Yearly Archives: 2012

Megan and Mark’s beach love engagement session

There’s nothing like an engagement session to remind you that your big day is coming soon!

And for Megan and Mark that day is very VERY soon!

So soon in fact that they can hardly stand it! And who can blame them? A wedding in Hawaii is no small event!

Yep, Megan and Mark are making it official the island way and have invited us to come along! Which is awesome because destination weddings are one of our favorite things in the world!

No, not just because of the obvious reason (we get to go to amazing places) but because it gives us such a unique bonding experience with the couple we head there with.

Which is why spending time together before hand (like at this engagement session) is uber important and we were thrilled to get a chance to hang out and get to know this great couple who we’ll be saying aloha to very soon!

As an engagement session should be, this one was a great chance for us all to practice working together. Now when we say, “you know, do that one thing” there’s at least a tiny chance that Megan and Mark might actually know what we mean (if they can read minds).

Or when tell them to laugh on command, there’s at least a small possibility that they won’t just think we’re crazy but they’ll know there’s a good reason we’re telling them to do it (hint: it’s because it tends to make you laugh for real!)!

The engagement session was also a great chance for us to hear about the wedding. Now we feel a little more up to date about their overall style, who they are as a couple, and what kinds of things are important to them.

(For example, we learned that they love the houses at The Montage in Laguna, where we did the session because they’re really into architecture! So we made sure to get those in at least a few of the photos!).

It’s so great for us to have a chance to learn a little more about them because that’s the kind of stuff that factors into us getting the kind of pictures that result in their friends and family members seeing them and saying, “oh that is so THEM”! And that’s always our goal!

Capturing the real personality and heart of a couple on their big day is what we always strive to do. And spending time “practicing” and getting to know them during the engagement session is an important part of that!

So thanks to Megan and Mark for giving us the time and putting their all into planning such a stunning session in such an outstanding location!

I think it’s safe to say you’re putting in that kind of thought and energy into the wedding (except times like 1,000) and I can’t wait to see the results of all your hard work! I have a inkling that it’s going to be pretty spectacular! See you soon!

Click to see the rest of Megan and Mark’s beach love engagement session.

Shannon and Keegan’s Mother and Son Session (by Josh & Kelley)

This family photo session has been a long time coming.

Meet Shannon. She is such a hard working woman.  Get this, she teaches fourth grade (yea, she’s one of those teachers that is there before the sun comes up, stays late, and is usually at the school working on the weekends as well), tutors kids on the side, is working on finishing up her doctorate, AND she’s doing all of this while being a fantastic mom to one of the most crazy cool kindergarten students that I have ever met. Oh yea, meet Keegan.

(Just look at that face, you can already tell that he’s cool!)

When Josh and I heard that Shannon and her son hadn’t had a family photo session done since around the time Keegan was in diapers, we knew we HAD to get some photos of these two together.

Now when I said Keegan is crazy cool, I meant it. Check this kid out!

I don’t think I’ve ever met a kindergarten student with a motorcycle like that. It goes so fast! Guys, I couldn’t even ride a normal bike sans training wheels until like the fourth grade and Keegan was out on this thing doing crazy tricks!

(I think Josh would have asked to try the bike out if I wouldn’t have been around. No joke!)

If I had to pick another way to describe Keegan, other than cool, it would be energetic.

This kid was running around, climbing trees, doing push-ups… but his mom was keeping up with him the whole time!

Shannon and Keegan, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your latest family session! Let’s do it again soon!

(Click to see more of Josh and Kelley’s family photo sessions!)

Amanda and AJ’s creative detail galore wedding!

When Amanda emailed me to tell me that the bridesmaid dress she’d sewn herself had been stolen in it’s UPS box of her bridesmaid’s front porch (yes, that really happened!!!), I thought, “that’s it, Amanda’s going to give up on all her stunning and elaborate DIY wedding details”.

Nope, I was wrong. She re-made the dress weeks before the wedding, and continued on with joy as she completed her wedding decor in her own creative style. Nothing could keep this girl down!

 

This wedding had so many incredibly special details that the full list of them would take up this entire blog! So I’ll just go ahead and give you the highlights so you can have just a taste of how thoughtful and magnificent all the details and events at this wedding really were!

As I mentioned, Amanda HAND MADE all her bridesmaids’ dresses… as well as her flower girls’ dresses!!!

(LOVE the heart shaped braids the flower girls had!!!!).

Yes, that IS talent folks!!! She even made one bridesmaid’s dress twice- thanks to the thievery situation!

She made vintage brooch bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids.

Which all had their own special pins in them to represent each girl. Amanda’s had a camera since she’s an amazing photographer!

She also made  boutonnieres out of vintage jewelry for the dudes.

(To tag yourself in some of the photos, like our Facebook page).

And that was just the beginning of the handmade world at this wedding!

Aside from hand made there were plenty of other details that were very special to Amanda and AJ. TOM’S shoes being one of the biggest ones! All the girls from flower girls to bride to grandma, wore glittery Tom’s!

And Amanda’s served as dual purpose to cover her need for “something blue” as well! Amanda also wore a necklace that her dad gave to her mom on their first date!!! Isn’t that the cutest thing ever?!

As for the rest of her jewelry… Amanda had to actually get her ears pierced so she could wear the stunning Coach earrings that she found and fell in love with!

This wedding was about more than just details though, it was about the people involved.

(The flower girls showing how much they love their grandpa. This is one of my favorite pictures of all time!).

(Even all the mushy love stuff isn’t always enough to entertain a flower girl during a ceremony, so at times she has to take it upon herself to keep things fun!).

Amanda and AJ thought of every clever way in the book to involve their family and friends in their big day as much as possible.

Amanda’s mom and grandma made the wedding cake, they had a friend perform their ceremony, and Amanda’s cousin did all kinds of special (and wonderful I might add) musical performances.

And last but not least, one of my favorite parts was when Amanda’s grandfather serenaded us all with a couple of beautiful Italian songs during the reception.

It was a time to remember for all!

Amanda and AJ, you guys have been some of the most awesome clients we’ve ever had. Both you and your families have been a huge blessing to us throughout this process and there’s nothing you guys could do to make us love you more!

(I love how Amanda’s mom is looking at her in this picture. So happy!).

You’ve all meant the world to us and done so much to build us up and support us in all that we do. Thanks for being such amazing people and for letting some of that amazingness leak on over to us.

You guys are the best!

Congrats to you both, you so deserve a happily ever after!

Click to see the rest of Amanda and AJ’s creative detail galore wedding!

Christine and Marc’s high expectation exceeding wedding

A wedding for one of our biggest fans, huh? That’s pretty exciting, but also quite a challenge!

Christine has been following Radiant’s work since day one. Which means she’s seen everything we’ve ever done and knows exactly what to expect from Radiant photos!

Not to mention she’s been dreaming about having Radiant at her wedding since that first day we showed up with cameras slung around our necks. She even sent an email to us only a couple of hours after getting engaged to start checking dates that we were available!

To say that she had high expectations for the day we showed up at HER wedding with camera’s slung around our necks, would be an understatement!

Luckily, those high expectations didn’t phase us though… I mean how could it?! It was CHRISTINE’S wedding. Scottie and I have been friends with Christine since before we were even friends with each other so we’ve been to a lot of parties and a lot of weddings with her and every time we left one of those events, we’d say the same thing. “I can’t wait until Christine gets married… her wedding is going to be SOOOOO much fun!!”

Whenever I’d show up to a wedding that Christine was at, I knew I was going to get to do some dancing that night! That’s because Christine always closes out the dance floor, which means she’d be around for at least a little bit of time once I got off the clock, so I always got to dance to at least one song with her. And dancing with Christine on just one song even is enough fun to last you a week!

So though she had high expectations for us, I’d say we returned the favor by having high expectations ourselves for how great her wedding would be! And we were not disappointed!

The venue they chose was a piece of private property owned by Marc’s good friends and Christine knew it was where she wanted to get married the first time she ever saw it! I can see why!  The place was a perfect fit for them and very different from what you typically find in Phoenix!

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

The wedding day and the photography on the wedding day were not the only things trying to meet a pretty high bar. We also had some pretty high expectations placed on the guy Christine was choosing to marry, and on that end… we were a little disappointed.

JUST KIDDING MARC!!!

That’s totally not true!

(I love this picture of him waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle!).

Before we had actually met Marc, we’d heard nothing but good reviews from some of the toughest critics like Christine’s sister and brother and law who love Christine dearly and want only the best for her.

Everyone we talked to about the impending matrimony said something to the extent of, “oh yeah, he’s the one and there’s no doubt about it. Also, they seriously need to get their PDA in check!”.

Ha ha, they are in love and they don’t care who knows it!

Once we met Marc, we confirmed that all the rumors about how amazing he is are true and then proceeded to enjoy watching them interact and be madly in love on their wedding day!

 

It seriously was such a beautiful day that we were so happy we got to be a part of!

It was also fun to work alongside so many of our friends that we’ve worked with over the years like Ivy from “The Garage by Ivy” who did all the stunning flowers…

…and Jay and Chelsea from Everly Films who did all the videography (see Christine and Marc’s wedding video here). Add to that our favorite wedding guest becoming the bride and we were all one big wedding family reunion!

Thanks to Christine and Marc for bringing us in on something so special to the two of them.

We can’t even tell you how excited we are for you guys! Major congratulations to you both! We love you!

Click to see the rest of Christine and Marc’s wedding photos here.

Bridget’s beautiful senior session in an unlikely location.

I must say, Bridget had some great ideas for her senior session.

Which is why I was super sad when they didn’t work out! Apparently, trying to represent Bridget’s future goals as a marine biologist is a fairly hard thing to do when you are surrounded by desert, desert, and more desert on all sides!

So even though we had to scrap the ocean life ideas, I have to say I’m not all that sad about it because I wouldn’t trade what we ended up getting for all the sea turtle photos in the world!

Bridget ended up choosing a dead pecan tree grove as the place for her session. Which sounds like a weird place for senior photos, until you see what can be done with it!

Luckily, her mom has an artistic eye as well so she was able to see the potential of the place rather than think her daughter was insane when she told her where she wanted to go!

I was psyched when I heard we were going to the grove, and that excitement level was kicked up by like 10 points when I saw the bright red dress Bridget was wearing when we pulled up!

So much so that we even asked her to put it back on at the end of the session to do the part that all of us had been looking forward to the whole time… the creepy part!

I was so happy when Bridget said she really liked the creepy aspect of the old dried up tree branches.

Sounds like fun experimenting time to me! And that it was! Once the sun went down we brought out the flashes and got our creep on!

And the results were AWESOME!

Thanks so much to Bridget and her mom, who saw the beautiful potential behind something most people would believe to be ugly, and who were willing to trust our artistic vision enough to be able to do something with the potential they were handing us.

I hope you guys love the results of your adventurous spirit as much as we do!

Click to see the rest of Bridget’s beautiful senior session in an unlikely location.