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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.

Stacia and Mike’s wedding with style

If you spend X amount of hours watching TLC wedding shows, plus another X amount of hours reading wedding magazines, and you want your wedding to equal Y amount of uniqueness, how do you make that happen when you feel like everything’s already been done?  Well if you really want an answer to this question, I think you should ask Stacia and Mike.

However I don’t think their answer will help you much because really it has everything to do with their sense of style and it’s something that just can’t be taught.

If you’re like me, you’ve met people in your life that make you say “wow, I wish I could pull things off like them”.  Well Stacia and Mike are those people… everything they touch turns to cool.

So you take all that cool…

…add in a gorgeous venue

… a really fun bridal party…

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….a freaking beautiful bride…

(right before he saw her for the first time).

…a studly groom…

(Right after he saw her for the first time).


…and the cutest kid you’ve ever seen…

…you have Stacia and Mike’s wedding (I’ll spare the word problem analogy for this one… no x’s and y’s to confuse us all).

Seriously, you couldn’t find a better threesome anywhere!  And lucky us, we get to be the ones who have the job of communicating who they are to the world!  I hate to brag, but we have such a fun job!  And people like this remind us of that constantly!

So now if you’re wondering about all this coolness that I speak of, try this on for size…

His ring is from Russel Simmons’ jewelry collection…

Everyone in the bridal party wore Converse…

(and Stacia’s polka dot socks definitely topped it off!)

Their lighting and draping was unbelievable (talk to Carrie at Stonecreek Golf Club for details on that and then talk to her about everything else in the world because she’s fun to talk to!)…

And there’s just some things about them that must have been sprinkled with magical cool glitter because you just can’t explain it.  Like, how do you say “cool” with just your mere stance and presence in a room?  I don’t know, but both Stacia and Mike have that down.

(Even during a time when most people would look ridiculous… um, guess what… Mike still looks cool!! I don’t know anyone else who can pull of a frosting glob like that.)


Alright I’m swearing off the word “cool” for the rest of this blog… more like for the rest of this week!  I’ll go for some other adjectives to describe them.  How about… “happy”?!

Yeah, that one works.

I’d say that’s a pretty good description considering their faces in so many of these pictures!

When you see so many photos of two people looking so happy on their wedding day, I think you can safely call the day a success! Thanks Stacia and Mike for letting us be a part of your awesome (like my substitute for the “C” word there?) wedding.

We seriously loved getting to hang out with you, you’re both so much fun to be around.  Thanks for being so considerate of us on a day that was supposed to be all about you.  You made us feel like we were taking pictures at a friends wedding and hanging out at the same time.  We loved it.  The best to you both!

Click to see the rest of Mike and Stacia’s stylized wedding at the ever so fabulous, Stonecreek Golf Club!

June 11, 2010 - 10:35 am

Carrie - LOVE LOVE LOVE These Pictures. Radiant you never cease to amaze me!!!

THANK YOU :)

June 11, 2010 - 10:46 am

Dawn Candrea - LOVE IT! LOVE THE PHOTOS, LOVE THE VENUE, LOVE RADIANT, & LOVE CARRIE!!! I am so proud of you both and jealous….can’t wait to have Scottie & Breanna shoot Arrowhead!!!!!!! D.

July 3, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Stacia Wolfe - Thank you both so much for making our wedding awesome. The pictures are gorgeous. We want to get our family pictures done by you guys. Thank you again, it was blast hanging out with you both!

Love,

Stacia, Mike and Kason

Laura and Matt’s Emotional Wedding Day

If I had to describe Laura and Matt’s wedding in one word it would be… emotional.

From the first time they saw each other… …to all their interactions with family and friends…

…to their private moments together…

…all of it was full of beautiful, genuine emotion.  I can sit here and try to describe the many variations of feeling I saw that day, but I think the pictures say it best.

Before I go too far, I have to take the time to mention how stunning the bride looked!!  Again, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

And who could forget the fantastic bridal party?!

(Fan us on Facebook so you can tag yourself in some of these photos).

I can’t even tell you what it was like to watch a couple like this who was so obviously in love.

People always ask us if going to weddings makes us think about our own marriage often.

The answer is that weddings like this one, can’t help but make you reflect on your own relationship!

I mean, you’re sitting there for hours watching two people who are completely enraptured with each other and who don’t want to be apart for one second…

…there’s no way Scottie and I could’ve left there without a good kiss at the end of the night!

Don’t let a lot of the serious emotions fool you, they had their share of overwhelming joy as well!

Not to mention, quite a bit of sillyness as well!

So thank you Laura and Matt for being open and honest with your feelings enough to allow us to freeze them forever in time.

You had a beautiful ceremony…

…a fun group of friends…

…a fantastic party (thanks to lots of help from Margie at Party Presentations)

….and a killer exit!  You guys rock and we are so very, VERY excited for you!:-)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Laura and Matt’s emotional wedding day!

June 11, 2010 - 1:03 am

Nicholas Leong - Shots like these make me look forward to my own wedding this year! :)

Beautiful as always. I think it is possible to run out superlatives to describe the work you do.

June 11, 2010 - 1:09 am

Breanna - Wow Nicholas, your kind words mean more than you know. Thanks for taking the time to say them! And congratulations on your engagement! That’s great news! :-)

Everyone’s all together… time for Kugle family photos!

After doing pictures for their baby

…we were thrilled when the Kugle Family called us to do pictures of the rest of the family as well!

Of course we couldn’t resist taking pictures of the baby again because as in any family, the baby steals the show without any effort at all!

This time was especially fun because he had a bunch of new expressions in his repertoire that we were happy to witness!

Especially because some of those faces were absolutely hysterical!

(Although this is probably my favorite picture of the day, we decided to get a normal one during this very sweet family moment!)

The rest of the family did get their time to shine too…

…both as couples…

…and as an entire family.

When you have a family as photogenic as this one, you can’t help but take way too many pictures of them!

We were very happy they were staying at the JW Desert Ridge Marriott while they were in town because it gave us full access to the stunning grounds there!

We couldn’t ask for a better place to take pictures, every where you go is beautiful!

In fact, if we had any problem, it was that there were too many places to go and we were overwhelmed with options!  Not a bad problem to have!

We want to give a special thanks to the Kugle family for working with us.

You really are a beautiful family… and a photographers dream I might add!

We hope you returned home from your vacation well rested and that you’re having fun back in normal life!:-)

Click to see the rest of the Kugle Family pictures.

June 11, 2010 - 12:50 am

Jennifer Anderson - Seriously gorgeous people. They look very happy!

Tonia and Jay, in love and engaged under the red rock mountains

Whenever we book a wedding with a bride and groom who live in a different state, we’re always worried that we won’t get the opportunity to get know them before their big day.

We’ve discovered that the better we know the people we’re taking pictures of, the better their pictures tend to turn out because they feel like friends are taking pictures of them rather than strangers.

So when Jay and Tonia booked us, we set out right away to find a way to get a chance to hang out with them!  Luckily they needed to make another trip down to plan their Sedona wedding so we set up an engagement session in that great land of red rocks!

We started out at the shopping area called Tlaquepaque (I’m not kidding, that’s seriously the name of it) where we got some old European city looking pictures…

…but we were itching to get out and explore the real beauty of Sedona which lies in the great outdoors!

We picked a spot to shoot and found all kinds of cool things there!  Giant trees…

…a place where people have built hundreds of little of rock piles all over…

(it’s a lot harder to build them than it looks!)

…the famous red rock mountains

…and a BEE-AUtiful sky!

While we were very grateful we found some interesting backdrops for our shots, they really weren’t that necessary because the people we were taking pictures of were interesting enough!

(They’re definitely one of the first couples we’ve ever had do a chest bump for a picture!  Ha ha, you guys didn’t know I was actually going to put that one in did you?!)

Jay is one of those guys who has a very straight faced sense of humor, like you never really know when he’s kidding.  I (Breanna) happen to find that style of humor absolutely hilarious!

So all day I’m there, trying to aim and focus my camera, while having a major interruption due to my hysterical laughing at some little side comment Jay made.  As you can see, I’m not the only one who finds him funny!

I loved the random little faces and gestures he made towards Tonia to get her to laugh… his quest to crack her poses was definitely a success!

From beginning to end, Tonia and Jay were laughing and having a ball with each other!

If they felt at all uncomfortable in front of the camera, they hid it very well!

I think the trick is that they are comfortable enough with themselves to just be who they are whether there’s a camera on them or not.  It was really fun to watch them interacting and having fun with the session.

It seemed like they just decided it was going to be a fun day when they woke up in the morning and they just rolled with it.

So thank you Tonia and Jay for having such a great attitude and for feeling free to let us into your world a little bit.

We are so glad we got a chance to hang out and get to know you both a little better, it makes us very excited for your wedding!  We have so many more photo opps to come with the two of you, and it’s good to know that no matter what, we’re going to have fun doing them!  Can’t wait!

P.S. Thanks for the Picazzo’s Pizza… we’re addicted now!;-)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Tonia and Jay’s Sedona, AZ engagement session!

June 9, 2010 - 1:02 am

Nicholas Leong - Beautiful shots as usual. And beeeautiful sky :) I love how you make the couple always seem so comfortable with a camera pointing at them.

Tim B hanging out with Jon A on Vicki and Zach’s big day!

If any of you remember Vicki and Zac’s engagement session, you remember that we had an associate photographer for Radiant both shoot and blog their session!  That photographer is the talented, fantastic, and all around swell guy… Tim Boyd (click on his name to see more of his photos).

If you wish you could know more about someone THAT cool, then you can read the bio I wrote about Tim here.

The reason Tim shot their engagement session is that he was also shooting their wedding, so it was a great chance for Vicki and Zach to get to know the guy who was going to be hanging out with them all day long on one of the most important days of their lives!

So when the big day arrived, Tim, accompanied by the ever so fabulous Jon Ashcroft, went to the beautiful Arizona Golf Resort where they got to work with one of our fave coordinators, April!

So although we were a little bit jealous that Tim and Jon got to shoot a wedding for such wonderful people with one of the coolest coordinators in town…

…we were very confident that they would do a great job and we were excited to get to show off their talent to the world.  So here it is folks, a few words from the man himself (Tim) and even more of their photos that superseded our already high expectations for them both.

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When I sat down with Vicki to go over the final details of her big day, one thought kept creeping back into my mind – …an outdoor wedding in May – man! It’s going to be hot!

Well, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

The weather was almost as beautiful as the bride, and the ever-talented Jon Ashcroft and I could not have asked for a smoother event.

From the wedding party…

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…to the family, friends, and guests…

…this wedding was truly a pleasure to shoot.

Vicki and Zach were charming and chill and it was quite obvious how he won her over as Zach delivered an amazing speech while kicking off the reception.

All-in-all, it was a great event…

…and we wish Vicki and Zach all the happiness in the world. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of such a special day. Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of Vicki and Zach’s wedding photos!

June 8, 2010 - 11:48 pm

Jason Hicks - Great job Tim! I love your sunset shots. You did an amazing job working with the location.