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inner excavate-along guest contributor: vivienne mcmaster

Today, we are checking back in with Inner Excavation contributor Vivienne McMaster. I asked Viv to share some inspiration that would gently push you to dive deeper into the world of self-portraits, and I am delighted to share her gorgeous photos and wisdom.

As you continue to explore your inner and outer landscapes here in Chapter 5, I hope you will think about the "dangers of self-portraiture" that Viv shares below and turn the camera toward yourself.



Vivienne McMaster is a photographer, visual storyteller and workshop leader with a passionate, supportive, rule free approach to getting creative with taking photos. 

She has a big love for helping people find the photographer within themselves. She believes, and knows from experience, that self-portraits can be incredibly healing (and also so much fun). She has a brand new website where she often shares stories that entwine images and words together.

(All photos copyright Vivienne McMaster)

Update: The Inner Excavate-along was a free read-along on my blog in the summer of 2012. All the posts are here on the blog, but I'm not directing a group through it with newsletters etc. at this time. I hope you enjoy following along! Find out more about my book, Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Mediahere.

Reader Comments (13)

I love Vivienne so much! (big grin!)

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

magical! love the text on the photos!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Love this, makes me want to explore SP even more! I love doing text on photos, I just might do that for the SP I take!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wonderful work Vivienne!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraspazie

Thank you! Love!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherineann50

Such wonderful words and images. Vivienne is just wonderful and so inspiring.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterL. McG.-E.

these images are just breathtaking!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeth lehman

These are beautiful. Very inspirational. I am terrible at taking self portraits....I have deleted, deleted, deleted!!!! Seeing these gives me hope. I'm going to keep trying.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Love her so much . . . what a treat this morning! I enjoyed taking her "you are your own muse" course and it was life changing, a treat for anyone taking it!

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Wynn

Thanks lovelies for your sweet words!

Keep trying Angela...the more photos you can take the more you give yourself the chance to see the fabulousness that you are!

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervivienne

Vivienne, I want you to know that both you and Liz are real heroes of mine. You truly lift me up and inspire me when I need it most.

Because of this, and your ability to help us be brave and see ourselves, I wrote a little something and posted it to my blog. I would never in a million years have been able to post a photo of myself, but I DID IT!


Thank you both for being there and encouraging me on this journey.


July 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeth

I love these photos! and the ideas.

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBettina

Oh, YES!

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscamp

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