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2016 Year in Review | Maui Wedding Photographer | Vanessa Hicks Photography

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Hello everyone! Welcome to 2017!!!

I love sitting back and reflecting on the year that has passed. Rejoice in the achievements, understand the obstacles, and learn from failures.

This year was nothing short of all of the above! Achievements, obstacles and failures all came my way. I ended the year not how I wanted to. I was in a car accident right before the holidays, and while I walked away, the damage to my body from the inpact and the severity of the whiplash haunted me the remainder of the year. Instead of finishing off the year with all of the families I had booked, I was seeing a chiropractor 3 times a week, and having to unfortunately reschedule clients, during the busiest season of the year.

This was not fun at all. While most people were understanding, the ones that were not made my healing process, both physically and mentally, that much harder. Not the way I wanted to end this amazing year, but this thing called life is our of our hands.

With the exception of a few other things, that really was the only stressors of 2016! This past year was filled with so much success and wonderful things, it makes my heart filled with joy!

Here are some of my favorite memories of 2016!!

So many gorgeous weddings this year! Having moved across country and rebuilding my business here, I was very blessed to be able to shoot 8 amazing weddings this year! You can see my favorite wedding images of 2016 here!

Another viral image? Or Images?!? Yes yes yes! The military tea time sessions went viral this past year! Almost exactly a year after the flagbaby photo went viral! To have one viral photo in one’s career is amazing, to have two in two years in incredible! I got to bring the Bradstreet family with me for a live segment on Fox and Friends to talk about the images!

They were featured on so many news sites, but you can check out my favorite articles on Huffington Post, ABC News, Today Show, PopSugar and Good Morning America!

What made it even cooler? Britney Spears herself shared the news article on her FB Page!

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I was blessed to go on and photograph many more Military Tea Time Sessions, and even did a Firefighter Tea Time Session! I hope to do these sessions again in the future!

Seeing my work in PRINT was also a highlight of the year, especially in Rangefinder Magazine, one of the largest photography magazines!

Oh this amazing 4th of July Shoot! Miss Lila kicked off the holiday with this fun Coca Cola Shoot! Even Coca Cola recongnized it on Social Media which was pretty neat!

The mermaid mini session! Oh man, these were oh so great!!! over 20 families participated with their little girls, and each and every one of them made me smile!!! I can’t wait to host these again soon!

I hosted my first styled shoot this year and it was an absolute success!!! I was so excited to see it get featured too! Can’t wait to host another again soon! You can see more of the shoot here!

My work was published 30 times this year! Seriously, when another site decides to publish your work, it’s such an honor! You can check out the Details tab and look at Features to see some of last years publications!

One of my favorite memories this year was attending the United Conference with these amazing ladies! I learned so much for my business, became inspired, and really connected with this group of ladies who are now lifelong friends! This conference brings back so many memories and I can’t wait to attend it again next year!

Thank you all for such an amazing year!! Check out yesterdays blog post for my goals for 2017!

  1. Melissa Jarvis says:

    We’re planning a July 2019 wedding in Maui. I never thought I’d be planning a destination wedding to Hawaii! I love your work and would like to talk to you about your open dates. We’d love you as our photographer!


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