Category Archives: Families

Need a senior session? Radiant photography founders and owners, Scott & Breanna, would love to be a part of it! Here’s some of the work they’ve done with families!

The Abrahms’ Santa Monica Family Session (by Scott & Breanna)

What better place for a Santa Monica family’s photo session than…

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… Santa Monica!

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That’s what the Abrahm’s family thought as well when I asked them where they wanted to do their session!

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So we went down to a grassy area near the beach in Santa Monica and got a few shots of the family sitting and smiling for the camera all together…

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…along with a little bit of playing together…

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….before we went down and had the REAL fun on the beach!

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By REAL fun I of course mean chasing birds, shoving sand in your mouth, and getting as absolutely sandy, wet, and freezing cold as possible!

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I mean, what else is the beach for?!

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So we took the time to do all of those main events and more as we caught this family doing what they do best… being a family together!

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Thank you to the Abrahm’s family for giving us the time we needed, being relaxed during our session, and most of all for being such a fantastic family that we had a great time taking pictures of you just being together and having fun!

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Click to see the rest of the Abrahm’s Santa Monica Family Photo session here.

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Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s “Perfectly Imperfect” Photo Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Scottie and I (Breanna) have seen it time and time again…0029A mom who’s trying so hard to make sure everyone is looking and acting perfect on picture day, that her worst fears are actually coming true because her stress is stressing the kids out, causing tension between her and her husband, and she looks crazy frazzled in all the photos!  (See more about how to avoid “photo day mom stress” in my series on “How to Plan a Truly Great Family Photo session“). The reason I’m telling you all of this is because when photo day came around for Ashley and her family, she was as cool as a cucumber!0093Ashley and Mark were both so relaxed that the photo session started all on it’s own before we could even say go! Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt were just hanging out in the park playing together, so we decided we should start taking pictures of it! Now that’s what I call a natural kind of session!00340083The stuff we get of families just playing together all on their own, tends to turn out SO much better than when a mom is running this way and that, pulling her hair out, while trying to MAKE everyone look cute!0065002200510103It doesn’t make much sense when you think about it, because I mean really, how much help does this little guy actually need to look cute?!0045Besides, when left to his own devices, he’s a great little poser all on his own!00470040

(He knew actual poses too so he showed us some of the yoga moves he knows!)

Sure he may not look PERFECT in all the photos…0110…but there’s something so beautiful about that because it’s just him being him! Which is better, remembering him as he really is, or remembering a stranger who’s personality was stripped out of the photos in your attempt to make him look “perfect”?!0063Yes, we vote to see Wyatt as he really is because who could resist?!00800024So three cheers for Ashley and Mark, who chose to let their child enjoy a fun picture day with his parents, rather than trying to constrain him and force him into fake smile world… which just ends in tears anyways!00690025Good job guys, you made the right choice and have the pictures to prove it!003300950088

(In case you missed it, more tips on avoiding the “Stressed- out- mom photo day syndrome” here!).

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Click to see more of Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s perfectly imperfect photo session here!

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Quinton and Lori’s 10 year family session (by Scott & Breanna)

Quinton, Lori, and Jada have been family friends of ours for years.britt_0093britt_0040britt_0083

How long have we been friends for, you ask? Well let’s see, here’s Jada now…

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…and here’s me (Breanna) and Jada at Scottie and my wedding! So yeah, it’s been like at LEAST a year or two since then!

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So when we got the call to come take family photos for Lori and Quinton’s 10 year wedding anniversary, we were psyched!

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And you can see why!

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When I say this a fun family, that’s understatement!

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This family can laugh with the best of them, which makes Scottie and I laugh with the best of them, which makes for a very fun session with some very crooked pictures!

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Luckily, these 3 can also glam it up for some standard (aka straight) family photos where all 5 of us aren’t giggling!

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But then there are still a few moments squeezed in between the serious ones like this…

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(Like father, like daughter!)

Thanks Quinton, Lori, and Jada for a very fun family session! We are so happy we have you in our lives and we are so happy we were able to capture this time period in your lives together! Congratulations on 10 years Quinton and Lori! We look forward to being a part of many more of your years together down the road!

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Click to see the rest of Quinton and Lori’s 10 year Family Session.

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Will’s 6 month Family Shoot (by Scott & Breanna)

You may recognize this little boy named Vincent.

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Because if you’ve been following Radiant Photography for very long, you’ve basically watched him grow up through his newborn session, 6 month session, and 1 year session!

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But with his photo sessions now, just like with everything else in his life, Vincent is learning to share. That’s because his 6 month old brother Will is the star of this session!

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At least that was the plan since it WAS Will’s 6 month session, but as Vincent and Will’s parents know, when you have two kids, things don’t always go as planned!

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But sometimes that’s because things turn out even BETTER than you expected!

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We quickly found that this session required some double teaming to keep up with all who were involved, both by Scottie and myself with our cameras, and by Will and Vincent’s parents with their quick legs to follow Vincent and slick bottle skills to keep Will happy.

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The two man teams we had going worked. We were able to get a few of those happy family photos with everyone all together…

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… as well as one with ALMOST everyone all together.

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We were able to get some great shots of each kid alone….

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….and of each kid having a ball with their parents.

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But best of all, we got some shots of Vincent being so very sweet to his little brother, Will.

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Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a more fun family photo session! We all had a great time and we have the pictures to prove it! See you all on your next major milestone!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Will’s 6 month family shoot.

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Keri and Jason’s Family Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Just when we (Scott & Breanna) thought engagement sessions couldn’t get any more awesome….

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….Keri and Jason added their two year old son into the mix!00690018

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Ok, so maybe he wasn’t having as much fun as we were…

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No, that’s not true, he was having a blast!

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I mean, who wouldn’t?! Having mom and dad’s full attention…

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…playing with them in the ocean…

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…in the photobooth…

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…or with whatever cool wall, beam, or pole happens to be near you that you think is awesome for whatever reason?! (He loved that stuff).

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The days don’t get any better than that for a toddler!

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Even if they involve lots of sand in the mouth and a pretty decent jean rash. What great day DOESN’T involve those two things?!

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But in truth, it really wasn’t all about him. It was about his parents.

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They are those other two people in the photos that you may not have noticed behind their son’s cuteness!

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But they were the real stars for the day.

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These are the two people who took a trip from Arizona to California with their two year old son, for the engagement session of their dreams that almost didn’t happen due to their trip taking a turn for the worst. These are the people who put in a lot of hard work to really earn their photos!

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Seriously, my heroes!

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(If you want to be the first to see Keri and Jason’s wedding photos when they go up, like our Facebook page !)

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I hope you guys love the photos and that they were worth all you went through to get them! I hope the rest of your trip was great and that the rest of your time between now and the wedding is amazing as well, because we can’t wait to see you laughing and having fun again on your big day!

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See you soon!

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Click to see the rest of Keri and Jason’s family engagement session.

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