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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.

The Abrahms’ Santa Monica Family Session (by Scott & Breanna)

What better place for a Santa Monica family’s photo session than…

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… Santa Monica!

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That’s what the Abrahm’s family thought as well when I asked them where they wanted to do their session!

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So we went down to a grassy area near the beach in Santa Monica and got a few shots of the family sitting and smiling for the camera all together…

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…along with a little bit of playing together…

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….before we went down and had the REAL fun on the beach!

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By REAL fun I of course mean chasing birds, shoving sand in your mouth, and getting as absolutely sandy, wet, and freezing cold as possible!

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I mean, what else is the beach for?!

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So we took the time to do all of those main events and more as we caught this family doing what they do best… being a family together!

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Thank you to the Abrahm’s family for giving us the time we needed, being relaxed during our session, and most of all for being such a fantastic family that we had a great time taking pictures of you just being together and having fun!

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Click to see the rest of the Abrahm’s Santa Monica Family Photo session here.

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Shannon’s Fabulous Wedding Planning Style (by Scott & Breanna)

I think most people would agree with me (Breanna) when I say that the people you work with can make or break a job And that’s why Scottie and I thank our lucky stars that we get to work with Shannon Smith from Sassy Soirees Wedding and Event Planning on a regular basis!

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Shannon is that kind of wedding planner who… well, let me just quote to you what I wrote about her in my blog about one of my favorite weddings together, Michelle and Derek’s (by the way, this is actually the CONDENSED version of the Shannon gushing I did in that blog!):

“Michelle and Derek hired Shannon Smith from Sassy Soirees and if their smooth and beautiful wedding day was any indication, I’m sure they’re very happy they did! As always, Shannon winds and unwinds all the complicated details and pieces that have to flow together into one smooth string, and she did it in a way that seemed completely effortless and allowed the couple to just sail through their day as all the beautiful and wonderful pieces of it just “magically” happened all around them.”

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(By the way, Shannon’s husband, Marc, was the caterer for that wedding, and let me just say that this is a family of many talents!).

Shannon not only does a great job for her clients, but she also takes amazing care of her vendors to keep everyone happy and working together as a functioning team on the wedding day. This is huge because if she’s doing a great job pulling the details of the team together, then everyone (including us!) are freed up to do our particular jobs to the best of our abilities, so the entire wedding day is the best it can be!

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Because Shannon really DOES have such amazing wedding skillz (notice that’s skills with a Z so you know she’s REALLY good!), she wants to make sure that her website shows off her impeccable style as much as possible. So she decided it was time to do a photo session with us to have some shots for her up and coming newly designed site (coming soon!).

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Of course we were happy to comply with her photo request! Not only because we love working with her and jump at every chance we get to do so (see her adorable family pillow fight photo session here!), but also because she told us she was bringing her precious daughter, Lola, to pose as her flower girl to show off the idea of having flower girls throw glitter instead of flowers down the aisle!

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Shannon, I’ve thanked you so many times in private for how much you help us out at weddings, that I decided to make one of those many private thank yous public so that everyone can see that I really mean what I’m saying about you here! Here’s something I wrote you last year:

“Shannon, as always we LOVED working with you and can’t wait to do it again soon! You are so good at letting us do what we need (like listening to our input on the wedding day schedule), getting us what we need the day of, and coordinating bookings with your couples so smoothly! You really do free us up to do our best and it’s so so so great to work with a planner who does that for us! Truly, THANK YOU for making our job so easy. You are WONDERFUL at what you do! Much Love, Breanna”

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If you want to see more Scottie & Breanna + Shannon’s work, here are a couple of my favorite weddings we’ve done together:

Michelle and Derek’s Surprise Wedding

Ross and Megan’s very sunny and very happy wedding day

Amanda and Javier and their Wedding Day ‘Amandiers’

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See more of Shannon’s Fabulous Photo Session here.

Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s “Perfectly Imperfect” Photo Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Scottie and I (Breanna) have seen it time and time again…0029A mom who’s trying so hard to make sure everyone is looking and acting perfect on picture day, that her worst fears are actually coming true because her stress is stressing the kids out, causing tension between her and her husband, and she looks crazy frazzled in all the photos!  (See more about how to avoid “photo day mom stress” in my series on “How to Plan a Truly Great Family Photo session“). The reason I’m telling you all of this is because when photo day came around for Ashley and her family, she was as cool as a cucumber!0093Ashley and Mark were both so relaxed that the photo session started all on it’s own before we could even say go! Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt were just hanging out in the park playing together, so we decided we should start taking pictures of it! Now that’s what I call a natural kind of session!00340083The stuff we get of families just playing together all on their own, tends to turn out SO much better than when a mom is running this way and that, pulling her hair out, while trying to MAKE everyone look cute!0065002200510103It doesn’t make much sense when you think about it, because I mean really, how much help does this little guy actually need to look cute?!0045Besides, when left to his own devices, he’s a great little poser all on his own!00470040

(He knew actual poses too so he showed us some of the yoga moves he knows!)

Sure he may not look PERFECT in all the photos…0110…but there’s something so beautiful about that because it’s just him being him! Which is better, remembering him as he really is, or remembering a stranger who’s personality was stripped out of the photos in your attempt to make him look “perfect”?!0063Yes, we vote to see Wyatt as he really is because who could resist?!00800024So three cheers for Ashley and Mark, who chose to let their child enjoy a fun picture day with his parents, rather than trying to constrain him and force him into fake smile world… which just ends in tears anyways!00690025Good job guys, you made the right choice and have the pictures to prove it!003300950088

(In case you missed it, more tips on avoiding the “Stressed- out- mom photo day syndrome” here!).

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Click to see more of Ashley, Mark, and Wyatt’s perfectly imperfect photo session here!

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Quinton and Lori’s 10 year family session (by Scott & Breanna)

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How long have we been friends for, you ask? Well let’s see, here’s Jada now…

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…and here’s me (Breanna) and Jada at Scottie and my wedding! So yeah, it’s been like at LEAST a year or two since then!

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So when we got the call to come take family photos for Lori and Quinton’s 10 year wedding anniversary, we were psyched!

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And you can see why!

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When I say this a fun family, that’s understatement!

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This family can laugh with the best of them, which makes Scottie and I laugh with the best of them, which makes for a very fun session with some very crooked pictures!

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Luckily, these 3 can also glam it up for some standard (aka straight) family photos where all 5 of us aren’t giggling!

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But then there are still a few moments squeezed in between the serious ones like this…

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(Like father, like daughter!)

Thanks Quinton, Lori, and Jada for a very fun family session! We are so happy we have you in our lives and we are so happy we were able to capture this time period in your lives together! Congratulations on 10 years Quinton and Lori! We look forward to being a part of many more of your years together down the road!

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Click to see the rest of Quinton and Lori’s 10 year Family Session.

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Mason’s Sporty Senior Session (by Scott & Breanna)

If you know Mason at all, you are probably not very surprised by the title of this blog.

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Sports are his life. Especially basketball.

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I’m sure it is very difficult to balance life when you’re an incredible athlete who’s good with every piece of sporting equipment you lay hands on. But just as Mason is able to balance all his equipment in this photo, he’s able to balance all the sports in his life!

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Since so much of his time is spent on the court, it only made sense to get some shots of Mason’s every day life in his senior photos!

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After being court side for awhile, we decided it was time to get some non-basketball related photos for awhile, so we headed to one of our favorite spots to finish out the session, The Tempe Center for the Arts.

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And we were glad we did! There’s SO much to shoot there! We could’ve shot all day!

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And in fact, we sort of did considering we went on into the night. And again, we were glad we did! How else would we have gotten some of these photos of the amazing lighting that’s to be seen around there!

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If you can’t tell, Scottie and myself (Breanna) are big fans of Mason’s senior pictures! Mason, we hope you love them as much as we do! We had a great time working with you! Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

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P.S. In case you missed it, we also had the privilege of shooting Mason’s brother, Keegan’s, senior pictures a couple years back! Yes, this family has more than one multi-talented kid!

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See the rest of the photos from Mason’s Sporty Senior Session here.

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