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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.

Gloria and Ricky are now Husband and Wife!

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So what do you think? Is Gloria a beautiful bride or what?!

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I had a great time hanging out with Gloria, her mom, and her bridal party before the ceremony.

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It was awesome to watch her and her mom interact!

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You could tell after just a few minutes with them that they are very close!

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They had some really neat sentimental additions to their wedding that I got to hear about while hanging out with Gloria and her mom while they were getting ready.  Gloria’s Grandmother died recently and they chose some great ways to honor her.  For one, Gloria wore her pearls.

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Gloria, her mom, and her sisters all wore one of her grandmothers’ rings as well.

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And then her cake topper was one of her grandma’s old figurines (and I thought it was beautiful!).

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They were all very wonderful ways to honor her grandmother. (Click to see the rest of the photos from this wedding).

If these pictures he took are any indication, it looks like Scottie had a good time hanging out with the groomsmen as well!

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Gloria and Ricky were both so excited during the ceremony!  It was so fun to see two people with two of the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen!  They were giddy, they were so happy.  So cool!

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The whole ceremony was very nice and the beautiful day fit it perfectly!

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A bunch of happy people on a beautiful day… a wedding can’t get much better than that!

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(This picture makes me really happy!)


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We thought the day couldn’t get any better…. then the sunset came!  Gloria said she actually prayed for a beautiful sunset on her wedding day.  Looks like prayer works!

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Like I said, Gloria loves the vintage look… which is why she has this BEAUTIFUL vintage wedding ring now!

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And this wedding day story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning her ADORABLE little ring bearer!

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I just had to include a few pictures of him in his cute little white tux and tennis shoes!

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And I can’t forget to mention the awesome dancing that everyone was busting out during the reception!  I was amazed at what a fantastic dancer Ricky was and then I heard that he used to be a professional dancer!

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But he wasn’t the only one, everyone was doing amazing out there!

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Gloria and Ricky, your wedding day was perfect and I hope you are as happy with how it went as we are!  We felt very privileged to be a part of such an important day and we really enjoyed the time we spent with you both on that day!  Thanks for treating us so wonderfully.  We hope you are both very very happy! 🙂

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Click to see the rest of Gloria and Ricky’s Arizona wedding photos!

Already married? Want a chance to re-live your wedding? Try a Unique Session!

So what happens when you give Radiant Photographers the perfect location, perfect lighting, perfect timing, and the perfect level of creative freedom?  Well…let us show you because that’s basically the definition of our Unique Sessions!  A Unique Session can be added to our wedding packages… OR if you are already married but couldn’t afford the kind of wedding photography you wanted, you loathe that frizzy perm you got the day before your wedding, your photographer didn’t get certain photos, or if you just REALLY miss your wedding dress… the Unique Session might be a solution for you!

Unique Sessions are a chance to get your wedding dress on (your hubby can just wear a nice suit or something), and  go to whatever location you want to give us a chance to get some of the best photos possible!  On the wedding day, we are really out of control of the situation and this often gets in the way of us being able to do everything we’d like to with your photos so the Unique Session hands the control back to us so we can let our creativity really shine!

Unique Sessions can be done like Abigail’s session which was more of a “trash the dress” kind of idea.

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Abigail wanted to capture the beauty of Pine, AZ where she lived and she was all about showcasing every aspect… even the kinds that put her dress at risk!  She figured that she had already used it and now it was just going to be shoved away in a closet forever (there’s maybe a 1% chance her daughter would want to wear it when she got married), so she might as well get the coolest pictures possible to remember it by!  And as a side note, her dress did end up being fine after a post session dry cleaning! Click to see more from Abigail’s Unique Session!

You can also do a Unique Session like Tracy and Paul who got married over a year ago and just wanted to get some more snazzy photos to add to their collection of wedding photos!

tracy_paul_sc0407We shot Tracy and Paul’s wedding in Sedona, but they live in LA and like Abigail, they LOVE where they live!  So they wanted to get some photos of them hanging out in the city they affectionately call home. And of course we were all too happy to take a trip to hang out with them in California! There’s nothing better than making friends as a result of art, love, and the shared emotional experience of a wedding day, so we are always so excited when we get to work with a great couple like Tracy and Paul and then get a chance to stay friends even after their wedding! Click to see more from Tracy and Paul’s Unique Session!

One of the most stressful aspects of a wedding day is a rushed, crammed, schedule.  We feel like we are always dashing around trying to beat out the sunset, hoping no one is running behind, and attempting to make the cocktail hour as short as possible on the wedding day, all the while trying to calm down brides who are worried their schedule is too far behind we won’t have time to get the kind of photos they want.

If you book our “Unique Package” (which includes the Unique Session) then we get some photos on your wedding day, but we also know we’re going to get a second chance to spend more time with you to get the kind of stuff we REALLY want.  So if the schedule doesn’t go exactly as planned on your big day, you can relax and know that we’ll have plenty of time later for photos and that much less stress can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your day!

This is what Mike and Emily chose to do for their wedding in La Jolla, California!

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As you can see, when we say “Unique Session” really do mean unique! We work to design your session with the perfect blend between your personal style and our artistic abilities.  You can be an engaged couple planning a low-budget wedding who just want to get some amazing photos after your wedding at your favorite look out point.  Or you can be a couple who’s been married for 5 years, who want to re-connect with one another and feel like you’re getting married again!  Since they are so unique, they are for anyone with a wedding dress, who wants some more photos in it!

Contact us and we’ll help you dream up your own perfect Unique Session!!

Meet the King and Queen of the Radiant Photobooth

I would like you to meet Matt.

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We were the photographers at Matt & Amy’s wedding.

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Matt was also a groomsman at a wedding with the Radiant Photobooth.

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Where Amy was a bridesmaid as well.

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Then Matt was at a party with the Radiant Photobooth….

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Now Matt has earned the title “King of the Radiant Photobooth“!img_7439Amy is of course (by rightful earning), Queen.

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Thank you, Your Majesties, for helping the Radiant Photobooth be all that it can be!

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We want to see you in there again sometime very, very soon.

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December 20, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Amanda Pacion - I agree!! totally rightfully earned! And i have to say….probably two of my favorite photo-booth models!! I love you guys!

The Christmas Extravaganza of a Lifetime…

If you saw these photobooth pictures on our Facebook page, you were probably left with quite a few things to ponder…

Like… how did we get Buddy the Elf to make an appearance?

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Can she eat her candy cane costume?

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Why is Santa showing his butt off… and doing the Macarena?

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What exactly is… that? A person? A faun? Someone distantly related to elves?

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Why do those elves look slightly intimidating?

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Why did they invite a zombie to the party?

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Is this a wanted kiss?

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Is he jumping or just really that tall?

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While we probably can’t answer any of those questions.  We can tell you a little bit more about what was going on here.  The High School Ministry at Scottsdale Bible church asked us to bring our photobooth to their Christmas Extravaganza party!  And really there is no better word than “Extravaganza” to describe the goings on at this particular party! (Fan us on Facebook so you can tag yourself in the photos).

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In case you were wondering, yes, there was an ugly sweater and a costume contest.

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This was the first time we didn’t really need the props we bring for the Radiant Photobooth!

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The theme of the party was “Techno Christmas” so everyone had a bunch of glowsticks and at random times they’d turn out the lights and turn up techno renditions of Christmas songs for everyone to boogie down to.  This was all complete with a fog machine and red and green spotlights. It was equal parts insane and awesome!

They had a bunch of performances including… 3 grown men dressed as elves doing an interpretive dance, Buddy the elf singing a hilarious Chrismas Medley, and a Christmas music video competition (the Seniors won).

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img_7537(There was also a skit in which this group made up a family… of some sort).

And all of this was complete with tons hot chocolate, egg nog, cookies, and general sugar all round.  It was the Christmas experience of a lifetime.  I vote that it should definitely be televised next year.  It’d be a better Christmas special than Dick Clark, Jay Leno, Ryan Seacrest, or any of those guys put together could do!

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Julie and Andrew are engaged!

Julie had always wanted to go up the ladder in a firetruck.  Lucky for her, she happened to be dating a fireman!  And apparently Andrew’s a genius fireman because when the time came to propose he decided that would be the perfect way to do it.  He must have been right, because she said yes!

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After all the tears, celebrating, and beginning stages of wedding planning were over, emails were exchanged, meetings were had, and Julie and Andrew picked Radiant Photography to be there to share in their big day!

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Of course, before that day arrived, we needed to go out and do our “practice photo session” (aka engagement session).  We call it practice because engagement sessions help us get to know the couple a little better (their style, how to make them laugh for the camera, if they like long walks on the beach, etc.).  It also gets the couple used to the idea of having the paparazzi following them around everywhere and helps them learn to ignore the cameras being shoved into their faces so they can keep enjoying the moment!

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When we asked Julie and Andrew to customize their engagement session to fit them, we never expected them to pull it off the way they did! Firefighter Andrew (again… he must be a genius) got us special permissions that we have never had for a photo session before!  As you can tell by the first photo, getting to use the firetruck was a definite plus (and it gave them a chance to re-live the proposal moment)!

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Here are some others we got to take around the station…

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The other cool thing we got to do was go gallivanting around in this abandoned church that had burned down earlier that week (and yes, it was approved as “safe” for us)!

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Scottie is the kind of person that is interested in absolutely everything.  He always wants to explore and learn about everything around him.  Needless to say, a burned down building with all kinds of artifacts (and what he would call “treasures”) to discover and identify… was pretty much like heaven to him!

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I had to keep reminding him that we were supposed to be taking pictures because he kept getting caught up in his own little world while he was checking out all there was to be found in this new land (“Goonies never say die” right?!).  I did happen to think that the half burned Bible and hymnal pages were pretty cool though.  They definitely could’ve been mistaken for a pirate treasure map with the edges burned like that.

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Julie is the type of Radiant Photography fan that we LOVE!  She keeps up with all our Facebook posts (fan us if you want to see all our new pics and blog posts) and she knows our style well.  She’s been following along with all our engagement and wedding stories and storing them in the back of her mind while dreaming up her own (which we think is awesome)!  One of her favorite things that we do are the sunset pics in wide open fields.

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So when we asked what she wanted for her session, she was so excited to finally get a chance to have those type of shots that she loves with her and Andrew in them!  And of course, we were very pleased to oblige such a hardcore fan as her (I don’t think I mention nearly enough how much we appreciate our fans)! 🙂

So here are Julie and Andrew’s sunset pictures. Go ahead, take the time to imagine you and your fiance’ (future or present!) in these…

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(This is one of my favorite photos that I’ve ever taken and processed.  This one and that tree one that everyone thinks is fake… and it’s SO not!).

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Julie and Andrew, we are SO glad we finally get the chance to work with people who have been our fans for so long.  We can’t say enough how much we’ve grown to love you guys already (and we haven’t even shot your wedding yet)!  You are both such amazing, fun (fun times 3 actually), caring individuals and we feel priviledge to not only meet such wonderful people in our lifetimes, but to get to work with you as well!  Getting to know people like you is the reason we do what we do.  Thanks for making our art and the work we pour our hearts into, so much more valuable to us.

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Click to see the rest of Andrew and Julie’s Scottsdale, AZ engagement session.

December 17, 2009 - 2:09 pm

shannon hayward - Wow! These are absolutly gorgeous! Love the fireman stuff! *chills*

December 18, 2009 - 6:25 pm

Denise - Beautiful work! Great job!

July 7, 2010 - 1:50 pm

Andrew and Julie’s beautiful, wet, Unique Session! « Radiant Life - […] I need to back up and explain. Andrew and Julie got married this past January and decided that engagement and wedding pictures weren’t enough… they loved our pictures so much that they wanted […]