2018 Year in Review by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Brandi Potter
Well 2018 is over and I’m not sad in the least bit to see it go. If I thought 2017 was bad, 2018 was the equivalent of the meme of the little dog sitting in the middle of the fire saying “this is fine”.
Last year taught me a lot of really hard life lessons. It taught me how to grieve the incredibly hard deaths of some of the people closest to me. It taught me what I’m like at the lowest of the low and how far my anxiety and depression can go. It taught me who’s going to be there for me through the good, the bad, and the in between.
It taught me that I need to take much better care of myself and to stop working non stop to give myself a break. It taught me that building relationships and connections are more important than making money. And it taught me that sometimes I just need to do things for myself.
And while my personal life may have been completely obliterated in 2018, my business skyrocketed. I achieved all of the goals I had for my business when I first started years ago. I saw so many wonderful places in 2018 and traveled more than ever. I found myself in my work again and started creating art instead of just getting by, and I found ways to help others and to give back to causes I really care about(probably my favorite part).
As I write this I’m on a train back to Paris from Nuremberg after realizing that I needed to just pack up and go for awhile. I needed this break and the time to think about what I want to make 2019. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my goals to be, what I want for my business and who I want to become this year.
The main question I’ve been asking is, “How can I improve my entire life moving forward?”
Does that mean putting more intention in what I do, what I shoot, and where I put my energy? Probably. But I’m not entirely sure just yet. I just know that some things in my life and business need to change and I’m incredibly excited for that challenge.
Some of the amazing things that happened in 2018:
- I became so much closer with the people in my life
- I saw lots of art in my travels
- I re-connected with some people that I’ve always really cared about.
- I got to document so much love and happiness
- I FINALLY got to visit Paris, twice.
- I started giving back more.
- I traveled to Denver, Twin Lakes, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Chicago, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Sedona, Prescott AZ, Phoenix, The Superstitions, Seattle, Portland, The Oregon Coast, Idaho, Punta Cana, NYC, DC, Mississippi, Nashville, and some other pretty rad places.
- I placed in the engagement and wedding competitions for Junebug.
- I placed in Rangefinders rising 30