Monthly Archives: June 2009

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!:-)

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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!

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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!

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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!:-)

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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.

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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!

Kari + Collin = Love forever!

When we first walked up to the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ our first thought was… “are we still in Arizona?”  It looked like a cute little picnic place from a Mark Twain novel or something!  Our second thought was… “and we get to hang out with some of our favorite people all day today!”  We’ve been friends with Kari and Collin for years and we’ve both known them together and apart so we’ve been privileged to watch the people and this relationship grow up to the point of marriage!

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(Here’s the beautiful bride, Kari.  She has the most beautiful alabaster skin (the kind that almost no one in Arizona is able to maintain with our sun damaged skin and all that) and her dark hair contrasts it perfectly.  So when I saw the cute little flowers strategically placed in that dark hair, I had to catch my breath she was so beautiful (and I’m sure Collin almost passed out when he saw first her!).)

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(It’s so fun when we know everyone in the bridal party because it helps us tailor the pics to match their personalities… plus we know just how crazy they’re willing to get for a photo!  Okay, yeah, we told them to smile and laugh in this picture… but I promise everyone WAS this happy all day!  It definitely fit the “joyful occasion” description you often hear about weddings!)

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(Thanks Kari for being willing to risk that white dress on an outdoor picnic table!  We hope you’re more than pleased with the results!!  I love this picture because it looks like a magical, fairy tale forest!  This is DEFINITELY a princess picture.:-)

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To see the rest of the photographs from Kari & Collin’s wedding click here.

Congratulations you guys!  Don’t forget to call us to hang out once you’re all settled in! We love you both!

Breanna as a “featured photographer”!

So check me out, it’s official…  I’ll try not to get a big head, but I have been chosen as this month’s “featured photographer” by the Bokeh Pot website!  You might be able to learn more about me reading my answers to those questions than you ever have reading my own blog!  Click here to see my feature.

Radiant Love Supports….Branded (Summer ’09)

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Branded is a collaboration of Government, Business, Church, and University leaders who have come together to eradicate sexual exploitation of children in Phoenix.

Attacking the Problem

Churches, law enforcement, government officials, market place leaders, non-profit organizations and passionate individuals have joined forces to fight against the sexual exploitation of children. They have come together to raise advocacy, develop preventative programs, and build a holistic secure community for rehabilitation of those coming out of the darkness of that world. The ultimate desire is to meet the physical, spiritual, and social needs of children affected by sex slavery, being committed to the rescue and renewal of the “one”.

Awareness

When people think of Human Trafficking or Sex Slavery most would consider it an issue elsewhere. Thailand… China… Eastern Europe… We need to let people know that it happens in Phoenix, and it happens frequently! The average age of entry into prostitution in the city of Phoenix is 13 years old. A 7th grade girl. In NO way is this acceptable. Therefore, one way that the public can act to prevent this issue from occuring is by raising awareness. Simply by getting the word out, educating others on the issue, and making potential-victims aware of these dangers, we will prevent girls from falling prey. If our city is to rid itself from this evil, the general public most be made aware of its existence.

Legislation

There is a great need to revise and submit key legislation that will protect girls that are victims, and prosecute those who gain from child rape for profit. Based on provisions and loop-holes in the current laws, Johns are able to walk away from their crimes with not much more than a small fine. This, while under-age girls are charged as criminals instead of treated as victims. The BRANDED movement is poised to confront our lawmakers about this injustice, and encourage them to make a change in the law.

Aftercare

As of now, the only option available options for a charged prostitute that is a minor, is to either be sent to a Juvenile Detention Center, be admitted into Child Protective Services, or return home. Victims of sexual abuse, and particularly sex trafficking, suffer from a variety of psychological, physical and social wounds that must be treated within a controlled and supportive setting. We see the need to provide an alternative to the punitive options currently available. One that openly accepts these girls as victims to be treated, and not criminals to be penalized. Please visit our partner organization - StreetLight – to embrace the vision of a village of hope.

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Barbie shoes, a ground trampoline, and a giggling bride… Erin & Alex’s wedding was great!

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One of the first things I noticed about Erin (other than those eyes!) was her sense of style… and there was no shortage of that style at this wedding!  From her lacy vintage dress to her pink Barbie heels… she created a beautiful wedding that represented her perfectly.  Alex wasn’t left out though… his style is soon to be showcased since he’s a graphic designer and he’s going to be designing their wedding album!

The wedding location itself was unique.  It was held at the home of one of Alex’s clients and it couldn’t have been a better location for them.  It was very elegant but it still had a personal home feel… the perfect combination!

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And did we mention, he jumps higher than anyone we’ve ever met?!  Just kidding, there was a trampoline built into the ground in the back yard… awesome for fun pictures.:-)  We should’ve worked harder to convince the bride to try it out!

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This is a shot I try to get at every wedding.  I just love the flowing dress layers combined with some fab wedding shoes!  So when I saw her shoes, I knew this wedding had to be the one where I perfected the look I was going for.  And what do you know, it worked!

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Erin was one of the smiliest brides we’ve ever had.:-)Every time she tried to do a serious picture, she’d bust up laughing instead!  So we figured the best way to get a serious one, would be with her head down.  It did the trick and we now love this one… it’s such a classic pic.  If it wasn’t for the strapless dress, it would be hard to guess what year it was taken and I love that! Vintage is definitely a favorite of both Scottie and I!

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Another way to get a picture of Erin not laughing was to have her kiss Alex… apparently she takes her kissing seriously!;-)

We loved working with this couple and we had a great time hanging out with them on one of the biggest days of their lives! Congratulations you guys!