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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.

A Double Photo Session With Friends, Family, and Lots Fury Pals (by Josh & Kelley)

This is the James Family, otherwise known as Josh, Jennifer, and Imani. They’re pretty stinking sweet aren’t they?

Josh (my husband Josh, not the many guy in these photos) and I were lucky enough to take photos for the James family way back when Imani was only 6 months old and could barely even sit up on her own.

(This is from our first session with tiny little 6-month-old Imani.)

Imani has obviously grown quite a bit. Now almost two, she’s moved way past sitting up and is now on to jumping, running, giggling, and riding her tricycle.

Believe it or not, little Imani has only gotten cuter with time.

Ever since that first six-month-old session, Jennifer and I have been throwing around ideas for a second session, but the timing was never quite right.

So this year, when she contacted me and asked about mini-sessions, my heart dropped when I thought about the fact that we wouldn’t be doing mini-sessions this year.

I knew we needed to find a way to get this family in front of our cameras again. So, understanding they didn’t need WHOLE session to themselves, I proposed that the James family split a photo session with a few friends.

Jennifer loved the idea and knew just who to ask!

Meet John, Amanda, and their three furry friends Cody, Abby, and Lucy.

Amanda works with Jennifer and was more than happy to split a photo session with her. The two of them decided on a location, and Josh and I headed over there and spent the first half of the session taking photos of Amanda and John’s family, and the second half talking photos of the James family.

It was a wonderfully busy time; chasing dogs around during the first half of the session, and running after a toddler during the second half. But, it was a BLAST!

We’re so glad that we got to meet the John and Amanda (and their fury family members too). They’ve got to be some of the most laid back and friendly people we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Oh, and with three big dogs (one of them still a puppy) and a baby on the way, you know they’re brave!

Amanda joked that she’s sure once the baby arrives home and starts to cry, the dogs will likely react by crying right along with it, and she’ll suddenly be comforting four rather than one.

All I know is that house likely is, and will continue to be, one full of action and fun! Although, according to Amanda the dogs just laid around the house and slept the day after the photoshoot. Apparently we wore them out!

Josh and I are so glad that this session worked out so well. It was so much fun to do a second shoot with the James family, and meeting Amanda and John was fabulous.

Click here to see more photos from the James family, and here to see more photos from Amanda and John’s session.

Donna and Brian’s Best of the Best Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

When Donna and Brian got engaged, they knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding… why, the best of the best of course!!

Who doesn’t want that?! But Donna and Brian not only wanted it for their wedding, they actually succeeded in pulling it off! Nothing about this wedding was done half way or just enough. Every little detail from the decor to the dinner, was done with absolute perfection and made this wedding one to remember!

First things first… the DRESS! Donna’s dress was gorgeous!!! It couldn’t have been more perfect for her!

But what are the best of the best details without a background that’s the best of the best to match?! That’s where The Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club come in! This is our second wedding there (see our first here) and both times we have been floored by the beauty of this wedding venue!

I mean, how can you top that view?! But the view isn’t the only thing Superstition has… they also have… you guessed it… the best of the best team working there! The events manager, Tracy, is around making sure everything has what they need and that everyone is getting the most out of the venue as possible! Thanks, Tracy!

But the amount of great people involved in this wedding doesn’t stop there! For one, NoBox Films was an incredible team for us to work with and we were thrilled to get to spend the day with two people as awesome as this team is! As I said… the best of the best for every piece of this wedding including the behind the scenes people, like NoBox, that were helping to make it all happen!

And then there was Cara from A Day to Cherish Weddings and Celebrations, who was so amazing that I don’t even know where to begin!!! Let’s just say that Cara was MORE than a little on top of pulling off every detail from big to small to make the vision that Donna and Brian had in their heads come to life!

Whenever I see good planners at work, I’m just absolutely amazed at all they do… all at once of course… and how well they do it all! And Cara of course… is the best of the best at doing all of that and more! Cara, you did such an incredible job at this wedding and you impressed me over and over again from the planning that went into it before, to your organized and talented work the day of. We couldn’t have been happier having you to work with on this wedding!

Out of all the best of the best things about this wedding, my absolute favorite part was watching Donna and Brian interact with their kids. You see, this wedding was an extra special one in that it was about joining more than just two people together, it was about joining a family together.

Donna and Brian did such an incredible job incorporating their kids. They did everything from making them a part of the bridal party, to dancing with them and it was absolutely beautiful to watch them being a part of such an important event together.

So to Donna and Brian, you did it! You planned one of the most absolutely perfect weddings ever! It had everything from beauty in the details to beauty in the relationships and it was a complete wonder to witness. Thanks so much for choosing us to be a part of such a special time in your lives! Congratulations!

 

 

Michael’s shadowy senior session (by Scott & Breanna)

One glance at Michael and you immediately know he’s a cool guy.

But you still don’t know the half of it. He’s even cooler than you think, that’s because he’s our nephew which obviously automatically triples his cool points.

You’d think doing photos for family would be easy, right? Well it is if your family member isn’t super witty and sarcastic! I’ve definitely never been actually mocked by one of my clients while doing their photo session before!!

It threw me (Breanna) off at first, but it didn’t take me long to recover and remember that, oh wait, I’m better at this game than he is (I can say that because he isn’t here to defend himself… who’s winning now, Michael?!).

 

I will say that it’s definitely easier to draw people out for the camera when you know them so well!

It’s also easy to take pictures of Michael because he is pretty amazing at posing! He’s got his look nailed. I mean, check out that Blue Steel! I don’t think Derek Zoolander himself could beat that one!

He also has a fantastic smile that I was able to draw out when he could no longer hide the fact that I’m way funnier than him (oh what’s that, Michael? I can’t hear you arguing with that through your computer!).

OK, I’ll admit it Michael, we had a lot of fun with you . We’re glad that we not only got to take your pictures, but that you’re a part of our family. We like having you around so much that I’ll actually say it… you and your snarky comments really are pretty funny!

And even if you’re mocking me, I still appreciate the high quality of your humor.:-)

(Look at this one carefully, we call it “The Peter Pan Shot”!)

Thanks for making our job and our lives more fun. Congrats on graduating!

 

November 30, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Vera - Awesome picture taking… and such a good looking guy… background fits the person… again awesome pictures..

Vincent is 1! (by Scott & Breanna)

So for those of you who have watched Vincent grow up through his Baby Story Video, his 6 month pictures, and his playgroup pictures. You’re going to be amazed to hear that he’s 1 year old already!!!

(Look, he’s got teeth and everything!!)

That’s right, the big zero one! You made it, buddy! And both Scottie, myself, and all our loyal fans have been so happy to be along for the ride!

So where did Vincent’s parents decide to go to capture this momentous occasion?! LONDON!

No not really, that’s just the Santa Monica pier in a crazy cloud of fog that makes it look like London! Now that you’ve got a little feel how cool London would look though guys, you really should considering taking all of us over there for his 2 year old pictures!;-)

We had planned on some sunny beach pictures but when the day for the session rolled around and the fog rolled in with it, we ended up with quite a different feel than what we’d originally talked about!

But that was cool because Vincent’s parents are flexible and we had beautiful light to work with!

So when we headed down to the pier not knowing what to expect, we quickly found out that even in a pretty solid fog we had plenty to work with!

As if Vincent’s variety of facial expressions weren’t enough material for us! OK, well maybe it’s not quite a VARIETY. Last time his new thing was putting his hands on his head, now he’s got the “ooooh” face.

(We seriously got way more “oooh” faces than that! I couldn’t fit them all in here!)

When he wasn’t being startled every few minutes by the roller coaster taking off, Vincent was quite content posing for the camera, practicing that whole walking thing, making strangers feel special by smiling at them, and playing in the sand.

As you can see, it was a busy day for him. He even had his first ride on a Merry Go Round! Of course he got stuck on the little kid horse that didn’t go up and down, but he didn’t care because the hundreds of lights to stare at were worth the ticket price to him.

Thanks to Vincent and his parents for playing London with us, as well as all the other fun activities little V always gets us caught up in (this time he was partial to swinging his hips and shoulders when we’d sing to him).

Congrats on making it a full year, Vincent. Hopefully year 2 will have less stress from so many new experiences, along with more tasty solid foods to try!

Click to see the rest of Vincent’s 1 year pictures here!

 

 

Erin and Zack’s Wedding Worth Stealing (by Josh & Kelley)

Erin and Zack’s wedding convinced me (Kelley) that I need to do my wedding all over again. Seriously, even Josh said that if we could go back in time and have a wedding “re-do”, we would use Erin and Zack’s wedding as our inspiration.

I fully agree, if I could go back, I would likely copy everything… Down to the last pumpkin and sparkle covered detail.

(Linens by La Tavola Linen)

Okay, that might be considered “stealing” rather than using a wedding as “inspiration”, but I think I’m okay with that. It was too beautiful to happen just one time.

I honestly did love every detail of Erin and Zack’s special day. From the time of year, (oh the magic of a fall wedding), to the decor (there can’t be anything better than pumpkins, fall leaves, AND sparkles).

And we can’t forget the fact that they chose an absolutely fabulous location! Josh and I always love shooting weddings at The Clayton on the Park. It’s such a clean, sleek, and modern venue with enormous amounts of beautiful natural light, and a staff that will do just about anything to make sure your event is fantastic and above your expectations in every way.

Add in the fact that The Clayton is tucked into the area around the Scottsdale Civic Center and Old Town Scottsdale, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a perfect wedding location.

You can bet that we took full advantage of this on Erin and Zack’s wedding day. We wandered around and found more than enough beautiful places to capture a few memories.

One of my favorite captured memories is the one below. While we were strolling around and taking photos, a woman walked by with a couple of miniature horses and asked if Erin and Zack would like a photo with them. Without a second thought, these two grabbed the horses’ lead ropes and introduced themselves to their newest (and likely their hairiest) wedding guests.

The horses were wandering around and eating the bushes. It was definitely a moment to remember!

All of this, and I still haven’t told you one of my favorite parts about Erin and Zack’s wedding. It was 100% a family affair.

Erin and Zack’s daughter, Parker was the flower girl.

(I LOVE Parker’s face in this photo! Everyone had a good chuckle as her dad helped her perform her flower girl duty and walk down the aisle. This definitely captures a REAL flower girl moment.)

And Erin’s brother was the officiant during the ceremony.

In addition to the father/daughter and mother/son dances, the bride and groom also opted to do a sibling dance. I cannot tell a lie, watching Erin dance with her brother (and Zack dance with his sister) to, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” totally had me tearing up. It was the epitome of sweetness.

It was pretty obvious throughout the entire day that family is something that’s really important to Zack and Erin, and we enjoyed watching them all celebrate together!

Erin and Zack, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding day! We had a blast with both of you (and your wonderful family). We want to wish you the best in your new marriage!

Oh, and if you two see your exact same wedding on this blog again in a few years under the title “Josh and Kelley Renew Their Vows”, don’t be surprised.

Click to see the rest of Erin and Zack’s Wedding Worth Stealing.