Category Archives: Engagement

Need an engagement session? Radiant photography team Josh and Kelley would love to be a part of it! Here’s some of the fun they’ve had with engagement sessions!

Courtney and David’s Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Josh and I (Kelley) were excited about Courtney and David’s plan for a Flagstaff wedding from the get-go.

Pine trees, cool weather, and scenic views? Yes please! We were on board!


So, when they told us they wanted to have their engagement session in Flagstaff as well, we were DOUBLE excited!


Seriously friends, any chance to get out of Phoenix and escape the heat, and we’re game!

It does of course help when we know we’re going to get the chance to work with super awesome people like David and Courtney.


True story: Despite Courtney having almost no voice on the day of their engagement session (the poor gal was getting over a cold), the four of us talked almost non-stop all the way to and from their photo location… And it was about a 90 minute round-trip drive. Obviously we enjoyed each other’s company  :)


These two have spent so much time together in Flagstaff; it’s only natural that they want these extra special events (their engagement and wedding) to take place there as well.

Unlike Phoenix, Flagstaff is an area of Arizona that actually undergoes multiple seasons throughout the year.


Luckily for Courtney and David, this means they get to experience a beautifully warm and floral filled Flagstaff for their wedding, and they got to use the fantastic colors of Flagstaff in the fall for their engagement session backdrop.


Beautiful surroundings aside, could these two look anymore perfect for each other? They’re such a great match!


David and Courtney, Josh and I are so happy, that we not only get to be a part of your engagement and wedding day plans, but that we also get multiple chances to hang out with the two of you!


You’re so wonderful together, and we know that your upcoming marriage is going to be a GREAT one!

See the rest of Courtney and David’s Flagstaff Engagement Session HERE.


 

Lem and Theresa, a Couple Who Knows How to ROCK an Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Engagement sessions typically start like this:

Couple in front of the camera – “We’re not very photogenic… In fact, we’re SUPER awkward in photos.”

Josh and Kelley – “No way, you guys are going to be naturals! Just you wait and see.”

Lem and Theresa’s session started off with a somewhat similar conversation.


And, just like most couples, with a few clicks of the camera shutter, you could see the fear and nervousness start to melt away.


Seriously, look at them! They really ARE naturals!


When you look at these photos, you don’t see fear and hesitation, you see smiles, laughs, kisses, hugs, and a couple that’s in LOVE!


While we know Lem and Theresa were a bit nervous about their pre-wedding session at first, Josh and I are SO incredibly glad that they decided to give it a go.


Not only did it all work out, it worked out wonderfully, and these two look like rockstars! Lovestruck rockstars!


And now, today (yes… TODAY!), as Lem and Theresa walk down the aisle, photography can be one of the last things on their minds. Why? Because they’ve done this whole photo-shoot thing before, and, like I said, they’re NATURALS.


They can trust in the fact that we’ve got the photos covered, and they need only to be in the moment, and enjoy the awesome celebration that they’ve planned.


We can’t WAIT to be a part of your incredible wedding today Lem and Theresa! We know, that just like the two of you, it’s going to ROCK!


Click to see the rest of Lem and Theresa’s Engagement 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.

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.

Jennifer and Kenyon's Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Amazed by this heavenly location?  Josh and I (Kelley) were too.  However, we can take absolutely no credit for finding it.

It’s true!  This beautiful location was all Jennifer’s idea.

You see, back when she was attending NAU, she used to hike out to this location to find a quiet place to study (apparently sorority houses can get a bit noisy at times).

As soon as she saw this place, all those years ago, she KNEW it was going to be the location for her engagement photos.

That was before Jennifer had even met her groom to be, Kenyon, who was also studying at NAU.

That’s right ladies, she hadn’t even met the man she was going to marry yet, but she was already planning her engagement session.  That’s what I call being proactive!

Jennifer admitted to us that when her and Kenyon first met, she wasn’t 100% sure what to think about him.

At first glance, he looked like a big, tough, mean, football player (and rightfully, so being a linebacker on the NAU football team).  However, she very quickly came to find that he’s really just a big teddy bear.

A big teddy bear who is completely perfect for Jennifer, and, like her, loves country music and the outdoors!

Don’t believe me?  I’ll sum up the top five conversation topics that took place between the four of us during our two hour session together:
1. Hunting
2. Elk Spotting
3. Archery
4. Country Swing Dancing
5. Jennifer and Kenyon being in love (I mean it WAS an engagement session after all).

I promise, those were our REAL conversation topics!  I’m a country girl at heart, and Josh is originally from Missouri, so we were loving it!

On the drive back into town Josh started lamenting about never having seen an Elk in Arizona before, and Kenyon and Jennifer were immediately determined to rectify the situation.

Wouldn’t you know it, not two seconds after Jennifer said that she sees elk up there all of the time, and usually in the middle of the road, we saw THREE elk, one of which was RIGHT in the middle of the road.

We were all pretty excited, and I’m still not convinced that Jennifer doesn’t possess some kind of magical elk calling powers.

Jennifer and Kenyon, Josh and I are so happy that you two found each other up in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona and decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Beyond that, we’re absolutely ecstatic that we get to be a part of your big day!  October can’t come soon enough, and we can’t wait to see your awesome country swing dancing moves… just make sure you don’t kick over any televisions;)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jennifer and Kenyon’s Flagstaff Engagement Session.