personal photo project: war on seriousness

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personal photo project: war on seriousness

Personal Photography Project of Lisa Tichané

war on seriousness

What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?

I’m a fairly cheeky girl – on good days. But as everybody else, I also have bad days, moments when I see life through dark glasses, and on those days I tend to take everything a little bit too seriously. And I hate myself when it happens. A few years ago during one of those days, I stumbled upon a picture of my boys acting silly, and I instantly felt the magic: my body relaxed, the frown on my face disappeared, the weight on my chest suddenly went away… it reminded me how the simple fact of watching joy and laughter captured on a photograph had the power to brush away the gloom. I started to take random notes of a few ideas I had for feel-good pictures. I took the first one, and posted it on my blog with an article explaing how I had been guilty of seriousness lately, and how I needed a cure. A cure in pictures.

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

One week later, I posted another silly image, explaining that it was not a battle you could win in one single fight.
My war on seriousness had started!

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

Two years later, I’m still pursuing my quest, and sharing with my readers the pictures that bring a huge smile on my face even on the gloomiest of days, hoping that they will help them fight seriousness in their life, too.

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

Are there any challenges or ruts you faced during your project and how did you overcome them and keep a creative eye?

At the beginning, I decided that it would be a weekly project, to be run every Wednesday. But quickly, it started to ruin the fun. I was feeling pressured to post something even if I was totally uninspired. And you cannot truly have fun if you “have to”. Then I suddenly realized that a strict assignment was just much too serious for a war on seriousness!! So I changed the rule. The war on seriousness would have no schedule. It would come by surprise, whenever I felt like it. And I quickly started to enjoy it again!

My secret to make it last is to keep it as free and enjoyable as possible. I have very few constraints on this project. I can use either personal images or client work. The images that qualify for the project can be funny, surprising, silly, crazy… or just feature people having genuine fun, or a contagious smile, or an irresistible belly laugh… as long as I can feel a surge of joy when I look at it, it’s a keeper!

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

What have you learned through your process with your personal project?

This project started as a photography project, but quickly became a writing challenge, too. Sometimes I post an image with very few words, because there is really nothing to add. But most of the time, I share my thoughts with the image too. Telling why this image kicked seriousness out of my life that week, or giving a fun assignment to my readers, inspired by the image I’m posting… When I can combine my love for photography with my love for writing, I’m in heaven, and this project allowed me to do just that.

Another thing that I learned is that this personal project became a blessing for my business too. It really helped me set a tone to my website, and I started to attract the right clients, the ones who were truly interested in my style of photography and were ready to follow my vision.

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

Is there anything additional about your project that readers may find interesting?

More recently I have started a monthly self-portrait project with my boys. Instead of making it another personal project on top of the first, which might have become a burden, I have tried to include it in the war on seriousness project. My boys and I are often doing silly things together as part of our daily routine, so this is what I’m trying to capture with our selfies. I love preparing this with my boys. We brainstorm ideas at the dinner table, prepare the set together whenever we feel like it, and my boys love this project because they “have the power” (they hold the remote)! The fact that the shooting time in itself is as much a treasured memory as the resulting photos is my best reward.

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

personal war on seriousness photography project by French photographer Lisa Tichane

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your beautiful and inspiring project with us!

About the Author:

Lisa Tichané is a lifestyle photographer specialized in kids, babies and family photography. Based in France she is also traveling internationally for commissioned advertising projects. Her style is fun, energetic and playful with a touch of mischief. She thrives to capture real life, true joy and wild carefree moments. She is a published author and the instructor of the Capturing Joy online workshop. Visit Lisa Tichané online.
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35 Comments

  1. Nancy Apr 16 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Love your idea of creating your own project completely with in your own limits, abilities and time constraints. There are a lot of great projects out there. I’ve never tried one at all, really, but I like the idea of examing myself and coming up with something that will challenge me, but give me joy, and maybe even the possibility to combine things I love (eg. writing and photography, etc). Thanks!

  2. Jessica R Apr 16 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I love you Lisa, that is all 🙂 Your images always make me so happy and they make me smile!

  3. Angie Apr 16 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I can’t help but smile after reading this. Great idea for a project and I love the results!

  4. Jo Clark Apr 16 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Lisa. Seriously. Stop it. The sheer amount of joy and happiness in this post is overwhelming in the best way possible! I am simply obsessed with capturing laughter and smiles too and feel like it is sooo important to us as parents as well as to parents of our clients to capture these moments. There is so much evil and heartbreak in the world and embracing the positives in everything helps balance that out. Your selfies are just amazing. I would love to meet you someday! I feel like we just laugh all day long together! Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Kelly Richardson Apr 16 2013 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I SO needed this post today. My babes are grow, 23 & 20 but we had a lot of goofy fun. I love the one of your younger son painting his brother! or the bouncing on the bed shot. These defiantly brought a smile to my face.

  6. gaylene Apr 16 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    There needs to be more wars on seriousness in the world, I think…

  7. Monica H. Apr 16 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    That you Lisa for this! Certainly helped to wash away my seriousness!!

  8. Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel) Apr 16 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you, thank you all so much!! This project is very dear to my heart, so it means the world to me to be able to share it with you all <3

  9. Renee Apr 16 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I adore you!! What a fantastic project! I love the genuine fun and spontaneity that you are able to capture!

  10. Patti Margarita Apr 16 2013 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    So much fun Lisa! Thanks for sharing your personal project with us!!

  11. Jo Apr 16 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I so need to start my own war on seriousness. I love the joy and energy in each and every one of these shots!

  12. Valerie Apr 16 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Lisa!!!!!! You always make me happier than I was before I read your words. Always an inspiration :hp

  13. chrissy sandifer Apr 16 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    this is great! huge fan of your work!

  14. Catherine Heyres Apr 16 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Love all these happy, fun images. Thank you for sharing, I always love your work!!

  15. Kim Peterson Apr 17 2013 at 12:55 am - Reply

    So much awesomeness!! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel) Apr 17 2013 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I’m so happy to read your comments, ladies!! Thank you so much for making my day <3

  17. Stacey Haslem Apr 17 2013 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Love, love, love! One of my favorite things about your work is the joy that radiates beyond the image. If we lived near one another, I would book you in a second. I would want a ton of pics like this of my kids and of our family. <3

  18. Lisa Astle Apr 17 2013 at 3:01 am - Reply

    I just adore the joy and fun in your images…each one makes me smile!!
    A huge inspiration!

  19. Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel) Apr 17 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you thank you thank you <3

  20. Natalie @MamaTrack Apr 17 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Love this, Lisa! What a brilliant idea. I think I may give it a try!

  21. bobbijo Apr 17 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    omg Lisa i Love this and especially the selfies with your boys! so fun, i want to to that with my kids!

  22. Terri Collins Apr 17 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Lisa!! I’m such a huge fan of your work for exactly this reason! There’s nothing I love more in the world than laughing, being silly with my kids and just being happy! It’s the direction I eventually hope to take my fledgling business in. I’ve always believed that happiness is a choice and you totally demonstrate that here! Next time I’m feeling down in the dumps, or overwhelmed or serious, I’m going to try this out! Thanks for a great article and awesome images!

  23. Donna L Apr 18 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Really enjoyed this and it definitely made me smile! Thank you!

  24. Lisa Benemelis Apr 18 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Oh Lisa, your work just makes me smile from ear to ear. The joy that you capture is so infectious and always leaves me feeling happy. 🙂 Loved your article and I feel so inspired, thank you.

  25. Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel) Apr 19 2013 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Your kinds words are make me incredibly happy! Thank you all <3

  26. Jessica Reischel Apr 19 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    So fun. I can only imagine your sons looking back at them. Now that will be FUN!!!!! thank you!

  27. celeste pavlik Apr 21 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Your work ALWAYS makes me smile Lisa!! Thanks for sharing all of these seriously fun photos!! 😉

  28. emily Apr 21 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    {sigh}… I find myself being the ‘serious mommy’ too much of the time! This is a great reminder, not only for photographers, but for moms. Thank you, Lisa!!

  29. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang Apr 23 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Love, Love, Love this!

  30. Melina Apr 26 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking! And so full of joy!

  31. Trenity Whitfield May 17 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Inspirational and beautiful!

  32. Linda Dec 27 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    These pictures make me want to go to hang out at your house. Can we hang? 😉

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