Thursday, October 27, 2016

my vantage point

I grew up spending a lot of time on a rocket ship.  If you grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1980s, you'll know exactly what I mean.  Back then, a huge metal rocket ship with a spiral staircase and a slide that would singe the heck out of you in the summer towered over Betty Virginia Park, our city's best park.  Since then, the rocket ship has been removed and two little hills great for toddler running or catching a little air on a bike stand where the rocket ship towered.   My little park has changed a lot over the years, but somehow, it's still my favorite place to play.

Don't get me wrong- Betty Virginia Park is 23 acres of normal.  There are all the usual things- fields, trees, a playground, picnic tables, bridges, gardens- all of the ordinary.   But that's the thing about finding your vantage point as a photographer- when one looks for the extraordinary among the ordinary one most often finds it. Because I have looked for it, this little park has become a wonderland of photographic delight.

And again, don't get me wrong.  If I were really to tell the truth, my favorite place to shoot would be wherever my kids are.  But if I had to choose one place to take them for pics on any given day, it would be the good ole BVP.  

Which brings me to this image: my favorite subjects (my three kids) in my favorite place to shoot (the BVP).  My husband had something to do one night, so it was just me and the kids.  I went for it.  We went to our favorite pizza place, we sang loud to music loud with the windows down, we went for ice cream, and then we went to run around and watch the sunset.  

Nine times out of ten, I have my camera handy (a Nikon Df) and this was a camera-ready evening.  I got low and had them stand on a little hill, shifted my focus to the background, adjusted my settings (I'm more of a feeler and approximation kind of girl so I could never have remembered my actual numbers but I'm sure my shutter speed was medium, aperture high, and iso highish), and now I have this memory from this night in this place where my kids ran wild and we laughed all night and they were little.  Cause they won't always be little. 

The good folks over at have come out with a new camera that will be perfect for nights like this and I CANNOT wait to try it out.  It's cell phone small, but DSLR smart. If you're like me, you're always looking to tell a story, capture a moment, find the light, discover your unique vantage point and having the right equipment on hand is paramount. 

Even in the most ordinary places like Betty Virginia Park.  

in June, I can find black-eyed susans
this week, it was fog

always love the bridges

room to run at BVP

even an old stump lends its beauty

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

helpful hints for a great shoot this fall

You would think it's pretty simple- just book a photo session and smile and there you go.  You're done- check. If only!

As I was editing my one of my latest sessions, I realized that this couple did a few things right that I'd like explore and pass along.  If you are thinking about booking a session soon, here are some things to consider.   

1.  Time of Day

It's all about the light, y'all.  For all outdoor shoots, your best bet is going to be that first hour after sunrise or that last hour before sunset.  These times are constantly changing, so when booking a session you can consult an online sunrise/sunset chart to find the best time but time of day really matters.  Go early or go late but stay away from noon time sun and that harsh bright light that creates all kinds of funny shadows.

2.  Get Real

This goes for your preparations for the shoot as well as your time in front of the camera.  The main thing?  Be who you are!  If you like a more formal look, put on your high heels like Rachel.  If you are like me, you might prefer jeans and bare feet.  Maybe you like stripes.  Maybe you like your kids to match.  Maybe you don't.  What matters most is that you are comfortable and true to your very own self.

This goes for your smiles and interactions, too.  If you feel awkward, you will see it in the pictures so get comfortable and have fun.  Make each other laugh.  Tell jokes.  Play games.  Don't say cheese. RELAX!
Authenticity yields the best kind of pics.  If it helps, you can totally ignore the camera and just interact with your people.  You love them.  Let it show.
Be.  Yourself.

These friends picked an amazing time of day and as always, they were their real true selves and I loved every minute of it.

Here's to some great photo shoots this fall!  I hope to see more of y'all in some beautiful golden light very soon!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Sale!

Summer Day in the Life Photo sessions 50% off for the month of June.  Contact me for details!  

Monday, April 11, 2016

(P.S. Good Mom)

Mother's Day is sneaking up on us- get her the perfect gift! Mama's Love Photography will be doing Mother's Day mini sessions- sign up now by clicking HERE!

You can see all the fun preview pics by clicking HERE, but before we did that, I tried it out with my sister and mother-in-law and it was SO FUN!!!!  They were hilarious and so sweet- love you Kate and Barbara!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Announcing Mama's Love Photography

Candace Chaney Photography has an exciting announcement!  My birth and in-hospital business will now be through Mama's Love Photography!  My other photography will remain the same, but I am excited to be working with these amazing friends for on this new venture. You can like us on FB or follow us on Instagram.  To read the back story, click here.  

Thank you all for your love and support and here goes nothing!  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Mini Sessions

Come see us TODAY from 4:00-6:30 pm at 5508 Bent Tree!  Flower crowns, chicks, and a bunny!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Crow Family Day in the Life Session 2016

I told my kids again this morning- every day is a gift.  And it was such a privilege to capture a day of this amazing family.

I've always loved photography.  I have a picture of my Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia, when I was about 10 years old.  There I am on the front row with a terrible haircut and braces, a purple and pink rectangular "La Clique" camera hanging around my neck.  Picture-taking is compulsive to me and it always has been.

But this project feels different- like something I was born to do:  telling the story, exposing the beauty, and shedding light on ordinary and very real moments in time.  The Big Picture. I was with this sweet family for an entire day- from their waking moments to their boys tucked in bed and snoozing.  We ended up with over 300 images that I've made into a video and a book.  The photos tell such a story and are beautiful now, but in 5 years... 10 years... 20 years.... It will be incredible to see. 

I am so thankful to God for the gift and to the Crow family for believing in me enough to hire me on for this project.

Who's next?!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

glimpsing 2015

Just a part of all the beauty I was privileged to capture in 2015.  So grateful!