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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.

Shells, karate, and laughs with the Collver family

On our last trip to the LA area we had the privileged of staying with my (Breanna’s) cousin and her BEEautiful family!

Our trip consisted of all kinds of momentous things, but both Scottie and I (Breanna) would agree that one of the best parts about our vacation was the time we spent hanging out with the Collvers!

They were so much fun and such great hosts to us that we insisted on doing a photo session of their kids in an attempt to repay their kindness!

We headed over to one of the kids’ favorite restaurant, Sharkeez, on Newport Beach and had a great dinner (that was cut short by the mass of Laker fans that poured in to see the final game) and then we wandered over to the beach that had emptied as soon as the game started!

Of course when you have a girl and a boy, you’re likely to have different activities going on at the same time.

So Scottie and I split up and took turns covering each of the kids individually.

One of us wandered down the beach picking up shells and discussing them with the oldest of the two kids (Scottie has more patience than I do so he spent the longest doing that)…

…while one of us stayed up on the beach taking pictures of Frisbee tournaments…

…karate kicks…

… a “gun” show…

…and (surprisingly) the splits!

We did get lucky enough that the two of them decided to grace one another with their presence long enough for us to get a few shots of them together.

Of course that only lasted so long (Cooties spread quickly you know).

So they headed their separate ways to continue playing.

Thanks to the Collver family for helping to make our CA trip SOOO much fun and for allowing us to do our little photo session with your amazing kids!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this fun, beach family session!

July 8, 2010 - 6:50 pm

Nicholas Leong - awesome stuff! i am sure they will treasure these photos forever.

Seeing the face behind the flowers… and her family!

When we walked around Mike and Emily’s San Diego wedding admiring the unbelievable flower arrangements, we never dreamed we’d to meet an entire beautiful family behind them!

Working with Suzan M Florals was like a dream for a photographer because she gave us such stunning detail shots to capture (seriously, you have to click to see her work on the wedding we did together!).

The bride had more nice things to say about Suzan than any bride has probably ever had to say about her florist in the history of the world!  We could tell she really pours her heart into her work and goes the extra mile.  So because she did such a fantastic job and was so nice to work with (not only for the bride, but also for us) we made sure we stayed in contact with her.

From glancing at the photos on Suzan’s website, you can tell that she works with some great photographers in California.  So we were absolutely floored and beyond flattered when she asked US to do her family photo session!

We were also very excited when the dates for our California trip actually matched up with the dates that her daughter could come down with her kids for the session!

So we headed over to Balboa Park on one beautiful San Diego day (aside from the whole “June gloom” thing that we sadly learned about during our many beach tanning attempts during this trip!).

It’s a coincidence that we went to Balboa because that is the same place we went for Mike and Emily’s Unique Session the day after the wedding (and got our famous “giant tree” picture)!

(The roots on the tree in this picture are actually way smaller than the ones in Mike and Emily’s tree pic!)

Balboa was as beautiful as we remembered, but honestly it wouldn’t have mattered where we went since we had such cute subjects to work with!

I could’ve taken pics of those beautiful girls anywhere!

I love working with kids and getting to capture their individual little personalities through a series of photos.

Their honesty doesn’t let them hide any part of themselves and I love it!

Thanks guys for hanging out and playing with us while we were on vacation.  We had a great time getting to know all of you a little better and we hope you love, LOVE the pictures!:-)

Click to see the rest of the photos from this San Diego family session.

July 8, 2010 - 1:44 pm

emily vande krol - Beautiful!

July 8, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Nicholas Leong - of course they chose you two! your pictures are beautiful :)

Andrew and Julie’s beautiful, wet, Unique Session!

Creative, fun, adventurous, good looking, hilarious…. those are just a few of the words I could use to describe Andrew and Julie.

And once you see the pictures from their Unique Session I don’t think I’ll have to try very hard to convince you that those adjectives are true one hundred times over!

So starting with the creative/fun descriptions… Andrew and Julie heard we were going out to California to do some photo sessions (and to celebrate our anniversary) so they immediately asked if we’d do their Unique Session on the beach if they drove all the way from AZ to do it.

So let me get this straight… you live in the same city as us and you’d be willing to drive to another state to meet us there to do your session? If you’re willing to sacrifice like that for us then, yes we’re more than down for that!

They met up with us during the San Diego portion of our trip and we headed over to Torrey Pines State Park for the first part of the session.

Here we got some of the unique nature shots that make California as beautiful as it is.

Then we headed over to a hang gliding take off point that proved to be spectacular.

Which I guess makes sense because if I was going to risk my life for an overhead look… I’d definitely want the view to be worth it!;-)

Before I show you where we went next, I need to back up and explain. Andrew and Julie got married this past January and decided that engagement and wedding pictures weren’t enough… they loved our pictures so much that they wanted an extra session!

You may have heard of Trash the Dress, Day after Sessions, Bridal sessions, etc.  Basically those are all different types of sessions that are done on a day other than your wedding in your wedding attire, so we’ve just lumped all those together and called them Unique Sessions (click to read more about Unique Sessions).

The idea is to allow us to be freed up enough in regards to time, location, and options to get the best of our very best kind of shots!  On a wedding day, we’re restricted by all those things as well as by trying to not get the dress dirty.  So a Unique Session gives us the chance to get “magazine” kind of pictures… shots you just can’t always get on a wedding day.

So did I not say that Julie and Andrew are adventurous?  So how could I expect anything other than for them to choose the Day After/ Trash the Dress version of the Unique Session?

While we don’t try to purposely “Trash” the dress, we do whatever we can to get the best pictures… even if that means putting the dress at risk!

But if you’re considering a Radiant Unique Session, fear not, we do not at all require that you risk your dress.  That’s completely bride’s (and maybe the bride or groom’s parents if they paid for it!) choice!

Julie made her choice! We headed off to La Jolla for her to get ready for the trashing part! Here’s the progression of her preparing to face the bold decision she had made to get into the freezing water!

Julie definitely had a vision for the session (here comes the “creative” adjective I assigned to her!).

She had seen a picture with this beach pose on it and she was daring enough to attempt to create it.

As you can see, it was a very successful attempt!

So once her dress was already that wet, she decided to let us go all the way with it!

I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this shot that Scottie got.  It looks like she’s floating up in the clouds rather than in the ocean.  It’s just…. wow.

I think I forgot to include one very important descriptive word for these two…. adorable.

They are so cutesy together it’s equal parts ridiculous and awesome. I loved watching them interact and be so sweet to each other.

Amidst the stunning nature we were surrounded by, we had to make sure to stop and get some shots that captured the beautiful intimacy of their relationship.

Julie and Andrew, you are two of the most easy going people I’ve ever met!  I couldn’t believe the things you were willing to do for a good picture!  It was dirty, freezing, wet, and freaking difficult…. and you were smiling through it all.  Thank you!

We are so grateful to you for planning such a fantastic session and then for being brave enough to pull it off!  We couldn’t be happier with the pics we got from it, so I hope you two feel the same!

Click to see the rest of the pics from this amazing California Unique Session!

July 7, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Inez Moreno - There are BEAUTIFUL!!!

July 8, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Amy - This is spectacular! I love it!!!!!

July 8, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Nicholas Leong - Wonder if I can persuade my wife to do a “Thrash the Dress” shoot :)

That “cloud” looking shot was something else. Beautiful :)

July 8, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Breanna - Well Nicholas, we’re currently scheming up ways to come visit all our fans in Malaysia. So if we’re successful, we’ll start working on convincing her that she desperately NEEDS a trash the dress session from us! Ha ha!

One of our favorite photos sessions with one of our favorite families!

When some of our best friends moved away from Phoenix to Sierra Vista, we were more than bummed.

But we quickly realized that having friends who live in a town that stays below 100 degrees, has it’s benefits!  Our positive perspective was confirmed when Ryan called us to help him give Molly a surprise family photo session for mothers day.

We headed down for a weekend of intense late night conversations, tasty meals, hilarious kids, and major life revelations (which is what always happens when we hang out with this family!).

Molly and Ryan had a terrific weekend planned for us.  We started out by heading down to the little town of Bisbee, AZ.

We’d never been there before and we found out that this little European-esque place in the middle of the Desert that is Arizona, is a photographers dream!

(They love baseball!)

It was really hard for us to adjust to walking right past places we could only dream of finding to use as photo backgrounds if we were in Phoenix because there were just too many good shots and we would’ve had to be shooting for a week straight to catch it all!

We also headed down to their favorite little hiking area, Ramsey Canyon, to catch them doing one of the many things they enjoy doing together as a family.

Our big outdoor adventure was followed by a nice dinner at a cute little 50′s diner…

…and then a night of their normal bedtime routines.  Their bedtime routine is one of my favorite things about being with this family.  First, dad gives them a bath time, complete with special treats that the kids absolutely love like tornado time (watching the water go down the drain fast), airplane time (dad tossing them up in the air to help dry them off), and great conversation about life.

The kids all have their toothbrushes in a row and they each brush their teeth while dad dries their brothers off, then they head into their bedroom to wait for the family to finish gathering in there.

Once they are all in the room, they have Bible story time, followed by question and answers (I couldn’t believe the intelligent questions they kids ask!).  They all do “blessings” on each other which is where they each go up to every family member (and Scottie and I) and run their finger over your face in the shape of a cross saying “in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.”  Have you ever heard a 3 year old saying something that intense while looking at you straight in the eye?  It’s so cool!  Especially when he says “fodder” instead of father.;-)

Next they all climb into bed, sing a hymn together, and say prayers.  They really do this together every night! Before they moved, Molly and Ryan were in the class we took that helped us get out of debt (read our blog about that here) so we went over to their house once a week around bedtime and got to witness this routine every time.  So awesome.

Despite how neat all of that was to watch, I have to say that my favorite part was when the 4 year old was laying down to sleep and just before we walked out of the room, he innocently decided to ask one last quick question, “how do we get babies?”.

Oh wow, it took us a long time be able to catch our breathes from laughing after we walked out of that room!  Luckily, we caught that one on video!  Which by the way, we plan on releasing for you all to see soon!

The next day we headed over to the superhero wall.

Superhero mom, Molly, had made all the boys capes with their initials on it and masks go with it.

Oh wow, it couldn’t have been more perfect for pictures!

We just sat around for awhile watching the boys fight crime and then play on the playground afterwards.

These are definitely some of my favorite pictures of all time!!!

Let me just say that you have truly never seen 3 little boys who are so well behaved before.

(These are some little hats that I, Breanna, bought at Michaels and have been saving for the perfect kids photo session… this was it, they loved the hats!)


I spent most of the weekend trying to convince Molly and Ryan to start a blog or write a book because they must have something magic up their sleeve!

They are a very exceptional family who permeate one another’s lives with love, grace, acceptance, and humility.  Even the little 3 year old extends these values to his other family members!

It was seriously moving to wake up every morning and get to watch another day of a family loving one another that well! 

I say all of this because the entire weekend was filled with activity and the kids were totally thrown off their normal schedule…

…and still we did not see one time when it was necessary to discipline the children.  They were just good the entire time… exhaustion and excitement weren’t even enough to bring these amazing kids down!

Molly bought bribery candy for our day in Bisbee and by the end of the day, the grown ups ended up eating it because it was not even necessary to bring out even once!  Unbelievable!  We are so proud to be friends with people who can raise such beautiful, wonderful, sweet, and caring children.

We’re also so thankful we got to meet them before we have our own kids so that maybe we can learn a few of their secrets in time to apply them ourselves!

By the way, when we asked them about their kid raising magic tricks they said the main ingredient is that everyone serves one another… parents serving each other included!

Their explanation totally did make sense after we’d been watching them for an entire weekend.  Molly and Ryan weren’t constantly begging each other to take over with the kids, because one would always hop up first without even a second thought, and we didn’t hear any arguments the entire time over “who’s job it is”.

Molly and Ryan really do serve one another better than I think I’ve ever seen any couple do… and the kids have followed suite.

(Spending the afternoon playing baseball with their kids)

(Molly & Ryan love the “Swagger Wagon” song and this is their homage to it!  If you haven’t seen this hilarious video, you’re missing out so click here!)

How many times have you seen a little 6 year old willingly serving his 4 year old rather than fighting for their own individual rights?  Well, we saw it constantly all weekend!

(The littlest one loves helping his mom cook for the family.  While prepping for this same meal, the middle child is asking if he can be our waiter which means setting the table and bringing us our food).

In fact, Scottie and I saw this family serving each other enough all weekend that when we got home,  we looked at each other and realized that if we don’t start learning to serve one another better, then we’re in trouble when we have kids because they’ll definitely learn more than a few bad habits from watching us.  So thanks to this freaking cool family, our new goal in life is to learn to love others better by working on things about ourselves (the main thing having to do with serving others).

Thank you guys so much for being one of the most positive influences in our entire life.  I can’t even begin to communicate how refreshed, hopeful, excited, etc., etc. we felt after spending a weekend being served by you.  We’ve decided to have Ellison weekend at least 3 times a year because it’s one of the best things we could do to help us become better people…and because we have a GREAT time!!

We love you all!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this wonderful family session!

July 1, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Sarah Mann - I too love this family! They are my best friends and the boys are my son’s best friends. The pictures are amazing and capture their family so well. So glad you all had the opportunity to spend time together and catch these great moments!

July 3, 2010 - 6:11 am

Donna Little - Seems these parents knows what it means to be servant leaders. Even at home where the lines of servitude more often than not can get obscured. They have put the biblical principals of serving one other, instead of lording over each other, to work in their daily lives and instilled the same in the lives of their sons.
What a wonderful legacy to give to your children.

July 3, 2010 - 8:54 pm

Nicholas Leong - Seriously, these were the most awesome pictures I’ve seen in a long long time.

What a perfect family! And the boys have crazily beautiful eyes!

August 18, 2010 - 7:05 am

Toni Brannan - These are incredible! Scottie & Breanna, you truly have captured the essence of the Ellison family. Wonderful job!

Kristine and Aaron’s chill, downtown wedding

If you have been following our blog for long, you probably remember a ridiculously good looking couple named Kristine and Aaron (check out their engagement session blog if that isn’t jogging your memory).  Well the time finally came to see how these people could rock it on their wedding day… and rock it they did!

Both of them looked their best (which is better than most of us could even dream of!) and just like in their engagement session, they both adopted that trademark chill attitude that makes them the epitome of a cool couple.

Of course you could expect nothing less but for them to have super cool friends as well… and they did not disappoint! 

We had a lot of fun hanging out with all the bridal party and capturing all the photos of them inside…

(The God is Love sign above their heads is perfection!)

…and outside…

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

…but mostly inside because it’s sweaty summertime in Phoenix!

Luckily the old church that they got married in was really cool both inside and outside!

After their official reveal moment…

…we had to get some pictures of the outside of the church because it’s more than just a REALLY cool building…

…it’s also the church that Kristine’s dad is the pastor of.

So he decided to brave the potential emotional breakdown…

…to officiate his daughter’s wedding ceremony.

He made a great decision in my opinion because the ceremony was beautiful!

(They practiced their dip during their engagement session and they had it nailed by the time the ceremony came around!)

I can’t let this blog go by without giving major props to Kristine and Aaron for braving the heat and being troopers for picture time out in it!

We wandered around Roosevelt row in Downtown Phoenix to get some shots in front of the unique fixtures that make the Phoenix art walk (First Fridays) as exciting as it is!

(Once again, good thing they perfected their mad dip skillz!)

Thanks Kristine and Aaron, for letting us drag you around in your wedding clothes, in the heat, and through a not-so-clean part of town (especially since it was the day after the art walk!).

(I, Breanna, think this pic is probably my favorite from the day.  As Scottie would say, “I killed this one”. Ha ha)

I have to say that I was impressed by how adventurous you were… I never once saw that look that brides sometimes give me that says “please Breanna, tell Scottie I am SO not willing to do that” and I was fully expecting it this time around!;-)

I think the trek through dirty downtown was worth it because I absolutely love the pictures we got down there!

Of course I can only say that because thankfully Kristine’s white dress came through the trash and debris unscathed!

After picture adventure hour was over, we had a nice drive to get some time to cool off before the reception.  But that great A/C wasn’t strong enough to pull everyone through the insane dancing that quickly ensued once we arrived!

(This is a great “we have arrived” picture!)

I’ll start by explaining one of my all time favorite wedding dances.  It all started with a regular father/daughter dance, but it ended in a crazy full on Broadway style production!  Kristine’s other already married sisters joined them on a dance floor for a spectacular choreographed dance involving several songs, props, and one very fun family!

I can’t even begin to explain it other than to say that it was absolutely spectacular!  It was also very complicated with lots of details and they pulled it off without a hitch!  Great job guys, that was quite a memorable father/daughter dance!

The rest of the party kept up with the same kind of great energy…

…which is so fun to take pictures of!

Thanks Kristine and Aaron for being so easy to work with (aka chill) and for inviting us to such an awesome party!!

We had a great time, so I can’t imagine how much fun all your guests must have had!!

I’d say the entire day was a huge success.  Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Kristine and Aaron’s chill downtown wedding!

July 19, 2010 - 1:46 am

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