Monthly Archives: August 2010

Family Ties

Scottie and I are at the age when everyone around us has babies… and second babies… and toddlers… and third babies!

And with all these babies comes baby pictures!

A lot of my cousins are having kids now and we’ve been doing a lot of photo sessions for them to capture this period in their lives.

We’ve been doing so much of it, that we’ve gotten behind blogging about all the sessions so I’d figure I’d catch us up all at once!

First we did photos for our cousins’ Jamie and Lindsey’s baby, Jameson. 

We took Jameson out to Scottsdale Civic Center where she had her first experience with grass!  She wasn’t too thrilled with it, but we were glad we got to be there for that first in her life!


Next we did our cousin Kelly & Jim’s baby, Madeline.

Madeline has an amazing bedroom… …pretty much the room I dreamed about having when I was a little girl, complete with hot pink walls and a chandelier!

Madeline’s big brother Jack is having to get used to having a new baby in the house so we made sure to make him feel included in picture day and get a few shots of him as well.

Awhile later we did photos for my cousin Amy and her little girl, Tatum.

Tatum is the ultimate girly girl…

…so we thought a super girly tea party was the way to go for her picture day!

As you can see, Tatum LOVES the camera.

She also loves spinning in flowy dresses (including her special pink “princess dress” she wore that day)…

…and pretending to be a model so we got quite a few shots of her teaching her mom the runway walk.

I could hardly take the pictures I was laughing so hard!

Our whole family always tells me (Breanna) how much Tatum reminds them of me when I was little.  I have to admit that I too was an ultra girly girl.

Only the pinkest pink and the shiniest of everything would do for me!  I was also a pro at dress spinning, tap dancing (only Tatum is lucky enough to have REAL tap shoes), and model walking.

So of course as soon as Tatum and I get some camera time together, we take full advantage to have a little super model photo shoot.;-)

Recently we did a session for our cousins’ Ashley and Tyler and their baby, Cayden.

We combined the session with our cousins’ Bethany and Brandon’s baby girl, Rylie.

We had people talking, kids yelling, dogs barking, and babies crying.

It was a mad house with so many of us there… but it was SO much fun!

We were so glad we combined the session because we were able to get photos of the kids together.

(I love this one!  Someone there said, “Look!  He has the same panicked expression that every guy gets when a girl starts crying!”).

There is one family member left that we still have to schedule a formal session with (although we take plenty of pictures of her when we’re just hanging out)… that’s our niece, Kylee.  Even though we haven’t done a session with my brother Paul and his wife Anna’s beautiful little girl, we have had our fun with her!  We were testing out some of photobooth props one day awhile back when my (Breanna’s) mom happened to be over with little Kylee so of course we had to do a little experimenting with them!

More to come of Kylee soon… especially since she’s way older now than in these pictures!

In fact, there will be many more photos of all the kids as they continue to grow (at quite an alarming rate I might add!).  We are so blessed to have a family that we love so much who all still live in the same city!  We’re so thankful that we get to be around to watch everyone in this next generation grow up! Thanks for so many fun sessions guys!

Heather and James have a new addition!

When I got the email from James and Heather to do baby pictures for them, it took me a second to realize where I recognized their names from.

Oh yeah!  We worked with them through Apartment Life awhile ago!  If you haven’t heard of Apartment Life, well then just keep reading because I’m going to tell you about it!  Apartment Life is an organization that trains up teams and pairs them with apartment complexes where the team lives and plans community events  as a way to assist the management and get to know the residents, with the ultimate goal of extending help and care to the residents in whatever way they need it at the time.

We made so many good friends through Apartment Life and Heather and James are 2 of them! Scottie and I were a team at an apartment complex in Mesa and Heather and James were a team at the same time as us at a complex just down the road.

The reason we got to know them as well as we did is because their complex was very similar to ours (low income families) with similar challenges so we did a lot of idea sharing back and forth with one another.

Scottie and I fulfilled our commitment awhile back and the only contact we’ve had with Heather and James since then was in the Facebook realm (they’re big fans of Radiant’s page) so we were totally excited when we got their email asking us to take pictures of their newborn (whom we didn’t even know existed!).

Their baby was beautiful!  She was a great little model too since she mostly just laid their all cozy on her blanket…

… with the occasional screaming.

Which is not a big deal because I’m pretty convinced that babies have a secret code of honor amongst each other that says they have to cry for a certain amount of time on picture day… it’s just the law.

I always like to sneak in a few photos of crying babies anyways just because that’s part of life and it’s something parents will never get to see again once their kids are grown up!

(Treasure this moment guys, ha ha!).

But for the most part, she was an angel…

…and she was even patient while we sat around in the middle of her session, talking with her parents to get caught up on life!

Heather and James, it was great to see you… congratulations on your new baby girl!

Click to see the rest of the photos of Heather and James’ new little addition!

Old friends reunited and celebrating Maureen & Matt’s engagement!

As I waved goodbye to Maureen on graduation day, I knew I would see her again.

What I didn’t know was what circumstances it would be under!

Maureen and I (Breanna) were friends all through high school.  We ate lunch together every day, walked to classes together, and watched each other stress out over tests, boys (all in vain of course since neither of us ended up with any of the boys we knew in high school) and all the normal high school stuff.

We lost touch for awhile after high school since there was once a time (though I know it’s hard to remember what it was like) when Facebook wasn’t around.  Of course after Facebook’s world take over, Maureen and I found each other and Maureen also found Radiant Photography’s Facebook page (take a second to like our page if you haven’t already!).

She quickly became one of our biggest fans, commenting on new sessions we put up and sending every one of her engaged friends our way.  So when the time came for Maureen to be the one with the ring on her finger she called us before she even set the date just so she could pick a day that we were available!

We met with her and Matt (and we loved him by the way!) and then we headed up to Matt’s family cabin in Payson for the weekend to do their engagement session in the cool mountain air!

Matt and Maureen treated us to a fabulous weekend in the pines, complete with elaborate home cooked meals and a very plush room for us to stay in!

We had a fantastic time relaxing and exploring with them.  Not to mention Maureen and I took full advantage of our time together to catch up on all the “who’s doing what now” stuff from our high school (our men were both patient with us while we threw names of people they didn’t know back and forth).

To kick off our photo session, we shot a couple of photos around the cabin and then headed up to the rim.

As always the rim was stunning, and the post-rain feel made it even more beautiful than usual.

We took our time up there and shot photos until our trigger fingers couldn’t trigger anymore.

Then we headed over to Willow Springs lake to capture a little sunset reflecting in the lake.

Everywhere on the rim looks amazing after it rains and the lake was no exception.

The clouds were fantastic and the sun would peak out at just the right moments.

Not to mention the sunset looked more like a forest fire that day than just regular color in the sky.

This is one of those sessions where we’re just dying to take all the credit, but secretly we know it was all just our luck with the weather and the beautiful sky it brought.

Not to mention, Maureen and Matt were perfect together.  We have so many great photos of them interacting together and having fun.  Again, we can’t pat ourselves on the back for that one… it was all them.  They just chose to relax and be normal in front of the camera, and it worked out in their favor for sure!

Thanks so much to you both for giving us such a fabulous weekend, you treated us like royalty and we milked every minute of it!  We’re so so so SO excited to shoot your wedding!  I can’t believe I get to not only see my old high school friend walk down the aisle, but actually be a part of the event as well.  Thanks for connecting us, Facebook, I love you too!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Maureen and Matt’s beautiful Payson photo session!

Jinny and Paul take a stroll down memory lane

When we asked where they wanted to go for their engagement session, Jinny and Paul knew the spot right away.

It is where they had their first date, where Paul proposed, and now where they had their engagement pictures taken!

This magical place where memories are made is a look out spot up on the rim in Northern AZ.

A place that Jinny has affectionately named “Turtle Rock” because it does indeed look like a little turtle!:-)

As the tradition goes, Jinny and Paul stopped at Subway to grab their picnic lunch before heading up that way.

They pile it all into this awesome picnic basket and then sit around enjoying the view, laughing, and sneaking in a little kiss every now and then!;-)

We deviated from their norm some because instead of heading to a quaint little Italian restaurant for dessert afterwards, we headed to woods canyon lake to continue with the picture taking festivities.

Jinny and Paul met at church in Phoenix, but didn’t have their first date until after Paul moved to Payson.

Hence, the dating traditions that center around places in Payson!

They are now back in the same city planning their wedding and making sporadic trips to Payson together to reminisce and escape the Phoenix summer heat.  Which is also one of the reasons we made the trek for picture day.  Everyone looks better when they DON’T have sweat dripping down their faces!

(Look, they’re laughing at the lame joke I just made! Ha!).

As you can see, Woods Canyon Lake did not disappoint!

It was absolutely beautiful!  It had been raining and there was a nice  fog setting over the lake… something you don’t really get to see a whole lot amidst the scorching pavement in Phoenix.

We were mesmerized and we couldn’t stop taking pictures of it!

Thank you Jinny and Paul for giving us a little tour of your beautiful memory lane!  We had a great time hanging out with you guys and we can’t wait for your wedding!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jinny and Paul’s stroll down memory lane!

Dave and Sarah forever!

The only thing better than shooting a friend’s wedding is knowing that your friend is marrying the love of his life.

That’s how we felt when we shot Dave and Sarah’s wedding.

Watching Dave and Sarah together was like watching happiness being defined.

They just love each other and there is no doubt about it!

It didn’t take long for Sarah to win the hearts of all Dave’s family and friends…

…we know because we fall into that “we love Sarah” friend category.

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

Did we mention how cute some of Dave’s a fore mentioned family members are?!

(You might recognize the little flower girl from one of my favorite family sessions we’ve ever done!).

I think it’s safe to say that Sarah’s friends love Dave as well!

Dave got to be a part of our wedding so we were so excited to be a part of his!

Looking at this studly man in his fantastic tux, you would never guess that he wore a powder blue suit to our wedding, complete with top hat and cane of course!

Don’t worry, he asked our permission first and we thought it was fitting for our funny friend who we’d chosen to be the master of ceremonies at our wedding reception!

(They had some rocking dance moves out there!).


Realizing that we could never out do the Dumb and Dumber-esque ensemble, Scottie and I opted for our regular wedding photographer attire that is meant to help us blend in with guests… not quite the same goal as a blue tuxedo.


Of course being the fun guy that he is… this wedding included as much laughter and celebration as we expected.


Since Dave sparks smiles from everyone around him, I’m so glad that he married a girl with such a spectacular one!;-)


Sarah’s cute, fun loving spirit is part of what helps her fit right in with Dave and his family.

During the ceremony, her laughter was overflowing as Dave’s dad who was officiating made jokes that only major trekkies would understand!

I can’t end this post without adding in a few more of my favorite photos from the day!


You are both headed for so many great things in your life together and we are so glad we got to be there for the big kickoff that’s getting it all started.  Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Dave and Sarah’s big day!