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Photographer in San Diego | End of 2021 Recap

Photographer in San Diego | Well, here we are!! The end of 2021!!!!

It’s insane to think of the last two years and what we all have been through.

Last year, and the end of 2020, I was hopeful of what the new year was going to bring! Little did I know, 2021 would be of the hardest years of my life.

2021 turned my personal life upside down, and it affected every aspect of my life.

It was already a hard year seeing as the wedding industry was faced with doing two years’ worth of work in one year, one season if you will.

Back in July, as I started to break down (I didn’t truly know it at the time), I shared this post on Instagram. I did not expect the response I got.

What I hadn’t expected was how any creative entrepreneurs were in the exact same place as I was. The industry was struggling and still reeling from the pandemic.

Over 3500 shares, 4000 likes, and over 1000 saves show you just how hard our industry was working this year.

And while I am so thankful to have had the luxury to get back to work, it was hard. And then something happened in my personal life that broke every fiber of my being. Because it has to do with one of my children, I won’t share that full story because it’s her story to share, but I shared a small part of what was going on in life here when I lost (and then finally got back) my Instagram account!! Yeah, that was a thing too! I share about that here too!! Luckily, I got my IG account back so @vanessahicksphotography is still a go!

Photographer in San Diego | Vanessa Hicks Photography

Yes, 2021 was hard, but this blog post isn’t just about the hard because even in the darkest of days, the light shined. And you guys, it shined BRIGHTLY! The hardest season of my life was also one of the most INCREDIBLE business year ever!! And TBH, that’s what yall came for, so let’s recap 2021!!!!




Even now, looking back on this year, I have tears in my eyes.

Crying because even through the hard, so much good happened.

I am truly blessed.

I keep coming back to this quote:

I wish I could tell you when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, 2022, everything will change.

I wish I could.

But, January 1st is just an arbitrary date. It literally means nothing (except for taxes).

But, I do know that no matter what, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Photographer in San Diego | Vanessa Hicks Photography

I hope 2022 is the best year for you! I hope you remember just how strong you are. I hope you remember that you have overcome 100% of the obstacles in your life so far.

I want to thank every single person I worked with this year. Thank you for choosing me, if it was to be your photographer or educator.

Thank you for trusting me.

Thank you for believing in me.

Thank you for your grace this year.

Cheers to 2022!!!!

Don’t forget to check out the other recap blogs:

Best of 2021: Weddings

Best of 2021: Couples

Best of 2021: Portraits

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