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.

Tracy and Paul’s LA Unique Session

Radiant Photography + LA coolness + an awesome couple with awesome ideas = Tracy and Paul’s Unique Session!

If you are a regular follower of our blog, you may remember seeing Tracy before… you just might not recognize her since in her last pictures she had tons of stage makeup on!  After we shot her wedding in Sedona, Tracy called us up to meet her and Paul there again to shoot her in her Folklorico dresses (that’s a style of traditional Mexican dancing).

This time we met Tracy in Paul in their hometown, LA (well, Venice to be more exact).  It’s pretty fun to have friends that we hang out with about once a year while we’re on vacation!  I think we’re being conditioned to relax and have a good time whenever we see Tracy and Paul.. if so, I definitely want to start seeing them more often!

To kick off their session, we drove through the crazy LA traffic to the Griffith Observatory to get a few nature shots as well as some photos overlooking the city!


(We made sure to get some photos of them standing over the city they love!)

After we left the observatory, we headed over to downtown LA to find new spots to work the magic!  We were very happy with what we found there!

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We always laugh about how photographers in New York are so jealous of our wide open sky shots and we (Phoenix, AZ photographers) are so jealous of the big building shots!  I guess you just get bored with what you have!  Needless to say, we were very excited to find a spot to get that real “in the big city” feel.  I think these city shots are both mine and Scottie’s favorites from the day!


All in all… another successful Unique Session!  We are LOVING our Unique Sessions (click here to see more of them).  Thank you so much Tracy and Paul for being a part of Radiant with us and for being excited about our company and so encouraging of all the work we’ve done with it so far!  Your support really has meant a ton to us.  We’ve had a great time getting to know you guys as well and we totally LOVE every chance we get to hang out with you!  You’re both so much fun and we always look forward to hearing what you guys have to say about culture, the arts, the music industry, recent movies, etc.  You definitely keep our interest in any and every conversation!  We’re all about mini Paul and Tracy trips anytime, so call us up and give us an excuse to come out and do another fun session next year and we’ll be there! 😉

Click to see the rest of Tracy and Paul’s Los Angeles, CA Unique Session photos.

Emily & Mike’s San Diego Unique Session

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to want to shoot as much as possible in California… we got this amazing session from there as well!  When we found out that Mike and Emily were getting married in San Diego, we thought it would be awesome to get a chance to shoot them there more than once since they were doing so much work to have their wedding in such an amazing place!  They loved the idea of doing a Unique Session the day after their wedding so we started planning it!

The first place we went was Balboa Park.  I was hesitant about the location until Scottie showed me a picture of the most fantastic Fairy Tale Tree EVER!  Then I couldn’t wait to get a crack at a photo like that!  As it turned out… we got it!

unique00281(For those of you who know about our precious, giant tree they had to cut down in front of our place… apparently it was in the same family as this one, so this is probably what the roots underground looked like!)

I can’t even say enough about what a good sport these 2 were… particularly Emily in her heels and dress!  She climbed over those roots like a pro.  To give you an idea of how difficult it was, this was on a steep incline (more so than it looks) and some of those roots were so big that when I straddled them, my feet didn’t touch the ground!  Thank you guys for allowing me to get one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken!

We got more than one actually (I just don’t think any can beat that top one)!


Here are some of the others from Balboa Park…


(This one is perfect because as it turns out, she LOVES daisies!  I wish we could say we planned that, but really the park chose to plant daisies, so they get the credit!)



(I like this one because it looks like fall and we don’t get much of that in AZ!)

unique0056(This is Scottie’s favorite one… favorite one from the park at least)!

After Balboa, we went to a place that they considered doing their ceremony at.  Although it is SUPER beautiful there, they couldn’t do it because the tide was a little scary!  This was the main place that Emily totally rocked it!  Walking down very high and steep stairs in her heels, climbing unbelievably slippery rocks (people in normal shoes were falling left and right!), and holding up her white dress so it didn’t get dirty… she did it all without complaining once!  Oh yeah, and it was FREEZING with a capital F!  But it was oh so beautiful!

unique0104(all the green on the rocks represents slippery landmines!)

unique0120(These are the shoes that survived it all!)


(OK, so apparently her shoes didn’t survive quite ALL of it… it looks like they got vetoed right about now)!

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The third place that we went to shoot was a place that Scottie and I found the day before their wedding when we went looking for shooting locations.  Thank you God for making so many fantastic places so near each other!!

unique01211unique0132unique0129unique0139(As you can see, it was also freezing here!)

At this point we were all extremely exhausted, not to mention hungry, but we decided to make the most of the day and just push through!  So we made one last trip to a new photo location.  We went down to the Gas Lamp Quarter (aka the cool part of downtown San Diego) to get a few last shots!


Overall, it was a fantastic day and we couldn’t be happier with the results.  Thanks again Mike and Emily for being so up for adventure and experimentation!  You were both amazing and we had a blast experiencing all this with you! Click to see the rest of the photos from Mike and Emily’s Unique Session!  Once you’re done with that, click to see Mike and Emily’s wedding photos too!