Category Archives: Our Life

This is for you to read when you get tired of all the business stuff… this is where it gets fun!

Folklor…. what?!

That’s what I said when I first heard what Tracy McKee wanted us to take pictures of her doing!  It turns out (as Scottie informed me) that Folklorico dancing is a traditional Mexican Ballet that is done using beautiful costumes like these!  And oh my gosh are they elaborate!  Just the process of pulling together the stage makeup, giant hair accessories, and all the layers of clothing was like a special dance all on it’s own with each little step being just as important as the previous… it was quite a production!  I felt very cultured and educated learning about it all!:-)

00091

We met Tracy when she hired us to do her wedding photography at Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona, Arizona about a year ago.  We had a great time getting to know her and Paul and we’ve kept in contact via Radiant’s Facebook Page ever since then!

00381

Though we really hit it off with this couple, we haven’t gotten to see them since the wedding since they live in L.A.  So we were thrilled when they said they were headed off to Sedona, AZ again for a little anniversary get away and they wanted us to come stay with them for part of it!  Of course we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a little portrait session while we were together as well!

0013

Tracy has been dancing Folklorico for years so she really wanted to get some good pictures of her in the costumes that represent such an important part of her life.  Um… not to mention they make for BEAUTIFUL photographs!!  We’re thankful that we even got to take pictures of something so beautiful to show off in our portfolio!:-)

0025

So we took a break from lounging around our little Villa while reading Elle UK on the porch (overlooking our scenic view), watching Twilight, and sipping drinks in the private hot tub to step out on the town for our little photo session… though it was hard to pull ourselves away from such luxury!  We went over to a shopping center called “Tlaquepaque” (yeah it’s hard to say AND to spell) because it has a nice old- school, Spanish flair to it so Tracy thought it would be an appropriate place.  And as you can see, she was right.

0010

It was pretty funny though because it is a busy shopping center after all, so Tracy had cheers, photo ops with tourists, and random gawkers (asking if this was for a magazine) to deal with while attempting to pose and dance.  Scottie and I just laughed and said, “good thing she spent so much time dancing as various characters at Disneyland and she knows how to handle all this!”  She seemed oddly at ease as she stood with her arm around a random man who flashed a cheesy smile at his wife holding the camera!  Classy as always, Tracy!

All in all it was a FANTASTIC trip and a much needed break for us.  Thank you SO much, Paul & Tracy, for letting us come crash your place for a couple of days and for sharing all your food and wine with us (and your magazines!).  We had a blast hanging out with you both and hope to do it again sometime soon!

A Goal Setting…. what?!

After I married Scottie, there were a number of surprises that came my way.  How differently we each viewed the phrase, “just a few more minutes”, how dishes tended to appear in the sink out of thin air, and how much it apparently matters if you place the bread in the wrong part of the shopping cart…. were all just a few of the things that continued to astound me! But one of the biggest surprises I had after marrying Scottie was when he said he wanted us to have a “goal setting retreat” during our first year of marriage.  A what?

You have to understand, that up until that point, Scottie had been an excellent sport.  I (Breanna) received my bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from ASU (yes, that’s an actual degree) and continued on to work on my master’s in professional counseling (umm…. still not finished with that one).  Marriage and family were both of significant interest to me and something I spent years learning about…. all before I was actually married.  So when I got married, needless to say, I was so excited to get to put into practice all I had learned!  So Scottie sat through hour after hour of marriage classes, seminars, and of reading books on marriage to please his new bride!  He did participate fully, but I’m sure it wasn’t his first choice on how to spend his Sunday afternoons (he missed many NASCAR races for me).

So when Scottie Chanson actually initiated a “Goal Setting Retreat” I was stunned.  Way to go the extra mile, buddy!  I was thrilled even though I still didn’t actually know what that meant.

So we went out to the middle of the desert in tents, to find out what that meant. I know “retreat” makes you think of hammocks or lakes or something else pleasant, but we were newly weds and we were dirt broke….  so in the middle of the dirt is exactly where we found ourselves on this lovely “retreat”.

It ended up being awesome.  I knew I was married to a dreamer, and he knew he was married to a staunch realist, so this goal setting retreat really brought those two factors to light and helped us figure out how to mold his dreams into a shape that I could view as manageable (at least enough so that I didn’t have a massive aneurysm just thinking about all of it) so we could start making them into “our” dreams and begin accomplishing them.

(As a side note: I once interviewed about 200 people who had been or were currently married, and “having goals” came out as one of the top 5 things they thought were required for a successful marriage”.  Hum along with me know….”The More You Know”).

OK, all that way long explanation to say that we just returned from our 2nd Goal Setting Retreat (4 years after the first one).  This one found us, not in the desert, but rather, at someone else’s home where we dog-sat 2 crazy dogs.  Again, “retreat” doesn’t necessarily make you think of getting up BEFORE 5am every day to walk 2 humongous creatures, but that’s where our “retreat” took place this time!  Mostly because it was easier to take a few notes than to bring our entire computer set up so we could process pictures from that location.

This retreat took on a very different form than our last one and was a whole lot more work!  This time we own our own business.  Before we were like, “if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” and this time we were like, “what are the quarterly numbers for our weenuses?” (That’s a “Friends” joke for all of you who feel left out right now).  Way less exciting.  But still very, very helpful and productive!

So now, all you Radiant Blog readers, can know that Scottie and Breanna are real grown-ups, with a real plan for their lives, and a real 5-year business plan!  Well OK, so it’s a 5 year business plan draft….  well OK, so it’s just a bunch of scribbled notes.  But we do have another goal setting retreat planned in about a month.  Put on another pot of coffee, it’s gonna be a long one!

Here are pics of our 2 ” business associates” we had at this meeting.

img_9899

img_0008

I didn’t mention, that this was where we had some of our meetings (you gotta do what you gotta do when the temperature gets over 100 degrees!)

img_0137

img_99471

My Little Brother is a grown-up, married man now!

So my little brother Paul snagged himself a hottie and married her!  Scottie and I were both in the wedding (in Tempe, Arizona)… and Scottie was the photographer! Well one of them, there’s no way this would’ve worked (without being super tacky anyways) without the help of our good friend Tim Boyd (you can see more of his photos at www.studio-b-photo.com).

One of the best parts about the wedding was that our family all worked together to pull it off.  My dad performed the ceremony, her dad played the music, Scottie was the photographer (and groomsman), my other brother and I were both in the wedding party, her uncle was the DJ, and our extended family served as everything from decorators to flower petal pick-er-upers).  It was quite a family affair and it was SOOO fun!  Scottie and I are so used to working at weddings, we hardly ever get to just kick back and party it up a little bit.  This time, after all the pics were done we got to dance the night away with everyone! Click here to see the all the wedding photos.

So here’s the story told through pictures….

Here’s Anna, the beautiful bride (I told you she’s a hottie!)

0004

Man, I wish I could be as cool as him!

00162

I love how happy they look!  And that’s my blurry father in the far background (sorry dad!)

00291

The mother/son dance was awesome, look at my mom’s expression… so cute!

0041

The best cake war I’ve ever seen, it went on for quite awhile too! (the guy on the left is my other brother, Ross).

0044

“You should’ve seen the other guy!”  (he had cake in his eye, so I think that means she won).

0045

My favorite part about the picture is the (apparently) hilarious joke going on in the background. And I LOVE how hard Ross is laughing!

0048

I just put this picture in to re-inforce how much fun it was….not to rub it in to those who weren’t there or anything!;-)

00511

Click to see the rest of the wedding pictures from Anna & Paul’s big day!

My Little Brother’s Engaged!

I never thought that taking engagement pictures of my baby brother could ever be described as feeling “natural” (I mean, I used to change his diapers, you know?!) but it was one of the most comfortable and relaxed sessions we’ve ever had… not to mention it was a ton of fun!  Within the first 5 minutes, Paul had dipped her for a kiss, added in his own props, grabbed her butt for a photo (when my mom wasn’t watching), and manufactured his own super-random brand of poses!  Not to be outdone, Anna threw in her own hottie-toddy style and was able to accomplish some poses that I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to demonstrate to brides for awhile now! It was fantastic… both of them made our job totally easy!  We went over to downtown Mesa, Arizona and did our entire photography session around back alley ways, an old mill with railroad tracks, and the new Mesa Arts Center (which we love)!

We got to try out our whole “prop” idea that we’ve been working towards incorporating into our photos (you’ll have to look at the entire session to see what I mean).  They definitely understood that concept, she even brought a “bride to be” tiara that her maid of honor bought for her bachelorette party… and we didn’t hesitate to use it!

Thanks Paul and Anna, we are very excited to do your wedding photography and we hope it is an amazing day for both of you!

Click to see more of Anna and Paul’s engagement session from these Arizona engagement photographers.

001

004

007

024

012

Oh man, I love this last one!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Anna and Paul’s engagement session.

Scottie + Breanna= Love forever

We had the best Valentine’s Day this year (I vote it should officially be changed so that it’s always on a Saturday every year)!  We’ve been so busy with Radiant lately that we’ve kind of let holidays just slide by.  We’re wanting to fix that soon but we still weren’t ready to stress and plan a huge V-day.  So it wasn’t that we did anything super spectacular.  It was just that we had a great time hanging out together and relaxing.

We decided to start the day by making a fancy breakfast (which we never do because we both have strange cooking complexes and usually eat like college students).  So we made delish lemon-blueberry scones with some avacado/bacon scrambled eggs and some fruit/honey/granola concotion.  We just listened to records and enjoyed our beautiful meal with a few hot pink candles lit on our table. Oh yeah and my cousin surprised us with some Kona coffee when he came back from Hawaii so instead of buying individual Valentine’s Day gifts, we decided to just get ourselves a nice coffee maker so we could really savor the Kona (the one we registered for when we got married doesn’t even pour let alone make good coffee).  So our coffee extraordinare was the perfect finishing touch… especially since I my favorite mug is a Valentine’s Day one.  I was happy.

After that we handed out Valentine’s Day Candy Grams to people who sent them to their family and neighbors in the complex.  If you’re confused about why we did this…. we work for an organization that allows us to plan community activities in our apartment complex in exchange for free rent!  So we put cute little cards in the front office for people to personalize and then we attached bags of candy and hand-delivered them around to everyone.  My favorite was one sent from one tiny child to another that said (written by mom) “I haven’t seen you at the park lately, happy Valentine’s Day!” complete with a picture of who knows what on the back.  It was so cute.  The ones from parents to child were really sweet too.  It was really nice to see people caring about one another and planning a special surprise for their loved ones.  It made for a really nice touch for our Valentine’s Day.

Those were the highlights for us, we also split up for awhile to buy each other cheesy Valentine’s memorobilia (so lame that we were too busy to buy each other presents!!) and went to see a flick.  So it wasn’t a  good day because of what we did necessarily, but it was just such a fun, chill day.  It gets so easy for us to begin to treat each other as roomates or business partners, this day kind of reminded us that we are best friends and that we really like hanging out together!

img_19171

img_1926

acidic-version