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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 Harmons: Old Family Friends with New Family Pictures.

Over the past year or so, the Harmons have been letting us (Scottie & Breanna) into their lives more and more… and we couldn’t be happier about it!

We first met this beautiful family when we shot Emily Harmon’s wedding (she’s now a Kelly since she married Jon but we’ll still call them Harmons!).

(Jon was trying to make it look like he was really big and she was teeny tiny enough for him to hold her in has hands. Ha ha!)

We were so impressed by this family that the blog I wrote about the wedding was mostly about how amazing the families involved in the wedding were!  After Jon and Emily got married, we had the opportunity to shoot Christy Harmon’s senior pictures.

(That’s Christy on the right).

Again, another amazing experience with this family, one that we reflected with true emotion in our blog about that session.

And now here we are again… hanging out with the Harmons and loving every minute of it!

We actually had so much fun together that they took us out to dinner after the shoot!

The crazy part about this dinner (other than the fact that we stayed there talking for hours because we enjoy one another’s company so much) is that we discovered our relationship with them goes way back.

When I say “way” back I mean back so far that I (Breanna) wasn’t even old enough to have a conversation with them because my vocabulary was still limited to simple words like “no” and “more”.  Apparently my mom and her sisters went to high school with Greg (daddy Harmon)… …and they remained good friends until after they all got married and had kids.

Once we figured it out, the Harmons launched into a story about a camping trip with my parents (who were sick in bed with the flu the whole time) and little tiny me who was wandering around eating marshmallows and playing with bugs (actually I made up the bug part and it’s probably not true because I was definitely a girly girl who wouldn’t have had much interest in bugs)!

I’m a third generation Phoenician, meaning my grandfather was born here and in a transient city like Phoenix that’s a rare thing to find.

So whenever I meet anyone who’s been around here for any time at all, there’s bound to be some kind of connection.  The trick is just figuring out what it is.  But to find not only a connection, but a real friendship between our families that goes so far back, was a very cool thing indeed.

Right after the session I called my aunt and I said “Guess what?!  One of our favorite clients of all time just told us that they know you!”  I then proceeded to tell her how much we’ve connected with them and how we just sat talking with them for hours and had a great time.  Now I know why I get along with them so well… it’s in my genes!

(We thought it would be funny to do a manly non-touching picture and then do a cuddly pic afterwards!)

So thank you Harmons for always making us feel like a welcome part of your family every time we’re around you.

Thank you for being the kind and caring type of people that you are.

And most of all thank you for choosing us over and over again to capture your special memories that you will hopefully be able to reflect back on with fondness and nostalgia for years to come.

We’re so grateful to be able to capture “a year in the life of the Harmons” the way we have and give a gift to you like that.  We love your family and we are very thankful for the time we’ve been able to spend with you this past year! Good luck to all of you with all your new endeavors you have coming up, we’re excited for you!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this fantastic family’s photo session!

June 3, 2010 - 12:43 pm

angel pope - Those are so fun! Good job!

June 3, 2010 - 1:40 pm

Chelsea Worsley - Somehow you guys always manage to be even more creative! You’re always thinking of new ideas and that’s one of the many reasons I love you guys so much!

June 3, 2010 - 6:09 pm

Jinny - Love this! Love it love it. Great photos! Great family! (hi Harmons)

June 3, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Nicholas Leong - Such a beautiful family and we can see the trust they have in you by being so natural in front of the camera.

People talk about connecting with clients all the time and these are examples of how beautiful the pictures can be.

Excellent stuff!

Courtney and Jesse’s perfect wedding day!

Courtney and Jesse hold a special place in our hearts because they are the kind of people that just do that to you!

They are both very warm, down to earth people who make you feel cared about from the get go.

Are there any kind of people you’d rather work with?!

We consider ourselves lucky to have been chosen to be a part of their special day.

And special it was!  Both Courtney and Jesse strike me as the sentimental type….

…so their wedding was filled with little details that meant the world to them.

(Don’t worry guys, we took good care to not get any stickiness on the rings for this picture!)

Courtney couldn’t stop talking about how the choir from their church was going to sing at their wedding. And every time she mentioned it, she had to work hard at not getting choked up!

Many of the choir members (and others in the church congregation) have watched Courtney grow up over the years. So when they threw out the invitation to the choir members to come sing at their wedding, Courtney and her family were shocked and touched by how many people volunteered to be a part of it.  It was obvious by the great response (and by watching their interaction with Courtney on the big day) that these old family friends were very honored to be able to watch this woman who they once knew as a little girl, grow up and get married.

The entire ceremony and interactions between people on this day were incredibly meaningful and emotion for both Courtney and Jesse.

It was just beautiful. Everyone from the choir members, to their bridal party, to Courtney’s long time church family, to their actual family and good friends…. were moved by the emotion of their wedding.

But if you think that this day was all about tears and intense emotion… you are mistaken!  This day was also about a P-A-R-T-Y!  Their bridal party was a ridiculously fun group!  How you even meet so many people in your life who are THAT hilarious is beyond me!

(Fan us on our Facebook page to tag yourselves in some of these photos!)

Speaking of those fantastic groomsmen, they kicked off the reception with a line dance to “Men in Black” and they followed it up throughout the night with another line dance as well!

Definitely a great way to start a party! From then on, the floor was hopping!

Everyone from the kids, to the older family members… were dancing the night away!

Seriously, it was an amazing party! And with that many amazing dancers in one group, how could it not be?!

When I think of a wedding, I think of tears, love,  joy, memories, and fun.

And it just so happens that those are the exact words I would use to describe Courtney and Jesse’s wedding.  Oh and with a “perfect” added in there as well.

It couldn’t have been a better day and again, we want to thank Courtney and Jesse for letting us be a part of it!  Both of you were super appreciative of all the work we put into your wedding and I really hope you both are indescribably happy with the results!  Congratulations you two!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Courtney and Jesse’s perfect wedding day!

Nicole, Kevin, some photos, and more than a few pine trees

It’s no secret that Phoenix gets quite scorching in the summer time.  Being that it’s May, we’re on our way to meltdown.  The only reason many of us Phoenicians can stand it the way we do is because just a couple of hours away there are several BEE-AAutiful forests that come complete with fresh air and a cool breeze!

So when planning their engagement session, it makes perfect sense that Nicole and Kevins thoughts wandered over to that cooler weather.

It fits even better when you know that Kevin used to live and work up there as a firefighter (pine trees + dry weather = lots of fires).

So we headed up to the place he used to call home to get a couple of shots of them with happy smiles adorning their faces, rather than tears mixed with sweat, which is what we would’ve gotten had we stayed in Phoenix for the session!

You never know what you’re going to get when you spend time in Payson.

This time we found an old truck that wasn’t quite abandoned, but lonely enough that we felt OK using it as a prop for a couple of shots!

We also stumbled upon this random dog!

No, not really, this is Nicole and Kevin’s dog whom they love dearly!

While in Payson we also found some cliffs…


… and of course plenty of wide open spaces…… that lend themselves to some great shots of the sky overhead!

Thank you to Nicole and Kevin for giving us a good excuse to escape the heat for the day (rather than making us work out in it!).

And thank you to their dog who did a great job with the “sit” and “stay” commands.

We had a great day hanging out with the 3 of you and we hope you love your pictures as much as we do!

Click to see the rest of these Payson AZ engagement photos!

Molly & John’s “Playing in the Park” engagement pics

Have you ever tried to work with people who are so fun that you’re afraid you’re never going to get anything done?  We were a little bit worried about that with Molly and John!

I can’t believe we’ve ever been able to pull ourselves away from them because every time we’re together we have so much fun!

As it turns out, having people who like to spend as much time in their lives playing around as they do, is a great thing for a photo session!

We were definitely able to capture the play time!

(They desperately wanted to do a cheesy prom pose.  I think we got it)!

Which is great because we’re quite content with people that look nothing but happy (and really, really ridiculously good looking of course) in their pics!  Let me just say right now that there are no limits to how many Zoolander quotes a photographer can use.

Not wanting to leave her out of the fun, Molly and John brought their cute little dog, Wrigley, to the session as well! Who was very well behaved I might add!

As you probably already know, most of us girls dream about our weddings (and now engagement pictures) from the time we’re little. In the midst of those fantasies, the word “love” tends to pop up a lot! 

So of course when Molly saw this statue in some engagement pics awhile back, she decided it was a must for her photos!

We wanted to make sure to keep these photos unique from others you see from that area, so we did our best to shoot the statue from different angles than most do (in other words we decided not to have them climb to the top of the “o”… it’s a little scary anyways!).

While we were in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza (which is overpopulated with photographers) we decided to search for some new areas to once again, make sure this shoot stood out from the others taken around there.

(I’ve definitely never seen a pic like this from a Civic Center engagement session before!  It’s not really what one might call “romantic”!)

(And most people don’t make it down to what we called “bum alley”! I know it doesn’t look like a bum alley, but that’s ’cause Scottsdale bums are much cleaner than others.)

John and Molly told us that they love both beautiful views and hiking.

Lucky for them, we live in Phoenix where there are mountains galore right in the middle of the city!  So we headed on over to Camelback in hopes of stumbling upon a beautiful sunset. And we found it!

Thank you so much Molly and John for not being afraid of being yourselves in front of the camera and for making sure we had a great time during our “work day”.  And thanks for being adventurous explorers who were willing to wander into the depths of downtown Scottsdale with us (I know, it’s so terrifying isn’t it?!).  We’re looking forward to seeing what other “wig shop” type of shots we’re going to get on your wedding day!

Click to see the rest of Molly and John’s downtown Scottsdale engagement session.

Chris and Jillian’s night on the town… and engagement session!

I can’t even begin to describe how much I love, LOVE this session!

Chris and Jillian took us seriously when we told them we really wanted to do something creative with their engagement session.

Jillian is hooked on all kinds of bridal blogs and she’s seen a lifetime’s worth of engagement sessions since she’s been engaged. When you’ve been looking at that many sessions, it becomes very difficult to think up something you haven’t seen before (or 10 times before even)!

Jillian had been seeing a lot of bohemian type of sessions out in natural looking fields so she went rebel (as I sense is her natural bent anyways) and did the opposite.  A fancy night out on the town was their final decision.

We were a little nervous at first because we’ve never done 90% of a session in the dark, outdoors.  Even weddings usually have some day light before the reception.  Not to mention at a wedding, we can set up some lighting equipment since our location is a little more permanent than it is when we’re wandering the streets, following people around on an engagement session.

Lucky me though, I happen to be married to a lighting master!  I joke with Scottie at least once a week about how he’s a lighting guru.  So this session was his time to shine!

Armed with a MacGyver (I’d say McGruber but he always blows himself up) type of set up including umbrellas, rubber bands, and a human light stand (that would be me), Scottie had a recipe for success!  And succeed he did!

Although I’m really loving this Urban Outfitters-esque photo I took during the same time period…

Chris and Jillian met at Rula Bula on Mill and they had their first kiss there too!  So we headed over there to reenact their first meeting…

…and their first kiss…

… on location!

We kept telling Chris and Jillian that the more creative they got with their session, the more creative they push us to be (which is one reason we hopped on the lightrail)!

And the more you challenge our norms, the more likely you are to see us have a break through and find something new that we’ve never tried before!  And that’s exactly what happened!

(As proof of what I just said, this is one of my favorite pics that I, Breanna, have ever taken!)

(Oh while I’m at it, I’ll keep bragging and show you a few more of my favorites of all time that I’ve taken… since so many of them happen to be from this session!)

So take note that if you show up to a session with us and we look a little nervous… it’s probably a good sign!

And if we show up to your session and see you wearing cool Ray Bans like these, we’ll know it’s a good sign as well!

Thanks Jillian and Chris, I don’t know what to say other than you guys rock. Period.

Click to see the rest of Chris and Jillian’s freaking cool engagement session!

May 22, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Engagement Photos - [...] You can see many of the shots, as well as some behind-the-scenes gossip from the shoot, on their blog, Radiant Life. [...]