The weeks leading up to a new year are always pensive - a time to reflect on the things you did well and what you could have done better. But there’s a feeling of finality this year - like the closing of a chapter - and as I lay in my bed listening to a thunderstorm pass over Austin I can’t help but wonder what is to come. The promise of a fresh start lifting the fog that had clouded my mind and dampened my spirits.
This year has been one of the most difficult and most rewarding years of my life.
I accomplished more than I ever could have imagined - prepare for the braggadocio. In March I started Sound Bites Media LLC which has grown to include 27 contributors in four different countries. June brought Girls To The Photo Pit - a networking group for women and non-binary photographers in the concert photography world - which has grown to 334 members and has become such a welcoming and supportive environment. In my first full year as a photographer I captured over 100 artists. I covered Hangout Music Festival, Forecastle Festival, Float Fest, and Gulf Coast Jam. After many, many years I covered my first Warped Tour - which happened to be the final cross-country event. I accepted my first two weddings and got to document the marriage of some of my favorite people.
Let’s talk about 2019. In the new year I’m going to expand my brand and myself to include lifestyle and travel blogging. I will expand my photography to more portraiture, landscapes, weddings, and hopefully video. I will be more present on social media and look forward to mentoring when and where I can. I will read more books, work on my Italian, and focus on my mental health and work-life balance. I’m going to slow down and appreciate all these moments small and large that I am often moving too quickly to appreciate. The moments when you finally stop moving at a show and then the show moves you. When you become so overwhelmed by the magic that you get to be a part of that you can’t help but get choked up. 2019 is going to be incredible and I can’t wait to get it started with all of you.
I’ve added my 18 favorite photos - I think - from 2018 below. Hope you like them.
Laura is a native St. Louisan giving you the front row view by photographing your favorite artists.