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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.

Felipa and Chris are together again and married!

Out of all the weddings we’ve shot now, Felipa and Chris have one of the coolest stories I’ve heard yet. It’s one of those stories that when told in full detail makes people go “no way!”.

It all started with a little girl named Brianna.

I take that back, it started before Brianna but she’s the reason this story is so great.  I don’t have all the specifics here so I’m going to summarize a lot to hopefully avoid getting it wrong! Chris and Felipa met in 2001 and as the pastor at their wedding put it they “had a little romance” and then Brianna was born.

They went their separate ways for awhile but then began having a little bit of contact so that Chris (and his family) could spend some time with his daughter.  They went through a lot during this time period and they grew in ways that neither of them expected.

In fact, things changed so much that in the summer of 2009 they realized they each had a new person to get to know!

They began dating, were engaged around Christmas, and were married in the spring!

So now, the 3 of them get to live together and have a reunited family.

When the pastor told this story at their wedding, he spoke a lot about forgiveness and restoration and it was enough to make anyone tear up (even a certain photographer… or 2… but I’m not sure if Scottie would admit to it!).

Needless to say, it was a beautiful ceremony and it will definitely continue to stand out to me as one of my favorites.

The reception was the perfect follow up to such a great ceremony, with brilliant red roses to decorate… …and a stunning bride to complete it!

(Seriously, you can’t get a smile better than that one!)

Another really beautiful part to Chris and Felipa’s story is the amount of support they received throughout all of this by their friends and family.

There was such a bonding and camaraderie that we saw carried through the entire day between everyone.  It would be apparent to even the most distant observer that Brianna really did bring this entire group of people together and that none of them are planning on going anywhere any time soon. 

The tears and the hugs were endless the entire night (which is a rare thing to see in groomsmen… but we saw it here)!

You would think that being around a group this tight knit, would make anyone else feel like an outsider, but that was the thing that really surprised us… they made US feel like a part of the family too!  And we’re just a couple of measly old photographers (hired help if you will)!

Their friends and family alike spent the night with their arms around us (literally), telling us stories about their loved ones (getting emotional at the good parts of course), and genuinely inviting us in to the deeper parts of their lives.

How many parties have you been to where you feel completely loved and accepted by everyone because they go out of their way to make you feel important… even though the entire day is all about the importance of THEM and you have nothing to do with it?!

I’m going to guess that very few people have had the opportunity to have an experience like that and we feel very blessed to be one of the lucky ones.  I am so happy to know that Brianna will get to grow up being around so many people who are that loving.

How great is it to have such a beautiful community to raise a child in?  We couldn’t be happier for this new little family.

(Fan us on Facebook so you can tag yourselves in some of these photos!)

So Felipa and Chris, God bless you as you take on the major endeavor of learning how to live life together as a family and as you adjust to all the changes that are bound to come your way.

I’m sure there will be a lot of challenges to face as you learn to grow together and parent together, but I know you guys have the kind of support you need to get through anything and that it will be such an incredibly wonderful process for the two of you.   I hope you enjoy every single part through and through and that you have a blast doing all of it together!

Congratulations on finding each other again, I hope you guys stay best friends and teammates forever.:-)

Click to see the rest of Felipa and Chris’ wedding photos.

May 6, 2010 - 4:56 pm

maureen Kimber - Felipa, You were a beautiful bride! The photos are absolutely artistic.

June 29, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Amanda Olsen - Every time I see these pictures my heart fills up! My family is my greatest gift in life and I am truly blessed! My Grand daughter is the reason we are so happy! From the moment she took her first breath she had my heart as did her mom when she was born! She is the best part of all of us! Our Angel Little Brianna!
Brianna and Scott thank you for capturing it all. For showing us how beautiful this life is! : )

FREE class on how to use Facebook for your business!

So you have a Facebook page for your business… now what?!
If you’ve made a business page because everyone told you to, and now you have no idea what to do with it… come get some FREE help from Scottie and Breanna of Radiant Photography!

Yes, we will be like everyone else and tell you how important it is to use social networking for your business, but unlike everyone else we will also tell you HOW to use it!!

The meeting we’re speaking at is hosted by the Phoenix SMUG (Smug Mug User Group). SMUG is open to everyone who loves photography. So whether you have a business or you just want to learn how to share your photos on Facebook more effectively… we are personally inviting you to come!

Phoenix SMUG
Wed, May 19th, 2010 | 6:30-9:00PM
Bonneville Phoenix
7740 N. 16 Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Email us if you have any questions: info@radiantphotographyaz.com

In case you’re STILL not convinced to come, here are some of the other perks of attending (thanks to James VanderWeide for taking these photos at our last class!) If you come to a Radiant class, there are all kinds of sights to see.  If you’re lucky you’ll get to witness Scottie…

…pegging unsuspecting victims in the leg with baseballs.

…teaching secret Kung Fu Ninja moves…

(the sitting down AND the standing up kind!)…

…taking random breaks to practice his mad dunking skills (you know, in case this whole photography thing doesn’t pan out!)…

…discussing the problem areas of his skin…  (there’s one here…

…and oh, it looks like there’s another one here)…

…and of course, who would want to miss a big giant white guy’s attempt at rapping!

Breanna puts on quite a show as well.  Often when teaching you can find her…

…pretending like she’s not ready to throw her computer through a wall…

… looking very worried that her gigantic husband might topple over on her…

…standing around doing nothing while Scottie does all the hard work…

…and sometimes she’s just sleeping.

Come to our class… you never know what you’ll catch us doing this time! (By the way, thanks for putting up with our cheesy attempt at captions!)

Much Love,
Scottie & Breanna

May 5, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Jason Hicks - I want to come! You guys rock!

May 6, 2010 - 10:05 am

chelsea nelsen - you guys are hilarious :) sounds like a class for me

May 13, 2010 - 4:10 am

Dan - Great captions; the “Seeing Light” class was a blast (and helpful, too.)

May 18, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Sue Merrill - I wanna! Now you have to learn to put it on Skype or the internet for those of use who are not in your town! Love the captions, I want you to write all of mine!

May 19, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Nathaniel Mayo - I have never been to a better more informative meeting. You had my attention all the way through .Thanks!!!!

Gina and Jake’s “Southwestern Experience” Engagement Session!

We’ve been to enough weddings with Gina there that it’s about time we got to take some pictures of HER!

Gina works at one of the venues we shoot at regularly so she’s had the opportunity to see Scottie and Breanna (that would be us!) in action plenty of times through sun, rain, wind, snow… well OK not snow… but if it did snow in AZ, she’d see us working hard in it!

Going through a wedding with someone is a bonding experience, no matter what your role in it is!  And now that we’ve been through so many with Gina, we feel like we’re old friends!

So we were very privileged when we got to meet her fiance Jake and when they asked us to be their wedding photographers!

So now Gina is not only one of our biggest cheerleaders and our friend, but she’s now an official Radiant Bride!

Of course that’s a double benefit for us since part of her job is sharing a list of preferred vendors with the brides getting married at the venue she works at.  So when she tells brides that she likes Radiant Photography enough to use us for her OWN wedding, people listen! Thanks Gina!

It was great watching Gina and Jake interact together.

He definitely knows how to make her laugh…

… and laugh….

… and laugh!

Judging by how many little phrases and sayings there are about how great laughter is… and by how many times I hear marriage advice in speeches at weddings that talk about the importance of laughing together, I’d say that this a great start to their life together!

She looks so happy when she’s with him!

I guess I should re-word that to say that they BOTH look so happy together!

Gina and Jake love water in pictures and since you can’t go wrong when you combine a peaceful lake with beautiful scenic views, we decided to head up to Canyon Lake for their engagement session.

We stopped at a little old west town (Tortilla Flats) along the way (because how could we not?!).

(Why wouldn’t there be a giant wooden Indian statue behind them?!).

When you’re an Arizona native like myself (Breanna), you tend to make a lot of jokes about Kokopellis (for all you Northerners out there, those are symbols of a Native American fertility deity… that are sold in every gift shop in town), saguaros (mostly regarding how to pronounce it), and turquoise jewelry.

(the Cardinals poster definitely detracts from the old west feel… as does the modern money on the walls and the Sharpies that were used to mark them up!)

But despite our jokes, we understand that these are the things that make our state unique and that produce stunning photos (and Clint Eastwood movies) for the rest of the world to enjoy.

(There, that one looks a little more like it was taken in an old saloon!)

So taking pride in our state, it’s nice for us to get a chance to be a part of producing some of these stunning photos to showcase our natural beauty for all to see.  So here are some of our “we love Arizona” photos:

(We tried to get some photos of that beautiful Arizona sunset but the mountains were blocking it a little too much, so this is the best we could do.  Wide open skies definitely say Arizona all by themselves anyways!)

Thanks Gina and Jake for putting some creativity into selecting your photo location and for trusting that we were up to the challenge of shooting something totally different than we’re used to!

You guys did a great job exploring with us and being flexible and we hope you’re MORE than ecstatic about the results!!

Gina, we can’t wait to see you at a wedding wearing a wedding dress, rather than your work clothes for once!;-)

Click to see the rest of Gina and Jake’s Southwestern experience engagement session!

May 5, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Michael " Daddy -O " Klein - Great Pic’s You both look so darn in Love…

May 6, 2010 - 6:01 am

Aunt Lisa - You look so happy! I am so excited for you and your bride-to-be!!! Jake, you deserve the best that life has to offer you. I’m thrilled you have found the love of your life.

May 7, 2010 - 10:38 am

Aunt Sally - Love, love, love these pictures! It’s hard to even pick a favorite! Can’t wait to meet the beautiful girl who’s won over my handsome nephew!! XOXO

November 19, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Aunt Debbie - Jake I am so glad you found your perfect mate you deserve it. The pictures are wonderful and I can’t wait to me Gina

Angela + Gabe = Scottie’s Blog Debut

You may ask yourself  “What has brought Scottie out of his blogging shell?”. Well it may surprise you to know that I love to write almost as much as I love to read what Breanna writes, but the main reason I have broken my silence is to tell you about a recent wedding I shot that was very special to me. Gabe and Angela’s wedding was especially significant to me for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Gabe and I were roommates for a couple of years and is one of my oldest friends that I still see regularly.

Gabe is one of the best people I know so when he came out to Phoenix a couple years ago for a job interview I was really excited that we might live in the same city again. He got the job and shortly after, moved from New Mexico out to Phoenix. Since then it has been awesome to spend tons of time with Gabe. Not long after Gabe moved to Phoenix he met Angela. I remember the first time Breanna and I got to hang out with Angela, it was on a couples retreat that we went to with several other great friends. We probably gave her the third degree to see if she was good enough for Gabe . . . guess what . . . she was! Long story short: They fell in love, they got engaged, and then… they got married.  Here is the photographic proof:

Sheraton Phoenix Wedding

Another reason this wedding was so special was that the wedding party was filled with some of my best friends.

(If you fan Radiant Photography on Facebook, you can tag yourself in some of these photos!)

Angela and Gabe definitely know how to throw a party!

Gabe had a ring custom made for Angela. He was able to keep it completely secret from everybody until she saw it during the ceremony. It was awesome!

I also got to shoot this wedding with one of my best friends (no, not Breanna this time).  I shot with Tim Stansell from Visionyard Studios (you can check out his page to see the pics he took at this wedding). We used to shoot alongside each other almost every weekend when we worked together.  It had been awhile since we last shot together but it was like riding a bike. It was so fun setting up these pics. Thanks Tim, I had such an amazing time shooting with you again!

(See, Breanna’s not the only one who can get a shoe shot!)

Angela and Gabe’s wedding was at the Sheraton in Downtown Phoenix. What a beautiful place! We could barely pull ourselves away from the giant windows . . .

. . . but the rooftop view was beckoning us.

What an awesome day! Thank you Angela and Gabe for allowing me to be a part of your wedding and especially a part of you lives.  Breanna and I look forward to many years ahead with you two!

May 4, 2010 - 4:33 pm

chelsea hudson - FANTASTIC – wow… these are just stunning!!

May 4, 2010 - 4:36 pm

Breanna - Oh Scottie, it’s your first blog post ever and I LOVE it!! Unfortunately, you did such a great job that I might have to make you do it more often. ;-) Seriously, this is amazing and I’m totally proud to be the wife of such a witty (and hot) photographer!

May 4, 2010 - 8:42 pm

Angela - I LOVE THEM!!!!! You did an AMAZING job!!! Glad you made your blog debut!

May 4, 2010 - 9:24 pm

Timothy Stansell - Seriously? No one is gonna want to look at my pictures now. Nice job, my friend, these are truly spectacular. I love them. I had a great/amazing time shooting with you too!

May 5, 2010 - 8:44 am

Christie Patrick - Angela and Gabe, your love shinned through that magnificent day, called your wedding day. I was so happy to witness your love first hand, thank you for letting me be a part of all the festivities. You two are amazing!

May 6, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Chris S - Love your work! The shot of the bride and groom sitting is great!

To Live an Extraordinary Life

Some nights I go to bed with this fear…. this fear that I settle for mediocrity way too easily. Then other nights I go to bed with a different fear…. this fear that I might have to actually rise above mediocrity!

This is a blog that I (Breanna) wrote on my personal blog about a year ago and I decided it was time to bring it back because it’s such a great challenge to me! I also want to give a glimpse into what drives me… it’s for all the people out there (you) who have gone out of your way to follow Radiant and support us. You’ve given us your time and energy, so I figure you deserve to see some vulnerability and genuineness on our part.  So here goes, here’s the real Breanna… chipped nails, frizzy hair and all.

For the past year or so I’ve had this persistent nagging feeling that I need to live an extraordinary life. My religious convictions definitely tell me this, but it’s all too easy to lie to myself and say that I am following my beliefs. I keep being faced with this challenge of being extreme. This idea that I can’t settle for comfort, for safety, and for a life wasted on my own pleasures.

I have long had a taste of disgust in my mouth for the “American Dream”. But no matter how bad the flavor, I keep eating it. I swallow more and more every single day, and now it is the nourishment that sustains me and drives me. Unfortunately my “nourishment” is really a poison that kills me slowly each minute.

OK, so enough of the drama here…. I got going and I couldn’t stop with the strong analogies of death and doom (it’s fun sometimes). Really though, I keep feeling that I need to live an extraordinary life, but everything inside of me longs for ordinary at the same time. I happen to be a very fearful person who uses high levels of control to attempt to block anything I fear that might threaten my own personal happiness in the little world I’ve created around me. This is a terrible, horrible thing to do by the way…. so if any one else out there is guilty of this you should definitely stop before you push away everyone and everything of value by trying to hold on to them too tightly.

(Man, I keep trying to make this light-hearted and it keeps coming back down a notch. I’ll keep trying, bear with me!)

Anyways, so here you have this fearful, controlling, high-maintenance (yes, I can finally admit that), lazy girl who is so scared of the unknown and of pushing herself when she doesn’t have to, who’s content to stay right where she’s at….. being totally dragged into an extraordinary life. I’m sure if I ever get to the place deemed “extraordinary” (I have no idea where that actually is or what it entails by the way) I’ll be able to look back on the things I gave up (comfort, security, an easier life) and say it was all worth it. But…. I’m just…. not quite….. there yet (those dots are meant to represent the tug of war going on inside of me).

I do want it though. I do want to be free. I want to be free of worrying about all the things that are not mine to worry about. I want to be able to stand for something bigger than myself and really make all the sacrifices that are necessary to accomplish the goals associated with that. I want to be free of seeking things that will only leave me empty in the end. I want to instead, pursue things that fill me with the breath I was meant to breathe…. with the life I was meant know.

It’s so big, you know? Life is so huge! Sometimes when I’m worried about all the little things and stuck in the cycle of useless, unimportant obsession in my head…. I stop and think about how many facts a person could learn about puppies, or about wallpaper, or about bone marrow. There is so so so much. So much to talk about, learn about, do, and experience. And I get stuck in my own safe routine, in my own oh-so tiny world. It confines me and it traps me. My own measures of protection, my own safety defenses, are what attack me. I’m working so hard to let them go. To let them go and to just trust.

For so long I have trusted only in myself…. only in my knowledge and my abilities. I need to start to trust in my LACK of knowledge and abilities. In the world that is bigger than I, in the people that have lived more than me, in the God that actually created all of it. I know nothing and I am nothing. But there is a ton out there to become and to be. And I want to go after it.

I may never get a house. I may never have a 401K (still don’t know what that means really but I think it’s something people want). I may never please everyone and I may never feel completely comfortable ever again…..

But I need and want to be OK with that. I want to be excited about trading in the mundane for a life of extraordinaire. I need to realize that as long as I pursue my stability, comfort, and personal happiness above all else…. I will never get any farther than that. I will never know what life was meant to be and how it was meant to be used.

Oh holy crap…. I’m terrified.

April 29, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Molly Ellison - Loved it then, love it now. Love you!

May 5, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Amanda Pacion - Totally!!! This is why we need to get coffee and challenge each other and talk about what it means to not be comfortable….scary. Love you!

May 6, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Glennen - Your photography and writing is so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this.

June 4, 2010 - 9:53 am

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