Above: Left: Isle of Skye, Scotland             Middle: Venice, Italy                 Right: Tulum, Mexico

About Annie Fairfax

Annie Fairfax is an award-winning photographer, Lonely Planet Pathfinder, and luxury travel writer. Born and raised in beautiful Northern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan, Annie has always been passionate about adventuring, traveling, photography, and enjoying the great outdoors. A graduate of the University of Michigan, where she worked as a Student Orientation Leader, she has always loved sharing stories, public speaking, and introducing people to new places. It was only natural that these interests and experiences would culminate into the travel & lifestyle compendium you’re now reading.

With an ambitious goal to set foot on all seven continents in the coming years, Annie Fairfax and herarking on a journey to explore the world. Their travels are meticulously documented, offering a unique perspective to husband are emb other discerning travelers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are you from? Where do you live now?
A: I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the beautiful city of Petoskey, Michigan, but I now reside in New England.

Above: Maine

Q: Did you study photography?
A: No. I’m entirely self-taught. I’ve been regularly practicing photography since middle school.

Q: What inspires your work and travels?
A: I am incredibly passionate about protecting our natural world and sharing ways travelers can be good stewards of the lands we visit. I’ve always loved the outdoors, so you will find so many outdoor activities and photographs listed within each guide. My adoration of nature is evident in my work because I frequently feature botanicals in my photographs and posts. There’s a human element to my focus as well. While I never photograph people without their consent, I love traveling to learn about other people’s lives. Our world is so breathtaking. We all live so very differently, yet we’re not very different at all, and that sense of unity is another thread woven throughout my work.

Explore my complete photography portfolio and order prints here.

Above: Left: Geiko in Kyoto, Japan    Middle: Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto    Right: Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko, Japan

Q: How did you get into blogging?
A: I started blogging to pre-plan my outfits, remember our travels, share my photography work, and organize my experiences in a way that makes it easier to share them with my friends and family. I quickly went from 100 to 10,000 followers in a few weeks and started my blog to share more details about what I loved with my ever-growing audience. I now reach between 3 million and 10 million people monthly across platforms, which I never dreamed of doing!

Above: Outfits

Q: Which languages do you speak?
A: I can speak English, Spanish, German, some French, a little Japanese, and I can read some Italian, Portuguese, and Latin. I also know a small amount of sign language. Growing up, I knew I wanted to travel the world and connect with people around the globe. Studying different languages has always been extremely important to me. Foreign languages were always the electives I chose because I knew they’d allow me to one day see the world and connect with people on a more personal level.

I’m so thankful for the incredible teachers I’ve had to spark my curiosity about the world around me and ignite my passion for travel, learning new things, and learning about other cultures.

Baden-Baden, Germany Travel Guide

Above: Baden-Baden, Germany

Q: Favorite places you’ve visited?
A: I have traveled to quite a few gorgeous and exciting places, but below are some of my favorite trips I’ve taken so far:

Acadia National Park
Asheville
Atlanta
Baden-Baden
Bar Harbor
Bavaria
Berlin
Beverly Hills
Cape Elizabeth
Charleston
Chicago
Cobá
Colmar, France
Detroit
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Greenwich
Hakone
Hallstatt
Heidelberg
Holland
Hudson Valley
Isle of Skye
Kurokawa Onsen
Kyoto
Loch Ness
London
Los Angeles
Mackinac Island
Mexico City
Nara
Newport
New York City
Nikko
Olympic National Park
Orlando
Osaka
Paris
Petoskey Area
Portland
Potsdam
Prague
Providence
Querétaro
Riviera Maya
Rome
San Diego
Seattle
Stonington
Tokyo
Toronto
Tucson
Tulum
Vatican City
Versailles
Venice
Walt Disney World
Washington D.C.
West Hollywood

Q: Where do you want to travel to next?
A: This year, two of my biggest travel dreams came true, and I was able to visit Japan and Scotland, which are both places I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was a child. Next, I plan to visit Antarctica, Australia, the Bahamas, Bora Bora, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Reunion Island, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and so many other places around the United States and the rest of the world. It would be easier to ask me where I don’t want to visit!

German Drinking Hall Baden-Baden Germany

Above: Black Forest, Germany

Q: What do you pack with you when you travel?
A: Check out my travel essentials post for everything that makes traveling easier and more stylish for me.

Above: Left: Louis Vuitton Duffle Bag Review    Middle: How I Pack My Cosmetics    Right:     Built-to-Order Luggage

Q: Which camera do you use? Favorite lenses?
A: I use a Canon Mark IV and Canon 5DSR for most of my photography work and travels because of their versatility, ease of use in low light conditions, and high-resolution image quality.
I also love my Olympus Pen E-PL8 when I don’t want to pack much gear.
My favorite lenses are the Canon 50mm and 35mm for portraits and outfit photos and the Canon 28-300mm for wildlife and architectural photography. The Tamron 28-75 mm is my “everything else” lens.

Read all about my favorite camera gear here.

Above: Left: Potsdam   Middle: New York Botanical Garden    Right: Mayflower Inn & Spa

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
A: Take a camera everywhere, but don’t just rely on your phone’s camera. If you’re truly passionate about photography, invest in the highest quality camera you can afford (even if you have to save up for a few months), learn how to use all of its features and use it in every imaginable situation. Practice in low light, practice in the harsh sunlight of mid-day, practice taking photos from moving vehicles, in the rain, and indoors. Even if your photographs don’t turn out the way you want them to at first, don’t be discouraged. Doing this will teach you so much about manipulating your equipment to create the results you want. Photograph everything around you, continue to grow, and find your own unique style, no matter what that style is.

Above: Left: Le Colonial   Middle: Morning Glory & Clay    Right: Canoe

Always remember that your photos don’t have to look a certain way. They won’t look like anyone else’s because they reflect who you are in the world around you during the specific moment(s) in time it takes you to make each capture, and that’s what makes it so unique and personal.

Q: How can I collaborate with you? Where can I write to you if I have more questions or need recommendations?
A: Check out my collaborations page, and feel free to email me at AnnieWearsit@gmail.com – I’m only an email away, and I always love to hear from my readers!

Left: Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island       Middle: Olympic National Park      Right: Tulum, Mexico