To Pin or not to Pin? Here’s a closer look at the Pinterest phenomenon!

Ohhhh, Pinterest. So many of us are addicted to you. So many will be as the days go by.

The question on the uninitiated’s minds is likely: Why?

I’ll tell you why. It’s the one place to find all your ideas and see them organized visually. You can bookmark everything in one place AND get millions of new ideas every day from everyone else pinning their inspirations. Here’s the kind of great things you can find there:

Your new go-to dessert:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars (Soooo scrumptious)

Brilliant cleaning tips:

Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner (this is totally in my shower RIGHT NOW)

Insanely simple dinners:

Slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches (TWO INGREDIENTS! And sooo good. And I don’t even like red meat all that much!)

Great ideas to make your kids’ lives more magical

Spray glitter on tooth fairy money

Tips for gardeners:

35 disease and pest remedies

Approximately ten million activities, games, projects, and things to keep your kids happy/busy/learning:Marble painting

Craft ideas:

Busy Book

Inspiration to decorate your house:

I can’t wait to fix up my kitchen!

Ideas to make your holidays even more festive:

Centerpieces are just the beginning

Simple projects up the wazoo:

Rubber bands + spray paint = brand new vase

Sewing projects GALORE:Sweetheart dress tutorial

And, of course, inspiration for photography sessions:

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Now you can also find (drumroll, please) Sean Purcell Photography!

Sean Purcell Photography is just dipping their toes in the water, but you can find news on what’s happening:

See amazing portraits:

And get inspired by wedding photography:

If you’re not already a Pinterest addict, then what are you waiting for?

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on TwitterInstagram, (and Pinterest!). Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it made of cheese?

So this weekend, The “Man of Steel” movie hits the theaters, but ol’ Clark Kent isn’t the only thing worth looking up to the heavens for this weekend.

This weekend’s full moon is considered a perigee moon because it occurs when our moon is at its closest point in the elliptical orbit around the Earth.  I know, cool right?  What that means is the moon will look 14% LARGER when you look at it, especially if you catch it as it rises or sets.  So what are you waiting for?  This Saturday and Sunday, break out those smart phones, cameras or just get out and enjoy the night air.  You won’t be able to see the next perigee moon until August 2014.

2013_06_SuperMoon_0Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

Don’t forget to include links to your awesome shots of this event in the comment section below.

Hey Michigan, we’re headed your way soon!  We’ll be in Port Huron July 12th-14th for some awesome sessions.  We still have some openings or If you’re in the area, we’d love it if you just stop by to say hello.

Purcell-79Hey, don’t just stop here , let’s get social 🙂  Come visit me on Facebook or Twitter and join in on the fun.  Or if you’re looking for something on the light side lets share our odd little worlds on “Instagram” at Sean_spphotography.   See you next time everybody 🙂

Sean

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Choosing the right clothes for your skin tone at your photoshoot

We all know the clothing we wear goes a long way to shaping how other people see us and how we see ourselves.  One look at the vintage clothing trend and you’ll see it’s not all about which designer you’re sporting either.  The color and cut of the clothing you’re wearing goes a long way to making you appear more vibrant and energetic, or more professional and conservative.  When it comes to engagement sessions or family portraits, our goal is to make you look as amazing as possible.  So we tend to suggest combinations that bring out your energy and excitement.  Picking the perfect light is our job and you’ll probably see us walking around like goofballs looking for that “perfect” light, but there are several factors to consider while you’re picking out the right colors for your photoshoot, including hair, eye and skin tone/color.

You’ll often hear us talking about “warm” and “cool” light during shoots.  Nah, we’re not talking about that scorching hot bulb on the strobe light (although that does remind me I need to put those gloves back in the lighting box), we’re talking about the Kelvin temperature of the light.

Definition of “Cool”

Definition of “Warm”

So when we talk about “cool” skin tones, we’re looking at the folks with relatively fair skin tones that have a rosy or pink color to it.  If you have rosy cheeks, you probably fall into this category.  No worries, you can’t complain with sharing the same skin tone with Reese Witherspoon, right?

  • Awesome colors for the “cool” people:

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Photography, Brunette, brick, portrait, Sean Purcell Photography  Now People with “warm” skin tones tend to have more of a “golden” tone.  They tend to tan after spending some time in the sun and have frequently just have a naturally darker complexion.  If you look at the wrists, their veins look more greenish than the blue veins of the “cool” folks.  Think Daniel Craig or Jennifer Lopez and you’re on the right track.

  • Some colors that are on the go-to list for “warm” people.

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Portrait, Sean Purcell Photography, brick  Of course all of these are just guidelines.  We all know there are folks who break the rules and get away with it.  When it comes to what to wear at your photoshoot, the general rule is to be comfy, have fun and wear something you believe makes you look amazing!  If you feel like the next Brad Pitt or Beyonce (or the AMAZING Gianna Giorgi above), that comes through and you can’t help but look amazing in front of the lens.

Here are some tips that we send out to our clients before their shoots. 

Still not sure if you’re a “warm” or “cool” person?  Here’s a handy quiz to help you out. 

Hey Michigan, we’re headed your way soon!  We’ll be in Port Huron July 12th-14th for some awesome sessions.  We still have some openings or If you’re in the area, we’d love to say hello.

Purcell-79Hey, don’t just stop here , let’s get social 🙂  Come visit me on Facebook or Twitter and join in on the fun.  Or if you’re looking for something on the light side lets share our odd little worlds on “Instagram” at Sean_spphotography.   See you next time everybody 🙂

Sean

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Lovely Life Thought: Brighten Up Your Summer

I don’t know what it’s been like in your neck of the woods, but where I am, summer has been … weird. I don’t feel like it’s even started yet and we’re more than halfway through June! I feel especially bad for my kids, because by now we’ve usually had a solid month and a half of days packed with parks and pools and beaches and sprinklers and popsicles, but this year it’s just sad. It’s been rainy and cold and dreary, and if by chance the temperature gets above 50, the humidity hits 100% by 10 AM and the day is shot anyway. I’m feeling very cranky about it, and I need to do something to adjust my attitude.

I was thinking last night about all the summer fun lists that I see for parents so they can squeeze every last drop of fun out of summer for their kids, and I decided I needed a list too … for ME.

I know, sounds selfish, right? Well, that’s okay. Every day will still revolve around my kids and their happiness, but I need to find a few things that will make me happy and feel like summer is here to make me more fun to be around. So I came up with this short list:

Plant more flowers. Specifically, hot pink flowers. I’ve been spending a LOT of time on my yard. It’s the first summer in our new house, and there was a TON to do outside. I’ve been pulling out poisonous and overgrown plants, transplanting, and planting my favorites like lilacs and peonies and gladiola, but I need more. And what better way to put on a smile on my face then to see hot pink flowers every time I look outside? I have my eye on a big hot pink azalea bush for my front yard and some pink sunpatients for a big stone salvaged planter along my driveway I just spray painted white this weekend.

Ride my bike. Tonight’s the night. I’m going to order a bike trailer on Amazon, hook it to the back of my bike, and I’m going to drag all 50 pounds of my kids on a bike ride every morning. Fresh air and exercise, here I come!

Go to a National Park. I would love to visit each and every National Park there is, and I have never had the pleasure of traveling out west yet, but I have to start somewhere. I might get to any in my top ten list this summer, but I can make it to one! As a bonus, the girls and my husband will love this trip, too.

Make homemade popsicles once a week. With Pinterest, I have no excuse. I could make a different batch with fresh juices and fresh fruit and all kinds of delightful ingredients every week, easily. My girls will also benefit greatly from this.

Start doing yoga again – preferably in my backyard. Even though our yard needed a lot of work, it’s a great yard and is pretty private. There’s no reason I couldn’t slap a mat in the middle of it and stretch away while the girls climb on the swing set or run around. Namaste.

Get four or more date nights in before the end of August. We have lots of things we want to do with the girls, plus weddings and open houses and a big joint birthday party to plan for the girls in August (they have the same birthday – what are the odds of that, right?!?!), but I want to make sure I have some time alone with my special gentleman friend.

Whew! It’s a short list, but it also seems like a lot. How about you? How can you brighten your own summer? Let us know in the comments.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on Twitter, and InstagramFeel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

 

Exciting things are coming up!!!

Wow!!  Have you ever had one of those months where life just gets ahead of you?  It’s been a busy May, but summer is here and it’s time to get down to the business of doing what we love.  We have several projects in the works, and this one is pretty awesome!

We’re going to be in Michigan during July, and we’re busy lining up several photo shoots. Here’s a sneak peek at the mini-sessions we’ll be offering. Cannot wait to share the results of these fabulous shoots with you!!!

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PS…I’m so stoked!  We can’t share too much just yet, but we also have two drop dead gorgeous women who just locked in their sessions!  I love my job.

Product Review: Oil of Olay CC Cream

Veronica here! I thought I’d spice up your Wednesday with a product review! A product that is likely of interest to at least half of the population that will be going in front of the camera sometime soon is make-up.

One of the newest make-up crazes in the states has been BB creams. If I were to explain them in my own words, I would say they are more than a tinted moisturizer, less than a foundation, and with additional benefits, like SPF and antioxidants. Once BB creams blew up, it was only a matter of time before someone dreamed up a CC cream. The additional benefit of a CC cream is mostly the color correction (hence the name). CC creams are supposed to fade spots and acne scars with time and even out skin tone.

I decided to jump right in and try out a CC cream and went for Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream. Here’s what she looks like:

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I definitely like the packaging. Off to a good start.

Here’s what a dollop will look like straight from the bottle:

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At this point, it looks promising! More than a tinted moisturizer, which is exactly what I’m looking for. Something I can throw on and give me enough coverage to feel like I don’t look ghastly but not heavy foundation.

Here’s what it looks like rubbed into my hand about halfway:

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Hmmm. The color looks a bit … off. I chose the lightest color (of course, have you seen me?), but it seems a bit more yellow/orange than I anticipated. Oh well, on with the application! I didn’t WANT to put my naked face on the Internet, but in the interest of science and all …

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Well. Is it just me or do I look about exactly the same? Okay, my face looks a little orange (yikes!) and a bit skinnier, but that last part is only because I messed up and turned my face slightly more to the side in the second picture. It’s not magic or anything, so don’t get excited.

Anyway, in real life, it definitely looks like I have slightly more oily skin and I got some bad self-tanner. Not even the slightest hint of coverage. At all. It’s odd how it can make my skin a totally different color and yet still looks like I did nothing at all to tame my uneven skin, blemishes, and very dark skin around my eyes. It’s a mystery to me, too.

Even though I wasn’t pleased with this from the get-go, I actually committed to using it for at least a month. I thought I could deal with slightly greasy orange-ish skin if it actually did some color correcting.

Unfortunately, the only changes it made in my skin was to cause some rather serious breakouts. Womp womp. Talk about a sad trombone moment. Not only did I feel pretty gross for an entire month, every day my skin got worse and worse. After discontinuing use for only a week, my skin is already clearing up again, so I think we can safely say it was the culprit.

Bottom line: If you’re going to spend $20-25 on a CC cream, I would suggest going a different way. Of course, if you have very dry skin and don’t have very fair skin, this might work out for you, who knows?

If you’re still interested in trying out a BB cream or a CC cream, here’s a good guide to the less expensive drugstore BB creams. If you have a good recommendation for me, leave it in the comments, since I’m currently without a good replacement.

Thanks, and I hope to bring you more product reviews in the near future! Are there any products or types of products you want me to tell you about? Leave us a comment!

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on Twitter, and InstagramFeel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

Don’t be that cliche. Avoid becoming a Bridezilla with these simple suggestions.

We’ve all seen it happen, if not to ourselves, then someone near us. It’s even so common that they made a TV show out of it. A rising affliction among wedding planning brides … becoming Bridezilla.

No one WANTS to be a Bridezilla. Well…maybe some people do, but the vast majority of brides end up feeling bad that they’ve treated their friends and family so horribly. There are a few very simple ways to relieve some of the stress of wedding planning.

  •    Set time aside for yourself – You’ve got your planner open in front of you, scheduling meetings with the florist, the photographer, the seamstress, the DJ, the caterer, the pastor, the cake lady …the list seems endless, and quite overwhelming While you’ve got that calendar open, pencil in some time for yourself. No, actually, INK in some time for yourself. This is absolutely necessary. If you’re doubting me, go ask your maid of honor. I dare ya. Book a massage. Go for a hike. Hit the gym. Whatever you like to do to relax, DO it. And don’t rush through it. Take this time for you.
  •     Set time aside for you and your fiance – Everything during the last few months has been all about the two of you, but when was the last time you two actually spent time together? Time that didn’t involve wedding planning. Equally important to scheduling some “you” time, is making sure that the two of you also get quality time. Don’t get so wrapped up in the day, that you lose sight of why it’s happening. Take a quick weekend trip. I know most of your funds are wrapped up in the wedding and/or honeymoon, and you feel like every spare cent needs to be devoted to that. Not true. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, just hit a bed and breakfast for the weekend. Something that allows the two of you to reconnect and forget the stress for a couple of days. And, leading into the next suggestion, don’t take your phone with you. Or, at the very least, leave it in the car.
  •     Unplug – Everyone has a smartphone these days, and while it’s completely great to be able to stay connected via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, text and voice .. sometimes you need to set the phone down and walk away for a little while. Imagine how peaceful it would be to NOT hear your phone going off every five minutes with event reminders, questions from vendors, phone calls from well-meaning friends. One hour (or more) a day, shut it off. Don’t just put it on vibrate. You’ll look at it, trust me. Shut it right down. And keep it that way until you’ve finished yoga, catching up on the day with your beloved, or just looking out the window. Most people forget that there was a time that we weren’t constantly connected to everyone in our life. And how much simpler life was back then.

Try to keep these three things in mind, and I guarantee, you’ll be a much calmer bride, like Ashley was. Amanda blog-4

 

Have a suggestion that you don’t see here? Or a story about how you were/weren’t a Bridezilla? Leave it in the comments below.

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