Category Archives: Josh and Kelley

Amanda’s Glowing Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Hey there Radiant followers, it’s time for you to meet some new friends.

This is John and his beautiful wife Amanda.

Wait a second, you’ve already met, haven’t you?

Way to be observant! Amanda and John have indeed been on the Radiant blog before.

Back in December, these two and some of their more furry family members split a portrait session with the James family.

That session must have been just as much of a blast for them as it was for us, because just a couple of weeks later, Amanda sent me an email about booking a full session for her and John!

This time around, the puppies stayed home, because, while they love love love their three furry pals, they will soon have a new and important family member to share that love with…

Yep, before they know it, these two will be welcoming a little baby into their home, and they wanted a few photos to document this special time in their lives.

I’m glad they decided to do so, because I’m pretty sure Amanda may be one of the most beautiful pregnant ladies around.

Seriously, she’s got that whole “pregnancy glow” down!

And I can tell that John’s been doing an awesome job taking care of her. On the photo shoot day alone, he made sure to bring her water and help her carry it, he ran to and from the car for their change of clothes, and was just an overall loving and supportive husband.

Way to go both of you!

We can’t wait to meet your sweet little baby! If he/she is anything like you two, I’m sure we’ll get along just fine;)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Amanda’s Glowing Maternity Session!

Katie and Michael’s Chilly Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Hello Radiant readers, friends, and fans! I (Kelley) have some new wonderful people that I’d like to introduce you to.

Meet Katie and Michael.

They’re pretty sweet together aren’t they?

Let me tell you, their sweetness factor only increases when you see them in person!

Even with two giant cameras in their faces, on the day of their engagement shoot they were full of laughter, hugs, kisses, and kind words for each other.

I also have to point out the fact that these two are absolute troopers!

If you’re in the Phoenix area, you know that we’ve recently been having a “cold snap”, which is completely out if the ordinary for us desert dwellers.

Wether you’ve been enjoying this cold weather or not, you can’t deny that spending an hour outside while temperatures are in the 40s would get rather chilly…

Add in the fact that Michael was in shorts (a true Phoenician man, Michael only owns one pair of full length pants!) and Katie was donning a (completely beautiful) dress, and you’d think they would have been all shivers and goosebumps.

But no, these two didn’t seem to notice the cold at all. They were just happy to be together.

Katie and Michael, thank you so much for toughing out the cold and giving us the honor of recording this special time in your lives! We can’t wait until your Sedona wedding this June! I promise that it will be much warmer.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Katie and Michael’s Chilly Engagement Session.

An Extra Special Newborn Session (by Josh & Kelley)

This is a newborn session that’s extremely close to my (Kelley’s) heart.

Want to know why? See that cute baby girl? I’ve known her from the very first second she was born.

She’s my sweet little niece, Audrey.

(My sister’s friends each made Audrey a little block during my sister’s baby shower! Aren’t they adorable?!)

Yup, that’s right, I get to hold and cuddle this little one as much as I want. Try not to be too jealous.

In addition to getting lots of cuddles, I think it’s also safe to say that she’s going to be photographed A LOT!

I mean how could I possibly help myself? She’s pretty much the most adorable model ever!

When my mom came into town to meet and visit with Audrey, I decided it would be the perfect time for her very first photoshoot: a newborn session.

I shared my idea with my sister, and she was camera ready and on the scene in just a couple of hours.

Technically, little Audrey is already a month old (a little older than some of the newborns we photograph).

You see, she was born right around Christmas time, and had some jaundice issues for a while. After she started feeling better, Phoenix started enjoying some rainy weather. Then, when my mom came in to town, we finally had a perfect day to shoot.

We got some sweet shots of baby Audrey…

Lots of photos of momma and baby time…

Pictures of Audrey with her dad…

And we made sure to snap a few grandma snuggle shots as well.

It was so awesome to be able to take photos of my sister with her very first newborn baby, and know that these will be photos that our family will cherish for years to come.

It’s not very often that I get to be on the receiving side AND the photographer side of important family photos. For me, the experience really helped to reinforce the importance of the work that photographers do.

I’m so happy you came to join our family little miss Audrey. And I can’t wait to share these pictures with you again when you’re a little less small.

Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Jackie and Charlie met in Sunday school as youngsters. Now they’re all grown up and excited to be planning their wedding, which will be taking place in the same church in which they met.

Jackie and Charlie are a pretty popular couple, so it’s likely that quite a few of you readers are seeing these photos and shouting, “I KNOW them!” at your computer screen.

For those of you that may not be quite as familiar with these two, let me tell you a little bit about them.

This illustration may work best if I (Kelley) give you a mental image to work with… Picture Superman and Wonder Woman getting married… Yes, I think that pretty much sums up the amazingness of Jackie and Charlie. For real, not only are they awesome to be around, but I’m pretty sure they both have super powers of some kind.

While Josh and I were chatting with them during their engagement session, Jackie mentioned that Charlie had gone for a little run the day before. But no big deal, it was only 20+ miles at an average pace of somewhere around eight and a half minutes per mile…

Wait WHAT?! I’m pretty sure that’s the speed at which Superman flew around the globe! And over 20 miles of running? I think it’s safe to say I would keel over after about five miles.

Jackie made me and Josh feel a bit better by admitting that she finds it difficult to finish a one mile run. However, later on when I was “hinting” at Josh that he was a little too close to the water for me to feel comfortable, Jackie revealed her super power.

“Don’t worry, if he falls in, I can save him.” Turns out Jackie is on the swim team at Grand Canyon University. So while Charlie has been running around, Jackie has been jumping into OUTDOOR pools in the middle of the WINTER and swimming like a fish!

I think those examples are proof enough of the amount of determination and hard work that these two are going to be putting in when it comes to wedding planning.

Congratulations on your engagement Jackie and Charlie! I have to say, Josh and I are both looking forward to your wedding, and we’re sure that it’s going to be a “Super”, “Wonderful” day!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session.

Hallie and Jonathan’s Late December Wedding (by Josh & Kelley)

It started out as a first date at In and Out Burger, and led to a beautiful wedding on a late December evening.

Now, these two crazy kids are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together, and enjoying every adventure along the way.

It may sound like the plot to a gooey romantic movie, but for Hallie and Jonathan, it’s real life.

Yup, it’s their very own real life love story.

Hallie and Jonathan are definitely a couple to be envied.

Why you ask? Well, for starters, just look at them. These two are head over heels in love with each other, and who doesn’t want that kind of awesomeness in their life?

They share a kind of love that allows them to really be themselves when their with each other… Their very own silly and spontaneous selves.

During the whole wedding day, Hallie and Jonathan both kept insisting that we take more “silly” pictures, because those are the ones that let their real personalities shine.

They’re obviously big ol’ goofballs at heart.

On top of all of this head over heels in love/silly goodness, there’s one other area of Hallie and Jonathan’s life that some may find covetable.

Just days after their gorgeous wedding ceremony, Hallie and Jonathan packed up their belongings and got ready to start a new adventure together.

Yes, I know lots of couples do this after their wedding day… But Hallie and Jonathan’s next adventure is taking them to a new life in Hawaii!

Yes, I said Hawaii! While many of us dream about just visiting the aloha state, Hallie and Jonathan can now call this magical place “home”. What an awesome way to start their new life together!

Hallie and Jonathan, Josh and I are so happy that we had the chance to get to know the two of you before you headed off to Hawaii! Congratulations on your marriage and your next big adventure together!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Hallie and Jonathan’s Late December Wedding.