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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.

FREE class on how to use Facebook for your business!

So you have a Facebook page for your business… now what?!
If you’ve made a business page because everyone told you to, and now you have no idea what to do with it… come get some FREE help from Scottie and Breanna of Radiant Photography!

Yes, we will be like everyone else and tell you how important it is to use social networking for your business, but unlike everyone else we will also tell you HOW to use it!!

The meeting we’re speaking at is hosted by the Phoenix SMUG (Smug Mug User Group). SMUG is open to everyone who loves photography. So whether you have a business or you just want to learn how to share your photos on Facebook more effectively… we are personally inviting you to come!

Phoenix SMUG
Wed, May 19th, 2010 | 6:30-9:00PM
Bonneville Phoenix
7740 N. 16 Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Email us if you have any questions:

In case you’re STILL not convinced to come, here are some of the other perks of attending (thanks to James VanderWeide for taking these photos at our last class!) If you come to a Radiant class, there are all kinds of sights to see.  If you’re lucky you’ll get to witness Scottie…

…pegging unsuspecting victims in the leg with baseballs.

…teaching secret Kung Fu Ninja moves…

(the sitting down AND the standing up kind!)…

…taking random breaks to practice his mad dunking skills (you know, in case this whole photography thing doesn’t pan out!)…

…discussing the problem areas of his skin…  (there’s one here…

…and oh, it looks like there’s another one here)…

…and of course, who would want to miss a big giant white guy’s attempt at rapping!

Breanna puts on quite a show as well.  Often when teaching you can find her…

…pretending like she’s not ready to throw her computer through a wall…

… looking very worried that her gigantic husband might topple over on her…

…standing around doing nothing while Scottie does all the hard work…

…and sometimes she’s just sleeping.

Come to our class… you never know what you’ll catch us doing this time! (By the way, thanks for putting up with our cheesy attempt at captions!)

Much Love,
Scottie & Breanna

May 5, 2010 - 12:35 pm

Jason Hicks - I want to come! You guys rock!

May 6, 2010 - 10:05 am

chelsea nelsen - you guys are hilarious :) sounds like a class for me

May 13, 2010 - 4:10 am

Dan - Great captions; the “Seeing Light” class was a blast (and helpful, too.)

May 18, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Sue Merrill - I wanna! Now you have to learn to put it on Skype or the internet for those of use who are not in your town! Love the captions, I want you to write all of mine!

May 19, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Nathaniel Mayo - I have never been to a better more informative meeting. You had my attention all the way through .Thanks!!!!

Gina and Jake’s “Southwestern Experience” Engagement Session!

We’ve been to enough weddings with Gina there that it’s about time we got to take some pictures of HER!

Gina works at one of the venues we shoot at regularly so she’s had the opportunity to see Scottie and Breanna (that would be us!) in action plenty of times through sun, rain, wind, snow… well OK not snow… but if it did snow in AZ, she’d see us working hard in it!

Going through a wedding with someone is a bonding experience, no matter what your role in it is!  And now that we’ve been through so many with Gina, we feel like we’re old friends!

So we were very privileged when we got to meet her fiance Jake and when they asked us to be their wedding photographers!

So now Gina is not only one of our biggest cheerleaders and our friend, but she’s now an official Radiant Bride!

Of course that’s a double benefit for us since part of her job is sharing a list of preferred vendors with the brides getting married at the venue she works at.  So when she tells brides that she likes Radiant Photography enough to use us for her OWN wedding, people listen! Thanks Gina!

It was great watching Gina and Jake interact together.

He definitely knows how to make her laugh…

… and laugh….

… and laugh!

Judging by how many little phrases and sayings there are about how great laughter is… and by how many times I hear marriage advice in speeches at weddings that talk about the importance of laughing together, I’d say that this a great start to their life together!

She looks so happy when she’s with him!

I guess I should re-word that to say that they BOTH look so happy together!

Gina and Jake love water in pictures and since you can’t go wrong when you combine a peaceful lake with beautiful scenic views, we decided to head up to Canyon Lake for their engagement session.

We stopped at a little old west town (Tortilla Flats) along the way (because how could we not?!).

(Why wouldn’t there be a giant wooden Indian statue behind them?!).

When you’re an Arizona native like myself (Breanna), you tend to make a lot of jokes about Kokopellis (for all you Northerners out there, those are symbols of a Native American fertility deity… that are sold in every gift shop in town), saguaros (mostly regarding how to pronounce it), and turquoise jewelry.

(the Cardinals poster definitely detracts from the old west feel… as does the modern money on the walls and the Sharpies that were used to mark them up!)

But despite our jokes, we understand that these are the things that make our state unique and that produce stunning photos (and Clint Eastwood movies) for the rest of the world to enjoy.

(There, that one looks a little more like it was taken in an old saloon!)

So taking pride in our state, it’s nice for us to get a chance to be a part of producing some of these stunning photos to showcase our natural beauty for all to see.  So here are some of our “we love Arizona” photos:

(We tried to get some photos of that beautiful Arizona sunset but the mountains were blocking it a little too much, so this is the best we could do.  Wide open skies definitely say Arizona all by themselves anyways!)

Thanks Gina and Jake for putting some creativity into selecting your photo location and for trusting that we were up to the challenge of shooting something totally different than we’re used to!

You guys did a great job exploring with us and being flexible and we hope you’re MORE than ecstatic about the results!!

Gina, we can’t wait to see you at a wedding wearing a wedding dress, rather than your work clothes for once!;-)

Click to see the rest of Gina and Jake’s Southwestern experience engagement session!

May 5, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Michael " Daddy -O " Klein - Great Pic’s You both look so darn in Love…

May 6, 2010 - 6:01 am

Aunt Lisa - You look so happy! I am so excited for you and your bride-to-be!!! Jake, you deserve the best that life has to offer you. I’m thrilled you have found the love of your life.

May 7, 2010 - 10:38 am

Aunt Sally - Love, love, love these pictures! It’s hard to even pick a favorite! Can’t wait to meet the beautiful girl who’s won over my handsome nephew!! XOXO

November 19, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Aunt Debbie - Jake I am so glad you found your perfect mate you deserve it. The pictures are wonderful and I can’t wait to me Gina

Angela + Gabe = Scottie’s Blog Debut

You may ask yourself  “What has brought Scottie out of his blogging shell?”. Well it may surprise you to know that I love to write almost as much as I love to read what Breanna writes, but the main reason I have broken my silence is to tell you about a recent wedding I shot that was very special to me. Gabe and Angela’s wedding was especially significant to me for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Gabe and I were roommates for a couple of years and is one of my oldest friends that I still see regularly.

Gabe is one of the best people I know so when he came out to Phoenix a couple years ago for a job interview I was really excited that we might live in the same city again. He got the job and shortly after, moved from New Mexico out to Phoenix. Since then it has been awesome to spend tons of time with Gabe. Not long after Gabe moved to Phoenix he met Angela. I remember the first time Breanna and I got to hang out with Angela, it was on a couples retreat that we went to with several other great friends. We probably gave her the third degree to see if she was good enough for Gabe . . . guess what . . . she was! Long story short: They fell in love, they got engaged, and then… they got married.  Here is the photographic proof:

Sheraton Phoenix Wedding

Another reason this wedding was so special was that the wedding party was filled with some of my best friends.

(If you fan Radiant Photography on Facebook, you can tag yourself in some of these photos!)

Angela and Gabe definitely know how to throw a party!

Gabe had a ring custom made for Angela. He was able to keep it completely secret from everybody until she saw it during the ceremony. It was awesome!

I also got to shoot this wedding with one of my best friends (no, not Breanna this time).  I shot with Tim Stansell from Visionyard Studios (you can check out his page to see the pics he took at this wedding). We used to shoot alongside each other almost every weekend when we worked together.  It had been awhile since we last shot together but it was like riding a bike. It was so fun setting up these pics. Thanks Tim, I had such an amazing time shooting with you again!

(See, Breanna’s not the only one who can get a shoe shot!)

Angela and Gabe’s wedding was at the Sheraton in Downtown Phoenix. What a beautiful place! We could barely pull ourselves away from the giant windows . . .

. . . but the rooftop view was beckoning us.

What an awesome day! Thank you Angela and Gabe for allowing me to be a part of your wedding and especially a part of you lives.  Breanna and I look forward to many years ahead with you two!

May 4, 2010 - 4:33 pm

chelsea hudson - FANTASTIC – wow… these are just stunning!!

May 4, 2010 - 4:36 pm

Breanna - Oh Scottie, it’s your first blog post ever and I LOVE it!! Unfortunately, you did such a great job that I might have to make you do it more often. ;-) Seriously, this is amazing and I’m totally proud to be the wife of such a witty (and hot) photographer!

May 4, 2010 - 8:42 pm

Angela - I LOVE THEM!!!!! You did an AMAZING job!!! Glad you made your blog debut!

May 4, 2010 - 9:24 pm

Timothy Stansell - Seriously? No one is gonna want to look at my pictures now. Nice job, my friend, these are truly spectacular. I love them. I had a great/amazing time shooting with you too!

May 5, 2010 - 8:44 am

Christie Patrick - Angela and Gabe, your love shinned through that magnificent day, called your wedding day. I was so happy to witness your love first hand, thank you for letting me be a part of all the festivities. You two are amazing!

May 6, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Chris S - Love your work! The shot of the bride and groom sitting is great!

To Live an Extraordinary Life

Some nights I go to bed with this fear…. this fear that I settle for mediocrity way too easily. Then other nights I go to bed with a different fear…. this fear that I might have to actually rise above mediocrity!

This is a blog that I (Breanna) wrote on my personal blog about a year ago and I decided it was time to bring it back because it’s such a great challenge to me! I also want to give a glimpse into what drives me… it’s for all the people out there (you) who have gone out of your way to follow Radiant and support us. You’ve given us your time and energy, so I figure you deserve to see some vulnerability and genuineness on our part.  So here goes, here’s the real Breanna… chipped nails, frizzy hair and all.

For the past year or so I’ve had this persistent nagging feeling that I need to live an extraordinary life. My religious convictions definitely tell me this, but it’s all too easy to lie to myself and say that I am following my beliefs. I keep being faced with this challenge of being extreme. This idea that I can’t settle for comfort, for safety, and for a life wasted on my own pleasures.

I have long had a taste of disgust in my mouth for the “American Dream”. But no matter how bad the flavor, I keep eating it. I swallow more and more every single day, and now it is the nourishment that sustains me and drives me. Unfortunately my “nourishment” is really a poison that kills me slowly each minute.

OK, so enough of the drama here…. I got going and I couldn’t stop with the strong analogies of death and doom (it’s fun sometimes). Really though, I keep feeling that I need to live an extraordinary life, but everything inside of me longs for ordinary at the same time. I happen to be a very fearful person who uses high levels of control to attempt to block anything I fear that might threaten my own personal happiness in the little world I’ve created around me. This is a terrible, horrible thing to do by the way…. so if any one else out there is guilty of this you should definitely stop before you push away everyone and everything of value by trying to hold on to them too tightly.

(Man, I keep trying to make this light-hearted and it keeps coming back down a notch. I’ll keep trying, bear with me!)

Anyways, so here you have this fearful, controlling, high-maintenance (yes, I can finally admit that), lazy girl who is so scared of the unknown and of pushing herself when she doesn’t have to, who’s content to stay right where she’s at….. being totally dragged into an extraordinary life. I’m sure if I ever get to the place deemed “extraordinary” (I have no idea where that actually is or what it entails by the way) I’ll be able to look back on the things I gave up (comfort, security, an easier life) and say it was all worth it. But…. I’m just…. not quite….. there yet (those dots are meant to represent the tug of war going on inside of me).

I do want it though. I do want to be free. I want to be free of worrying about all the things that are not mine to worry about. I want to be able to stand for something bigger than myself and really make all the sacrifices that are necessary to accomplish the goals associated with that. I want to be free of seeking things that will only leave me empty in the end. I want to instead, pursue things that fill me with the breath I was meant to breathe…. with the life I was meant know.

It’s so big, you know? Life is so huge! Sometimes when I’m worried about all the little things and stuck in the cycle of useless, unimportant obsession in my head…. I stop and think about how many facts a person could learn about puppies, or about wallpaper, or about bone marrow. There is so so so much. So much to talk about, learn about, do, and experience. And I get stuck in my own safe routine, in my own oh-so tiny world. It confines me and it traps me. My own measures of protection, my own safety defenses, are what attack me. I’m working so hard to let them go. To let them go and to just trust.

For so long I have trusted only in myself…. only in my knowledge and my abilities. I need to start to trust in my LACK of knowledge and abilities. In the world that is bigger than I, in the people that have lived more than me, in the God that actually created all of it. I know nothing and I am nothing. But there is a ton out there to become and to be. And I want to go after it.

I may never get a house. I may never have a 401K (still don’t know what that means really but I think it’s something people want). I may never please everyone and I may never feel completely comfortable ever again…..

But I need and want to be OK with that. I want to be excited about trading in the mundane for a life of extraordinaire. I need to realize that as long as I pursue my stability, comfort, and personal happiness above all else…. I will never get any farther than that. I will never know what life was meant to be and how it was meant to be used.

Oh holy crap…. I’m terrified.

April 29, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Molly Ellison - Loved it then, love it now. Love you!

May 5, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Amanda Pacion - Totally!!! This is why we need to get coffee and challenge each other and talk about what it means to not be comfortable….scary. Love you!

May 6, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Glennen - Your photography and writing is so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this.

June 4, 2010 - 9:53 am

A trip down memory lane with Scottie and Breanna (OUR wedding story). « Radiant Life - [...] When we started talking about marriage, I told him I’d marry him if he quit his job because I was more interested in having a real live husband around than I was in having the security that his job provided. Read more about why I felt that way HERE. [...]

Jess & Katie’s BFF senior session!

I know I’ve told you all how jealous I am of people with sisters… now let me tell you how jealous I am of people who’ve grown up together like sisters!

That’s the story behind Jess and Katie’s friendship!  They have known each other from birth (or at least as much as you can know someone before the age of 1) because their mom’s are best friends!

(These are their moms in case you were confused for a second there!)

Katie and Jess have been playing Barbie’s, dress up, and dreaming of their future as beautiful teenagers for as long as they can remember.

I’m totally making assumptions on their growing up activities… for all I know they climbed trees and threw dirt clods at each other… although I imagine they did the latter either way, like when they were mad at the other one for stealing the best Barbie.

(Now that my friends, was a run-on sentence (I secretly believe you can put an entire sentence inside another complete sentence as long as they have parenthesis around them… three dots also enable you to add on another sentence; ah the beauty of blogging grammar rules!).)

I do know for a fact (because their moms were spilling their secrets to us whenever the girls went to change outfits) that they have been looking forward to their senior pictures for quite awhile.

So when the time finally arrived, what better way to capture their lives than to do it with them living life together?!  Awesome idea! I can’t even begin to describe the hilarity that was this session.

Over in one corner you have the moms oohing and awing and tearing up, while calling out poses and directions to their daughters. And over in front of the camera, you have the girls rolling their eyes at their moms’ sappiness, while trying to hide the fact that they secretly love hearing the constant comments on how beautiful they look.

Oh man, the dynamics of this session were just fantastic!  The mocking, the “way back when” stories being told, the tongues getting stuck out, and the big giant hugs… it couldn’t have been better!

(I think this photo was a response to a story that one of their moms told about when they were little!)

Again, I stress, this was SUCH a great idea on their part!

Our goal with senior girls is always to enable them to indulge in their America’s Next Top Model Fantasies, while helping them feel like they are actually cooler than that because they’re so mature and down to earth (by the way, I’m not mocking this secret fantasy because I still have it and I’m way past high school!).

All this tension of wanting to be a model, but all the while wanting to act like they don’t give a care… makes it very hard for a girl to relax and be herself!

But having her best friend there who is fighting those same inner battles, makes all the difference in the world!

Having each other and both their moms there definitely helped the girls feel way more in their own element and we got to see their real personalities come out… which in the end is always our ultimate goal!

We did our best to get photos of the girls together…

…and separately.

(A guy walked by selling roses and we were so caught up in the moment that we bought some!)

Of course we had to make sure to get some with their moms and them together!

To add to their mom’s oohs and awws were my own (Breanna) because I kept being blown away by how crazy amazing these girls were at posing.

They were just popping from one perfect pose to the next all on their own.

We’d tell them to do a serious face and they’d hop right into it and straight into the smile after the first camera click, just ready for the next photo.  Amazing!

Both of them were absolutely fantastic models and I kept gushing over how easy they were to shoot.

I mean, girls this beautiful are a breeze anyways, but when they are super comfortable with posing in front of the camera, you just can’t go wrong!

Along the way in this session, we ran into one of their friends who was getting his senior portraits done.  They ran over to say hi to their friend and we ran over to say hi to his photographer… who happened to be the photographer we hired to shoot our wedding!  If you haven’t seen Jefferson Todd’s photography… check him out!  He’s a great guy who is one of our good friends and an equally amazing photographer!  So anyways because we knew him (and his girlfriend Ashley, who was actually leading the shoot) we were bold enough to ask to borrow their model so we could get a shot of him with the girls.  That was a lot of explaining for just one picture… so here’s the photo that all this hubbub was about!;-)

That’s the story behind this fantastic senior session (even though there’s really so many more stories within this story… just like there’s so many more sentences inside of this one sentence!).  I’m sorry, but I have to say that I’m really proud of myself for tying in that grammar lesson so well as if I planned it that way all along… admit it, you’re impressed! Ha ha! But to bring me back down from pride cloud, I’ll admit that I don’t know how to spell “sentence” as I’ve learned after seeing how many times spell check flagged me.  My wittiness is thwarted by bad grammar once again… bummer!  Alright before I continue on that uncomfortably long tangent, what I meant to say was, it was so cool to be around people who have such history together.

(Take a moment to pause and say “Awwww” in unison because they are so sweet together in this picture.  Sorry Tracy and Sandy, but our entire goal with these photos is to make you guys cry!)

It seems like Phoenix Metro is a pretty transient city and it’s so spread out that it can be hard to have long lasting relationships of value.  Scottie and I find ourselves constantly hoping that we’ll one day end up in a strong community that sticks together for many years, helps strengthen our marriage, gives us loads of encouragement, and helps us laugh our way through both good and bad situations in life.

We pray constantly that throughout our lives, we can make friendships like the ones we saw here that will last through us raising our children one day (by the way, these children I speak of do not exist yet).  It’s such a beautiful thing and we feel lucky that we were able to witness it with you guys.

You helped remind us that it IS possible and it IS worth the work that long term relationships require.  So thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Tracy, Sandy, Jess, and Katie for being such amazing examples of time tested friendships.  We hope you all know how blessed you are to have one another (this is another place for the united “awww”).

Click to see the rest of the hilarious, cute, and moving photos from Jess & Katie’s BFF senior session!

April 26, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Jenet Simmons - Breanna, you were so right with your comments. These are girls are the sweetest of friends! Lots of history and lots of laugh and love. You guys did a great job!!

April 26, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Cecily - You made an aunt cry, too. Beautiful pictures of two beautiful ladies (and their moms too).