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When 48 hours Changes EVERYTHING!! | Hawai’i Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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So, I typically do not blog on Saturdays. The weekends are spent shooting, editing, and spending time with family.

But the past 48 hours has been such a whirlwind, and I had an announcement that I had to make, as it changes the course of my plans!

For the past year, we have had verbal and then hard orders to Maryland. For those that are not military, verbal orders typically can change on the whim. Hard orders typically are set in stone, you have your orders in hand.

I wrote my blog posts here informing everyone of the change, even booked sessions out in Maryland. Again, this was the plan. We are scheduled to leave California in less than 2 and a half months. 69 days to be exact.

Fast forward to 48 hours ago.  And the universe decides to throw us a curveball! #hellomilitarylife

We no longer have orders to Maryland.
We have been informed we are going to……



You want to talk about a bag of emotions!

We are excited because I grew up there and haven’t been back in 20 years, and my husband was already stationed there and can’t wait for year round golf for the next 3 years!

Nervous and worried because we were ready to move to Maryland. Literally just planned out our cross country trip (blogged about it yesterday!!!) My business was in the transition of relocating to Maryland. I was marketing and doing alot behind the scenes to prepare for it.

And then it just stops.

This is military life.

This is the life I chose when I married my husband. Granted, being prior military myself, I understood this role more than most.

A military’s family life is always fluid and ever changing. Nothing is ever really “planned” or “set in stone.”

So, here I am on a Saturday. Starting yet a new chapter.

Making changes behind the scenes. Sending the unfortunate emails that I actually will not be moving to Maryland. Doing research for a new location. Hoping my business will survive the transition.

This is life. And I’m believing that everything happens for a reason. The next three years will be filled with adventure, blue skies, beaches, and hopefully beautiful photos!

I mean, it is Hawai’i right?!?!?!

I will post more about all of this next week!

  1. Amber Topolski says:

    So happy for you all. These new pictures are going to be fantastic to see. I see more mermaids in the future.

  2. Wow!!!! I was hoping to see you here in Maryland and I remember we discussed mapping out road trips to D.C. Congrats. Anywhere is better than here in my opinion. I’m stoked for you. Woohoo!!!

  3. Melodie Moyer says:

    I know how crazy it is to have orders changed but I have to say I am very excited!!! We just moved to the island and I will be needing senior pictures for my daughter!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the chance to work with you if you are available!! I have been following you for a while and LOVE each and every picture!!!

  4. Ashton Kelley says:

    Hawaii is so excited, though I’m a little disappointed you won’t be close to me here in Maryland. I hope it’s amazing for you and your family!

  5. Sheila says:

    I wish you and your family all the best during this,yet! exciting transition. You got this!!! ????????

  6. What??? That’s so amazing! All these pictures of warm places have me aching for a vacation!

  7. Michele says:

    Definitely a wild change, which will no doubt bring you guys a new life adventure!

  8. Amanda says:

    Wooo, Hawaii is gorgeous! I wish you and your family the very best!


  9. Enjoy!!! Sounds fantastic!!! Great photos!!!


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