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!

Kim and Tru’s Camelback Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

When Josh and I (Kelley) got an email from Kim and Tru saying that they’d like to incorporate Camelback Mountain into their engagement shoot, we were stoked!

Camelback is absolutely beautiful, and surprisingly enough, we don’t get to shoot there very often.  I think it’s something about living in the desert makes people crave green fields and grassy parks in photo sessions.

Understandably, when people plan a photo session, they often want something “different” than they see everyday.  Ironically enough, that ends up making desert shoots in Phoenix pretty unique!

All that to say Josh and I were extremely excited about a Camelback photo session.  So, later on, when we heard why this location was so important to Kim and Tru, it was just the icing on the cake.

You see, Kim and Tru hiked up Camelback on their very first date.  Strangely enough, Kim didn’t know it was a date at the time.

Nevertheless, Tru made sure it was the perfect first date.  It fact, at one point during the climb, Kim slipped and Tru pretty much saved her life!  A story that their families still talk about to this day!

(Tru does somewhat resemble a knight in shining armor doesn’t he?)

Now, some may think that this whole life saving story is an exaggeration, but I FULLY believe it.  I was on that mountain with them during the photo session, and while some of us were falling over rocks, thinking a little too much about hidden rattlesnakes, and being attacked by tree branches (Josh and me… okay, mostly just me.), or trying hard to gracefully climb a mountain in a dress and high heels (Kim), Tru was bouncing around from boulder to boulder fully enjoying himself and helping to keep us all upright. I think that he may secretly be part mountain goat, and I KNOW that he could save the life of a beautiful falling woman, like Kim.

Not only was this mountain the venue of their first date, it was also the spot where Tru proposed.

I can hardly climb Camelback Mountain on a normal day, I can’t even imagine somebody doing it with a stomach full of butterflies and an engagement ring hidden in their pocket.

Still, being the mountain goat that he is, Tru made it all the way to the top that day, and proposed to Kim right then and there.

(This is my FAVORITE photo from their engagement session! You can really SEE how much she loves him!)

It’s no wonder they wanted to use Camelback as the location for their engagement session.  It’s obviously been a pretty huge part of their relationship, and now, with these engagement photos, it has yet another reason to hold a special place in their hearts.

Kim and Tru, Josh and I absolutely loved hanging out with you two on the mountain and hearing more of your beautiful story!   We can’t wait to watch (and photograph) the next chapter of that story as it starts next month on your wedding day!

Click to see the rest of Kim and Tru’s Camelback Engagement Session.

Niki and Steve’s Silly and Sweet Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Are you ready to see more smiles in one blog post than you’ve likely EVER seen before?  I hope so, because Niki and Steve’s engagement session is full of them!

Even if you don’t know Niki and Steve (Josh and I consider ourselves lucky to have met them for sure!), you can tell by looking at these photos that they are the kind of people who like to have fun and laugh at life.

Seriously guys, these aren’t “canned” chuckles or forced, “Say CHEESE”, smiles. These are genuine, throw your head back, grab your belly, kind of laughs.

And it’s not just one of them that has a great sense of humor, it’s BOTH!  If Steve isn’t making Niki smile, it’s the other way around.  They’re both jokesters in their own right.

Not only can you see their fun and silly sides in these photos, you can also see, without a doubt, that these two are head over heels in love with each other.

Now and then, while you’re having fun during an engagement session, you have to calm down and remember to get some lovey-dovey shots as well. However, Niki and Steve did both of these naturally and without any prompting.

No kidding, one second they were kissing, and the next they were laughing hysterically. It was the perfect mixture of sweet and silly.

Towards the end of our session together, Steve said, “This is really fun! I wish we could do this every weekend!” And without even thinking I screamed, “Me TOO!”

Aside from the fact that my comment made me seem like a creepy, paparazzi stalker, it shows just how great Niki and Steve are to be around. Taking photos of people is our job, but when it’s with people like Niki and Steve it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Niki and Steve, thank you both so much for letting us be your paparazzi for an evening.  We had a blast and can’t wait for your wedding in May!

Click to see the rest of Niki and Steve’s Silly and Sweet Engagement Session.

Radiant Jumps the Pond: A UK Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Hello dear Radiant blog readers, this is Kelley Johnson again (1/2 of the Radiant Photography associate photographer team). My husband Josh and I have some pretty exciting news for you. We had the awesome pleasure of shooting an engagement session with a couple in the UK! See, I told you it was exciting! Do you guys want to see a few of the photos and hear about the amazing time we had? I thought so!

Meet David and Jen, newly engaged and one of the most hospitable couples that Josh and I have ever met. David is a web guru/ninja who sometimes thinks he is Jamie Oliver (he’s stylish, British, and a great cook, so I’d say that he’s not far off), and Jen is a dentist who has a lot to say about the fluoridation of water;)

This session was a two day long adventure full of laughs, beautiful sights, and lots of firsts for both Josh and I as well as Jen and David. For example, while at the location pictured above, Tatton Park, Jen and David encouraged Josh and I to buy our very first Christmas pudding. They were astounded that we had never tried it.

After Tatton Park, we drove over to Erddig, which is a large stately home on the outskirts of Wrexham, Wales. I was sure that Mr. Darcy was going to walk right out of this house and give us a tour. In case you’re wondering, that didn’t happen. Not to worry, we didn’t need any Jane Austen characters to make this a romantic location. It was beautiful all on it’s own, and David and Jen are obviously one of the cutest couples around.

(Seriously, how cute are they?)

While at Erddig, David was coerced by a very persistent elderly salesman, to join the National Trust (an organization whose goal is to preserve and protect historic areas and buildings in certain areas of the UK). This was definitely a first for him, as National Trust memberships are apparently reserved for people who like to go to bed at 6pm and play BINGO on Friday nights, if you know what I mean.

We had a few laughs about David being the newest member of the Nation Trust Organization, and then we put that new membership to use by heading to another Nation Trust location, Chirk Castle. All I can say about this location is that it was astonishingly beautiful.

The garden area out back was even more gorgeous!

Jen was a bit nervous about being in front of the camera, but David did a great job helping her relax. They’re such a perfect couple!

After exploring the castle for a while, we were off to our next location. While driving through Horseshoe Pass, this was our view! Simply breathtaking. We just had to pull over and get a couple of shots!

After this, we decided to head to dinner. Josh and David chatted about technology (they are both hardcore Mac nerds) and tried to explain things to Jen and me by using our water glasses and salt shakers to represent “Apple” and “iOS”… Poor Jen and I, who were both thoroughly confused at this point, just looked at each other and laughed. I can tell that she loves her Mac nerd as much as I love mine.

After dinner, David and Jen, being the amazingly hospitable people they are, let us stay with them for the night. We stayed in Jen’s Parents’ beautiful home, where we chatted and had tea and biscuits. Jen made me my very first cup of English tea with milk, and I can confidently say that it was delicious!

The next day we got a few shots at the house before heading out for our final adventure.

Jen and David drove us to Chester, a town with many interesting historical areas and structures, including a beautiful large wall that wraps around the entire town. We spent the afternoon walking along the wall and taking in the sites.

(This is the area where Jen and David do their Christmas shopping. Somehow the mall I shop in is just not the same…)

(These two are constantly making each other laugh!)

So, what do you think? Amazing right? Josh and I are so happy that we had the opportunity to meet Jen and David and share a couple of special days with them. Congratulations on your engagement you two, and thank you for an amazing tour!

(You can see more photos by Josh and Kelley here).