Wrapped In Freedom| #flagbaby| Virginia Beach Photographer |Vanessa Hicks Photography
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You may be wondering where I have been the past 2 weeks!! Well, if you were watching the news, or paying attention to trends on Facebook, or were just on my page, you may or may not have seen this image:
Well yes, it was I that took this now infamous, controversial photo. My life was in a whirldwind for the last two weeks!! For those that are not on my business page, here is the post that I had posted in the beginning of all of this craziness:
What started as this horrible group sharing this picture in hate, turned into a viral picture that was being seen literally all around the world! I had calls from Bahrain, Australia, Canada, and Guam, all reaching out to me over this photo.
After my first segment on Fox and Friends, that’s when it became national!
To date, this video on Fox and Friends Facebook Page has been seen by 1,412,315 Views, and shared over 17,194 times! From there, I feel like every news outlet was talking about it, from Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Huffington Post, you name it, it was on there! It was even trending number 1 on Facebook for some time!
I was blessed and shocked when Fox had called me that weekend, and wanted me to go to DC that weekend to do two follow-up segments!
When I look back on these past two weeks, I have continued to state how all of this started from hate, this hate group, who thankfully has been shut down since them, they wanted to tear me down. All of this happened because I decided to take a stand. I would have never imagined this to go viral, be in newspapers, etc. I think that just goes to show that you never know when one decision could change your life.
While I am so honored for all of this that happened, I am really happy and excited to get back to my “new normal” and back to doing what I love, which is taking pictures and helping families preserve their memories.
Thank you all for your support. The thousands of emails and messages I’ve been going through shows that the majority of people have been in support of this image, and that means the world to me!