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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.

Alex & David’s beautiful Arizona engagement session!

I know it sounds weird, but I got to know Alex long before I met her.

What I mean is, I (Breanna) knew her parents long before I ever met her and of course parents like to talk about their kids so I got to hear stories about her all the time and I felt like I knew her!

So when we got the call to shoot Alex’s wedding I was very honored to get to work with a family that I already know and love.

And I was looking forward to finally meeting Alex in real life!

Of course the tricky part is that Alex and her fiance David don’t live in Arizona!

So I finally got to have my first face to face meeting with Alex when they made a trip out here to do a little wedding planning (since they are getting married in AZ).

As I mentioned, I was so excited to meet her since I’d been hearing about her for so long and let me just say that we had so much fun at our first meeting that my high expectations were not disappointed!;-)

The next time we hung out with them was when they came out here for more planning and we had the privilege of shooting their engagement session!

The only downside to their session was that they couldn’t make it out here until July so of course that means it’s going to be one sweaty, hot session!

We started out at Alex’s uncles house, which was nice because we could at least take a few pictures and then come inside for an air conditioned break in between shooting. 

(And a good a/c break is exactly what’s needed after trampoline time!).

Once we realized we could survive the heat, we got bold and headed out to do some wide open sky shots out on the Salt River Reservation.

Once out there, we found that the heat wasn’t the only thing we had to battle against.  We discovered that the giant red ants, millions of gnats, and mean mosquitos were much less friendly foes.

(See, they had a good attitude the whole time!  They were having fun messing around throughout it all… unless he really is trying to strangle her for making him do this!! Ha ha.)

Well I think that facing the nature challenges was well worth it because we were blessed with a perfect sky that day and were able to capture it amidst all of the obstacles surrounding us!

Thanks to Alex and David for being excited enough about your engagement session that you were willing to come to Phoenix in July to do it!  We appreciate that kind of commitment!;-)

Good luck with the rest of the wedding planning… we can’t wait until the next time we get to see you when you’ll be all dressed up and ready to head down the aisle!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Alex and David’s Phoenix Engagement session.

July 18, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Nicholas Leong - Well, heat, mosquitoes, gnat, and giant red ants will all be forgotten when they see these shots!

Loving those awesome, dramatic sky!

From New York to the wild, wild west!

When you move to Phoenix from New York, as Melissa and Josh did…

…you’re in for quite a few changes!  Not the least of which is the landscape!

Going from green to brown, from fall leaves to brown, and from snow to brown… is not always easy!

Fortunately, Melissa and Josh see past the brown to the real beauty of Arizona!

The mountains, the cactus, the baby quails and rabbits… all of it makes up the desert out in the wild, wild west and Melissa and Josh are happy to have the opportunity to witness it all first hand!

When they first moved out here, one of the first places they went to visit was Saguaro Lake… which is why it was on their minds when we started asking about places they go together that we could incorporate into their engagement session.

With their water bottle in hand, Melissa and Josh headed out with us for a photo session in the heat of July.

They turned out to be real troopers as they didn’t even complain about the heat once!

I (Breanna) am an Arizona native and even I still whine about the heat on a regular basis!  Lucky for us, the day we planned for their session turned out to be not nearly as hot as it could’ve been as we went treading through the desert landscape to find some of the real gems of the Southwest!

And find them we did… the lake was as stunning as the mountains were astounding, as we placed Melissa and Josh strategically in front of them in hopes of capturing that “perfect shot”.

I think they turned out pretty perfect and I hope Melissa and Josh would agree!

Thanks you two for being so bold and for sweating so much for the sake of your pictures!  We appreciate you dedication and we can’t wait to see what kinds of photos we get when we shoot your wedding during the cool of October!

Click to see the rest of Melissa and Josh’s beautiful AZ photo session!

July 12, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Nicholas Leong - Wish I could get those golden brown grass over here!

The Coopers rocking it in Southern California

Ever since we shot her sister’s wedding a couple of years ago, we’ve been trying to schedule a family session with Lisa.

Things get complicated fast when you’re planning to get together and you live in different states!  But alas, the time came for Lisa and Jeff’s family photo session!

We met up in the LA area (Lisa and Jeff drove from Northern CA and Scottie and I came from Phoenix) at Griffith park for a day o’ picture time fun!

Once we finally found each other (Griffith Park is REALLY big), we first got re-introduced to their 3 boys…

…and their little stuffed animal friend “Puppy Breath” who kept trying to sneak his way into pictures…

… then we picked up our cameras and began shooting away!

We had bouts of family playtime…

…intermixed with a few moments where we were the bossy photographers and made them look at the camera and smile…

…and then we’d go back to playtime!

We had some wrestling adventures…

… some karate time….

… and then back to the “sit and smile for the camera” shots!

Aside from trying to sneak Puppy breath into our shots in a”Where’s Waldo” fashion, the boys had another prop they were itching to use, and that was their very cool hats!

They were so excited about their hats, so we made sure to try to get a bunch of pictures with them on!

Griffith Park has some huge beautiful trees so we took full advantage of them and made them a prop/background for these pictures.

It’s always more fun for kids when they get to play on the “furniture” we use for pictures!

After the tree time, we headed over to the playground to get a few shots of the kids just being kids.

(I, Breanna, told him that he could design/pose one picture on his own and the one on the right is his creation!  ha ha I love it!)

Of course as it goes when you arrive at a playground, the kids were off in the blink of an eye and Scottie and I were left with our old people legs trying to catch up to them!

We caught them a few times… at least just enough to get the shots we wanted!

Thanks to the Cooper family so SO much for traveling down to meet us for your family session! We loved getting to hang out with you once again! I really hope you guys enjoyed your little vacay and that you enjoy the pictures that resulted from it even more!

Click here to see the rest of the photos from this fun California family photo session!

July 10, 2010 - 2:41 pm

Tracy - These take my breath away!

July 10, 2010 - 2:57 pm

Lisa & Jeff Cooper - These are soooo great you guys! You two are AMAZING and totally captured the essence of our family. Thank you for a great session and these priceless pictures!

July 12, 2010 - 7:36 pm

Nicholas Leong - Cool cool hats :) Both of you always managed to capture the essence of the families you shoot.

I’ll sound like a broken record, but awesome stuff :)

A tour around Venice and a party to beat all parties… Katy & Shaun are working their way towards the alter!

Oh wow, I LOVE Katy and Shaun!

No, not just because their flying us to Hawaii to photograph their wedding… although I do admit that does bias me towards them a bit!;-)

If you’ve ever met Katy and Shaun, you know what I mean when I say that there’s no way to NOT like them!

We first met Katy and Shaun when we went to visit them at their home in Venice, California.

My first impression of Shaun was of someone who threw open the door with his arms spread as wide open as the door, ready to greet us with giant hugs.

And Katy followed suit with the kind of warm hug that you thought only your grandma could give (Katy, when your old enough to actually be a grandma, I think your hugs will probably win world records).

See, I told you it was impossible to not like them!  Who doesn’t want to hang out with someone that warm and friendly?!

That first night, we stayed at their house way past their bedtime (which we’re so bad about doing because we keep pretty ridiculous hours, just check the time stamps on some of our Facebook updates! And by the way, if you’re not a fan of us on Facebook do it now before you miss any more of the good stuff!).  So maybe we’re just rude, but we really felt like we couldn’t leave because we were having such a great time with them!

They showed us all around their house and told stories about practically every item in the place because it all has so much meaning to them.  We got to meet all their friends that will be at the wedding in Hawaii with us via photographs and hear hilarious stories about all of them (that’s right, we know all about you already!) as we toured their life in photos.  Shaun’s an excellent story teller by the way, I could listen to him all night!

The next time we hung out with them went the exact same way… this time we were meeting up to do their engagement session (aka, these photos here).

(I loved watching them interact together!)

When we asked them about their lives and what kinds of things represent them best, they again directed us to their home that is filled with so many sentimental memories.

Shaun spends a ton of time working on and hanging out in his garden, so we decided it only seemed appropriate to start out their session in their home and showcase his pride and joy (it really is a STUNNING garden!).

Next, we headed down towards Venice beach, making a stop along the way at the Spinning class they first met in (Shaun declares to this day that he never would’ve been caught dead in one of those classes, but was forced into it due to physical therapy, or by what some would call “fate”).

Again, we LOVED hearing all their stories about the city history and culture, as well as the parts of their lives that are interwoven into it all.

When they talk about Venice, you can tell they feel like they’re the luckiest people in the world just because they have the privilege of living there.

I can’t say I disagree with that either, I (Breanna) am a little jealous!  Phoenix has it’s perks, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Venice.  If you know people who live in the LA area who are getting married, make sure you tell them about us!  You can help us slowly make our way over to the thrilling life that awaits us there!  We don’t even charge travel fees to shoot weddings in Southern California! (End commercial here).

(Doesn’t this look like such a nice, peaceful ending to a hectic day?)

After the session, Katy and Shaun treated us to one of the best dinners we’ve ever had in our lives!  It was at a cool little place called The Tasting Kitchen and as to be expected, we had such a great time hanging out with them there!

We sat there at the table laughing with them late into the night once again (sorry we always leave you guys so sleep deprived!).  If we weren’t convinced from our first visit to their house that we’d made great new friends, we were beyond certain after hanging out with them this night!

Luckily, we still had one more Katy and Shaun adventure to go during our visit that weekend!

Katy and Shaun are known amongst their friends (and the friends of their friends) for their spectacular annual parties.  They have several regularly occurring theme parties that people are ready and waiting for each year with costumes in hand.

Lucky for us, we happened to be in LA on the very same weekend that one of these parties was sweeping through.  This party was entitled “Bourgie Fashion Prepster Buenos Aires Hollywood Palermo Gringo Polo Summer Solstice Party”.  If it gives you any clue to how lucky we were that we actually got invited to such a trendy shindig… I had to google like every other word in the invitation (the only part I understood was something about the “John Stamos Fashion Mullet”).

Yeah, I can admit that I (Breanna) was definitely not cool enough for this party!  So thanks Katy and Shaun for taking a chance on us Arizona geeks and risking us embarrassing you in front of all your Fashion Prepster Buenos Aires friends! Ha ha!

Even with all the amazingness flowing through the Buenos Aires-esque breeze at this party, one of the best parts was getting to hang out with their friends/ future wedding guests (in real life this time, not via photos).

Of course these perfect little hosts couldn’t just have a one day, amazing and beautiful wedding in Hawaii, they have to make the entire week a fantastic party for all their friends to enjoy!  So we are headed over there in September for 5 days of planned out fun with their guests!  All kinds of tournaments, tours, etc. are happening in Hawaii and we get to be hanging out with many of the same people from the party, just snapping our cameras away at it all!

So now that we’ve met their close friends, heard background stories about why they’re all important to Katy and Shaun, we feel like we’re headed over to Oahu to hang out with our own friends (instead of strangers).

Seriously, could there be a more perfect way to go to Hawaii than to get to share in peoples lives, wedding, and relationships like that?!  Not to brag, but sometimes I think we have the best job in the entire world.  How else would we get to meet and work with such beautiful people as them?!

THANK YOU Katy and Shaun for bringing us into your world so early on and letting us get to experience life as you see it so that we can better capture it and reflect back the true stories and emotions behind your wedding day.

Your gracious, honest, and humble attitudes will serve you very well when it comes to your wedding pictures because we really feel like we’ve been set up well to tell the true story of your wedding day with heartfelt honesty.

I mean, look at how intense the story of just your engagement session is!  I might have to write your wedding blog in like 3 parts!  Thanks and we can’t freaking wait to see you there!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Katy and Shaun’s “Tour of Venice” engagement session!

July 12, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Nicholas Leong - I want to be friends with them too! :)

And that is a long name for the party, I have no idea what the theme was. Looks like I am not cool enough too! :(

Can’t wait for the Hawaii shots, pretty sure it will be amazing.

Enjoy the trip and the shoot!

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.