2018 In Retrospect

Top 10 Photographs from 2018
Top 10 Photographs from 2018

Tears. Joy. Loss. Love.

It has been hard to find the words to sum up 2018. Professionally, last year treated me pretty well. I love what I do and the people I work with. Personally, this past year was rough. I lost someone very close to me. It was sudden and unexpected and changed me forever – for the better I hope.

I hold those I love closer, I’ve become more focused on experiences than things, and I’m ready to grab the opportunities that life throws at me…because today, now, is all we have. Everything as we know it could change tomorrow so I want to make every day count.

My Top Ten Photographs of 2018

Each year I take a bit of time to review the photos I’ve captured and to pick out my favorites. In no particular order, these are my picks from last year:

A girl in a red shirt riding a horse on Morro Strand State Beach in California with all four hooves off the ground
Running Free | Morro Strand State Beach | California | March 2018
The Milky Way and colorful lights at night in Edna Valley, California
The Amazing Night Sky | Edna Valley | California | July 2018
A black and white photo of the spiral staircase in The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.
Spiraling Down | The Palace Hotel | San Francisco | California | July 2018
Street photography - smoking man contemplating a mural of a woman in San Francisco, California
Contemplation | San Francisco | California | July 2018
The Oakland San Francisco Bay Bridge at night
The Bay Bridge | San Francisco | California | July 2018
The stunning coastline at Point Arena Lighthouse in California
Point Arena Lighthouse | California | July 2018
A girl in a red shirt riding a horse on Morro Strand State Beach in California with all four hooves off the ground
A Misty Morning Walk in Shenandoah National Park | Virginia | October 2018
The Most Beautiful Tree, Ever! | Shenandoah National Park | October 2018
The Most Beautiful Tree, Ever! | Shenandoah National Park | October 2018
Fall Reflections in Lake Maury in Mariner's Park in Newport News, Virginia
Fall Reflections | Mariner’s Park | Newport News | Virginia | November 2018
Red Japanese Maple in my backyard in late fall in Chesapeake, Virginia
Fall Beauty In My Backyard | Chesapeake | Virginia | November 2018

Optimism for 2019

There is a lot of change coming for me in 2019. We are now in our final weeks in Virginia and will be moving back to California at the end of the month. I can’t wait!

I’m grateful for the three years I’ve spent in Virginia – the friends I’ve made and the places I’ve explored…but there is no place like home.

Best wishes to you all in 2019! May you have the courage to grasp opportunities to grow and flourish in the new year. Make every day count.

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  1. denise on January 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    The Amazing Night Sky and the Shenandoah Misty Morning Walk are staggeringly beautiful. The lighting in both of them looks like paintings. Will have to buy one, hard to decide. You have a great eye….

    • Angela Andrieux on January 4, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Hi Denise – Thank you so much! Whenever you’re ready to purchase a print, just let me know!

  2. Nick Buchko on January 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Glad you got the opportunity to experience the East Coast for a while. Good luck on the move back. Happy New Years. Love your top 10 pics.

    • Angela Andrieux on January 4, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Hi Nick – Thank so much and Happy New Year to you, too!

  3. Eddy on January 17, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Great photos Angela, Best wishes for 2019 and good luck for your move to California !

  4. COlin Grant on January 20, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Great Photos, Angela. and sorry to hear of your loss. I have not always been easy on you over at Skylum so I apologise. You did not and do not need that. Do you use Luminar on all your pics or are you an out of the camera (as far as possible) kinda girl?

    • Angela Andrieux on January 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Colin – Thanks so much for your kind words. It means a lot. As for my processing, I do try to get it right in-camera, but I really love post processing. Lightroom is currently (and has been since v1) my home base. I use a bunch of different plugins depending on the look I’m going for, but these days I spend most of my time in Luminar and Aurora. Since I started working with Skylum I’ve gotten more and more comfortable with their software and it often provides the easiest method for my stylistic edits because of the familiarity.

  5. Mildred (Mil) on June 27, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Hello. I just happened upon your site. I’m curious about photo logo and found your comments and review. What a stroke of luck for me. I hope you’re still blogging and running your business. I understand personal loss. It’s the hardest experience to recover from. I pray you’re doing well and that you’re stronger each day. I’d like to communicate with you about your site and your logo. I like how it looks. I’m in need of building a logo and would like your guidance.

    • Angela Andrieux on June 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Hi Mildred – Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment! I’m still here and appreciate your words of support. I’m happy to share some info about my logo! I got it from a company called Photologo. I reviewed them here: https://angelaandrieux.com/photologo-review/. If you have any specific questions about my experience with them, please let me know! Have a wonderful day :-)

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