Category Archives: Unique Sessions

Some call them “trash the dress”, some call them “day after sessions”, and some call them “bridal portraits”. We got tired of figuring it out so we just call them “Unique Sessions”. They can be any style you want at any location you want as long as you’re in your wedding clothes and it’s after the wedding day! Here are some of the Unique Sessions Scott & Breanna have shot in the past.

The Top 25 Radiant Photos of 2010: Weddings/ Unique Sessions

All of you Radiant fans have spoken… and you have been heard! The results of our “Best of 2010: Weddings and Unique Sessions” contest are in!

Out of 118 photos in the album on Facebook, these are the photos that received the most votes (click here if you want to see all the runners up). The winners are divided into categories so you can see which ones had the most votes, but within each category they are listed in a random order.

So please sit back and enjoy….

“The Top 25 Radiant Photos of 2010: Weddings/Unique Sessions”

40 – 60 votes

Best wedding photography contest

This photo got 2 votes for her being a mermaid.

(See more from this session in the Cenotes of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico here).

“Captured exactly how I was feeling.” – The Bride.

Best photography 2010 Southern California winner

This photo got 3 votes for her being a mermaid… I guess you can tell what my (Breanna’s) favorite movie was growing up!

One voter began the rumor that he was playing chopsticks here… the truth is a secret between the two of them (mostly because I don’t remember).

Winning Mexico wedding photographer

Described as “epic, dramatic, exceptional, dream-like, phenomenal, gorgeous, and breath taking”… I’d say this one is a winner for sure.  Read all the comments (and add your own) here.

21- 39 votes

Winning Hawaii wedding photographer

“I loved everything about this wedding! It was definitely one of your best works EVER!” – Molly Ellison

Click to see the rest of this Hawaii wedding here…. Molly vouches for it!

Best vintage wedding photos 2010

This one had some great comments. Here are a few…

“I love these crybabies.” – Stephanie Kafton (sister of the groom)

“One of the only moments I remember clearly from that day!” – The Bride

“I wish I had a picture of my parents or grandparents like this.” – Inez Moreno

“If this doesn’t win, I am moving to Canada.” – Sari Beliak (looks like you get to stay, Sari).

“I love this shot! So Indie and so cute.” – Kirsten Leah Bitzer

See more of the comments here.

” Her love awaits, just outside those doors…” – Janae Tyars (of Tyars Media)

The general agreement is that this kid rocks.

One word votes: “Romance”.

“Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I want light like this to follow me around all day.” – Molly Ellison (what an excellent commenter you are, Molly!)

Many agreed that this looks like a scene in a movie. But if this is a movie, it’s definitely based on a true story because one of their friends let us know that they really are that in love!

16- 20 votes

Ek, I’m so sick of hearing about how beautiful Julie is!  Just kidding… Julie you are freaking stunning!

” My absolute favorite! Looks like a movie! Perhaps a Pride & Prejudice moment.” – The Bride.

“This cave and water shoot just stirs something in me. love it.” – Gabrielle Dailey Bass

See more from this session in the Cenotes of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico here.

“Earthy and elegant!” – Janae Tyars (Tyars Media). I thought that was the perfect description of this photo.  Also, my pride insists that I inform you that another commenter said this belongs in a bridal magazine! 🙂

This one is meant to remind everyone that there is more than just cactus in Arizona!

15 – 10 votes

Looks like you just happened to capture a tender moment…” – Jennifer Gabrielson Anderson

It’s unanimous… this is one of the coolest bouquets of all time (and I agree… I totally wished I had thought of that for my wedding)!

“WOW!!!” – Andrea Sholer

… several comments later…

“I’ve already commented, but I just can’t get over this one!!!” – Andrea Sholer

Best Phoenix wedding photographer 2010

” Best day of my life!!” – The Bride.

To answer the questions, this is at the Tre Bella wedding venue in Downtown Mesa.  See more from this wedding here.

Many people have told us since we first posted this photo that it is their all time favorite because of the symbolism of a dad working hard to be there for his beautiful little girl.

“Working hands for a beautiful daughter!!” – Kimberly Brown (mother of the bride)

” Beautiful shot…i can still ‘hear’ Breanna’s words explaining the incredible symbolism behind this one on the Radiant Blog!” – Chelsea Nelsen (The blog post she’s talking about is here).

Winning Mexico wedding photos

“Scottie-you’re a lighting wizard!” – Lucinda Green

I (Breanna) agree.  Watch the “Making of Video” for this session to see what we’re talking about!

Best vintage wedding photographer phoenix

One word comments: “Vintage”.  This wedding did have a super cool vintage feel.  See more from it here.

Julie and Andrew, I think your Unique Session is a big winner in the contest… people love it!

Congratulations to all of the couples in our winning photos.  Your win is a testament to you putting a lot of hard work, thought, and time into your photos and to you planning amazing weddings and Unique Sessions… thanks for making our portfolio amazing!  We can honestly say we love you all and we feel so blessed that we get some of the best couples around.   We regularly get comments on our Facebook page and blog telling us how cool our couples are… and we SO agree!

And thanks so much to everyone who voted.  We had so much fun reading all the comments and you were all a major encouragement to us.  Thanks to all your kind words we’re all refreshed and psyched out of our minds to blow it up in 2011! Here’s to a fantastic 2011!

P.S. Our winners in the high school senior/family photo session category will be going up later this week!


Tiffany and Ed’s Orange and Yellow Unique Session

Did you see Tiffany and Ed’s wedding photos?

If not you need to go back and check them out because this Unique Session was basically a part 2 to their wedding!

The reason I say that is because they were able to plan a Unique Session that went right along with their wedding theme, which is a way we’ve never thought to do it before!

The theme for their wedding was a combo between science, fall, and Halloween.  Now you definitely have to go back and read their wedding blog, just to see how they made those words fit in together with the word “wedding”… it’s freaking cool I promise!

Of course, Halloween is now over (silent tear), so we tossed out that part of their wedding theme for  the Unique Session…

(Except we kept the socks and the creepy tree roots).

…and aside from all the jokes made that day that I (Breanna) didn’t understand (Scottie got them because he’s a regular old Bill Nye), the science area of the theme was ignored for this session as well. So we headed into the fall aspect from their wedding, full force at lightning speed when we were planning the Unique Session (there, that’s the closest I get to a science joke and it’s not even really a joke or very scientific… I tried).

Since we live in Phoenix where we only have 2 seasons (hot and not hot), we headed up to Sedona in hopes of finding some pretty foliage and a few red rocks to match.  When we got there, we were not disappointed!  It was BEEEAAUTIFUL!

And I have to say it was pretty nice to get away from all the cactus backgrounds we’ve become so used to!

Everyone had a few ideas about the specific areas to go shoot at- which didn’t really end up mattering too much because even the side of the road is beautiful in Sedona at this time of the year…

(You can see I mean that very literally!).

…so we decided to take our time and drive around exploring different spots along the way.

Despite all the smart phones (and smart people) we still managed to have quite the adventure during our explorations that consisted of far too many U-turns (the party responsible for being our tour guide shall remain nameless at this point!), but once we finally made it to our final destination, we decided it was worth all the extra time it took us to get there because it was just spectacular!

Thank you Sedona for adding that extra bit of beauty to the very deserty Arizona!

And thank you Tiffany and Ed who were smart enough to think to go up there to capture all that non-deserty beauty as a conclusion to their fall wedding story.

It was a great ending!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Tiffany and Ed’s Orange and Yellow Unique session!

“The Making of a Unique Session in Mexico” Video: Part 2

So I know we waited WAY too long to release Part 2 of “The Making of a Unique Session in Mexico” video!  Sorry we kept you in suspense!

So here it FINALLY is, the last chapter in our 2 part video series.

Check out Part 1 if you missed it- especially so you can see us dealing with our major tarantula situation… the jungles in Mexico definitely provide their own entertainment! And of course you can’t miss seeing the actual photos from this shoot in Playa Del Carmen.  They are some of our favorite pictures that we’ve ever taken! Here’s a sneak peak…

(Watch the Part 1 video to see how this top photo was done.

See the rest of these photos that we love so much HERE!

Thank you Ah Cult TV for making this video for us and for getting us access to the best cenotes Playa Del Carmen has to offer… you guys are awesome and this turned out amazing!

Our “Making of Video” trailer!

Finally, you get to see Scottie and Breanna in live action!  During our trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico we met some awesome video guys from Ah Cult TV who wanted to film a “Making of Video” for our Unique Session with Bethany and Mike!  It turned out great and we’re excited to now show you the sneak peak trailer!!

View Part 1 of “The Making of a Unique Session in Mexico” video here and Part 2 here.