Tips for the guys

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

There are many elements of the wedding planning that as guys we just have no say in.  Even if we did, let’s face it, it’s HER day and we’re just along for the ride.  But hold on, there are definitely some areas that fall squarely into our court and guys, it’s time to bring your “A” game and start planning.

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  • Popping the question!  Right…so you’ve finally gathered up the courage and now it’s down to the nitty-gritty.  Hey, if you don’t think “how” you ask is important, let’s not forget the all important “bragging rights” factor.  Just like she’s going to be bragging about the ring you give her, the next question is going to be “How did he ask?”  Come on, we’re guys, competition is what we do.  We’ve been competing since we were old enough to understand that someone had to be able to run faster and swing higher.  And it usually involved impressing a girl…so this is nothing new to us.  Here are some great articles on popping the question to make sure your fiance has top bragging rights at the next girls night event.

Make a plan…now make another plan.

Even CNN has some good tips.

  • Picking the groomsmen – Ahh, time to pick the Wingmen.  While it’s true that you shouldn’t start out with a concrete number (although as a photographer there is something to be said for symmetry with the number of bridesmaids), it just becomes unruly once you go past eight groomsmen.  They say blood is thicker than water and in this case, unless it is going to start World War III with your soon-to-be bride, inviting your brother and future brother in-law is a great place to start.
  • Bachelor party!!!  As a famous on-screen fighter once said…”The first rule of Bachelor Party, is you don’t talk about Bachelor Party.”  Okay, I may have that a bit wrong but it sounds like good advice, right?  But seriously, this isn’t something you want to rub in your fiance’s face.  She already is imagining something out of The Bachelor.  No good can come from you adding fuel to the fire with joking about strippers and clowns.  Rule number two is make sure that you schedule the big event early enough to leave time to recover from any hangovers, broken bones, or unexpected travel delays.  While it makes for funny movie drama, you’re never going to recover from being late to your own wedding.  Planning on a couple of weeks out from the wedding date is a pretty safe bet.  And rule three is plan ahead.  Keep in mind that it takes time to plan a good stag affair and as guys we’re not always the best at prompt responses to emails and texts.  So make sure to get the guys talking about this about 6-8 weeks out to make sure it’s something fun you’ll remember.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some…well…eventful inspirations for you.  However, I take no blame if you choose to follow them and end up in another country, married to a monkey or have a facial tattoo we’re trying to hide during your wedding photos.  Just sayin’

Finally, since we can be a wee bit competitive…I came across this guy’s truly epic movie based proposal.  Her reaction in the corner is just classic!

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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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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If You’re Going to Choreograph …

To choreograph or not? That is the question when it comes to first dances.

Originally, this just referred to whether or not you would spend one night a week for a few months taking ballroom dancing lessons and putting together something with a lot of box steps, twirls, and a dip at the end. However, these days it can mean a lot more.

You’ve probably seen a few of the first dance videos that went viral on youtube, like the evolution of dance first dance or the “original” surprise first dance. However, I’ve got an all-time favorite.

Back in 6th grade I decided I WOULD do this at my wedding. I was certain. As the years went by and I evaluated my wedding plan checklist (Spring time, check; in a botanical garden, check; bridesmaids wear pink dresses, check; do the Dirty Dancing dance, check), I was in love with it all. It was only a matter of time before it all unfolded magically as I planned.

Then I met Jeremy. When he proposed, I couldn’t wait until spring to get married. I was happy to get married in the dead of winter. That eliminated two things on my sacred list right off the bat. Then there was the small detail that Jeremy was … well, he was not the type of guy to do that dance.

Don’t get me wrong! It’s not as if I asked him and he struck the idea down. I suppose if I told him it meant the world to me and I wanted nothing more for our wedding day, he would have grit his teeth and gone along with it, but that’s not what I wanted. I didn’t want to force him to do something so totally out of character, on this, of all days. I knew the man I was in love with, and I loved him for good reason. I knew that dance wasn’t on his to-do list, and therefore, we had a wedding that reflected us together, which is what it should be.

HOWEVER. If you think a fun dance to shock your guests reflects you as a couple, then DO IT! Please, please, do it! Then send me the link on youtube so I can watch it! I believe my role in life is now to convince other couples to just do it! Choreograph a fun dance! Make people laugh! Laugh with your new spouse! And, consider the Dirty Dancing dance, won’t you? It really is the best.

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.

Breaking wedding traditions

From the desk of: Veronica
As someone who loved planning her wedding and would do it over a hundred times if my budget (and convention) allowed, I am always thinking and reading about weddings.The other day I was thinking about the balance between traditional and non-traditional and how fun it is to show up to a wedding and see where the couple falls on that continuum. For my own wedding, we kept with many traditions, but did a fair amount of things “our own way.”Some ways that brides and grooms buck tradition are particularly interesting to me, and I wonder if they might even become the new traditions! Here are a few of my favorite:
1. Bridesmaids. Most specifically, their attire. Traditionally, bridesmaids would wear the same dress, same shoes, same jewelry, and often the same hairdo. Now it’s trendy to have the same dress in different colors, different dresses in the same color, or even all different dresses! Shoes, jewelry, and hair need not match!
2. Headgear. A veil is not mandatory these days. Wear a headband, a fascinator, or nothing at all! Whatever you think looks good with your dress is the best way to go! Heck, you can even have different headgear for the ceremony and the reception.
3. Shoes. You’ve seen enough expensive white bridal shoes in your life to know that they all pretty much look the same, no one will see them if you wear a long dress, and you will never ever wear them again. These days, more and more brides are using their shoes to add a pop of fun and color to their attire, whether they show them off or keep them a fun secret.
4. Giving away the bride. Father of the bride not the person to walk to you down the aisle for whatever reason? Let the most significant person in your life walk you, whether it be your mother, brother, uncle, or son … if you even have anyone walk you down the aisle at all!
5. Seating. More and more receptions are including the much-pinned sign proclaiming guests should sit on either side of the aisle. It’s an interesting idea! If the wedding is about bringing two families together, then why separate them from the beginning?
What do you think? Love these changes? Hate them? Which do you think are here to stay and which are the flavor of the week? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and take some time to peruse the website to see some of our lovely brides and grooms — some traditional, and some not! 
101713_1813_BookReviewI4.jpgYou 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.