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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.

Chris and Jillian’s night on the town… and engagement session!

I can’t even begin to describe how much I love, LOVE this session!

Chris and Jillian took us seriously when we told them we really wanted to do something creative with their engagement session.

Jillian is hooked on all kinds of bridal blogs and she’s seen a lifetime’s worth of engagement sessions since she’s been engaged. When you’ve been looking at that many sessions, it becomes very difficult to think up something you haven’t seen before (or 10 times before even)!

Jillian had been seeing a lot of bohemian type of sessions out in natural looking fields so she went rebel (as I sense is her natural bent anyways) and did the opposite.  A fancy night out on the town was their final decision.

We were a little nervous at first because we’ve never done 90% of a session in the dark, outdoors.  Even weddings usually have some day light before the reception.  Not to mention at a wedding, we can set up some lighting equipment since our location is a little more permanent than it is when we’re wandering the streets, following people around on an engagement session.

Lucky me though, I happen to be married to a lighting master!  I joke with Scottie at least once a week about how he’s a lighting guru.  So this session was his time to shine!

Armed with a MacGyver (I’d say McGruber but he always blows himself up) type of set up including umbrellas, rubber bands, and a human light stand (that would be me), Scottie had a recipe for success!  And succeed he did!

Although I’m really loving this Urban Outfitters-esque photo I took during the same time period…

Chris and Jillian met at Rula Bula on Mill and they had their first kiss there too!  So we headed over there to reenact their first meeting…

…and their first kiss…

… on location!

We kept telling Chris and Jillian that the more creative they got with their session, the more creative they push us to be (which is one reason we hopped on the lightrail)!

And the more you challenge our norms, the more likely you are to see us have a break through and find something new that we’ve never tried before!  And that’s exactly what happened!

(As proof of what I just said, this is one of my favorite pics that I, Breanna, have ever taken!)

(Oh while I’m at it, I’ll keep bragging and show you a few more of my favorites of all time that I’ve taken… since so many of them happen to be from this session!)

So take note that if you show up to a session with us and we look a little nervous… it’s probably a good sign!

And if we show up to your session and see you wearing cool Ray Bans like these, we’ll know it’s a good sign as well!

Thanks Jillian and Chris, I don’t know what to say other than you guys rock. Period.

Click to see the rest of Chris and Jillian’s freaking cool engagement session!

May 22, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Engagement Photos - [...] You can see many of the shots, as well as some behind-the-scenes gossip from the shoot, on their blog, Radiant Life. [...]

Lots of laughs at Dave and Sarah’s engagement session

When you live with someone you get to know them REALLY well.  Well enough to know how crazy they’re willing to get in a photo session.

So when Scottie’s old roommate Dave, called us to shoot pics of his wedding for him and his soon to be wife, Sarah, we were psyched (do people still say “psyched”?  Oh my gosh I feel like I’m turning 90 tomorrow)!

Not only were we excited to get to work with a friend and meet this girl who’s special enough to be “the one” but we were also excited because we knew we’d have a blast together on picture day!

Knowing that Dave is a ridiculously fun guy, we weren’t going to let him escape with standard “smile at the camera” type of pictures… we decided to force him to show his true colors in his pictures!

Dave has done quite a bit of acting in his day and he has some great faces that he’s perfected for his craft.  We asked him to give us a special performance that included a couple of special faces.  He obliged and he even let us take pictures of the faces! The one I’m going to show here is the face he used to give when rude customers approached him while he worked in a fancy retail chain.

(I really like Sarah’s face in this pic too! ha ha!)

True story!  He would actually make this face at snotty old ladies and they would quickly decide they could figure it out on their own!  (He gave me permission to share that story by the way!).

Turns out… Dave is not the only one who likes to laugh….Sarah is just as fun!

(We always joke about people riding the mountain lion, but not many people actually do it!)

So we worked to capture her craziness right alongside his in these photos!

(This was her spinning her way into a kiss… so cute!)

Okay, okay, I’m sure their families will want to see at least a couple normal pictures of them!

And at this point, Dave and Sarah might be at their max of embarrassment and are ready to see some “lookin’ good with a capital G” kind of shots as well!

They do have other fantastic qualities aside from being so much fun… we just decided to focus the most of the fun part since that works well for pictures!  So here are a few other sides to them…

….here they are smiling big as the happy couple…

… here they are being in love…

… and of course, here are a few more of them having fun together as they so often do! (OK, so they have even more sides to their personalities than that!  But you’ll just have to check out the rest of the photos to see some of those!).

Thank you Dave and Sarah for being such fun loving, happy people who also happen to look great in pictures!

We are so SO very glad we get to work with friends (by the way Sarah we love you and are so happy you’re marrying Dave!) and we can’t wait to live it up and have a great time while snapping away at your wedding!

Congratulations to you both on finding each other!!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this Scottsdale, AZ engagement session!

May 22, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Jonathan Cottrell - You go bro and future sis-in-law! These turned out amazing. (And I know there are more of those faces you’ll have to pry from him, Sarah.)

I’m so excited for you two!

Play time at Brenna and Nate’s engagement session

As soon as I found out that my friend, Leeann had been the one who told Brenna and Nate about Radiant, I was ready to shoot their wedding!  Anyone who’s friends with Leeann has to be cool!

Then when Brenna and Nate told us they wanted to ride around on their beach cruisers for the engagement session, our suspicions about their coolness were confirmed!

So we went over to Tempe Town Lake for a nice cloudy morning bike ride/photo session.

It seriously was the perfect day for that kind of session.  It felt more like San Diego rather that Phoenix, so we all just relaxed and pretended that we were on vacation (or at least I did… maybe everyone else likes to live in reality more than I do)!

(I call this the “yay, we’re on a pretend vacation!!” pose).


It didn’t take us very long to figure out that these 2 were very much at ease in front of the camera.

Nate’s had enough band pictures taken to know how to do the tough guy stance (not quite angry, and just enough cool) and Brenna has done her fill of acting/modeling to know how to do things like stare off into the distance without looking like she’s gone into a trance.

All I had to say to Brenna were things like “do that one thing where you look like a super tall runway model who just threw her back out” or “look like you’re day dreaming in a world where dogs can talk” and BAM she’d pop into position!

OK, maybe I didn’t say those things exactly, but I did feel like they were that random and she still knew what I meant right away!

(By the way, check out Nate’s band, Seconds to Breathe… they’re good enough to share a stage with Incubus so they’re good enough for me!).

Once they got on a roll, we pretty much stopped even attempting to pose them!

(This pose is a Brenna and Nate original)!

It was around that time that we realized that we were just beginning to see the REAL Nate and Brenna coming out!

We loved it so much, that we decided to keep on shooting even once we had plenty of pictures because we didn’t want to miss a minute of their craziness!

Seriously, I felt like I couldn’t even take my finger off the trigger for an instant or I’d miss something like this!

Brenna and Nate, thank you SO much for planning a fun engagement session and for being willing to be yourselves and have fun throughout it!  We really did feel like we were on vacation instead of working!  We can’t wait to come enjoy ourselves (with our cameras ready at all times of course) at your wedding!

Click here to see the rest of Brenna and Nate’s super fun engagement session!

May 12, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Gilbert Wong - Such a fun and casual loving memories. They look so natural and must have forgotten bout the photographer was snapping at them.. hehe

May 12, 2010 - 10:14 pm

Gilbert Wong - Such a lovely couple~! and all taken very natural too!

May 13, 2010 - 9:11 pm

Nicholas Leong - Thanks for a making stop at my website! I was like super surprised :)

And these are awesome shots. You got their fun loving attitude captured on the photos :)

Meg and Mark: engaged and in LA

“You want to take us to LA for the weekend, all expenses paid?! Sure we’ll shoot your road trip engagement session!”, was my first response when Meg and Mark asked for what they called a “favor” (we called it “awesome”).

So we packed up the car and headed off to our great adventure!

We planned out a few different locations to shoot at and stops along the way (working around Meg’s job interview and they wedding they were attending that weekend) but other than a few vague plans, we were up for anything!

That “anything” included… staying in a new place that we were all a little iffy about (it ended up being awesome), almost getting thrown out of the Farmers Market…

…making our way through crack town, nearly breaking Meg’s ankle (I don’t think she signed up for that part)….

(2 seconds before the ankle injury… that curb that looks non-existent is actually huge and it’s there just to trick you!)

…. and of course making a pee stop at the homeless men’s bathroom that we waited for over 30 min. to use (when you gotta go, you gotta go…whether you’re in the middle of downtown LA or not!).

Throughout all our minor mishaps, we had such a fantabulous time!

We not only got the chance to capture Meg and Mark in what we now know is their future home since Meg got the job (no, they’re not moving to crack town), but we also had the opportunity to explore LA with our cameras in hand along with people who were up to do pretty much anything for a good shot!

Thank you Meg and Mark for taking our instructions seriously when we told you to be creative with your engagement session!

You guys definitely think outside the box and we love it!

We had a blast hanging out with you both (as usual) and we are so glad you chose us to be your photographers so we get to be the lucky ones to go through these amazing experiences with you.  We can’t wait to see you on your big day!:-)

Click to see the rest of Mark & Meg’s LA engagement session!

October 18, 2010 - 4:55 pm

Heather Wilson - Yea! I found Meg’s pics and they are so good. It was great to meet you at her wedding, you are so talented. Love to learn a thing or two from you. My email is hrhackett@yahoo.com. Thanks and keep sharing your beautiful pics!!!

Sarah’s AZ trip senior session!

Sarah and her mom Sandy have seen us do enough work for the major events in the lives of their many family members that when the time came for Sarah to get her senior pictures done, they were ready for Radiant!

So they flew into Phoenix from their home in Northern California for a day of photo fun!

And fun it was!  Sarah couldn’t have been a better model!  She was so easy to hang out with that it kept the whole feeling of the session relaxed.

She was even willing to get a little silly with us…

…maybe she didn’t realize we’d actually pick some of those photos to go online for the whole world to see! Ha ha, sorry Sarah!

Sarah has a major passion for photography and it was so much fun for us to get to take pictures of someone who actually knew what we were doing and was interested in WHY we were doing it!

I’m sure she was especially wondering about the “why” when we asked her to do things that would cause even the most trusting people to doubt us!  Like when we asked her to lean up against a dirty wall….

… or told her to make faces like “if you were taking pics with your friends”.

She did a great job following those directions!

Amidst all the techie talk about cameras (which I’m sure was making her mom shudder as she racked up dollar signs in her brain), I managed to get in a few photos of Sarah holding Scottie’s camera.

(This one was taken as a joke about what kind of poses we could come up with to make her look like a “serious, professional photographer”.  Also a photo that she probably didn’t expect to see end up on the blog… oops! Ha ha).

We even did the oh so dreaded “taking a picture of someone taking a picture of you” shot.  I’m usually against things with so much cheesiness, but I actually had an idea to do it in a way that would look cool and I have to say that I do like the resulting photo!

Maybe I just need to get over myself and chance it with the cheese from time to time!  Next time, maybe I’ll even make her say “cheese” when we take the pictures!

We love capturing people doing the things they love so we always encourage all our clients to bring props that showcase their personalities.  Of course the props also help people slip into their own little worlds of things that make them happy, which helps distract them from the awkwardness that many of them feel when having their picture taken!

(Obviously, Sarah has nothing to feel awkward about… she’s beautiful and she poses like a pro!).

Sarah chose 2 props… one was her soccer ball.

This made us of course joke about all the team pics we’ve both taken over the years since I (Breanna) played soccer for most of my life as well.  We thought about having her get on one knee while holding the ball on her hip, just so she could put it side by side with a team photo of her when she was little, but our better judgment prevailed when it came to that particular cheesy picture.;-)

Instead, we tried to come up with some that were a little bit different.  Including her idea of just completely blocking her face with the ball.

I told you she was fun, who else would think to hide their face during a photo session?!

So after the soccer fun and the photography practice, we finally stopped talking and laughing long enough (Scottie had to say my name like 3 times to snap me out of my long conversation with Sarah while we were shooting… what can I say, I liked hanging out with her!) to get a few photos of her chilling and reading her Bible.

We thought it was awesome that her faith is such a big part of her life that when she thought about the things that represent her… the Bible was one of them.  You don’t see a lot of teens (or actually people of any age) like that!

So thanks to Sarah, her mom, and grandma for being so wonderful that you were a total lift to our day!  We get very bogged down by all the work we do on our computers at home, so it was lovely to have the opportunity to not only get out of the house to do a different kind of work, but to enjoy our time doing it so much that it didn’t even feel like work!  It felt more like hanging out with friends!  Thanks for coming all the way to Phoenix to see us.  We hope that after seeing the resulting pictures, you’ll be very happy you made the trip!:-)

Click to see the rest of Sarah’s Phoenix, AZ senior portraits.

May 7, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Judy Barton (Grandma) - Thanks, Scott & Breanna, for a really good time of watching you take pics of my beautiful, precious granddaughter!!

May 7, 2010 - 11:54 pm

Don and Sandy - Dear Scott and Breanna,
What an incredible blessing your talents are to our family! We have enjoyed Rachael’s pictures for the last three years and now we have Sarah’s! As parents, we truly appreciate your ability to capture the essence of our children, not just their smiles, but the whole person. As we review Sarah’s pictures, our minds flood with memories of her over the years and it may sound silly, but some of the expressions you captured have always been a part of her. Amazing how time evaporates and our precious baby girl transforms into a beautiful, young lady.
Thank you for all the time and effort you poured in our session. Sarah enjoyed learning from you and appreciated all the information you shared with her. We look forward to one more graduation, weddings, and babies to share with Radiant. We are thankful you will be there to capture treasured moments and memories for our family.
God bless both of you and thank you so much! Don and Sandy

May 8, 2010 - 6:04 pm

Aunt Sally & Uncle Rog - Beautiful photos of a young woman who is beautiful inside and out! You absolutly captured her radiance.