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  • We are the Chansons!

    We are the Chansons! We are Scott and Breanna Chanson and we live and breathe to tell stories…. We were married in 2005, and as we stood saying our vows at the altar, neither of us could've predicted the incredible story our life together would develop into. Since we began shooting weddings in 2006, we've had a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences. We've shot all over the U.S. as well as internationally. We've gained an invaluable following of loyal fans who have encouraged us to continue on… even through the rough times. We've developed ourselves into teachers and mentors for other photographers and small businesses. We've expanded Radiant by adding a new photography team and creating a home base in both Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Through all this, we've discovered that the two most important things to us are people and their stories. Radiant Photography exists to help us meet amazing people and allows us to tell their stories. We hope you enjoy this shared experience into one another's worlds.

Jackie and Charlie’s Wedding – The Sweetest Love Story You’ve Ever Heard (by Josh & Kelley)

Are you ready for the sweetest love story you’ve ever heard?

You know back when you were a kid and you dreamed about the guy/girl that you would marry? Wouldn’t it be exciting if he/she was somebody you already knew? Could it be the boy/girl next door? Well, for Jackie and Charlie, this dream was pretty much a reality.


Charlie and Jackie’s story started WAY back in elementary school.


Adorable little Jackie joined a brand new Sunday school club, and a small but chivalrous Charlie was more than willing to show her the ropes and become one of her first friends in the group.


According to Charlie, they “became instant friends, and started a relationship to last a lifetime.”


Fast forward a few years, and a newly licensed 16-year-old Charlie was picking Jackie up for a Valentine’s day date. As Jackie’s dad spied on the teenagers from the living room window, the always gentlemanly Charlie opened the car door for his date, and they headed out for dinner and a movie.


Jackie told us that she still looks back on that date and remembers how sweet and kind Charlie was the whole night.


Move the clock forward a few more years, and here they are, all grown-up and getting married!


Isn’t that just the sweetest story?


I (Kelley) couldn’t help but keep thinking about it during their entire wedding day.

When they saw each other for the first time…


As they said their “I Do’s”…

And when they shared their first dace…

I couldn’t help but see those sweet little elementary school kids meeting for the first time; having no idea they were meeting the love of their lives.


Jackie and Charlie, you two have a truly AMAZING story, and Josh and I are so glad that we got to be a part of this chapter. We can’t wait to see all the other wonderful things that are in store for you!


Click to see the rest of the photos from Jackie and Charlie’s Wedding here.


October 23, 2013 - 1:05 am

Amy Sites - Beautiful pictures! I love the way you shared their story as you shared their pictures! The wedding was stunning!

April and Justin’s Cowboy Chic Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

If you thought “cowboy” and “chic” do not belong together in the same sentence, think again my friend!

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I’ll start you off by telling you my favorite line April used when describing her and Justin’s upcoming wedding to me. She said, “I’m thinking of this as more of a big barbeque, than a wedding”. After hearing that, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this wedding!

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As it turns out, I found that I (Breanna), really do love big barbeques that also happen to be weddings!

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You not only have the opportunity to wear comfortable shoes at the wedding…

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…use unique decorations…

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(If you like the Cowboy Chic feel and want to see more of April and Justin’s AMAZING decor ideas, then you have to check out the rest of their photos here.)

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….and have way more line dancing than I ever knew existed….

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….but you also get the opportunity to actual enjoy your own day because you’re so relaxed and aren’t stressing about anything!

Even with all those great aspects of April and Justin’s wedding, my truly favorite part was that they chose to have it in the same little town that Scottie and I had our wedding at 8 years ago, Pinetop, Arizona!

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Pinteop is a place where it’s hard to have anything BUT a chill wedding, because it’s such a calm little town in the mountains. So I may be biased, but I think April and Justin chose the perfect place for their laid-back wedding/barbeque!

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There was zero and I mean, ZERO stress on April’s part. She was laughing and partying with the best of them instead of worrying about where each person was or where each decoration wasn’t.

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I really do think April and Justin found the key to a stress free wedding. And that key is called “cowboy chic”.

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(A flask toast during the ceremony!)

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Now, you’ll notice that I’m not just saying plain “cowboy”. I’ve added the chic in there for a good reason because this wedding wasn’t all manure and dusty wranglers… this was a wedding with some real chilled out class!

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It might have been viewed as a barbeque by the bride and groom, but it was still a wedding and they chose to treat it as such in all the right ways (pretty decor, a beautiful wedding dress, etc, etc), while ignoring some of the wrong ways (turning into bridezilla, being sleep deprived for months… or years.. before, etc, etc).

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So April and Justin, I have to say that I think you really have this whole wedding thing down! Which makes sense, considering April did plan weddings for a living in Colorado!

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Congratulations you two! We hope the rest of your marriage is as fun as the wedding day was!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from April and Justin’s Cowboy Chic wedding here.

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Carla and Will’s Perfect Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

When we first spoke to Carla and Will about what they were thinking for an engagement session, I (Breanna) could tell that they were super excited about it and wanted it to be perfect.

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Thus ensued the quest for the perfect location!

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It wasn’t an easy quest either! Sure, there’s a lot of interesting settings near Carla and Will’s home in Los Angeles, but the problem is that once you add in the traffic, those great spots suddenly seem super far apart!

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Above all else, the spot that Carla and Will were really hoping to find was the perfect beach!

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You know, the one that looks all surreal and dreamlike, with less trash than shells, and more kids than bums… that was the goal.

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As I went through the checklist of LA area beaches in my mind, I couldn’t really think of one that fit that description, so we did the next best thing and chose the one that happened to be closest to us in hopes of making it LOOK like the stuff dreams are made of!

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But before we headed off to our beach, we decided to make a little stop because we thought the Venice Canals would be the perfect place to start off this perfect session, with it’s many perfectly manicured yards and houses, and it’s perfectly unique looks!

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So we did just that before heading over to catch a few shots of them with Will’s bike, since riding is something they love doing together!

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After that we headed off to the “imperfect” beach of choice near the Santa Monica Pier.

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As it turns out, a little imperfection can go a long way… ALMOST all the way to perfection in fact!

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We found we had a lot to work with at the beach we ended up at after all!

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Scottie and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out from it, so Carla and Will, I hope you feel the same!

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We can’t wait to hang out with you guys to get some perfect photos on your perfect wedding day! See you then!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Carla and Will’s Perfect Engagement Session.

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April 28, 2014 - 12:41 am

roby bales - You do great work. Thank you for building memories of our kids!..Keep up your great work!

Cherish and Matt’s Musical Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

When I think back to Cherish and Matt’s wedding, I remember a lot of things very fondly.

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There was their incredible venue, Condor’s Nest Ranch, which is one of our (Scott and Breanna’s) all time favorite places to shoot.

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We love all that Condor’s Nest has to offer in terms of different places to shoot, but we were determined to give Matt and Cherish a look that you don’t typically see at CNR, so we spent our time on some more out of the way spots.

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And if you know Cherish and Matt, you know they were more than happy to accommodate and go for as full on unique as they could get!

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Another thing that stands out when I reflect back on Cherish and Matt’s wedding day is their ceremony.

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It was the perfect blend of a Christian and Jewish ceremony to reflect the joining of two different people into one. Cherish and Matt also included something in their ceremony that we have never in all of our wedding photography experiences seen… time for a group photo!

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And how could I get away from writing about Cherish and Matt’s wedding without mentioning the incredible style you see up there at the alter!

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(His favorite part were their gorgeous flower petals that sprinkled the ground!)

I was stunned when I saw the way that Cherish chose to contrast the outdoorsy feel of Condor’s Nest Ranch by choosing full on antique style bridesmaid dresses!

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I (Breanna) loved them when I first saw them, but I found I liked them even MORE when I saw them up at the alter all together! They’re just so stunning aren’t they?!

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Though all this and more comes to mind when I reflect back on Matt and Cherish’s wedding, there is one thing that stands out far above the rest that I have neglected to mention, and that is the music of their wedding.

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The reason it was so amazing is not just because of the songs they chose (though those were amazing and chosen from movies to represent their mutual love and careers), but the real magic in the music of their wedding came from the performers delivering it to us! There were SO many live performances and each one blew me away as much as the one before it!

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Matt performed a surprise song for Cherish that was met with many cheers and tears. Then there was Matt’s sister who performed a BEAUTIFUL solo piece that stunned all with her to-die-for voice! Even the band that Matt and Cherish hired (The Wild Reeds) was a major topic of conversation heard around that night!

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Then there was one other piece of live performance that took me by complete surprise and that was when Matt’s thank you speech turned into a group sing/dance along to the music of “Shout”!

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I’ve never seen anything like it and I will never forget the looks on all the cheering crowd as they joined in with Matt’s musical speech!

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So Cherish and Matt, sure your venue, ceremony, style, and music were things to be remembered, but even above all of that, the thing I will remember the very most from that day is the two of you and how much we loved being there alongside you as you celebrated this momentous time in your lives.

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We were thrilled to be a part of it and couldn’t have been happier to witness two people who we’ve grown to love so much in such a short period of time, commit to love one another for the rest of their lives. You guys rock and we’re so happy for you… and for the fact that we’ve found two wonderful new friends!  Congrats!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Cherish and Matt’s musical wedding.

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Christine and Tom’s Chill Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

When we (Scott & Breanna) first met Christine and Tom, we knew immediately that they were the kind of people we wanted to work with.

We hit it off instantly and had a great time hearing about their wedding plans, as well as sharing in their excitement for the big day. Lucky for us, they felt the connection as well and asked us to be their wedding photographers!

When it came time for their engagement photo session, we were again reminded of how happy we were to be working with them!

We hung out in a cool Shakespearean pub before we started the session, and by the time we headed over to Balboa Park and pulled our cameras out, we felt like old friends!

Which is excellent because like we always say, most people are uncomfortable in front of a camera, so if they’re at least comfortable with the people holding the cameras, they will be able to relax and be themselves more… and that shows up in the photos!

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So Christine and Tom, I’m hoping you were as comfortable and chill with us as you seemed, and that you like the photos all the more for it! We can’t wait to spend more time hanging out with you on one of the most important days of your lives! See you then!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Christine and Tom’s chill engagement session!

September 1, 2013 - 4:06 am

Steve - U two look great together! Have fun I will see ya soon