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a sure fire cure for grumpiness

step one

grab a digital camera.  go to somewhere quiet and take pictures of anything.  then turn the camera on yourself. don't fake a smile.  photograph your grumpiness.

step two

keep taking pictures until something shifts.  maybe its the sunshine, or that you feel beautiful or are wearing the most gigantic earrings.  or maybe its just that your grumpiness wanted to be witnessed.  smile, for reals.

step three

be silly. laugh at your ridiculous bed-head or a trying to be cool-face that didn't fly.  don't anyalze it.  just play.

step four

keep taking pictures. keep playing. smile (or don't).  go home feeling like a different person.

Reader Comments (10)

It's an awsome therapy. Just have to figure out how to take autoportrait without a tripod ;)

You look just amazing !

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNolwenn

Thanks Nolwenn. I did this with a tripod, but most of the time its just my camera sitting on top of my bag!

July 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVivienne

Vivienne.. I've had a week filled with grumpiness. I am so over myself and my crap. My camera is my therapy. Thank you for sharing your version of the staircase.. the ones to take on up and out of the grumps. I love these pics, and honestly, your first one does not look grumpy at all... you look beautiful.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbella

fabulous. i really prefer to be behind the camera, feeling much too self-conscious and imperfect to be in front of it.
this coming week i'm going to play, without trying to be perfect.

you are an inspiration

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleonie

You rock, rock, rock, darlingest woman.

It is SUCH a joy to know you.

you are such a beautiful inspiration!! xo

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarlene

I love you Vivienne.
I was about to go to bed, cause it is late. I checked my e-mail one last time for today, and there was a 5 page stinging criticism about a job I do (and care a lot about) in my in-box...ouch!! I really didn't want to go to bed with all those "you obviously have no idea how hard that job is" thoughts running through my head...I wanted something to cheer me up, to give me thoughts of love and acceptance while I wandered into dreamland. So, of course, this was the first place I came too.
And even though it is now past the witching hour, and I have to get up early tomorrow, and it would be easier just to go to bed grumpy...I am off to take night photos of my grumpy self out in the garden....thanks Vivienne....

July 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrie

aw!this just might be my answer... am havin BIG troubles with a little girl and today felt like a big YUCK! tried with her but maybe i'd have more FUN with me...getiin it out.

July 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfasionista(traci)

Ah yes, pushing past the obstacles to get to what lies beneath. Love how you do this and how you inspire others to do so as well.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersuvarna

i am feeling very inspired right now after exploring your blog for about a half hour......just wonderful, as a jewelry designer, i'm not necessarily in the business of taking portraits, but i am feeling like it might be worth giving a try..... thank you!

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEileen Goddard

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