Yearly Archives: 2010

Kelsie’s a winner… and she has the senior session to prove it!

Her name was called and the crowd went wild.  This is the scene, as we heard it described, when Kelsie won herself a free senior session with Radiant Photography!

We gave away a couple of sessions to help out the high school group at a local church and Kelsie… who had actually already scheduled a session with us prior to winning… was the lucky one!

Her mom, who was already prepared to shell out the cash for her previously scheduled upcoming session, might technically be the winner in this scenario!

Which is probably the reason why she was the one to be heard screaming above all the rest when Kelsie’s name was called.  They seriously described a very funny scene about when they won and it makes me laugh a second time as I recall the story!

The scene around her actual senior session was not much less chaotic than when she won the session!  The reason being… it’s Christmas card season in photography land and everyone was out and about capturing the memories of their 3 year olds screaming -because they know they’ll miss it when the kid turns 16- all the while Kelsie’s attempting to keep a straight face while the little kids around her are being hilarious.

It’s not exactly the way you imagine your top model-esque senior session to be!  It was CRAZY!

The lame thing is that the reason Kelsie chose the Mesa Arts Center for her location is because none of her friends have theirs done there and she wanted to be different… but as soon as we arrived there, we were sad to find that we weren’t being as unique as we thought because apparently everyone else had the same idea!

We were able to reassure Kelsie that she was in fact unique because she was definitely the only one being photographed who was over 4 ft tall and who wasn’t wearing a red and green velvet dress with giant bows in her hair (because she was the only over the age of 7).

We were further encouraged when we found that majority of the actual locations we chose for shooting around the area were completely different than what everyone else was using…

(inside the parking garage)

(inside the elevator)

…not to mention, we continued shooting at least an hour after everyone else had run out of light and gone home.

With our handy dandy Canon 5D Mark II camera bodies that provide quite the low light luxury, and add to that my little lighting bug I have (whom I also call “Scottie”)… running out of sunlight isn’t really an issue for us.

So don’t worry Kelsie, despite the fact that other people chose your same location, your pictures are definitely still unique!  I guarantee you there wasn’t a family who left there that day who ended up with pictures like these!

You were an excellent model and we had a blast laughing with you at all the cute little kids around us that day!

Thanks for making our job so easy!!  We couldn’t be happier to have a winner who was as excited about it as you (and your mom) were!  Your excitement about our photos totally made our day… our week actually.

Thanks for being such a huge fan (as well as a great stalker on Radiant’s Facebook page) and for calling us to help you remember this great time in your life!  Happy graduation!

Click to see the rest of Kelsie’s winning senior session!

Ghostbusters, the science of love, and a giant pumpkin cake… the story of Tiffany and Ed’s wedding

I tried about 10 different titles for this blog before I finally settled on one.  Tiffany and Ed’s wedding had so many interesting things about it that I had way too many creative options for this title!

What I mean to say is that the details at Tiffany and Ed’s wedding RULED!

(Notice their wedding date on the back of her shoes!).

Or they rocked, killed it, were sick… insert whatever random phrase you use to describe things as “the best” and you will know what Tiffany and Ed’s wedding looked like.

Leading up to the wedding we were hearing bits and pieces about this wedding that we didn’t quite know how to put together.  Things like, “ribbons for the guests to wave”, “unity candy” (I thought Scottie had meant to write candle on the notes sheet… but candy was actually correct), and “chemistry beakers for toasts” were all thrown and out there and left us scratching our heads.

Basically, when we arrived at the Arizona Science Center on the day before Halloween with our cameras in hand, ready to shoot Tiffany and Ed’s wedding we had no idea what we were about to walk into…

…and what we found, took our breath away.

Their wedding had a theme that was a cross between science and Halloween, and somehow Tiffany and Ed found a way to make Halloween elegant and science romantic!

If Martha Stewart had walked into this wedding, she would have realized that the quality of this work makes all of her work look like a complete failure and she would have run away crying! Yes, that’s how good all of the decor, details, and handmade items at this wedding were!

As we wandered between the ceremony and reception site (passing guests along the way who were happily learning about gravity and relativity in the science center), we were awestruck at how beautiful and completely unique everything was!!

There were the science details such as each table being named after scientists both real and fake (that’s where I got the ghostbusters part of the title)…

…the beakers they drank their champagne out of that said “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, and of course all the things that naturally sat around the science center like little science facts on the wall behind their head table!

In fact, science was such a major part of their wedding that it was the major topic of their ceremony.  Their officiant gave a very poetic and elegant talk -that was simultaneously very intellectual and factual- all about string theory and how the universe brought Tiffany and Ed together.

I am still impressed that she was able to make science sound romantic… but she really did explain the science of love very beautifully!

She adjusted a quote from Casablanca to introduce string theory saying, “out of all the candy stores in all the towns, in all the world, he walks into mine” (they met at Fuzziwig’s candy store.. hence the unity candy that they poured together during the ceremony and the nerds/smarties favors they had for all the guests at the tables).

Aside from having their wedding in the “hallowed house of science” (as Ed put it)…

…there was another thing that was very important to Tiffany and Ed that was well represented at this wedding… Halloween!

(Check out her orange bling!).

The elegant touch of the Halloween theme was brought in through the avenue of “fall”.  Fall leaves and colors coated everything, with big leaves and little pumpkins added into the beautiful bouquets of orange and red, and large pumpkins with classy decorations on them as the centerpieces.

The black chairs, the white pumpkins with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” painted on them and most of all – the unbelievable pumpkin cake…

(Yes, that is a REAL cake!  I had some myself just to make sure! And of course, it was pumpkin flavored).

…made this wedding not only unique, but also very stunning!  One of my favorite details were the little balls with fall leaves and candles inside that looked like they were hanging down from the sky… SO cool!

I’m totally stealing that idea for my next party!

It’s OK though because they “borrowed” the idea we used at the bridal show of having photos on a chalkboard wall with frames drawn around them!  We were honored that they liked our idea so much and we felt like we got to put a little piece of Radiant into their wedding decor!

(Click to see our version).

I seriously could go on and on about the details here.  Every little nook and cranny was covered with time and thought that represented Tiffany and Ed’s personalities oh so well! You will just have to check out the rest of the photos to see more!

We did venture out of the Science Center some to explore the area around the little historic district that we were in.

Tiffany and Ed did their reveal moment outside of one of the old houses (that they made us give a “donation” to in order to take pictures in front of!!)…

… and then we hung around the area to get some pics of the entire bridal party!

(Like our Facebook page to tag yourself in some of these photos!).

Check out their shoes… just another great detail that Tiffany dreamed up!!

Tiffany and Ed, your wedding was definitely freaking cool and we loved every part about it!

The ceremony, the decorations, the people, and the dancing (something I haven’t even mentioned yet but was amazing as well)  was all wonderful!  I hope you guys had as much fun as you seemed to be! We are so glad you booked your fall themed Unique Session in Sedona (photos from it coming soon!) because we are so happy to have more than one opportunity to work with the two of you!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Tiffany and Ed’s Science/Halloween/Fall/Awesome wedding photos!

Growing Your Business With Facebook (Video 5)

This is the final piece in learning how to draw new people in to “like” your Facebook page (see the other parts here).  Now that you have all the info, it’s time to work on thinking up creative ways to apply it all to your business… so go for it!  We hope to see you guys start bringing in the masses!

Next week we’ll jump into a new category where we’ll talk about how to maintain your page.  So as always… stay tuned!

“Get fans… by buzzing”

Photography for a photographer: Valeria’s Senior Session

There is no way to start this blog out other than to just straight up say that Valeria is AWESOME!

Cool clothes, fantastic red hair, and the kind of smile that I’m sure earns her compliments daily… she’s just a dream for photographing!

Of course, she’s awesome in ways that still motion photography can’t capture too! I (Breanna) had the greatest time talking to her between shots… so much so that I think Scottie got a little impatient a couple of times while he waited for me to finish so we could continue with the picture taking!

We have a lot of similar interests… when I was in High School I was in the same club as she is now (and neither one of our clubs ever actually did anything), she’s in the same 2 art classes I took (photography and ceramics), and she’s constantly overdressed for things (and judging by the cute shoes I wore- that sort of matched hers- which were way inappropriate for me to be attempting to work in… I think it’s a safe assumption that we share this trait as well)!

By the way Valeria, I thought your clothes for the session were perfect… but I know that’s not much coming from another self-proclaimed overdresser!

Oh and also, her red hair was the exact shade I spent most of my college years trying to obtain… but I gave up that dream after way too many orange and purple experiences.

All of our talking paid off though because it gave Scottie time to think… and when Scottie thinks, greatness is sure to follow!

He set up some of the coolest lighting during one particularly focused conversation and got some freaking cool shots out of it!

We went to a location that we’ve gone to in the past, but I feel like during this session we found an entirely new way to look at this area!

Both of us felt like our creative wheels were on a roll and we kept shooting, and shooting, and shooting!

Once we get going, it’s hard to get us to stop. Usually the sun going down is the sign that we’re done, but with all the cool lighting Scottie had going on, the sun was no object.

We finally finished and went back to meet up with Valeria’s mom (whom I thanked for not calling the cops to come searching for us since we were out so late) and after we said our goodbyes Scottie and I headed back home, talking all the way about how awesome that session was!

So thanks, Valeria, for being so easy to work with and for trusting us and giving us the freedom to do our very best work! Good luck with college… I hope you love it!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Valeria’s Scottsdale Senior photo session.