My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer and model who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. I love sharing my life as a creative professional and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I love traveling, home improvement projects, sewing, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.

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It’s hard to find words that can accurately describe Courtney and Aaron’s wedding day at a spectacular home along the Hudson River.  The best word that comes to mind about this Upstate New York wedding – perfect.  Perfect – everything, and a little rain only gave the couple a little more good luck.

Thanks to Wedding Chicks for featuring this wedding (coming soon).

Let’s start off with a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown in the library.

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Welcome home from the Maldives Mr. and Mrs.!

Venue:  Private Estate / Event Coordinator: Susan Caissy Caruso Special Events / Officiate: Friend of bride and groom / Videography: Clark + Walker Studio / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Veil: Toni Federici / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s suit: Bespoke by Against Nature / Groom’s shoes: Ferragamo / Groomsmen’ suits: Bespoke by Indochino / Stationery: William Arthur from Innovative Invitations / Florist: Truffles & James / Ceremony Musician: Mark Sganga from Hal Prince Music & Entertainment / DJ: Michael Saltsman (Pumpkin Patch) / Tents & lighting: Cove Tent Company / Hair & Makeup: The Garrison Inn / Caterer: Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events / Cocktail stirrers: ForYourParty.com / Cocktail napkins: Wedding Paper Divas / Table numbers: BHLDN / Watercolor of couple: Inslee Haynes / Second shooter: Amy Gallagher

My Work

Last week I decided to take a day off from social media.  I pretended as if I were on an overseas flight (wishful thinking) and wi-fi wasn’t available.  After my 18 month break from Facebook I figured a day of not going on Instagram or the like would be just fine, right?  So on my social media day off, I did what any girl would do – Twilight marathon!  Just kidding.

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I arose early, and accomplished more than I ever had in a while.

  • Tinkered with my blog design
  • Organized the grocery delivery
  • Prepared 20 frozen crockpot meals in two hours
  • Went to an audition
  • Chatted with fellow actors pre and post audition
  • Attended small group study

There were so many things I thought I would typically share on social media – the miracle that I was in fact cooking, prepping, or excited that I was driving to my audition.  I found myself reaching for my phone and hitting apps out of habit only to catch myself before it would load, no, no, put it down and be present.

You know what?  The day felt good – I had great conversations before my audition instead of playing on my phone which then led to longer conversations after the acting.  I was focused on making new friends, asking questions, getting to know people, asking them what they did for a living rather than see how my “friends” and everyone else was living through my phone.

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A new show arrives this fall called Selfie, a comedy on ABC which the character Eliza is glued to her phone, a security blanket, and like all of us, loves uploading and seeing her “likes” increase.  Realizing her addiction to social media, selfies, and quest to win approval online, she wanted to stop missing out on the life right in front of her – so she tries find balance.  Let’s face it, we all can relate to Eliza!

I think I’m going to try this no social media thing at least once a week – that’ll ensure I have at least one day of being really really productive, right? I mean, imagine all the cooking I could do!

Selfie premieres Tuesday, September 30 at 8/7 pm Central on ABC.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.  While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own.

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It’s time for another post about Netflix movies!  Thanks for all of your movie recommendations on my last Netflix suggestion post here. Of course there were a few movies I couldn’t find (as we can always find Netflix while has an array of things seems to lack the things we really want to watch!)  But, for the cheap monthly rate, I found some more decent movies to enjoy since I was home with my cable-free parents and now I am excited to share them with you.

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Meet my girlfriend Rachel and Rusty. Rusty is a prized possession of Rachel’s mom, such a beautiful horse!

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IMG_0460 Shoes: Steve Madden / Top: Topshop / Jeans: Paige Denim (size up) / Tote: Cuyana / Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Last week I caught up over shopping with my longtime girlfriend Kelley – we used to work in corporate together.

She’s one of those girlfriends I know I’ll laugh so hard my face hurts after we say goodbye.  When I think of her, I start to smile then giggle.  I was a marketing girl and she was in sales and we sat in the same cubicle area and all we would do was laugh, really loud, all the time.  I can’t even explain it, but she was my kindred spirit with humor – sarcasm, lightheartedness, never taking much seriously.  Once, we got shushed by someone in accounting and we ducked down so no one could see us as we stared at each other while laughing with bodies shaking.

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Style

Now I know not all of you are 49er fans but I thought this would be a fun post for you to experience a little behind the scenes glimpse that I recently experienced.  This post is dedicated to my dad.

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My love story with the 49ers is basically that I came out of the womb in a 49er cheerleader outfit.

My dad was born in SF, my grandparents immigrated and lived there, and summer camps used to be in Roseville (before they moved to Stockton) which was the town next door.  When you are from Nor Cal, you cheer for the Niners.  We have autographs, I have a photo with Terrell Owens, and we have a Niner wall upstairs in my brother’s old bedroom.  My dad is a die hard fan and before a game would start he would say, “Ask homework questions now because the game is starting and you cannot ask me for four hours.”  We were not allowed to talk to dad during a Niner game.  If we came downstairs and the game was turned off prematurely, we knew what that meant – and it was to remain unmentioned.

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Team Bus

Today, my best friend from college Jackie, works for them.  Here we are on one of the team buses from the Ritz Carlton heading to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium.

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Personal, Travel

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Storm King

To continue on from this week’s earlier post about exploring Upstate New York, we were hired to capture the cutest rehearsal dinner later that night, so on our first day, we headed up and stopped in Storm King, a suggestion of the bride when I inquired other things to see on the way up.

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I’ve always be the late kid to the party – the iPhone party.  My upgrades never aligned with Apple’s latest iPhone releases until this fall. I transferred my parent’s upgrade to my line (they are not into smart phones luckily) and so now I can finally get my hands on the new 6.

Only…I was late to the party on pre-orders and I have to wait until the end of October for mine to arrive which put a hiccup in trying to sell my current iPhone – until the send in date was extended.

I sold my iPhone 5 to Gazelle.com for $170 – they pay for shipping! I have 45 days to send it in which means this should work with the new phone arrival.  I decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus – the bigger one, in gold.  Do any of you have one already in your hands or pre-ordered?  I’ve never done it before, I’m feeling like a tech geek.

Use this link and you get an extra $10 for your item.  You can even sell broken tablets and phones and used computers, super genius.  The sooner you lock in your price you get more money before people catch on, so I had to share!

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So…maybe some of you have noticed I’ve been a little off schedule.  I’m trying to figure things out – the whole themed day of the week worked well for the past year but some days, I have nothing to report in terms of fashion or home and garden and I’d rather not just throw something up just because of the theme day.

I’m paying attention to the stats, shortening posts so you can “click to read more” if you’re interested or continue to scroll down.

I’m also trying to figure out if I want to change the color of my blog as I have slowly changed a few things, you may or may no have noticed (some of you follow along on a reader).

While I have all of these questions on what to do next, I guess I’d rather ask you guys what you like.  I note more comments on lifestyle things – organizing my closet, travels, that sort of thing.  I know you also know I have to share my photography work but I want to continue sharing the rest of my life and days along the way.  So, would you mind dropping me an email or comment (under this post or through the contact form) about what you want to see?  What you like, what you prefer, whatever you want to talk about – I’m just trying to not be like every other blog out there.  If you’re cool with whatever I’m doing, then I’m cool with that too.

Your feedback would help me a lot in making sure this is focused towards you as I am so grateful for you reading and love you lots.  xx

{Photo by Pink Owl Photography, Makeup and hair by Lizzy Marsh}

Personal

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My Associate photographer April captured these family images in downtown Mesa.  I am excited to share these with you especially because I love the Wootan family!  If there was any family I love most right after my own, it would be them.  In celebration of Logan going on his two year mission trip Ecuador and another enjoying her full-ride scholarship to UofA, the whole gang, all 24 of them gathered to document this special moment.  As you will see, their joy is absolutely contagious.

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My Work

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