Category Archives: Seniors

No one’s happier about life than someone who’s finally done with high school… and it shows in these pictures!

Hayley and her Venue at the Grove Senior Session!

When I think about Hayley’s senior session, the first thing I think of are her creative ideas.

When we were trying to choose a location for her session, Hayley picked the best place… several times.

The reason she had to keep try, try, and trying again is because she kept picking places that are so great that everyone wants to shoot there, which has in turn made them decide that no one is allowed to shoot there!!

And when she did find a place that we were allowed to shoot, we’d find out that they had another event that day so we’d yet again find ourselves out of luck. Hayley, I’m so glad that you didn’t give up!

She kept pushing for a unique place to shoot… and she finally found one!

So when the day came, we loaded up our stuff and headed over to Venue at the Grove. They did charge a small fee to let us shoot there, but Hayley and her mom didn’t worry about paying it too much because Hayley’s entire session with us was actually free since she won it at an auction we donated to through the High School group at Scottsdale Bible Church.

When we arrived at Venue at the Grove, we quickly understood why it was a valuable enough spot that they could charge us to use it… it was beautiful.

And more than anything, it looked different than almost every other place in Arizona. There wasn’t a cactus in sight!

And where saguaro’s would normally spend their days blooming, there was a pecan grove instead!  It was beautiful, and it fit Hayley’s style perfectly!

There were so many cool little spots around the area, my favorite being the old yellow truck… so awesome!

Hayley, thanks so much for putting in the time and energy to find the PERFECT spot for your session… your excitement about it made us even more excited about it!  You did a great job and I hope you absolutely LOVE the photos!

Click to see the rest of Hayley’s “Non-Arizona” Arizona Senior Session!

Francesca’s colorful desert senior session

Francesca is no stranger to Radiant Senior Sessions.

She actually came along with Davina on her session awhile back for moral support and to help her relax and have fun.  Well Francesca was great moral support and as it turns out, she’s a great model too!

When the day came for her to be the one to shine in front of the camera, she pulled it off without a hitch!  She brought her sisters along for moral support and to get a few fun sister pics.

They also served the purpose of getting her to laugh for us!

Sisters just have that magical touch I guess!

Since Scottie and I had arrived early to the session, we spent a little time scoping the place out and trying to find new spots to shoot. As soon as I saw the yellow tree in the parking lot, I freaked out… it was going to be sooo perfect for Francesca!

When I saw her red dress, I realized it was going to look even more amazing than I had originally predicted.

Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than this!

It’s like all the color in the entire surrounding desert landscape all got sucked up into this single tree… so beautiful!

Throughout the session, we had fun hearing about Francesca’s upcoming college experience.

The thing is, she’s not only going off to college, but she’s leaving America to do so!  She got accepted into Oxford University in England!!!

(She wanted to get some pics in her uniform since that represents her high school years very well!).

She said the first time she will ever be in the area, will be the day she moves there… that’s definitely an adventure!

Francesca, I totally admire your bravery for doing something so outside the box and so unfamiliar, I think it will pay off big time and you will love it there!

Thanks for being both a supportive friend and a great model for the two different sessions you’ve been at.  We’ve had a great time working with you and we are so excited to hear about your freshman year.  Congrats and have fun!:-)

Click to see the rest of Francesca’s senior pictures.

Nick’s musical senior session

You don’t have to spend much time with Nick to realize that he’s in love.

I mean, he’s in love with music (sorry, was that misleading?!).

And as it turns out, his guitar itself is very dear to him (he bought it in a special place in London),  so it only made sense for him to bring it along to his senior session to get a few photos with his love.

Okay Nick, don’t worry, I’ll stop with the love analogies!

Nick also brought some of his favorite vinyl (which happened to be a collection that Scottie was jealous of) to include that in the pictures as well.

From what I know about Nick, I’d say this set up was probably very representative of what he spent a good amount of his time doing during his senior year!

Well, he probably didn’t do it sitting on steps and in tunnels of public parks… but we have to embellish a little bit for the photo time!

After we had a good amount of guitar photos we wandered around a bit to see if we found any great spots of inspiration.

We wandered through the desert (it wasn’t 40 years or anything, just like a few minutes), caught a few sunset shots, and then we ended up back at one of our favorite walls EVER where we were once again reminded of why we love it so much!

So we got a nice amount of walking in that day as well as a great variety of looks and shots for Nick and his mom to look through.

Nick, thanks for being so flexible and willing to just go with the flow, we hope you love how the pics came out!  Congrats on graduating and good luck next year!

Click to see the rest of Nick’s senior photos.

The wonderful Taylor and her wonderful location!

“Um, wow” is all I have to say about both our location and our senior during this shoot.

Well, OK that’s not ALL I have to say… c’mon, you know me better than that by now!  But seriously, both of those two factors were amazing.  It started with the first email I got from Taylor asking for a Radiant senior session.

The thing was, we were getting ready to pack our bags and head to California for the summer, all the while finishing up our busy wedding/senior season, as well as squeezing in last minute family sessions from people who were either realizing it’s about to get hot or that we’re about to leave… all that to say, we were VERY busy when we got Taylor’s email.

We were so busy in fact, that we had decided we weren’t going to be taking on any more Arizona sessions until we got back from California in the fall. Anyone who wanted a session with us before then, was going to have to come to California for it (like we’d have to force anyone to get away from Phoenix in the summer time!)!  And then…I got Taylor’s email.

I looked at Scottie with my pretty pleading, girly, puppy dog face and said, “Scottie I LOVE this girl, can we PLEASE PLEASE pretty please do her session?!”  He sighed before turning to read Taylor’s email over my shoulder.  Half way through the first paragraph, he said, “OK, we’ll do it”.

So what is this magical hold she had over us?  I don’t know, maybe it was her constant complimenting of our talent, or maybe it was the way she used tons of smile faces and lots of great adjectives to get her point across.

Whatever the specific reasons were, the one thing I know is that her personality totally came through her email and I knew right away that I was going to love working with her!  So of course, Scottie and I happily agreed to it.

As soon as we met Taylor in person, all my suspicions about her awesomeness were totally confirmed.

She was sooo fun to work with.  Actually it wasn’t just her, but her mom was super cool herself!  Scottie had to practically drag me away when our session was done because I wanted to hang out with the two of them all night!

Now to the location.  While we were totally sure about Taylor, we weren’t quite as sure about her location choice.

When she mentioned the DC Ranch country club, for some reason “snooze fest” popped into our heads (sorry Taylor, but it’s the truth!).  I don’t know, I guess I pictured a bunch of elderly women sitting around in chairs while their husbands wandered the golf course in plaid shorts.  Just so it’s clear to everyone… this was not at all the case and we were totally wrong!  We loved the place right away!

It was so unique looking with all it’s nooks and cranny’s, beautiful views, creative/detailed architecture, and not to mention it’s absolutely fantastic lighting!  It also helped that we had the whole place to ourselves since it was unusually dead that day.

If you know me at all, you know that I can never get enough of white twinkle lights hanging from trees… and neither can Taylor.  We both loved it so much that we sat around dreaming about the weddings that happen under that tree.

Scottie picked up on our dreamy girl state (he’s good at that), and had to practically snap his fingers in front of our faces to get us de-mesmerized so he could start shooting away at Taylor posing among the object of our affection.

Amazing shots, Scottie!!  Best glowy, happy, glittery, white light photos EVER!  Totally of girl dream land quality.

Taylor, we are so glad we decided to shoot your session because, thanks to you, we couldn’t have enjoyed it more!

You and your mom definitely have to come visit us in Venice this summer… I’m already planning which stores and coffee shops I can take you guys around to so that we can finish that conversation I kept trying to find the time to have in between shots!  See you soon!;-)

Click to see the rest of the wonderful Taylor’s senior session!

Some skill, a little luck, and a guy who’s up for anything… Ted’s senior session.

When I heard that music was Ted’s thing, I knew right away where I wanted to do his session…

….at the music wall!

Ted loved the idea so we met up there one beautiful afternoon and started our little walkabout/photoshoot tour!

I say that because we decided to just wander around the area to see what we’d find. Luckily, there was quite a bit!  Of course you have the awesome old brick walls, but who knew there’d be amazing shadows on it?

And who would’ve guessed the railroad tracks would’ve looked so amazing that day?

Sure, we’ve shot around there before and we kind of knew the area, but there was definitely some level of luck involved in what we found at this location!

And luck was surely on our side that day because we LOVE some of the unique looks we got out of Ted’s session!

We felt like we saw things we’d never seen there before… which is always a great creative bonus.

Thanks to both Ted and his parents for being willing to let us lead them aimlessly on our photoshoot walk!

You guys were so much fun and we really enjoyed your session.  We hope you liked it as well and that you love the pictures even more!

Click to see more of Ted’s awesome senior session!