A Wanderful Life Photo Preview: Wanderful Girls on the Road

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This week has been one for the books. Or at least, about a book.

After traveling all year creating the content for A Wanderful Life (the book I'm releasing next Spring if you're new here!) I'm finally back in my home office getting this baby underway. My big submission, 35,000+ words and hundreds and hundreds of photos, went off to my editor on Monday.

My three traveling partners on the book's 9 trips:

Allister Ann: A music and fashion photographer by day, an ethereal wildflower of a girl by night.
Keiko Lynn: My makeup maven and indie fashion loving friend with the swoon worthiest closet on planet earth.
T’Ben Alleman: My tour bus living bf with an electric cowboy style. A mariachi jacket layered over tie dye? It’s his grocery store attire.

I'm forever grateful to the three of them for being my soul mate travelin' crew. One of the best parts of these trips has been experiencing each destination with each of them.

Big advanced thank you to Hunter too, who shot the photos for both the Florida road trip and the Southern swamplands trek as well.

There's still so many photos in edits, however, I was way too excited to not at least give you guys a little peak at a few of my favorites Wanderful girls photographed on the road.

So here we go!

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

We had such a blast along the way and I can't believe it's finally time to lay everything out. Over the last several weeks my intern crew and I have been pulling our favorite photos to start narrowing down what will make the book. The process of going from idea to concept to finished product requires so much pre-planning!


One of the things I find to be important when I have new interns on our team is a quick lesson on how to build the mood boards, and the importance of creating a shot list.

Here's how we do it:

1. Pinterest Boards: We start with a basic Pinterest board that everyone on the team can pitch in ideas to.

2. Once we've created the board, I go back through the pins and create a shot list. It's important to know exactly how many photos we're intending to get in each set up, what the model will be wearing for each shot and if we require props, certain lighting, etc that needs to be noted as well.

3. I create the shot list with detailed notes of what our intended outcome. For example: if we want photos to tell a story that takes place over several days, we need to change wardrobe, hair, makeup and sometimes lighting and location too. As we work through the shoot it's important to check back and ensure no detail is missed. I use Go Moodboard, here's an example from our Route 66 Shoot. I can add the notes and organize the mood photos according to the shot list.

4. After the shoot, I like to select the photos that will best fit the story and then print them to get a perspective of what we have from each shoot. It's super helpful when working with the photo editor to have everything in front of you when making final selections!

Big thanks to HP for showing up fairy godmother style. We were in serious need of an affordable, high-quality printer for the office, something with high-yield ink cartridges that would print hundreds of photos without killing the cartridges (and the piggy bank). The printer we picked up prints twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. I'm blown away by the quality and speed in which this thing gets work done.

Once we got the printer set up, which took a whole 2 minutes, we were able to print wirelessly from each device in the office - laptops, smartphones and tablets. We're also able to scan illustrations, memorabilia and all that fun stuff from the trips.

Can't wait to share more with you guys! What do you think so far?

xoxo,

Andi