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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.

Courtney and David’s Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Josh and I (Kelley) were excited about Courtney and David’s plan for a Flagstaff wedding from the get-go.

Pine trees, cool weather, and scenic views? Yes please! We were on board!


So, when they told us they wanted to have their engagement session in Flagstaff as well, we were DOUBLE excited!


Seriously friends, any chance to get out of Phoenix and escape the heat, and we’re game!

It does of course help when we know we’re going to get the chance to work with super awesome people like David and Courtney.


True story: Despite Courtney having almost no voice on the day of their engagement session (the poor gal was getting over a cold), the four of us talked almost non-stop all the way to and from their photo location… And it was about a 90 minute round-trip drive. Obviously we enjoyed each other’s company  :)


These two have spent so much time together in Flagstaff; it’s only natural that they want these extra special events (their engagement and wedding) to take place there as well.

Unlike Phoenix, Flagstaff is an area of Arizona that actually undergoes multiple seasons throughout the year.


Luckily for Courtney and David, this means they get to experience a beautifully warm and floral filled Flagstaff for their wedding, and they got to use the fantastic colors of Flagstaff in the fall for their engagement session backdrop.


Beautiful surroundings aside, could these two look anymore perfect for each other? They’re such a great match!


David and Courtney, Josh and I are so happy, that we not only get to be a part of your engagement and wedding day plans, but that we also get multiple chances to hang out with the two of you!


You’re so wonderful together, and we know that your upcoming marriage is going to be a GREAT one!

See the rest of Courtney and David’s Flagstaff Engagement Session HERE.


 

Tina and Martin’s Classy Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

You don’t have to know Tina and Martin for very long to realize that they are a classy sort of couple.

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So it only made sense to do an engagement session that could at least TRY to be as classy as Tina and Martin themselves are! I say “try” because really, who or what could out sophisticate these two??

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The only way to even attempt to have an environment as classically classy as these two are, was to go to a couple of Martin’s friend’s houses to capture some of the timeless beauty that Los Angeles has to offer.

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So we started off at an estate in Bel Air where we captured the couple in their more casual moments as they strolled through the garden (while pretending that it WASN’T raining!)….

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… as they cuddled up on an awesome stair case that reminded me of something from the jungles of an Indian Jones movie….

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… and posed for a moment to capture the beautiful cloudy sky that loomed over us as it continuously threatened to put a quick end to our session!

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Luckily the clouds were just joking and they kept off long enough for us to head over to our second location. We went to the home of one of Martin’s other friends who lives in the Hollywood Hills and has THE most gorgeous view of Los Angeles that either Scottie or myself (Breanna) have seen since we moved here.

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This was the ultimate moment for Tina and Martin’s sophistication to shine.

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Or not.

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As you’ve seen, Tina and Martin can class it up with the best of them, but they won’t ever let their fabulous style get in the way of having a little bit of fun!

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Since we are in the business of communicating who people are through photos, we couldn’t let this session go by without showing a bit of the goofy side that these two have when they’re together!

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Martin and Tina, you guys are such a perfect couple! We love that you can look drop dead amazing and also throw in some hearty laughs at the same time so you don’t take yourselves too seriously. It’s the perfect balance and you guys seem to bring that out in one another.

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I’m sure your wedding will be an amazing balance of both fun and sophistication, showing off how you perfectly balance one another. I think it’s going to be an fantastic day!

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Click to see the rest of Martin and Tina’s Classy Engagement Session Here.

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Jackie and Anthony’s Emotional Wedding Day (by Scott & Breanna)

Have you ever been to one of those weddings where everyone is super emotional the whole time and it’s unlikely you’ll get through any part of the day without at least a few happy tears being shed?

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I’ve been to some like that too, but I can say for a fact that none of them even hold a candle to the amount of tears that were shed at Jackie and Anthony’s wedding at The Crossings at Carlsbad!

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Out of all the weddings we (Scottie & Breanna) have photographed, none have provided us with as many tearful or joyful shots as this one did! And as you can see, we ate it up!

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If there was a laugh, we were there with camera in hand, if we heard a sniffle behind us, we were quick to twirl around to capture the accompanying tender expression.

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(I LOVE the one above with Jackie’s brand new husband and her younger brother!!!)

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It made us feel like we were amazing photographers to capture so many candid emotional moments, but the truth is, that’s just what the entire wedding was and it’s not our photography that made these pictures special, it’s the people in them and the love they feel for one another that did the trick.

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Jackie and Anthony’s family and bridal party weren’t the only one who were right there with them in emotional solidarity that day…

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(Help spread Jackie and Anthony’s photos around by tagging and sharing through our Facebook page!)

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…the entire room at the reception was filled with all sorts of people from different areas of their lives who were all laughing boisterously while trying to wipe their tear smudged makeup before we could capture it!

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You would only have to be at this wedding for 5 seconds to be able to see that Jackie and Anthony are truly amazing people who’s lives have affected many others very deeply.

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That was my (Breanna’s) favorite part about this wedding… the fact that so many spontaneous loving moments were happening constantly all night, purely because Jackie and Anthony are so loved, and extend so much love to everyone around them.

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This wedding was a celebration of not only Jackie and Anthony’s love for each other, but of that of everyone around them.

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It was like a “this is your life” kind of night where everyone whom you’ve touched and who’s been changed by your mere presence on this earth comes to tell you what you’ve done for them.

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Needless to say, this was a truly special kind of wedding. And Jackie and Anthony were blessed enough to experience it because they are such a blessing to others.

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Special thanks to Jackie and Anthony for letting us be a part of such an incredibly special day for the two of you. You made us feel like we were your guests, not just your hired photographers, and that says so much about who you are and how you treat people.

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If your effect on the world has been this powerful separately, we can’t wait to see what happens now that you’re a team! Congratulations!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Jackie and Anthony’s emotional wedding here.

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Kelly and Andrew’s Sunny Unique Session (by Scott & Breanna)

It was the day after Kelly and Andrew’s wedding and we were all getting amped up for another photo session!

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That’s right! We (Scott & Breanna) were taking even more photos the day after their wedding! Why would we do that you ask? Well there are many reasons…

1. Kelly and Andrew get a chance to have two locations for their wedding photos! So instead of just having a vineyard wedding, Kelly and Andrew got to have a vineyard/cliffs/field/ beach wedding!!! It’s the best of all worlds!

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2. We have the time freedom to let the photos take us to where they need to. Needless to say, we’re on a pretty tight schedule on the day of the wedding, so going out the day after allows us to have a chance to give Kelly and Andrew’s photos the time they deserve to get them JUST right!

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3. We have a second chance for good weather if it happens to be raining on the wedding day! Actually, this time we were a little worried about it being rainy the day after the wedding . Luckily, it turned out that we (Scott and Breanna) were just looking at the wrong location on the weather app (phew!). The actual Laguna we were going to that day had the kind of clear skies and bright sunshine that Kelly and Andrew really wanted!

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4. Our hands are untied! All of the constraints that go hand in hand with a wedding day are gone and we are freed up to shine and to get the “wedding day” photos that are typically our couples very favorites!!!

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So Kelly and Andrew, thank you for giving us the opportunity to do our very best possible for you and for being so great in planning the perfect Unique Session.

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You did a great job coming up with the props, location, and all! You really put the effort in to make it great and I think it was well worth it! Congrats again! We can’t wait to see what great things you do together in the future!

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Click to see Kelly and Andrew’s wedding photos.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Kelly and Andrew’s Sunny Unique Session.

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Nicole’s Family Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

We (Josh and Kelley) had the pleasure of meeting Nicole during a wedding we photographed last October.

Then, about a month ago, Nicole contacted us about doing a maternity session.


For this second bundle of joy (her and her husband already have one adorable little girl), she wanted her maternity session to be a family ordeal.


We LOVED this idea!


It’s such a sweet way to show where they are as a whole family at this moment in time.


They already have the one of the most adorable (and well-behaved) three-year-olds we’ve EVER met!


So that new addition is going to have some serious competition when it comes to claiming the title of cutest family member. We have a feeling they’re going to tie for first.


Congratulations on the amazing family that you already have Nicole. We’re so excited that it will be growing into an even more epically awesome family in the near future!


See more of Nicole’s Family Maternity Session HERE.