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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.

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

The Many Moments of Lisa and Ted’s Wedding Story (by Scott & Breanna)

We all know it’s those little moments in life that make up the whole.

So of course a wedding day is no different.

Every wedding that we (Scott and Breanna) attend has it’s own special blend of moments, and it’s our job to capture them not as separate pieces, but in a way that molds them together to form the larger story they tell.

Like our other weddings, Lisa and Ted’s was a series of beautiful and memorable moments, all linked together to create their story. But unlike other weddings, the moments that made up Lisa and Ted’s story were wonderfully and uniquely them.

If I had to choose, I’d say that my favorite of their many moments were the emotionally expressive ones. Good thing too, because there were a lot of those!

Their reveal moment alone contained more of those beautiful emotional moments than I could include in this single post!

(Click here to find out some of the reasons Lisa and Ted chose to see one another before the ceremony!).

Of course their ceremony itself had it’s fair share of amazing moments as well!

And not to be left out, the reception held it’s own in the emotional moments department!

As is true in any good story, there were many different kinds of wonderful moments on that day, and there were equally as many different types of emotions to suit the various moments! Everything from serious and tearful, to joyful and celebratory were present and accounted for that day.

(I LOVE this one of Ted and his mom practicing their dance in the kitchen while everyone just goes about their business!)

As in any Radiant Photography wedding (especially those held at Condor’s Nest Ranch!), there were also moments of picture time that demanded to be shown off to you as a part of Lisa and Ted’s story… and as a part of our own story!

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Lisa and Ted, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your story. Not only was it an incredible one that anyone would’ve been happy to be involved in, but it was also a very special one to the two of you, which makes it all the more meaningful that you chose us to be a part of it and trusted us to capture it for you.

Congratulations on being a new Mr. and Mrs.!

Click to see the rest of Lisa and Ted’s Wedding Photos here.

 

Chloe’s Beachy Senior Session (by Scottie & Breanna)

I’m not sure what Chloe’s final graduating GPA will be, but I do know for a fact that she’s smart.

How do I know? Because she decided that having her senior photos taken on the beach in 70 degree weather was better than getting them done in her hometown in Arizona where it was 115 degrees!

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It actually was a fantastic idea! Chloe grew up vising San Clemente with her family each summer, so what better place to capture the memories as she moves on towards leaving her childhood behind?

The location also worked out well for us (Scottie & Breanna) since we did senior sessions for Chloe’s brothers when we lived in Arizona and now that we’ve moved out to California, we couldn’t have been happier to have her follow us out here for her session!

As you can see, my suspicions about Chloe’s high intelligence being reflected in her location choice, are correct. Because we got some AMAZING shots that only a Southern California beach can give you!

Along with those shots, came some great memories of times along the San Clemente pier captured!

Not to mention the one especially amazing memory of the trip out there that stands out above the rest because it was the time she had her senior photos taken!

Chloe, we hope you enjoy every second as you finish out your high school experience and head off towards new adventures! We are so happy you chose to do your session in California and that we got to be a part of it! Good luck on all you do in the future… especially on those volleyball skillz!

We look forward to seeing all the places you’ll be heading off to!


Click to see the rest of the photos from Chloe’s Beachy senior session.

August 21, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Mel - Chloe!!!! These are awesome! What a great idea! Obviously, Nat and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the action shot of you attacking that ball!!!
These pics show that you are so beautiful, inside and out!
See you on the court, girlie
(and we know the other half of radiant photography, Josh and Kelley)