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  • 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.

Lisa and Bob’s Home on the Ranch Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Scottie and I (Breanna) have been photographers for quite awhile now.

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…..and yet there was one type of photo shoot we’d never done and didn’t even know existed for that matter….

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…animal head shots! So imagine our surprise when Lisa & Bob called us up to do that very thing!

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Let me give you a little more background here! Lisa and Bob own one of our all time favorite wedding venues to shoot at…. The Condor’s Nest Ranch, in Pala, California. If you don’t believe me that it’s one of the best wedding venues around, here are some of our photos from weddings there to help prove it.

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It’s this amazing ranch up in the mountains that is complete with Lisa and Bob’s amazing vintage collection of just about everything you could want, not to mention a gorgeous green house, old cars, a beautiful barn, and of course… the animals who live there!

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So when it came time for Lisa and Bob to get some new family photos done they called us up and then mentioned, “oh yeah, and we’d really love some head shots of the animals if you don’t mind… and we promise we won’t make you do chickens!”

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(No, she didn’t lie, there aren’t any official chicken head shots we had to do!)

So we were like, “Um, OK I guess we can do animal head shots?” Well it turns out that we could do it and I must say, Scottie was particularly talented at it!

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Of course it helped that we both made a new BFF!

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(That was literally the only way Scottie could shoot as long as his new bestie was hanging around… which was always!)

Lisa’s little friend was more on the subtle side… except for when he gave kisses!

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But then again that MIGHT have just been a permanent condition!

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Besides getting animal head shots, we also got some great photos of Lisa loving their property and all that it has to offer, as well as a few of Lisa and Bob enjoying it together (once he was done with multiple property tours that day since everyone and their mother wants to get married there!).

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I could go on and on about how amazing The Condor’s Nest Ranch is, but I think it’s better if I let these pictures and the ones from  the weddings we’ve shot there do the talking!

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Lisa and Bob, Congratulations on creating one of the best wedding venues in Southern California and for being so amazing to work with that we can’t get enough of being a part of weddings with you!

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Thanks for providing us with some of the most amazing photos of our career…. and now that we’ve done the animal head shots, with some of the most UNIQUE photos of our career!

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We’ve loved spending time with the two of you, your staff, your many pets, and of course with your gorgeous patio view! Thanks for giving us the kind of chill, gorgeous, unique, fun, and all round perfect places to spend so much of our time at! We hope to see you there many more times in the coming years!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Lisa and Bob’s Home on the Ranch Photo shoot!
Click to see the photos from the weddings we’ve shot at The Condor’s Nest Ranch!

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March 15, 2014 - 4:58 am

Lisa Biesterfeld - I love these! You two are so talented and we also love hanging out with you two! I can’t tell you how much fun I had that day – I can’t thank you both enough! xo

March 15, 2014 - 4:32 pm

DJ JAKE - Great shots guys, love it! I thought Lisa was going to have you stage a farm animal wedding at first haha, see you guys up there soon!

Ashley and Thacher’s Valentine’s Engagement Session (by Scott & Breanna)

You know the feeling when you’re trying to plan an amazing and memorable Valentine’s Day, only all the restaurants you call are booked, you’ve seen all the good movies, and it’s too late to do anything really creative? Well I’d like to say that we (Scott & Breanna) saved Ashley and Thacher from that very frustrated Valentine’s Day fate!

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If you thought cupid was the only one running around like crazy on Valentine’s Day, think again because Ashley, Thacher, Scottie, and myself were also doing our best to conjure up some love and then capture it in photos!

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I think we succeeded on our quest!

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But really, how could you fail on Valentine’s Day? Everywhere we went in Laguna there were couples all dressed up, cuddling together, smiling as big as possible… I mean it would’ve taken a miracle for Ashley and Thacher to resist the Valentine’s spirit!

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While I adore these pictures, I have to humbly admit that Scottie and myself can’t take full credit for them. Don’t get me wrong, we were definitely on our A game that day! BUT that little something special added in there is just the magic in the air that I never fully realized Valentine’s Day has!

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Another factor I can’t take credit for in these photos is that Ashley and Thacher were up for whatever it took to get the perfect photo (even if that meant hopping into the Pacific in February!).

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Despite their ability to absolutely kill it on the “perfect” photos, they are such a cute couple together that it’s actually the “imperfect” photos of them that I love the best!

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Ashley and Thacher were definitely naturals at this whole photo session thing, but what we loved the most about working with them is that they are people we truly enjoyed spending time with! I guess technically speaking we were working, but it definitely didn’t feel like it because we were having so much fun with them!

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Thanks for sharing your Valentine’s Day with us! I think it’s safe to say you achieved the almost unachievable by nailing a perfectly amazing and memorable Valentine’s Day.

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Click to see the rest of Ashley and Thacher’s Valentine’s Engagement Session here.

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Ashley and Tyler’s Western Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

You may have noticed something about us here at Radiant Photography….

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… we have a lot of cousins!

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(No, not all of those people are our cousins, but a good number of them are!)

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Lucky for us, we love them all dearly!

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(How could we not?! )

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And lucky for them too I guess because they get wedding photos out of the deal!

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This cousin is no exception to the cousinly love that floods Radiant. This is my (Breanna’s) cousin, Ashley.

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The funniest thing I can remember about the little girl version of Ashley was how scared she was of movies growing up. Not of scary movies, just of every movie.

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I, being the wise and older cousin I was, remember rolling my eyes when she cried at, no not the Exorcist, but Pinocchio, and I was forced to shut it off. Oh and don’t even MENTION the name E.T. to her to this day (Sorry Ashley, I hope you don’t have night terrors tonight because I mentioned the “E” word)!

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So Ashley, I’m sorry if I scarred you for life with my children’s “horror” movies, but I’d like to believe you’re now stronger for it thanks to me!

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While I don’t have any childhood memories of Ashley’s new husband, Tyler…

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…I do have lots of great ones that involve him playing with their two kids, Kenzie and Cayden. Though I’m sorry that I couldn’t post the best one from the wedding (of Tyler helping Cayden pee behind a tree), because it just seemed inappropriate somehow!

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Now I have some new favorite memories surrounding both Ashley and Tyler and those are from their wedding day. My favorite wedding day memory with Ashley is of her and her dad doing their father/daughter dance to the most ridiculously emotional song I’ve ever heard in my life.

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It was “You’re the Only Little Girl” by Steve and Annie Chapman. Apparently there’s a recording out there somewhere of Ashley singing this song to her dad (complete with costuming) on father’s day when she was 3. If I thought I was overly emotional about the song all by itself (it involves an actual little girl singing to her dad), hearing that story pushed me over the edge! Seriously, Listen to it, you’re going to die! Great, now I’m crying again!

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There are tons of sweet memories and moments that I’ll remember about Tyler on his wedding day, but this blog wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning the truly cool part of his many sentiments, and that is THE CAR!

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It was his grandfather’s car that he had shipped from Minnesota to Arizona the week of the wedding and then spent time fixing up to be displayed on the big day.

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(Here’s Tyler, his dad, and his brother, with his grandfather’s car).

Those were just a couple of the many highlights to this day.

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There were of course so many other things that everyone involved in this beautiful wedding day will remember…

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…there was the location (Schnepf Farms)…

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…. the stunning bridal party….

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(Help spread Ashley and Tyler’s pictures around by liking and sharing from our Facebook page!)

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…. the adorable ring bearer and flower girl….

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… and last but not least, there was the happy couple!

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Overall it was an amazing wedding with wonderful people that we love. Scottie and I couldn’t be happier for you, Ashley and Tyler. We hope the years to come are the best yet for you and we’re so happy we get to be a part of them!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashley and Tyler’s Western Wedding.

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Katie and Nathan Are Awesome… Just Because (by Josh & Kelley)

Katie and Nathan are some of the most awesome people on the planet.

Josh and I (Kelley) may be biased since these two are really great friends of ours… But I think not.


Nope. They’re just plain awesome whether you’re friends with them or not.

You know what else is awesome? “Just because” photo sessions.


Katie and Nathan aren’t engaged (they’ve been there and done that), they’re not celebrating an anniversary, they’re not even giving each other a photo session as a gift.

They just wanted to get photos together. No excuse needed.

I think Josh and I may need to follow suit, because this “just because” session was a BLAST!

Thank you for the inspiration you two, and thanks again letting us capture a few memories for you.

Click to see the rest of Nathan and Katie’s “just because” session.

MOPS/MOMSnext Fundraiser Photo Sessions (by Josh & Kelley)

Over the course of November and early December, Josh and I (Kelley) had the opportunity to work with two awesome and inspiring groups at Desert Springs Bible Church (DSBC) here in Phoenix. When Sherri and Nicole, the coordinators of DSBC’s MOPS and MOMSnext groups, approached us about doing a photo fundraiser for their programs, we were on board right away!

So many of our friends have benefited from the awesome work MOPS/MOMSnext does, and we’ve always appreciated their mission. So, we got to work setting up family photo sessions that would benefit these programs. In the end, we not only got to help support these programs, but we also had the pleasure of meeting and working with 12 awesome families that signed up!

What are these programs? Great question, and who better to answer that question than Sherri and Nicole, the woman behind MOPS and MOMSnext at DSBC.

K: Hello ladies, can you please take a second to introduce yourselves?

Sherri: Hi, my name is Sherri Wouters. I am currently the Coordinator of MOPS. I have 3 kids, ages 5, 3. and 1. This is my 6th year in MOPS at Desert Springs!

Nicole: Hi, I’m Nicole Durr, Coordinator for MOMSnext. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Bob, and we will be celebrating our 13th anniversary this year.  We have two children, Ryan (9) and Mackenzie (8).  I have worked for The Hendrickson Law Firm for the past 15 years as a paralegal, and my husband and I own our own central vacuum system company, Vactrax. 

K: Wow, it sounds like you are some busy ladies! I know both of you are involved in either MOPS or MOMSnext, what exactly are these programs?

Sherri: MOPS is Mother’s of Preschoolers, or mothers of children. We serve families with children who are infant – kindergarten aged. MOPS is more than just a mom’s group, it’s here to encourage women in this stage of their life. We welcome all women, and we provide mentoring, leadership development, honest conversation, relevant teachings, creative activities, and, of course, childcare (for that much needed break for moms). With a Christ centered focus, we are here to bless and encourage moms! 

Nicole: MOMSnext is very similar, except we serve moms with school-aged kids. 

K: I know you both put quite a bit of your time and energy into MOPS/MOMSnext. Why are these programs so important?

Sherri: Unfortunately, after many women have children, they start to feel like they don’t have a support system. Many of them don’t know other moms, and they feel like no one understands what they’re going through.

These programs are here to encourage moms and offer that support system! Just last week, a mom sent an e-mail inquiring about our MOPS group. I called the mom that day to extend the invitation to our group. The mom explained that she and her family had moved here 3 years ago, and she still doesn’t know anyone! She is at home with a 2 year old and a 2 week old, and some of her struggles are the exact same struggles that almost every mother faces. It was such a blessing to her to have someone reach out, invite her, and then be able to take part in our meeting! She’s now loving being connected to our group of moms!

Nicole: It’s true, these programs are both so important! We want to help moms know they are not alone, by coming alongside and supporting each other.  Life with kids is a crazy adventure, and we want to embrace the beautiful mess while relying on the message of Christ.
 

K: How did you first get involved in MOPS/MOMSnext?

Nicole: I was invited to MOPS in 2009 by a friend.

Sherri: I got involved in MOPS after I had my first child. None of my friends had kids yet, and I suddenly found myself searching to find others who were in the same boat as me. I noticed a blurb on MOPS in the church bulletin one day, and I attended my first meeting soon after. I’m now in my 6th year with MOPS. It has encouraged me as a mom, as a wife, and as a woman!

K. So you joined up a few years back… What made you decide to become involved in MOPS/MOMSnext leadership?

Nicole: I joined the leadership team in 2010 because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to make sure the moms that came to MOPS/MOMSnext knew they were cared for. I also wanted to be a part of something that would help my relationship with Christ grow deeper.  

Sherri: After being in MOPS for 3 years, and being strengthened and encouraged by my leaders, the MOPS coordinator asked if I would like to be a leader. I knew right away that this was my chance to start giving back to these moms, the same way they had given to me in my first few years in MOPS.

K: It sounds like you two really have a heart for serving these women! What kinds of things do you ladies do at your MOPS/MOMSnext meetings?

Sherri: Our MOPS meetings always start with a full breakfast! As mothers of little ones, we don’t often get to sit and just enjoy a meal, so this is something that’s really wonderful for us. After we eat, our meetings differ. We may have a speaker, a craft, or maybe even a game. No matter what, we always make time to break into our smaller groups and have discussion and time for prayer!

Nicole: Our MOMSnext meetings are pretty similar. At our meetings, we share a meal, talk about what’s going on in our lives, and have a chance to hear from speakers whose words inspire us, teach us, and make us want to be better. 

K. How have you seen MOPS/MOMSnext impact the lives of the women in these groups?

Nicole: There are so many stories/lives impacted by the MOPS/MOMSnext ministries. I love to watch a new mom come in alone, and then find her laughing and planning playdates by the end of the meeting. True friendships are formed in these groups!

Sherri: I don’t have one specific event or story, but I do know that every year we have at least one (if not more) woman come in feeling the typical kind of craziness that mothers experience. Over the course of our meetings, you can see more and more contentment flow over these women each time we meet. In fact, they get upset if they have to miss a meeting! Women in our groups are really connecting with the other mothers and being filled up so they can be the best mother/wife/woman they can be!

K. It sounds like the MOPS/MOMSnext groups at DSBC are doing amazing things! Thank you so much for letting Radiant Photography, and Josh and I, have the opportunity to help you guys in your mission to empower and uplift these awesome women!

And a HUGE thank you to everyone that supported DSBC MOPS and MOMSnext by signing up for these photo sessions. Josh and I had a blast meeting and working with all of you, and I know the MOPS and MOMSnext groups appreciate what you’ve done to help!