• Daniel Gwizdalski

Reflecting on 2018 (Nov/Dec Update)

I figured I might combine November and December into a quick year-end update for two reasons.. 1) this is way overdue and I have not been great at keeping up with the monthly updates and 2) November was pretty uneventful, so not much to say there ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


I moved into an apartment in River North and got settled into my new commute! I caught up on like 3 months of sleep in a week..much better. I also attended a few awesome networking events in Chicago and covered some of my favorite releases of the year on River Beats:

Droeloe x Sem - Facing the Sea

Verzache - Thought Pool EP

SG Lewis - Dark

Chelsea Cutler - Sleeping With Roses Pt II

Taska Black - Minds EP

Odesza - Loyal (Deathpact Remix)

Align - Daydreaming (Stance Remix)


It took a bit of patience, but Chicago was finally blessed with a few warm days where I was able to get out and shoot some photos. I spent weeks and weeks buried in Lightroom tutorials, so I'm pretty pumped about how these turned out. Admittedly I still have a long way to go, especially with composition, but I had an awesome time shooting these and adding my touch:

Emily and I returned to CA to close out the year and celebrate our friends' Dan and Caro's wedding in San Francisco. It was my fourth time back and third time this year, and it grows on me each time. San Francisco can be polarizing.. do you see how clean Chicago is in those pictures?? San Francisco is nothing of the sort. Downtown is exhausting and filthy, which is such a contrast to the beautiful neighborhoods in the hills and hikes in the city parks and nearby protected lands. On this trip, we made it a point to spend as much time as possible exploring those instead:

It was great to end 2018 on a high note, reflecting on a year that certainly had a ton worth celebrating. From goals that I accomplished to those that I'm just beginning, to the new friends in my life and the people who've supported me all along, I'm looking forward to another year of learning and growing with y'all 🤟


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