Whether to Weather: Pros and Cons of a Roadtrip

Dear Weather Systems of the South,

All on I-10, from New Orleans to Houston, you unleashed relentless storming and rainfall like it was going out of style.

Because of driving in this, I’m pretty sure Caitlyn is traumatized.

And may suffer from PTSD. Only time will tell.

Regardless, we will promptly accept proper compensation in the form of glorious weather days ahead for said traumatic experience.

Just a little rain today

The majority of our day was spent on the road in varying degrees of the above conditions. Now someone might ask, why go through that? Why are you even driving in the first place?

Because I for one COMPLETELY hate driving in the rain, that in and of itself is enough to bring up this talking point:

A Handful of Pros and Cons of Roadtripping (Weather-wise)


You are completely dry, warm, and shielded in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.


You are completely blinded and on edge in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.


If necessary, you can tap out and pull over at any given time. Or better yet, conveniently time stopping for food during the downpour.


It takes so much longer to get anywhere.


But it’s not like you can’t get there. (As in your flight would be cancelled due to inclement weather)


Camera equipment and rain are not the best of friends.


You can quickly run out, snap your photos, and run back into safety while nursing your camera back to health with random takeout napkins and microfiber cloths.

And that’s exactly what we did on our adventure in Metairie Cemetery before leaving New Orleans.

Cait navigated us around this super cool cemetery, in and out of a storm, like a pro. It was sick.

Here are some of my photos from yesterday:


We also had a blast the night before.

All in all, there are of course many other pros and cons weather-wise for roadtripping, but as of now, I’m still pro 🙂


Much love,


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Shanna, rhymes with banana.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

For those of you who may or may not know, I’m Shanna (rhymes with banana), from the ShanCait road trip duo! 🙂

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography     Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

I’ve always been that person who’s attached at the hip with their camera – if I’m not working with a client for my freelance photography business, I’m spending my time shooting and creating conceptual artwork.

I’ve used and owned countless cameras, but within the past year I upgraded camera body, and I swear, it’s like this 6D is my baby. I could practically pull out my ‘billfold’ and a collection of pictures I’ve taken with it would come unfolding out, just like a proud parent.

“Have I shown you this one? It’s from it’s very first shoot, fresh out of the box!”
*oooh, ahhhh* someone might coo.

Hah, as if it were my child’s first steps.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography, RED Epic

But alas, through the Art + Technology program at UF with Cait, I’ve grown quite fond of video too.

I think after a) getting down and dirty with a Hardee’s Thickburger
b) falling in love with video compositing of Google Street Viewtwice
and c) finally conquering my nerves of doing a glam video shoot with a model, video won me over.

After all, there’s enough room for two “babies,” one on each hip, right?

Okay, okay, moving on.

So where does this road trip come in for me?

Well, I am a ridiculously avid traveler. Any and all opportunities that come up, especially fun spur of the moment ones, I seize wholeheartedly (of course camera in-tow). And guess who’s become my partner in crime in recent ones? You guessed it! The one and only, Cait, roadwarrior extraordinaire.

Alas, what happens when…

‘ain’t nobody got $$ for a Eurotrip,’ but ‘we definitely want to travel,’ and ‘neither of us have been out to Cali,’ and oh yeah, ‘we really want to check out Austin too,’ and wait, ‘there are really cool natural wonders throughout the west’…


And guess what? Everyone’s asking, what do I want to do on this road trip? Take lots and lots of pictures and shoot lots and lots of video and create exciting and engaging work!

And don’t worry, you all will be the first to see 🙂

In the meantime, curious about the work I’ve already done?

Shanna Ferris Portfolio

Much love,

Shanna Banana