans, Jay-Z & Linkin Park (together), Pearl Jam, Travis, Tori Amos, The Postal Service, Incubus, Lauryn Hill, Frou Frou, etc., etc.

Movies: Little Miss Sunshine, Moulin Rouge, Into the Wild, Gone Baby Gone, Legally Blond, Fight Club, Luther, The Story of Us, In Bruges, Zoolander, The Life of Brian, Mean Girls, The Sixth Sense, Twilight, Napolean Dynamite, Away We Go, etc., etc.

Books: The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde, The Road Less Traveled- Scott Peck, Grace Based Parenting- Tim Kimmel, 1984- George Orwell, Desiring God- John Piper, Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden, Blue Like Jazz- Donald Miller, Stargirl- Jerry Spinelli, She’s Come Undone- Wally Lamb, The Twilight Series- Stephenie Meyer, A Voice in the Wind- Francine Rivers, Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand, Princess- Jean Sasson, The Joy Luck Club- Amy Tan

Artists: Caia Koopman, Gustav Klimt, Jasmine Star, Vincent LaForet, Sarah Q

TV: The Office, Lost, Chelsea Lately, South Park, The Simpsons, Scrubs, E True Hollywood Story, Friends

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And now Breanna in the office.

Scottie:

Music: Incubus, Pearl Jam, Johnny Cash, Shane and Shane, Muse, Gary Jules, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Pink Floyd,

Movies: Little Miss Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Into the Wild, Fight Club, In Bruges, Austin Powers: Goldmember, The Ringer, Cars, Zoolander, Primer

Books: The Stand- Stephen King, Desiring God- John Piper, Love is the Killer App- Tim Sanders, The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck, Getting Things Done- Gary Allen, anything by Michael Crichton, The Tipping Point- Malcolm Gladwell (and many more he reads a book a week or so).

Artists: Van Gogh, MC Escher, Vincent LaForet

TV: The Office, Lost, South Park, Modern Marvels, Scrubs, After People, Myth Busters

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The rest of our office (minus the other wall that is a closet with mirror doors covered in a beautiful aqua & brown tree decal (with birds) from Dali Decals.  We wanted it to be a creative environment to help inspire us artistically.  It works!

And just a little summary of us…

We met through our mutual friends and we connected as a result of Breanna’s unreliable car and Scottie’s mad mechanical skills (it was worth the trouble to have a nice ’66 Mustang though)! When we met, Breanna was working at Starbucks and Scottie was a pool table mechanic… photography was just a sparkle in our eye at that time. So things happened… life transitioned… rings were exchanged somewhere in there… and pictures were taken… now here we are!

Right now Radiant does consume a good portion of our lives but when it’s not, we spend time working for an organization called Apartment Life that allows us to plan community activities in our complex in exchange for free rent. So we plan a party here, fix a kid’s bike there, and spend a lot of time turning up the grills and hanging out with our neighbors. It’s awesome (but it’s way better when it’s not 120 degrees outside like it is right now)! We don’t have any kids of our own yet, but sometimes it feels like we have 30 because of all the time we spend with the ones who live around us (except since they’re not actually ours, we can just tell them to leave when we get tired of cleaning up the mud chunks they leave on our couch).

So hopefully now you all see that we are in fact real people with normal lives… not just some ambiguous company that exists somewhere out there in the space time continuum that is the internet.  We’re also more than just business, more than just pictures, more than just attempts at clever comments, we are…. well this whole blog is about who we are!

Thanks for reading and if you haven’t already, fan and friend us facebook,  send us an email or something… now that you know a little more about us, we’d love to get to know you too!

Fun with the Marcus Family

The best part of our job is definitely the amount of time we get to spend with amazing people.  And it is so fun when those people like us so much that they tell their friends about us!  That’s how we got connected with the Marcus family here (thanks Tracy!), and it was really fun to meet friends of a friend and get to spend the day hanging out with them!

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We met up with mom and dad and the three girls at the community park in Anthem, AZ.  Once they got comfortable with the camera, the 3 girls did a great job smiling and posing for us… with little interjections of playing together between poses (which is great because it’s my job to catch those moments in between Scottie taking the posed shots, so I loved it).  Click here to see the full family photo session which showcases a lot more of the silliness of the day.

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The girls did a great job interacting together.  They were skipping, playing ring around the rosie, tickling, and doing gymnastics.  SO fun!  I wish I was a little girl again!

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Can you believe those eyes?!  They’re all so beautiful!  I love sister pictures… such great memories (like I would know, I didn’t even have sisters… but shots like these make me wish I did!).

After awhile of doing a great job following our directions, the girls started to get tired (understandably so) and they were eying the playground longingly.  So of course we jumped at the opportunity to get some shots of them having some REAL fun!  It was a good chance for us to get creative with our environment as well, since the playground isn’t our normal backdrop… though I’m sure it will be when we have kids of our own one day, so I guess in some ways you could call these practice shots. ;-) Click to see some of the playground shots  (and all the rest from this Arizona family portrait session).

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Actually Scottie followed around the two younger girls while I took the older one over to get some more “model” type shots since we could tell she wasn’t really digging the playground.  She totally surprised me with her modeling ability by the way, I didn’t have to really pose her at all, she just changed her positioning on her own every once in awhile and did it perfectly! Her beauty combined with posing abilities made my job more than easy! Click to see some of her portrait photos (and all the rest from this session).

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So we want to say a big thank you to the Marcus family for letting us be the ones to capture your family during this season of your lives.  We consider it a privilege.:-)

Click to see the full session of the Marcus’ family portrait session.