2014, year 2.
When I set out on this journey initially the end of year 2 seemed like a lifetime away. There wasn’t a whole lot that was pushing me to believe that I would a) last this long and b) feel like I’ve succeeded like I have so far. This year was one of being stretched creatively, financially, emotionally, and spiritually in the best of ways. Before I share with you some of my favorite images, if you’d indulge me I’d like to take you on a journey for what this year was like for me as Brian Schindler. Granted, these aren’t all the things that happened but these are definitely the highlights that come to mind as I look back.
– Moved out – I can’t thank my parents enough for allowing me to live with them to make sure that I built my business well. However, all birds must leave the nest and it was my time. I have the best place to live with the best roommates I could ask for.
– New Car – That’s right. A brand new car.This is still somewhat surreal when I go out to my driveway but every time I get into it I thank God for how he’s provided. It was quite the achievement not having to have my parents co-sign for me. That best buy credit card actually did something good, it got me a car payment. Yay adulthood!
– Community – For the first time, I finally feel like the community I’ve surrounded myself with is precisely who they should be. People who encourage me, people who challenge me, and people who come to fight battles with me at the drop of a hat. I’m so thankful for who I’ve let have a front seat in my life.
– Travel – I got to go so many cool places this year and actually get time to experience them. One of my favorites was crossing NYC off my bucket list. 2015 will yield some pretty cool places and I can’t wait.
– Quality Time – This was a big priority for me as I’ve moved out and as my family is beginning to spread wider and time together is more precious. If you don’t know, my family means the world to me. The fact that we don’t all live in the same city is something I’m still getting used to, but it’s getting better. I’m so glad to be able to look back on 2014 and be happy with the times that we spent together without computers, phones, or even cameras.
– Instagram/VSCO – I know it’s weird to include these but some pretty cool things happened this past year with this pairing. In January, I became a suggested user on Instagram and saw my feed and following blow up exponentially. VSCO featured images that I took in NYC and have continued to support my efforts both personally and in my business. We’ve seen the #QueenCityInstameet grow so much. From around 15-20 at our very first one, to seeing almost 80 people at our New Year’s meetup. I have loved partnering with these two companies this past year and can’t wait to see how it will continue in the future.
– The Rap Sheet – 12 weddings, 40+ lifestyle sessions, and 4 commercial gigs. What.
– International? – Yes, it was only a 2.5 hour flight to Mexico, but I had to use my passport so it counts! I didn’t think I’d be going out of the country in my second year but I’m so thankful that Bailey and Landon wanted me to tag along. If you didn’t see it, you can find it here.
– Shooting by myself – I shot almost all of my weddings this past year alone and I loved it. It was a choice that I made in the beginning to stretch myself to be more intentional with time and schedules and it’s yielded some incredible results. I’m more confident as a photographer, better at being creative on the spot, and believe more and more in myself when it comes to creating a phenomenal finished product.
– Travel – This year’s work took me to Tennessee, South Carolina, more cities in NC, and Mexico! I loved every mile flown and driven and can’t wait to do more of it.
– I’m in a book! – Man, this one is still surreal as well. I spent the earlier part of 2014 shooting for Strokes of Compassion by Anne Neilson and it was one of the greatest projects I’ve ever worked on. Photographing art, studios, people, all of it. The entire thing. I still don’t know how it happened, I still don’t know why Anne trusted me like she did, but she took a chance on me and I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s got my name in it. I can’t believe it. I even signed some for people. What.
– Branding – Through the help of some of my most talented and favorite friends, I finally was able to solidify branding and launched a new website, in the middle of wedding season mind you. When I look at www.brianschindler.co, I get so happy knowing that I didn’t build it on my own. I love that it was a collaborative effort and I can’t wait to see how it evolves.
– Featured – I was so excited to be featured on Ever-Ours and The Lovely Find this year! Lydia and Amy are some of the best people I’ve gotten to work with over the web and I can’t wait to work with them more in the future. They are the real deal.
If I’m being honest, I used to dread the end of the year. It was taxing, leaving something to be desired, and I would only think of what I didn’t get to do. However now, it’s a different story. This time of year is my favorite! It gives me an intentional chance to look back and see everything that happened. I love that I can reflect on 2014 and see so many times how God kept me, provided for me, and loved me through so many mistakes and successes.
Here’s to another incredible year, thanks to all of you. I can’t express my gratitude enough. I can’t do this without you nor would I want to.
And now without further ado, I’d like to present to you my favorite images of 2014: