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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.

Keri & Jason’s “Uniquely Them” Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

If you know Keri and Jason, you were not surprised that their wedding wasn’t what you’d call an “ordinary” wedding.

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Of course every wedding is unique, but Keri and Jason took unique to a whole new level.

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(OK, they didn’t actually PLAN for a giant Ronald McDonald to be sitting outside their venue, they just got lucky on that one!)

For starters, they had their wedding at The Ice House in Downtown Phoenix.

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The Ice House was, historically, exactly what it sounds like. It was the place were they kept ice (not an easy task in the desert back in the day!). Now it’s a gorgeous event venue, unlike any other in Arizona.

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(Help Keri and Jason spread their wedding photos by tagging and sharing their photos from our Facebook page!)

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Which was the perfect spot for Keri and Jason… who are unlike any other bride and groom.

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They also got ready at Hotel Palomar which has another unique spot (one that Scottie and I LOVED taking pictures at) and that is the Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails.

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(Notice the “Blue Hound” – hence the name- in the photos!)

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Now, you may be saying, “well that stuff is uber cool and all, but lots of weddings are uber cool, I don’t see why this one is SO unique as you say”. OK, that’s because I haven’t gotten to the things that REALLY set Keri and Jason apart from the rest.

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For one thing, instead of a traditional religious officiant, or even a friend who is licensed to do weddings, Keri and Jason decided to go with something that I (Breanna) have never seen in all of my wedding experience…

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…they hired an actual comedian to be their officiant! They saw his set and loved his style so much that they asked him to do the honors at their wedding! What a great idea and awesome way to entertain their guests!

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The other thing that was unique about their wedding, is that Jason happens to be a very handy craftsman and was able to come up with this gorgeous creation to highlight their last name at the reception! SO impressive!

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And now for the most unique of unique things about their wedding. Drumroll please… they hired midgets to be servers at their cocktail hour!

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They also came into the grand entrance in place of the bride and groom! Of course the bride and groom DID come into their reception, just not the first time they were called!

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Apparently Keri loves little people, so she wanted to invite them to be a part of her wedding! Now that, is something I’ve never seen at any of the hundreds of weddings we’ve photographed!

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So way to go Keri and Jason for making your wedding fit you perfectly and reflect the fun and hilarious people you are! I love that you made your wedding your own and I hope you enjoyed every second of it!

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Congrats!

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Click to see the rest of Keri and Jason’s “Uniquely Them” Wedding Photos.

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The Aharoni’s Extended Family Session (by Scott & Breanna)

When an extended family gets together all at one time, it’s a big deal. One that calls for some photo commemorating!

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Which is why the Aharoni’s called us (Scottie & Breanna) to do a photo session around Thanksgiving, when they’d be together!

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And what better place to do a fall photo session than sunny southern California, right?

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Wrong. It was very cold that day which made it very hard for people to unwrap themselves from their warm and cozy blankets to brave the wind chill and look happy about it!

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But they managed to survive with smiles and all, so thank you to the very brave Aharoni family for facing into the wind and deciding to be happy about it on photo day!

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We hope you love these photos and that you remember the time you spent together very fondly.

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See more from the Aharoni’s Extended Family Photo session here.

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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!)

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(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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