Category Archives: Seniors

No one’s happier about life than someone who’s finally done with high school… and it shows in these pictures!

Rikki showcasing some of our most unique Senior session poses yet!

I’m not quite sure how it happens, but somehow we always seem to get the most talented seniors coming to us for senior portraits!

Rikki is definitely no exception to this!

When she first showed up, I (Breanna) was definitely stunned by how beautiful she was and I (correctly) guessed that would make her a very easy subject for photos.  But even knowing that, we were still blown away by her poise and poses as we started shooting!

As we found out later when she came out after a clothing change… Rikki has been a dancer since she was little.  That explained a lot!!

Dancers definitely know how to pose and how to hold their bodies in just the right positions… no matter how awkward or uncomfortable!  Anyone who has been dancing for as long as Rikki has is bound to be an excellent model!

And that she was!

She brought her dancing clothes because according to her mom, that is just SO her… these are the kind of clothes she spends most of her life in throughout rehearsals, practices, etc, etc.

This is basically her uniform and she hardly ever parts from it, so it makes sense to have that be a part of the senior pictures that represent both her personality and how she spent her senior year. It was definitely fun for us since we got in a few different poses that we wouldn’t normally ask a senior to do!

Thanks Rikki, for being so flexible during your session(ha ha lame joke) and for putting yourself out there while you were dancing around in public at the park!  We think we got some really cool shots from it, so I hope you think it was worth it!  Congratulations on graduating!!

Click to see the rest of Rikki’s senior photos here.

Katy had plenty of time to thoroughly plan the perfect senior session!

What do you get when you combine patience, a good wardrobe selection, and a very happy girl with beautiful long hair?  That would be Katy’s senior session!

Why was the patience necessary?  Well because she originally emailed us back in August about scheduling her senior session with us, and in case you haven’t checked the calendar in awhile, it is now March!

Her email came right around the time that we were headed over to Hawaii and Mexico for a couple of months, and then coming back only to dive head first into a completely full shooting calendar.  So we knew that finding an open slot for her was going to be beyond difficult!

Luckily, she actually had her heart set on a spring time session, so the timing worked out perfectly and we set the date and made it official!  But then the waiting began…

So she waited… then the weather started cooling off…. and she waited…. then Christmas came… and she waited… until finally one day, the time for her very anticipated senior session had arrived!

So of course all that waiting afforded her plenty of time to figure out her clothing changes, hairstyle, makeup, etc. and I’d say the time paid off!  I mean, just look at her!  I (Breanna) have long wavy hair myself and even I couldn’t get over how beautiful those luscious locks of hers are!

Needless to say, by the time the session rolled around Katy was very excited and she knew exactly what she wanted!  She loves the cool lighting style in Urban Outfitters catalogs and one of the reasons she chose us is because she thinks we capture that look well!

That’s quite a compliment to us because I LOVE that look as well and it makes me so happy to hear that she sees even the slightest similarity between those photos and ours!

We actually subscribe to the Urban Outfitters catalogs just to study them for photo inspiration!

On top of that particular lighting style, Katy also likes grass and flowers, so we decided to head over to DC Ranch in an attempt to get several different looks out of the area.

Thanks for being a great model, Katy, especially during those times where I was giving you some of the vaguest posing descriptions ever and you acted like I was actually speaking English and did your best to interpret my jibberish and accomplish the poses!

Ha ha!  You did an excellent job!
Click to see the rest of Katy’s thoroughly planned senior photo session here!

Jessica… a girl of many talents… who now has senior pictures to show them off!

If I wasn’t married to Scottie, I wouldn’t believe that one person could be as good at as many different things as Jessica is!

Let’s start with the obvious…ok, she’s very pretty for one.  I mean, it only takes one picture (let alone all the ones we have here) to be able to see that.

Another obvious one, she plays softball (well, yeah of course…people don’t wear uniforms in senior photos unless that’s something they actually do).

She’s from Chicago (I thought I might have to state the obvious in case the sequins on the Bears shirt confused you- best team shirt ever in my opinion!)…

…and she loves her dad.

And then of course the most obvious fact…

…she has a beautiful smile!

But beyond the photo obvious things, there is still a ton behind the scenes of Jessica that is quite impressive!

For one, she is uber smart.

In fact, she is working on getting scholarships for both her academics and athletics, which gives away my second point- she not only plays softball but she is REALLY good at softball.

She also loves kids and for a living (along with her mom) she teaches them to play sports.  Which, for as much as I am not a a huge sports nut… I AM a huge fan of watching fifteen five-year olds defy odds and somehow all end up a giant dogpile on the soccer field… I’d take that job in a heart beat!!

Jessica is also sooo much fun to hang out with!

(as you can tell by looking at this picture of her and her sister!).

We’ve done a lot of photo sessions at this point, but we still always have a few nerves hanging around before every session just because each one is unique and there are always unknowns that factor in… some that we can control and some that we can’t.

All that said, it is so nice to show up to a session where we start trying to help our client relax and instead she turns around and ends up relaxing US!

We had a blast hanging out with both her and her mom that day!

They were so much fun and they were like an amazing comic duo too!  Did you guys plan that routine?!

The comedic timing of the two of them together was perfect and we had lots of laughs that day.

Overall, Jessica is one complex girl and there is so much more to her than meets the eye… and as far as I can tell, it’s all good stuff! 😉 Thanks to everyone involved in this session (some of her other family members came for part of it too) for being so easy going and for making our job really very fun!

Good luck in all you do, Jessica!!

Click to see the rest of the multi-talented, Jessica’s, senior session!

*** This is our last post for Radiant’s “Senior Week”!  I hope you enjoyed the show!  If you missed any of the sessions, click here to see them all.  Don’t forget to schedule your own, our open slots are few, but the awesome factor of your pictures is limitless! 🙂

Davina and her ‘oh so anticipated’ senior session

I made a mistake… a big one.  I (Breanna) am not the biggest sports nut.  As if I needed to prove that further, I went ahead and scheduled Davina’s senior session to take place during the Super Bowl (what can I say?  It’s not on my calendar!).

As I was mapping out in my head the quickest way to the hospital… just in case Scottie went into cardiac arrest when I told him what I’d done… I first decided to check with Davina to see if she was feeling extra graceful that day and was willing to re-schedule.

Luckily Davina is a kind soul and she was willing to be flexible for the sake of saving both my marriage and my husband’s life.  (Thanks Davina!).

So we did re-schedule her session and it ended up falling on an absolutely perfect day with an incredible sunset… I think God blessed her for her kindness! 😉

Being unique is very important to Davina, and as a result, she chose a location that we had never shot at before .

Of course, the risk in choosing a location we’ve never shot at before is that it just won’t mesh as well with our style as other places might.

Davina took that risk as a challenge and boldly chose to go where no Radiant Senior has gone before.

So now we can honestly say that Davina’s senior session is unique because not only was our subject herself unique, but she is the only person in the ENTIRE WORLD who has had a Radiant Senior session shot at The Scottsdale Waterfront!

And I have to say, I think her risk was well worth because we had a lot of fun at this location and we’re loving the results of it!

Davina, can I just say that we absolutely LOVED working with you!

When I first started emailing with you to plan the session, I could tell you were so stoked!

And it was so fun to watch you work your magic in front of the camera, knowing that this was something you’d been waiting for, for a very long time.

You just looked happy to be there and it made me just as happy to be there with you.

Thanks for appreciating what we do so much and for trusting us with something that is so important to you.  We hope you absolutely love the results!

Oh and don’t worry everyone,  it looks like Scottie’s heart will still be beating for a long time to come. In fact,  I’ve noticed that ever since this little boo-boo of mine, every major sporting event that Scottie wants to watch, magically appears on our calendar! Thanks for your concern! 🙂

Click to see the rest of Davina’s waterfront senior pictures here.

******A special note to all 2011 high school seniors:  As you know this is what we’ve deemed “Senior Week” at Radiant Photography!  The reason we are celebrating this brand new made-up holiday is because we are only scheduling senior sessions in AZ for 8 more weeks before we take off to California for the summer! So to all you procrastinators out there… now is the time to act since we are quickly running out of time and open slots for you to schedule your session in!  To book us for your own senior session, click here to schedule one or click here for more info.  We’ll see you soon with our cameras in hand!

Hanging out around the lake… for Josh’s senior session

It was a beautiful day in good ‘ole Tempe, AZ when we headed out to take pictures.  We also had a great location and a great subject to work with!  Josh, with clothing changes and baseball gear in hand, was excited and ready for his senior pictures!

We took a stroll around the lake… stopping to admire all the things you see here…

… the railroad tracks…

… the bridge…

… oh and of course, Josh himself!

Josh’s mom was also excited about picture day!  We had a lot of fun talking to her and getting to hear story after story about what an amazing guy Josh is.

I hope you weren’t embarrassed Josh, but what can I say?  It sounds like your mom has good reasons to be one proud woman!

With all the perfect components we had going for us to create a perfect session that day, I’d still have to say that our favorite part didn’t come until the end.

We’ve really  been digging the props people have been bringing for us to work with lately… and Josh was no exception to that.

As soon as we saw the baseball stuff Josh brought, Scottie had a mad rush of ideas about how we could work with it.

And as you can see, they were definitely good ideas!!

Thanks to both Josh and his mom for being so fun for us to talk to and hang out with!  And a special thanks to Josh for doing a great job in front of the camera as well… you rocked it my man!

Click to see the rest of Josh’s chill senior session…. and stay connected to our Facebook page to see more senior sessions as our “Senior Week” continues!