Friday, April 29, 2016


 "We shook our heads.  All of us were stunned- the Eternal has done remarkable things for us.  We were beyond happy, beyond joyful."  Psalm 126:3  (The Voice translation) 


Monday, April 18, 2016

ordinary grace

 Each day is indeed a gift, full of ordinary grace.

Like these two- always with the wrestling

and this one- always with the books.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

my screeching halt

I feel like I've been going 100 mph this past week through my days.  But now I'm sick.

But these quiet moments at home on a Sunday morning brought a great reminder:  to slow it down, to rest in Him.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

an everyday joy

In the blue hour of pre-dawn, I usually come in sweaty from my workout and Zeke- only Zeke- meets me with his bed-head in the kitchen.  It's a short time, but in those moments, it's quiet and sweet- just me and him and we talk and he then he goes down his checklist, taking care of stuff.

And I don't know... I just don't want to forget that.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

all the gifts

so proud of this girl for so many reasons- her 5k finish just one of them!

Mumford and Sons:

keep my eyes to serve my hands to learn / lover of the light / you are all I ever longed for / so tame my flesh and fix my eyes a tethered mind freed from the lies / I will wait I will wait for you

So many prayers in these songs.

At one point, I kicked off my shoes and danced like a fool- so grateful for all the gifts.

What a weekend. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mama's Love Photography: the back story

I've always loved photography.  My mom's coat closet had a shelf in the back full of golden-binded National Geographics and  I remember cataloging them one summer- a project for which I'm sure my mother was grateful.  I was busy and occupied but also fascinated by all the pictures, pictures, and more pictures.

As a kid, I was always taking pictures with my point and shoot- sending film off and waiting for those who-knows-what-you're-going-to-get prints (doubles, not singles) back.  But I never knew- never even considered- that photography was a calling or something God could use in my life.  So after graduating high school, I went to college and grad school and ended up as a pediatric physical therapist- connecting with children and their mothers and encouraging them- work I truly enjoyed. During those years, Jack and I started a family and I chose to spend more time at home with them.  I exchanged my full time position for a part time one and then when our third baby came along, I embraced full time motherhood.  All the while, my love and aptitude for photography continued to grow.  Sparks flew in my heart when I took pictures with my first DSLR camera.  I took a class at our local college and took pictures of my family and blogged and then people wanted me to take their pictures and pay me for it (what?!) and then Candace Chaney Photography was born - something I never even dared to dream could happen.

So then I found myself still in the throws of motherhood, but with older children which affords a little more time to spend on this dream come true.  I also found myself being encouraged by a couple of key people who shared a similar story and a similar passion and gifting.  Enter Meg (right) and Jessica (left).

Meg has been supporting me and working with me for a few years now and I wouldn't be where I am today without her pushing me along, believing in me and my work.  Hilarious, kind, generous, and very creative, she has big ideas and a keen eye for beauty and I have no doubt that Meg Bethard Photography will soar one day soon.  I adore her, my right hand girl.

Jessica only moved to Shreveport last July and since then, we have become fast friends after her family joined our church. Before we knew each other, everyone had told us how much we would like each other, but did they know that she was a photographer, too?  And did they know that she has her MBA and I had this dream for a new business and I really needed to partner with someone who knew about business plans and balance sheets?  Well, Someone knew.  Someone knew that not only would we love one another from the start, our giftings matched up perfectly.  He's the one that made us who we are after all.

So because of these friends and their love and support and because I had this fire in my heart to start something that would empower my friends who take beautiful pictures too, and maybe because it's just a good idea that Someone gave me (my sister-in-law Kate had a part to play in this too- shouting out love, KCM), Mama's Love Photography was born.

This new venture is a way for us to live out our passion- to give families with new babies the gift of that singular moment held still.  Candace Chaney Photography will remain the same for now, capturing children and families, but Mama's Love will endeavor to capture many amazing moments of Shreveport-Bossier's newest lives. It's a way for us to say "Look, here is what God did for you! What beauty!  What love!  This is from Him! And it's beautiful!"  We love God, love people, and now I see that photography is indeed a calling and I am blessed beyond what I could have imagined- to be working in this capacity with these friends and to have the opportunity to jump off a cliff from my computer chair, announcing this new business that I hope will be so much more than just a business.

This journey that mixes love and work and faith and calling isn't over.  I will be stretched and expanded and I'm sure that until my journey ends in this life, God will continue to surprise me.  I'm thankful and completely overwhelmed, but also excited to announce....

Mama's Love Photography.

Here goes nothing!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

March in reverse

They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. 

If that's true, it was a March in reverse for the Chaney family. 

Lamb to Lion.