The greatest showman

"What if we
rewrite the stars?
Say you were made to be mine."



On your wedding day, you make promises to each other in front of your family and friends. You vow to love each other, cherish each other, forever.

It got me thinking of the promises that I want to make to my wedding couples when they hire me.

I vow to be more than just a photographer on your wedding day. I’ll be there to hold your dress when you have to use the bathroom, I’ll be there to help fix the strap on your shoes, I’ll be there to hand tissues to your grandmother as she’s crying. I’ll do everything in my power to make this the best day of your life!

I vow to make sure you feel like the most stunning bride and/ or most handsome groom in front of my camera. I vow that any insecurities you have , you will not feel them in front of me. I vow to show you just how incredibly beautiful and special you are.

I vow to have fun with you! You will see me more than any of your vendors on your wedding day, and even more than your significant other. I vow we will laugh, maybe even cry! But it won’t be boring!

I vow to you to document your legacy to the best of my ability. I understand the importance of these images. I understand that these images will be seen by your children and grandchildren. I vow that this is not something I take lightly.

I vow to you that hiring me will be one of the best decisions you make for your wedding day. I vow that you will be more than happy with my services. I vow that you will love your images. And I vow that I will take care of you, not only on your wedding day, but throughout the entire process.

so here are my vows to you...

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

-Walt Disney


Gorgeous Floral wedding at Haiku Mill in Maui, hawaii

Haiku Mill is one of the most STUNNING wedding venues in the world! Check out the blog to see why!

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this i promise you..

 I know love because I've been loved. I believe in you. Your story. Your legacy.







This woman is INCREDIBLE to say the least! Vanessa took our engagement pictures in Hawaii and after working with her I can see why she has repeatedly been voted Hawaii's #1 photographer! Not only did she wake up before sunrise to take our pictures, but she also climbed a mountain with all of her camera gear, just to help our vision come to life! Talk about someone who goes above and beyond for their clients!!! I cannot thank her enough for doing all of this for us. 
Taking pictures can be very awkward but we had so much fun working with Vanessa! My fiancé hates being in front of the camera and it's rare that I get a picture of him smiling, but Vanessa worked her magic and took so many incredible shots with him genuinely smiling and laughing. She turned an ordinary engagement session into a morning of adventure, many laughs, and lots of fun! 
I also really appreciated how on top of her busy schedule, she sent us photo sneaks later that night! I can tell that she really cares about her clients and their happiness. I would book her 100000 times again!

100,ooo times again!

"I would

book her

Ian + Jada
Hawaii engagement Session

I was recently married on June 11th and my photographer was Vanessa Hicks. She is amazing! The first time we met with her I loved her outgoing personality and preparedness. She provided examples of her work and her photos were able to capture the essence of the individual personal experiences. I knew we had to have her! The package we selected also came with engagement photos. I had not considered having these done, but I am so glad we did! Not only did it give us a chance to get to know each other better, the photos turned out beautiful! I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received about them. It was so hard to select the ones to put up in our home, they were all so awesome! I knew the wedding photos would be amazing as well, and the ones I have seen are! Vanessa also was a big help in outlining the schedule for the wedding day and helping to coordinate all the events. I would 100% recommend Vanessa Hicks to anyone. She is fabulous! Now I just need to come up with another reason to have pictures taken so we can see her again!

would be

"I knew the wedding photos

Julie and Corey
leal vineyards winery wedding, hollister, ca

Where do I begin? From the very first correspondence with Vanessa my (now) husband and I knew we were working with a professional and talented photographer. Vanessa was prompt in answering our questions and provided guidance and recommendations for vendors along the way. Being unfamiliar with Big Sur (where our elopement took place) Vanessa was the perfect person to work with as she had many experiences with and knowledge about the area. On the day of the wedding she was early, prepared, calm, cool and collected. While I felt wedding-day stress she was a very calming and fun presence. She helped everyone feel at ease and comfortable. My family still gush over how amazing she is and how wonderful it was to have her capture our special day. Vanessa was prompt with communication after the session and the photos were sent to us on a private, password protected website. The website was easy to use and the photos.... oh the photos... were absolutely breathtaking <3 .

were absolutely breathtaking"

"Oh the photos..

Leanne + Dillon
big sur wedding

You know you got ahold of an incredible photographer when you tell her you want to hike a decently large mountain for your engagement pictures and she not only agrees, but does it TWICE! Vanessa has been both an amazing photographer and such a joyful person to get to know over the past few months. Her photographs are captivating, she is incredibly professional, and on top of that she has such a bubbly and captivating personality! Vanessa has also been extremely flexible and understanding knowing that my soon-to-be Hubby is active duty Navy and with that comes some unexpected scheduling issues. I have had nothing but a positive experience with her and her services. I cannot wait to work with her on the most important day of our lives!


"Her photos are

illiana + Marcus
hawaii engagement 

She is truly phenomenal. We loved working with her and can't wait to find another excuse to work with her again. She was able to calm my wedding day jitters, and got beautiful shots of our crew. We got tons of compliments from our guest about how incredible she was and how much fun it was to work with her. Work with her, her value is far above what she charges.


"She is truly

joy+ travis
four seasons oahu wedding

How did we get so lucky to have found someone like Vanessa Hicks to shoot our wedding and engagement?? I found Vanessa while browsing through the Knot. We checked out her website and we could instantly feel that she was something special! Added bonus.... she LOVES Disney just as much as we do! So much so that she was able to work us into her (crazy, insane, how does she do it?!?) travel schedule and shoot our engagement session at Disneyland! We were extremely nervous that day... neither one of us is comfortable in front of a camera. All the nervousness went away about .002 seconds after meeting her. We can't express enough how comfortable she makes you feel! It was like she was an old friend we had met long ago. A few months later we were in Waikiki for our wedding. She was on time and professional the whole day. This girl has the hustle to keep your day moving smoothly... not only was she our photographer that day but it felt like we had an extra wedding coordinator and bridesmaid! She made sure we were getting the most out of the day and that we were totally comfortable and happy. It was super hot that day so she kept checking on us to make sure we drank water, had some food, etc. She was on it! We could go on and on about her... we are waiting on pins and needles for our photos but are already in LOVE with the sneak peaks she sent us the day after the wedding. One thing that speaks volumes to her as a real PROFESSIONAL photographer is this—we got married in Waikiki, one of the most popular beaches there is. She took photos of us on the beach after the ceremony and WENT THE EXTRA MILE TO PHOTOSHOP THE PEOPLE OFF OF THE BEACH BEHIND US! She did NOT need to do that... but she did! Because she truly cares! OK we're stopping ourselves now... just book her already! It will be your best wedding decision you make!


"She is truly

melissa + cory
honolulu, hawaii wedding

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one of the biggest compliments I receive from my couples is not only did they trust me, not only did they have fun with me, not only did they receive beautiful images, but they felt like they had a friend in me! I make sure to take selfies with all of my new friends, and I can't wait to add your selfie to the mix! 
i'm here for you, every step of the way! let's start planning your happily ever after!



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