Category Archives: Families

Photography for the photographer… Amy, Robert, and Mailey’s family session

One of the greatest honors we have is when a photographer chooses US to be the ones to take photos of them!

There’s definitely something special in knowing that you are not respected by your peers who really know your craft, but that they like what you do enough to choose you to be the ones to take their photos!  Amy is one of those photographers who gave us this honor (check out her website here).

Her and Robert drove an hour and a half from their hometown of Payson (with a 2 1/2 year old in tow mind you) for this family session that they’ve been looking forward to for months!

I know this because ever since we scheduled the session back in August, we’d get random posts on our wall with Amy asking if it was February yet… in otherwords, time for their session!

Thanks Amy, your excitement made us all the more excited!:-)

Amy did a great job of letting her excitement spill over into creativity!  She brought along a few props that were absolutely PERFECT!  Little cut out hearts from her mom’s scrapbooking store in Payson…

…as well as an old school Polaroid camera…

… and these were just the right little touches to allow our own creativity to have a heyday!

I have to give credit to Amy for being willing to get on the other side of the camera, I know it sounds crazy but that is actually a scary thing for a photographer!

It can be very difficult to give up your own vision and trust someone else to do the thing that you do best!

Plus, most photographers prefer being behind the camera!  Just ask Scottie, who had such a hard time during the last photo session we had done of ourselves!  You can know all the tips and tricks that you tell your clients, but applying them yourself is another matter entirely!

Just so you know, Amy, I thought you did a great job!  I think you were totally able to apply your knowledge to being on the other side!  You were a natural at posing… as you can see from the series below!

(Ha ha, I love it!  Robert was trying SO hard not to laugh while she was doing her modeling demonstration all around him.  They both just lost it eventually though!)

Robert, I give you credit as well… mostly because you are so patient to let Amy use you as a model all the time!  It’s not easy being married to a photographer… I should know!

Your practice has paid off though because you were an excellent model for us too!:-)

Mailey gets her own credit as well because she too was super relaxed in front of the camera!

I’m guessing she also gets to be her mama’s model on a regular basis… you can always tell a photographer’s kid!

She was a blast to work with, she was SO happy and so excited to tell me every little story she could think of… in between dance routines of course!

Amy and Robert decided to make the most of their time in Phoenix by letting Amy’s mom take Mailey home while they stuck around for some more photos and for dinner with us!

We had a great time talking shop with you guys and hearing about all your exciting plans… we can’t wait to see where they all take you!

Like Amy’s page on Facebook if you are curious to see where she’s headed as well!

Click to see the rest of this photography family’s photo session here!

Ali, Nick, and Blake… a normal day in the life of a beautiful family!

How could you not love doing a session for a family as cute as this one?!

We drove out to their Awatukee home in hopes of capturing just a few beautiful moments between the members of this family, and we were happy to find that we were able to witness more than just a few!

As is usual for kids his age, Blake was a little quiet at first but warmed up very well by the end of the session!

By the time we finished shooting at their home, we headed over to the golf course park where Blake just came alive!

Before we left, we asked Ali and Nick if we were going to need some toys to keep his attention and they both shook their heads and assured us that as soon as we was outside he’d be happier than any toy could make him.

And they were right!  He didn’t have much experience with grass yet (it was fun to watch him experiment with it!) and it turns out that he loves it!

I (Breanna) took Ali and Nick away for a romantic photo moment…

…while Scottie stayed and played in the grass with Blake and got to see more of his real personality come out!

He’s just a happy boy in the great outdoors!

Thanks to all 3 of you for calling us to capture this special season in your lives, we’re happy to be a part of it!

Click to see the rest of this beautiful family’s session!

Sisters in Pink: Kelli and April’s session

If you believe there can never be too much pink in one place at a time, then you will definitely appreciate this session!

Kelli and April are not only kindred spirits in pinkness, but they are sisters!

April came into town for Christmas and Kelli decided it was the perfect time for a little photo opp with their own special brand of pink props that she’d been working on for awhile.

Exhibit A:  the pink shopping cart.

This item is a must for pink fiends… or for felons who like to steal shopping carts and use a lot of pink paint. Just kidding, this particular cart was obtained in a very moral manner!

Following the pink cart we have the pink lollipops…

…this prop just screams sisterly love…

… especially when you get photos like this one that remind you they are indeed sisters!

(April won this round by the way).

Then there is the Merry Christmas sign that Kelli made (silver spray paint is her new obsession) to go along with their pink Santa hats of course.

This sign shot was designed entirely for the purpose of being a Facebook profile pic so Kelli brought her own camera to get a shot she could put up since she knew these photos wouldn’t be up until we got back from the break we took over the holidays. And now we just look lame putting up a Merry Christmas photo in January… but her Facebook looked awesome in December!

Aside from the props, there were the pink clothing items that made an appearance.  These unbeatable rain boots for instance!

Since April lives somewhere with actual rain, I wouldn’t be surprised if these became a permanent staple in her daily wardrobe!  Look how cute she looks in them!

And how could we forget the tutus and the “LOVE” shirts to match.

When I saw that just days before the session Kelli was asking on Facebook if anyone knew how to make a tutu, I thought we were going to have to do without these!  But they knotted, weaved (and watched a little “ehow” I’m sure), and they pulled off these fluffy pink creations just in time!

Now I have to tell you story about how we came across these super cute sisters!

Back in the early days of Radiant we ran a campaign as part of our Radiant Love program where we gave away a free photo session to someone who was nominated by a friend for the love they were showing to those around them.

Kelli (she’s the blonde) won for the work she’s done with the non-profit organization she co-started called “Hope and a Future“.  You may have seen our blog with the photos we volunteered to shoot at a prom for teenage foster girls.  This is one of the many events put on by Hope and a Future and is called the Princess Program, which falls at the beginning of a week long camp for these same girls. If you haven’t seen the post, go back and look because it is an absolutely INCREDIBLE event (complete with astounding amounts of pink that lets you know Kelli is behind it all!)!  I (Breanna) just re-read the blog about it again myself and I started crying all over again remembering how amazing it was to watch these girls go through such a transforming experience.

The Princess Program and the camp are both just small pieces of the love that Hope and a Future shows to foster kids. They have not only multiple camps and events similar to the Princess Program but also mentoring, college scholarships, and a life skills class for foster teens (which is something I am particularly passionate about).  Go check out their website to see more about this beautiful organization that Scottie and I have come to love.

And of course behind all that is given to these kids… is Kelli.  Which is the reason she won a free session with us!  Hope and a Future is literally changing the lives of these children in astounding ways and it is Kelli’s dream, dedication, and passion that has made it all happen.  It blows my mind to think of how many lives are being completely transformed and set on entirely new paths all because of Hope and Future and this beautiful girl who cared enough about others to dedicate her life to them.

Giving back to this organization (and the person behind it) is nothing short of a humbling honor.

Thank you both Kelli and April for letting loose and having F-U-N with us!!!  When we were planning this session, I was scared you guys wouldn’t be able to relax and be yourselves… little did I know that would not be a problem AT ALL!

You guys did fantastic and I hope you’re as happy with the results as we are!

Click to see the rest of this pink sister photo session.

P.S. OK now that you are done with what you were doing, make sure you go like Hope and Future on Facebook to help spread the word about them and to follow along when they announce ways you can get involved!

Top 25 Radiant Photos of 2010: Family/ Senior Sessions

You have been patient, and here they are! The results of our “Best of 2010: Family and Senior Sessions” contest are in! (If you missed seeing the winners in the Weddings/ Unique Session category, make sure you check that one out as well)!

Out of 80 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: Family/ Senior Sessions”

39 votes

OK, so there was no way around giving this one it’s own category.  It had so many more votes than the rest that it stands alone!  Good job little caped crusaders!

10-20 votes

This photo received one of our most insightful comments: “The shadow is like her inner self. LIKE!” – Britney Corbitt .  It makes me think of Peter Pan or something!

I can’t even tell you how many people told me that this girl is beautiful!  Whether it was people looking at photos over my shoulder, or comments on the album… everyone agrees, she is absolutely stunning!!

I (Breanna) picked out those hats myself at Michaels and saved them for just the right photo session….I chose the right one because these boys loved them!

I think this picture is going to be a staple.  We’ve already done another session for this family and they wanted to duplicate the shot with her pink converse on instead!  You can’t beat the leg rolls in this one though!!

One of my favorite comments ever: “Nate votes for this one “cause there’s six of us” and the other boys are giggling – “that’s me, hee hee” “lots of Nates and Andrews, ha ha!”- Molly Ellison (the mom of these 3 sweet boys).

6-9 votes

Whether they spelled it “color” or “colour” people just couldn’t get enough of it in this picture!

These boys were so excited to wear their cool hats!:-)

This is another pose that we’ve duplicated!  This is actually round 2 of it!  The first one was taken at her Trash the Dress session after her wedding where she was surrounded by mud and fall leaves…and here we are at her maternity session re-living the moment!  I promise, there’s a legit baby bump there, this pose just happens to hide it well!:-)

She’s a budding photographer, so we let her borrow a camera for this shot!

This is one of my personal favorites so I’m glad it won fair and square so that I didn’t have to consider fixing the contest!

You can’t beat a mother/daughter tea party… how could it not have won?!

By the way, we don’t have many spots left for 2011 senior sessions, so if you like what you see here send us a message to book yours soon!  Be sure to check out our seniors site if you’ve never been there before!


And that’s the end of our Best of 2010 photo contest! Congratulations to all our winners… we already knew you deserved to win!

If you missed the winners in the Weddings/ Unique Session category, make sure you click here to see it… it has some of my favorite stuff we’d done yet!  Make sure you like our page on Facebook to follow along with us and see what new things we come up with for 2011.

Best Radiant Photos of 2010… vote now!

We’ve been over and over and over it and we just can’t decide… so now we’re asking you to do our dirty work!  We have narrowed down our favorite photos of 2010 and broken them into 2 different categories.  One is Weddings & Unique Sessions and the other is Seniors Sessions & Families Portraits.  So now we need you to go through each album and pick your faves!

Each comment you make on a photo in the Facebook albums counts as a vote for that photo (make sure you have liked our page so you are able to comment). You can comment on/vote for as many different photos as you want… if you like one, just say so!

Once we tally up the votes, we’ll choose the photos with the most comments to be featured in a blog post highlighting the best Radiant photos of 2010!  Oh and by the way, you are totally allowed to vote for your own photo… we know you’re dying for another opportunity to show off your pics again, so this is your chance!

Go now and vote to your little hearts’ content!

Wedding & Unique Session finalist photos

stunning wedding photo

Senior Sessions & Family Portrait finalist photos

Unique Senior photos AZ