"I just want to freeze time"? 

How many times do you think to yourself,

We get it. You want to bottle that newborn smell, savor that magical honeymoon period, remember the way those tiny fingers wrap around yours, keep these memories forever.

we would tell you that it will go by SO FAST.

but you already know that.

That's where we come in.

All of a sudden, we wanted to preserve every. little. moment.

MEET radian

MEET radian

Hello there

Hello there

WE BELIEVE that your family deserves to be documented in all of its beauty, from a place of deep connection. Our approach drives us to connect with you beyond just surface conversation to a place of safety and openness. We want our time with you to feel like home.

We thought our life had completely changed when we got to know each other, fell in love, and got married. And then, one warm July morning, our son came into the world.

tell us a little bit
about your family

Michael & Carina



Get to know a little bit about why we do what we do!



View some of our favorite sessions that we've had the honor to document.



See what some of our families have to say about working with us!



Ready to join the Radian fam? Here's what it looks like to work with us.



Our work has been featured in magazines and blogs dozens of times! 

"When we look at our photographs, we feel awed and inspired to create more memories just as wonderful. And we hope Radian Photography will be there to help us remember it all."

lover of lavender lattes, good books on the beach, 
& vintage film cameras.

I couldn't live without 

Known for: answering emails at lightning speed & sneaking off with rings for the perfect, sparkly shot

MEET radhika

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What that means for you:

some quality down time, even if it's just sitting quietly together with Ian. My favorite memories involve people watching over coffee while on adventures in foreign countries.

From nuptials to newborns, I am cheering you on the whole time, watching for the moments that belong uniquely to you and documenting them for the you that exists now... and 50 years from now.

lover of movie theater popcorn, christmas in new york, & the office

I thrive on 

Known for: cooking amazing meals, & always trying to make couples laugh during sessions


hello there

What that means for you:

new experiences in places I've never been before. I'm an expert at finding obscure (and delicious) restaurants for date night, even though I never get to choose the movie after.

From your first look to your last dance, throughout the process of working together, I push you to dig deep, to notice the small awe-filled moments that you won't want to forget.


We have followed Radian Photography for a while now and have always admired their work.  We loved working with them and can't wait to look back at these photos with each other and family for years to come!

"Not only are they so talented, but Radhika and Ian are also incredibly thoughtful and kind."

from Diana and Matt

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Our maternity session surpassed expectations! There was so much uncertainty and doubt being new to this region, but the way you two captured our family was very elegant and natural. Radhika & Ian are down-to-earth people who are very talented.

"We have found our go-to photographers"

from Areum and Steve


Our lifestyle session was done on a cloudy day, but you would never be able to tell! Their style was clean, authentic, and reflects the intimacy between a couple well. They made us feel comfortable during the entire experience.

"The photographs are gorgeous, showing the beauty and richness of film and also how much fun we had."

from Linda & Ross

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There was no pressure and Ian and Radhika were very easygoing and warm. Our session felt very personalized. The photographs that we got were stunning and we could not have been happier! Even for a guy who is usually not crazy about having his picture taken, Radhika and Ian made it an enjoyable experience. We both had a great time.

"we feel that they captured who we are as a couple."

from Jessalyn & Jeff

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We worried we wouldn't be directed on what to do during the shoot, and that they would just say "act natural." We thought if that were the case all of our pictures would turn out awkward and silly. However, they both showed us HOW to be natural by giving gentle guidance without making anything too "posed." We felt very comfortable, and we thought all of the images looked like us!

"Their photos capture the beauty of life's real moments, and the colors and light are spectacular. "

from Amanda and Spencer

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By the Numbers

family sessions we photograph each year


times we've said no to including the family pup in a session



families who do their sessions at home 

THE percent OF


families that love their photographs

THE percent OF


sessions that baby everest has joined us for




meet and greet

When you contact us, we'll set a time to get to know each other and make sure we're the perfect fit for you! Bring your questions -- we can't wait to learn more about your family!

Step 1


reserve your date

So you're ready to join the Radian family?! We'll send you a custom online booking proposal. Once you have signed and paid your retainer, you are officially on our calendar!



Step 2

session planning

We'll make sure you have everything you need for a successful session! 



Step 3



Session day!

Relax. We're here to save these memories for the future so that you can stay in the present.



Step 4



Image delivery & album design

We deliver your photos through a stunning online gallery that makes it easy to share with family and friends. But we don't want your images to grow up to be .jpeg files! Let us craft an heirloom album for you to look back on in the decades to come.


Step 5


"Radhika and Ian are the dream team to work with! They make you feel instantly comfortable in front of the camera, to the point you forget they are there and you can really focus on each other and the moments they are capturing."

What are you waiting for?
Let's work together!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the average family spend on a session?

Your family is unique and so are our collections, which enable you to leave with heirloom products for your home. Investment starts at $500 with most families planning to invest $1100.

I have no idea what to wear to my session! I don't want cheesy photos!

We've got you covered! Let us walk you through planning for your session so it's completely stress-free. No pre-session meltdowns necessary!

How many photos do you normally deliver?

You can expect somewhere between 40-60 photos from a one-hour session. We'll schedule a time for you to proof them after your session and pick your favorites for downloading and printing.

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see a full gallery

See the collections
guide here!

In the Press

We are honored that our beautiful families and couples have been featured in magazines, books, and blogs over 50 times!

 Nora's Birthday
Raleigh, NC

Inspired By This

The Shelley Family
Raleigh, NC

The Family Journeys

Deesha & Dhaval
Fearrington Village

The Carolinas Magazine

Belle Lumiere
Cottage Hill
Dear Gray Magazine
How He Asked
Fine Art Marriage
Smitten Magazine 

Please fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch within 48 hours. If you prefer to get in touch with us directly, please email us at hello@radianphotography.com.

hello@radianphotography.com | 919-907-0713

let's make magic together, shall we?

Radhika and Ian McDiarmid

Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill

{Available for travel upon request}