Meet My Photographer (GIVEAWAY)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I am SOOOO excited to introduce you to the talented photographer that is bringing you the phenomenal photography that you’ve seen on my blog lately. Candace Schaddelee is not only beautiful on the outside but she is even more gorgeous on the inside. In such a short amount of time we’ve developed a friendship that I’m so grateful for. It’s been amazing to have her by my side throughout on the exciting things that have been going on lately. She’s also packed with an incredible amount of talent! She is the owner of Rememory Photography which specializes in portraits, weddings, families, maternity and events.

Read on for a Q&A with Candace and enter to win a 1-hr Portrait Session valued at $450!

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Q&A With Candace Schaddellee:

Why did you decide to go into photography?

I first fell in love with photography after my son, Ezra, was born. I would take so many pictures of him! Then I started getting interested in the art and technical aspect of it all. It was through Ezra that I really fell in love with the art of photography, in particular portraiture, and began investing in my craft. I have yet to put the camera down since!

What is your favorite subject to photograph?

I love both couples photography and travel photography. I love couples because I love capturing people interacting with each other, and couples (families too, for that matter) do this so well. Travel is an easy favorite, because I love being in new places and seeing incredible landscapes and cultures that I never get to see here in Texas.

Who are some other photographers that you admire?

I would have to say Jasmine Star, for one. She has really made herself successful in a very competitive field, and I admire her passion and tenacity. As for style of photography, I really love this photographer named Sami Jo, who lives in Utah. The colors she captures on camera are so dreamy. Last one, but I really love Brandon Stanton, who started Humans of New York. He captures the heart of people through photos brilliantly.

What does the expression, “A picture is worth a 1000 words” mean to you?

Pictures tap into our emotions in a way that sometimes words can’t (not to hate on words, I do love books). For me, pictures are about nostalgia, which is why I chose “Rememory” as a business title. My favorite photos, and I think the favorite photos of my clients, are the ones that accurately represent the moments they love, the ones that survive only in pictures and in their memories.

What is your favorite photograph you have ever taken?

Oh goodness, I have so many favorites. So I will have to go with the first one that popped into mind, and that is one I took of Ezra a couple years ago:

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This photo is candid, un-staged, and taken at a small park in the apartment complex our little family used to live in. So much of being a photographer is just waiting for great moments, and being prepared to capture them in an artistic way.

How would you describe your photography style?

Probably a mix of things. I like to think of my approach as photojournalistic and candid, but I do pose people as well. I love the vintage look, and have been working to keep a balance between a clean style in my photographs, with vintage colors.

What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?

I love that I have the opportunity to do what I love every single day. I love that my hard work is rewarding, and I visually get to see the fruits of my labor through each new photograph I take. And maybe most of all, I love that I get to interact with so many new people that I would otherwise never get the chance to meet! I don’t think I could ever see myself doing anything else.

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Giveaway Details: Includes: 1-hr photo session located in San Antonio, TX. Fully edited photos available for digital download 2-3 weeks after session.

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

5 Tips for Skincare

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My skincare journey with IOMA Paris has been going amazing! I’m so excited to show you some of my results this coming month (see my first post showing some of my trouble spots we are focusing on by clicking here). To keep you in anticipation I want to share with you 5 skincare tips from IOMA that I find really useful to know when conducting your beauty regimen!

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This is IOMA demonstrating their exfoliator on my hands. It left my hands feeling so smooth and refreshed!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation and product to facilitate my ongoing skincare review with IOMA Paris. All opinions expressed here are my own.

San Antonio Scene: Kiddie Park (GIVEAWAY)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Did you know that San Antonio is the home to the oldest children’s amusement park in the country? The Kiddie Park opened in 1925 and was renovated in 2009. I can actually remember going to a birthday party for one of my friends there when I was little so it was very nostalgic taking Luke for the first time.

Luke was joined by two of his friends and we had so much fun riding the old-fashioned ferris wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel and other kiddie rides! Check out the fun below and be sure to enter to win (2) unlimited ride bands!

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L to R: Ezra, Tanner and Luke in awe as they are about to ride the ferris wheel for the first time! Their excitement was just pouring out of them.

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As you can tell by Ezra’s huge smile he was having a blast!

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The Kiddie Park also offers private events and birthday parties.

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Don’t forget to get your carnival food like funnel cakes, cotton candy, popcorn and more!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Luke’s Looks: Navy

Monday, July 28, 2014

The other day I was sitting on the couch and Luke ran up in front of me with this HUGE grin. He then said, “Mom! “I pooped in my pants and I cleaned it up all by myself!!!!!!” I’m sure you can imagine my eyes got huge and my jaw dropped!

And I’ll save you the details and just say my reaction to the bathroom was…..”OOOOOOH DADDY RUSS!!!!!”

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Luke’s Outfit:

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

New York, New York

Friday, July 25, 2014

NYC is definitely one of my favorite places in the world. So much to see and do! Daddy Russ and I were in NYC about a month or so ago and I am just now finally going through my photos! Take a look at our trip which included lots of fun activities including a trip to the Stock Exchange, Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Time Square, Central Park and much more!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

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