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Wearing beautiful smiles themselves, this amazing orthodontic group is poised and ready to take on Shreveport-Bossier's teeth straightening needs.  Thanks, Graf Orthodontics for being such an easy and fun group to photograph! 

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Harper Family Day in the Life Family Film https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/harper-family-day-in-the-life-family-film harperdayinthelife

“Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands 
And the great world round me;
And with tomorrow begins another. 
Why am I allowed two?”


― G.K. Chesterton


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(Candace Chaney Photography) https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/harper-family-day-in-the-life-family-film Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:15:00 GMT
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What is it like to have a newborn?  

It's sleepless nights and cycles of shushing and bodily fluids and exhaustion but mostly... it's pure love.

This is Clarke - still settling in to life earth side.  

For newborn sessions, I aim to showcase how it feels.  If you feel it, mission accomplished.  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography newborn photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/clarke Thu, 07 Oct 2021 21:55:19 GMT
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By September at her 4 month session, those big blue eyes were popping and the baby soaking in the tub in the evening light just about undid us, one thousand percent adorable.  

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So the photos began and ended at the Red River and it was such a pleasure saving these memories for Christina, Andy, and Hadley.  They've headed north already on a new assignment, but I hope they can look back at their time in Louisiana and smile, those memories on the banks of the river preserved and held.  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/a-babys-year-in-review Wed, 07 Jul 2021 21:11:15 GMT
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Energetic 11 year old twins?  No problem.  For this fun crew, I created a scavenger hunt for some downtown Shreveport sites at sunset.  By the time we made our two mile loop, we had seen a lot and had plenty of time to capture what I knew we'd see along with what came as bit of a surprise, like the wall inspiring my friend Kristen and I to near tears- the graffitied one about the creative adult. 

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So yeah, this session was full of surprises including continued connection and storytelling even after our session had ended.  Sometimes I wonder when I'll stop being surprised at all the amazing stories I hear and the ways God connects me with all these incredible families full of courage and strength and HOPE but no... I think I'll always be surprised.  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/survived-and-surprised Fri, 04 Jun 2021 01:45:00 GMT
happily ever after https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/happily-ever-after Even though it looked a little different this year, it was so much fun to capture St. Mark's Cathedral School's annual 4th grade fairytales!  A happy story indeed.  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/happily-ever-after Tue, 30 Mar 2021 14:53:31 GMT
Louisiana blooms https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/louisiana-blooms "All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Flowers are temporal surprises, seasonally showing off, there for the noticing.  I've noticed.  And these floral heralds of glory have captured my imagination, inviting me to look long.  Visit my store for a print- I would love to share what I've captured with you!  

 

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on Cloud nine https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/on-cloud-nine Baby's first year packages are some of my very favorite things to do and the Cloud family has made it so fun from the start!  Baby Claire is growing growing growing and I thought I'd share a few images from what we've been able to capture so far.  Love it!  

 

gender reveal 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) baby's first year family photography newborn photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/on-cloud-nine Fri, 05 Mar 2021 22:09:50 GMT
Kindness https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/kindness kindness(final)

Kindness 

by Candace Chaney and Kayla Rupp

This story
began when He
thought up our lungs and sound waves and spoke them into existence, singing
the first melody of creation.
The Hallelujah chorus itself
is but a little ditty beside His creation song.
All our Michelin Stars fall
short of the taste of the wedding banquet
of the Lamb.
All our stories,
our Pulitzer Prize winning stories,
are mere shadows of this one.
Redemption.
He walked
on Earth, passing around kindness,
throwing it far and wide,
until it returned to him
like a boomerang to his big, kind heart.
He sat and listened (kindly)
to our stories,
telling all kinds
of stories of his own.
Stories that guided and healed us.
Healed me.
I would have been one
of his broken favorites. He would have eaten
with me
in first century Nazareth,
He would have sat around my fire, tapping his toes.

And yet he still comes
for dinner every night.
His busted up emissaries of grace
come in His place.
For me
to serve hot stew and stories.
To serenade,
As unto the Lord himself. 
 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/peace-prayer-a-visual-meditation-on-the-prayer-of-st-francis Mon, 25 Jan 2021 02:01:44 GMT
school in the year of Covid https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/school-in-the-year-of-covid Masked and distant, St Marks Cathedral School in Shreveport, Louisiana carries on with playing, praying, and learning both responsibly and with care during the pandemic on October 8, 2020.  These are scenes compiled from the day, a good one indeed. 

 

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Morgan's reflections on hope https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/morgans-reflections-on-hope About two years ago, I walked into a labor and delivery room and my heart linked up with Morgan Grantham.  No stranger to suffering, Morgan  navigates unfathomable grief, and on that day, she was welcoming one child into the world all the while grieving the loss of another.  Since then, Morgan has inspired and encouraged me with her words, her grace, her generous vulnerability, her courage, and her enormous heart.  At the end of our most recent photo session, the moon shone and little Ethan kept pointing it out and I thought about how Morgan reflects hope, just like the moon.  I asked her if she had anything she wanted to share on the subject and what follows is the gift she wrote for all of us.  Read it and let it bless you, Morgan's thought on hope, reflections of her Creator's love, promises, grace...

 

Hope – 

According to the dictionary, hope is a “feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” According to the Bible, hope is the expectation that God will fulfill His promises…it is a confidence that everything He says is true. Every. Single. Thing.

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October 9, 2018

317 days after our sweet Katie Bug died, we “welcomed” our Baby Ethan into this world. Hope looked and felt very different than it did one year earlier. As I look at these pictures two years later, I am brought to tears. I can remember these moments as if they were yesterday and yet, a lifetime ago. In terms of literal time, there are only 2 years between then and now, but in terms of grief and trauma and healing and hurting, it is also a lifetime. These pictures, my first time to meet Candace, were traumatic for me. I was bringing a new baby into a world that can and will hurt him…physically, emotionally, spiritually and everything in between. The brokenness of the world had already killed my daughter…what did that mean for this baby…and his big brother? I didn’t have hope, but I did confidently expect that hope and healing would come…I was adamant and even aggressive in the search of it. If I looked hard enough, I would find it again. If I just “stayed the course” in the valley, eventually, at some point, I would begin to climb again. We were doing the best we could…it was all we had to give. Stay the course…believe with confident expectation…read and learn…stay in the Word…pray…go to counseling…raise your boys…be a wife…do all the things you’ve been doing…stay the course…hope and healing will come…it has to...beauty from ashes…redemption from despair…rescued from abandoned. 

I don’t remember when I desired to have birth pictures taken, but I do remember the why. My mind and heart told me that this baby would be celebrated…I would celebrate this baby because that is what has to be done…babies are a blessing and by everything in me, this baby would not be a replacement of Katie and would not be treated as such…he would be loved and nursed and cared for all the days of his life…however long or short. I was aggressive in my search of healing and these pictures remind me of that pursuit. 

October 2020

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Things are a lot different now. Two years from then to now…three
years ago, our Gavin was celebrating his second birthday with his big sister and we were going through the days with our family. One year ago, I almost took my life from trauma and grief I wouldn’t and couldn’t let go of. Today, I can say with confidence that hope lives in me…I can feel in my heart the confident expectation that my God is an awesome God and everything He says is true and by his stripes, I AM HEALED. I can say, without shame or blame, that I rejected the grace that God offered me and my pursuit of controlling my own destiny, my own hope, led me to the
pit of hell. I only allowed myself forgiveness for things I felt worthy of begin forgiven for…Katie’s death was not one of those “forgivable things” on my list…it is the ultimate failure as a mother and a wife. I survived a car accident that killed my baby…my daughter…my first born…my side kick…my love…my husband’s daughter…my son’s best friend. I searched long and hard for small details to blame myself for…anything and everything…it had to be my fault…just had to be. I controlled the grace I received.

I can’t earn God’s grace, but I can choose to receive or reject it. I chose to reject it…until…

We will welcome our 3rd little boy at the end of 2020. We are closing out this crazy year with a baby and my heart swells with anticipation and excitement for what is to come for my family. My marriage is healing, my heart is healing, God is working His miracles minute-by-minute and day-by-day. My heart also breaks for what we’ve lost…Katie would have been…Katie could have been…Katie….Katie…Katie…God is also working His miracles in that, too. 

The fact that God can, and does, use the brokenness of this world to save a wretch like me is a miracle. None of it was wasted time. I feel like I can stand tall, without shame or blame, and live out Romans 5. Verses 3 and 4 can be, and have been, painful, lonely, scary, devastatingly heartbreaking, and many other things, but getting to ve
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go back and forth, up and down, with each trial and suffering, both big and small, but I can do it now with hope in my heart. I can live through the fires with the confidence that what God says IS true and His promises will be fulfilled from the first sentence of the Bible to the last. 

Knowing I can walk through the fire and come out the other side tattered, bruised, and tired…but with hope…there are just are no words to describe that kind of comfort this side of heaven. 

So, when Candace called and was talking to me about hope, I know exactly what it looks like…because I can see it in the faces of this family…my family.

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severance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."  Romans 5:3-5



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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography headshots https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/morgans-reflections-on-hope Thu, 08 Oct 2020 01:54:13 GMT
headshots? check. https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/headshots-check I recently had the pleasure of photographing the staff of Pediatric Dentistry of Shreveport-Bossier. My set up in their storage room was great and I had a blast making portraits of all these beautiful ladies.  Let me know if you need updated headshots- I'm your girl!  

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Teddy https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/teddy CDC_6399CDC_6399 CDC_6130blogCDC_6130blognewborn session on September 20, 2020 in Shreveport, Louisiana | photo by Candace Chaney www.candacechaneyphotography.com

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Teddy.  Brand new to the world and so incredibly loved.  Welcome to the world little buddy!  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography newborn photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/teddy Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:21:41 GMT
a common thread https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/a-common-thread I don't exactly know what it is about having something tangible to connect you to those family members that have gone before you but there certainly is something to it.  Maybe it's the miracle that that thing- whatever it is- has survived, held up for that long.  Maybe it's a way to hold those we love close even when we can't be with them physically.  It's a place holder perhaps, a common thread.

Here, Nora Kate, age 5, wears her grandmother's dress that her GREAT grandmother made by hand.  

It's a thread running through the generations- love and belonging worn, making it to one more generation. So special.  

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Beautiful Nora Kate, beautiful light, beautiful family tradition, this common thread.  

 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography portraits https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/a-common-thread Thu, 24 Sep 2020 16:46:11 GMT
a baby giggles time capsule https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/a-baby-giggles-time-capsule dicksonfamilysept2020 Family films can be added on to any session.  These sights and sounds together form a moving time capsule of your ever changing and growing family.  Book a session now - your future self will thank you!  Like I told this sweet mama, this film is sweet now, but in fifteen years it will blow your mind.  Priceless.  Treasure. 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family 'film https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/a-baby-giggles-time-capsule Thu, 17 Sep 2020 01:25:18 GMT
How do you quarantine? https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/how-do-you-quarantine Or better yet (to me at least), how do you capture life in quarantine?  How do you document life in this weird and difficult year that is 2020? I picked up my camera from the get-go and have shot as much as I could, partly as a creative outlet, partly as therapy, partly for posterity.  I want to remember how it felt, that it was hard, but we made it through.  As part of my documentation, I did some limited porch sessions for donations to Shatterproof.org.  I was glad to have photos for me and for my community as well.  The year isn't over of course and who knows what will come next, but we're making it.  Do the next thing, hold on to hope.  We got this, y'all.  
CandaceChaney.quarantine1CandaceChaney.quarantine1Karen Degenhart messaging her sister, conveying her shock about schools being suddenly shut down due to the coronavirus all across Louisiana on March 13, 2020. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com CandaceChaney.quarantine2CandaceChaney.quarantine2Plans for March totally discarded after everything shuts down in Louisiana. Calendar trashed on March 15, 2020. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com CandaceChaney.quarantine3CandaceChaney.quarantine3In Shreveport, Louisiana on March 28, 2020, Asher Chaney, age 9, rides his bike past parked cars in his driveway. Bicycle wheels move more than cars in the weeks that followed total shut down of activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. CandaceChaney.quarantine4CandaceChaney.quarantine4On March 26, 2020, Asher Chaney, age 9, celebrates his friends birthday in the parking lot in Shreveport, Louisiana. The coronavirus pandemic keeps the kids in their cars, waving and cheering from afar. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com CandaceChaney.quarantine5CandaceChaney.quarantine5On April 19, 2020, I made a self portrait. I’m a mother of three, trying to find some peace and quiet after weeks of sheltering in place in Shreveport, Louisiana due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com CandaceChaney.quarantine6CandaceChaney.quarantine6Parks shut down across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, and here on April 17, 2020, at East Kings Park in Shreveport, Louisiana, ducks gather in seeming defiance of any order. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com CandaceChaney.quarantine9CandaceChaney.quarantine9With everything closed in Shreveport, Louisiana, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a garage workout looks a little bit lonely. April 22, 2020. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com
CandaceChaney.quarantine8CandaceChaney.quarantine8On March 30, 202, Pierremont Mall in Shreveport, Louisiana remains shuts down due to the coronavirus pandemic, but spring still comes and blooms still open. Photo by Candace Chaney | www.candacechaneyphotography.com
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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography quarantine ShrevePorch https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/how-do-you-quarantine Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:22:45 GMT
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(Candace Chaney Photography) extended family session family photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/extended-family-extending-the-fun Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:58:45 GMT
14 tips to help you thrive during this 2020 school year from Clint Davis Counseling https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/14-tips-to-help-you-thrive-during-this-2020-school-year-from-clint-davis-counseling clintdavisrecutTuesday

 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) ecouragement video wisdom https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/14-tips-to-help-you-thrive-during-this-2020-school-year-from-clint-davis-counseling Wed, 26 Aug 2020 01:27:07 GMT
a strong gaze https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/a-strong-gaze CDC_2368CDC_2368Bethany Harrigan, age 10, sits for a portrait at an extended family gathering on August 22, 2020, in Conway, Arkansas. They have requested documentation of their time together before Bethany and her family leave for the Middle East for 11 months. Photo by Candace Chaney , www.candacechaneyphotography.com CDC_2932-2CDC_2932-2 CDC_9508-1CDC_9508-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I never want to miss this kind of deeper look into the soul of a child. A strong gaze makes for a strong portrait and oh how I love to get drawn into a child's world when they let me.  What a privilege.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) emotional portraiture portraits strong gaze https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/a-strong-gaze Tue, 25 Aug 2020 23:56:22 GMT
I'm on a mission, y'all - family photography goals https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/im-on-a-mission-y-all Just what am I doing over here at Candace Chaney Photography?  I'm making it my mission to provide you with an easy, fun, and incredible experience on the day of your family shoot so that you end up with incredible and authentic family photographs that will bring you joy for generations to come.  Generations!  I have a calling on my life to point to hope and beauty, to tell stories and preserve legacies and I want to do that for your family.  Click the book now button on my home page to grab your spot before I fill up for the Christmas card season!  

I recently spent some time with this sweet family who will be moving in their newly renovated home in Shreveport, Louisiana, soon.  It was all smiles and sunshine with this crew for sure.  It made my heart sing for sure!  

 

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family photography family portraits https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/im-on-a-mission-y-all Fri, 21 Aug 2020 20:53:42 GMT
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I got a call from a nurse at a local hospital on August 2, 2018 who told me there was a couple who needed a birth photographer.   Their baby had not developed kidneys and they knew they wouldn't have long with him.   I raced to the hospital that day and ever since, Brett and Stephenie have been like family to me.  I am privileged to know them and to help them tell their story.  Watch to the end and prepare to be inspired by the way they pioneer hope.  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family films hope infant loss photography videography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/pioneering-hope Sun, 16 Aug 2020 01:26:59 GMT
what's with the feather? https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/whats-with-the-feather As you may have heard or seen on social media, the season of my work under the umbrella of Mama's Love Photography has come to a loving end and I am starting again with Candace Chaney Photography. With a new start comes a new logo - a feather.

 

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For quite some time, I've been focused on HOPE, turning it around and upside down and inside out in my heart and mind.  How does HOPE keep us afloat?  What does it look like?  It's not glib, I know that. This 2020 craziness has taught me that sometimes hope is the white knuckled hanging-on type, gritty and raw.  But still... it's there, always offering an outstretched hand. 

And when we reach for hope, it lifts us.  According to Emily Dickinson, "hope is the thing with feathers." I've found that this metaphor holds.  Hope is a feather.  It lifts, protects, and insulates.  It's how we fly, how we rise above. Feathered hope is hope that helps us go on.  Flapping to greater heights. “Further up and further in" as CS Lewis puts it. 

With hope, we rise. 

With hope, we can begin to see.  Truly see.

Hope is beginning to be my lens.  Instead of asking what hope looks like, I'm beginning to ask how does hope see?  Every time I pick up my camera, I have become expectant.  Hope-full. 

I'm looking for it in my life and I'll look for it in yours, too.  To the extent that you invite me in, I'll use my gifts to not only capture all the obvious beauty and joy of your life, but also maybe even inspire hope with something you haven't really seen before.  I'll use my hope lens and maybe it will make a difference.

Has there ever been a better time to filter out all the uncertainty and fear and look for hope? 

I'm here, I'm ready.

Let's do this.

Sign up for a session today!

With love and hope (and a new logo), 

Candace 

PS.  I am ready and open for bookings for this busy fall season and the sooner we can get you booked, the better.  You can book a session by clicking over to the home page and clicking "book a session."

PPS. I am looking to do one session a quarter pro bono, a HOPE SESSION.  Email me to nominate a family or individual that could use an extra dose of hope during this season of life.  I'll make selections from nominations every October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1st going forward.  Just send a little information about the family or individual and why they could use a hope session.  Thanks, friends!  Here's to hope!  

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(Candace Chaney Photography) family films hope lifestyle photography https://www.candacechaneyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/whats-with-the-feather Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:09:01 GMT