getting nostalgic in black & white.

twins lisa lillibridgeMy twin daughters are graduating from high school on Thursday, June 14th at 10am and nostalgia along with a handful of other complex and occasionally irrational emotions are settling into my midlife psyche.  For so long photographing my girls was my muse, something creative I could do all the time.  However, as they got older (and had cameras in their pockets) I photographed them less frequently together.  I have plenty of travel and birthday photos, but I can see now as the years progressed, they increasingly grew into their individuality, less of a unit and I followed their lead.  Now, every photo has to be “approved” which I can understand for a 17-year-old coming-of-age in this era and about to graduate from high school.

Here’s to honoring nostalgia however it surfaces in your life.  I know for me, it’s helping the transition to an empty nest to take a look back.  I’m less anxious that I could’ve been a better mother and prepared them more by seeing these photographs through a slightly different lens.  A pleasant byproduct of middle age wisdom, I suppose.

When my three kids were young, to offer a little grace at the end of those seriously ass-kicking days, I would ask myself:

“Did you love them more than you were pissed off at them today?” 

The answer was always the same.  I can live with that.

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Scrappy Bird-Lillibridge (22) copy – Version 3

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There are so many photographs to sort through, here are a few of my favorite black & white shots of Lucy and Willa. 

I’ll post my favorite color images next.

Yesterday’s studio work for the fashion show.

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My designs are coming together for STRUT—Saturday evening, September 12th at 6:30 an 8:30. If you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area you need to get your tickets soon. These shows sell out pretty quickly.  Here’s the link: http://seaba.com/art-hop/strut/

B-team photos part II

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Here is another batch of photos I never took a second look at once they had been downloaded.  They are much better in black and white.  These images just didn’t spark my interest.  I guess this speaks to the singular drive of my creative life—making something out of nothing.

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Don’t give up on those B-team photos.

PART I

Tonight I was going through photos that I could use as placeholders on a website I was building until we have a chance to shoot what’s needed.  I wanted to find shots that worked editorially together and captured a certain spirit.  As I started searching my eye was drawn to my B-team shots I had written off as—out of focus, too dark or light, too electric, weird crops or just too whatever.  I made them all black and white.  These images about to be tossed got a new life as black and white shots I love. I could do this for days.  I have an entire other series to show you tomorrow. I really must go to bed though.  Goodnight.

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