My name is Diana Elizabeth. My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I'm a journalist who went from writing about fashion and reporting off the LA red carpet to a photographer and FORD model. When I'm not behind or in front of a camera, I enjoy blogging about my home projects, and the things that make me happy with camera in hand.
I appreciate old homes, love adding fruit trees to our yard, and I firmly believe making a house a home is a wonderfully fun ongoing project. I'm bravely jumping into the domestic life hoping one day I will bake a homemade pie so I earn my badge. This is a glimpse into my life and work.
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When I told Angela Saban to design the wedding of her dreams, she immediately said, southern. This is why Angela and I love collaborating, we love the sweet south, the romance, simplicity, and the timelessness of it all!
This concept shoot was created for my 2-on-1 wedding workshop where I mentored two sweet and talented photographers exclusively all day who want to dive into the wedding industry and learn how to market themselves, shoot better, and develop their style. It was a long day with lots of information, portfolio review, and shooting a beautiful set up.
Angela and I are trying to start a movement. Although we’re in Phoenix and Arizona is the Southwest, we’d like to drop the “west” and be considered south so we can catch on with the Southern inspired weddings that we love. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end to see the workshop in action, thanks to Love Story Films for capturing the day!
A bourbon and biscuits dessert bar – with homemade grapefruit curd made by Angela Saban herself – she’s also a pastry chef!
Watch the behind the scenes captured by Love Story Films who were wonderful, hire them for your next event!
Event designer: Angela Saban / Wedding gown and pearl belt: Enzoani courtesy of Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Florals: The Garage by Ivy / Stationery: Celebrations in Paper / Hair: Vonn Wynn / Makeup: Brenna Heater / Veils: Bel Aire courtesy of Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Earrings: The Audrey Earring, by Meg courtesy of Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Tea length blush gown: Destinations by Mon Cheri courtesy of Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Pearl clutch: Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Necklace: Everything Angelic / Gluten Free Cake: Angel Cakes Bakery / Magnolia napkins: SMP Living / Models: Brenna and Nate Heater / Cinematography: Love Story Films
Diana Elizabeth missed Alan and Poly as soon as she dropped them off. What a fun time and she hopes their paths cross again soon!
Is this me, or what?
I discovered Miss Inslee from Lauren Snow, a Phoenix makeup artist (she worked on my recent bride Emmy). Lauren’s illustration looked so much like her that I had to know what I would look like too! And with a little shift for this blog and a few changes on the way, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to commission her to draw me.
Here’s what’s pretty awesome:
I know it sounds silly to think, Hey, it looks like me! When that’s what I wanted, but I wasn’t quite sure if I’d look overly glamorous or who knows. Mr. Wonderful said, “It’s so beautiful honey!!! Is it weird if I kiss and hug my phone?!” Thanks again Inslee!
Diana Elizabeth loves her outfit too, she should buy one just like it.
Hey look at this sweet spot in my house for lighting. The shutters angled up and bounced the light off the ceiling and onto my awesome burlap Target stools.
What a perfect spot to show off my Alt for Everyone Goodie Box. My online blogging courses starts today. It’s the online version of ALT SLC and all the other cool cities. I find it more convenient with my schedule as I don’t have to fly anywhere, find a hotel or go to social parties because right now I’m an old lady and I want to be in PJ’s by 7 pm.
A sweet box came yesterday and I wanted to share what was inside because these small businesses spent a lot of time and materials to give to us bloggers and I appreciate it.
Handmade bee and soy wax crayon block letters by Childhoodlist.com. They are super soft and good for the environment!
A camera bag full of other goodies by BlueQ! You’ve probably seen a ton of their products in little boutiques.
Sweet notecards by Pixel Impress. Love calligraphy details and sending snail mail!
I’m super excited to wear this adorable necklace by Zelma Rose.
Alright, off I go to learn the fun stuff and legal stuff about blogging and all that jazz. I hope you’ll see a difference in my blogging!
Diana Elizabeth is thankful for businesses who sponsor items in gift bags because she understands the time and talent it takes to donate their services. Yes publicity is the tradeoff, but it’s still a risk. Thanks to all the businesses included in the Alt for Everyone Goodie Box.
Last week my girlfriend Jennifer welcomed her second little girl to the world. Meet Miss Allyson Sky.
Last week it was my third time witnessing a delivery with camera in hand, and after a quick post on Facebook, I was surprised by the response and knew I had to write about capturing birth stories. After all, does anyone else feel like everyone around them is having a baby? Last winter I had 15 pregnant friends!
I’ll be writing a much more in depth article to appear on PhotoTuts+ where you will begin seeing super in depth how-to’s by me (as in, 1500 word articles). But for now I’ll keep it simple and give a few tips whether you’re professional or hobbyist to help you document the day as well as you can.
Tips on capturing a birth story:
From different past captured birth story moments (different babies in all pics):
Here is a slideshow of a birth story I captured a few years ago, I’d say this accurately depicts a successful documentation. If you have 5 minutes, watch this – it’s a very special mom in my life, I have known her since she was 10 and I was in college. You will see a few shots of me in there.
Good luck capturing your birth stories, don’t be afraid to move around and be creative!
Diana Elizabeth doesn’t regularly shoot birth stories but she has been there as support if she’s super close to the mom’s who need her in the room. She just so happens to decide to bring her camera with her too – with permission of course.
I’ve been posting so much but not really telling you what I’ve been up to lately. I thought about telling you everything but then I figured by doing so I might stress you out. But somehow, through it all, I have not complained, had a freak out, but just triumphed through with a smile. But, there’s so much I want to tell you that’s been going on so I’ll just highlight a few wonderful things that I’ll be elaborating on soon.
#1 One of my bests had a baby and I was there to see the C-section
You probably saw the quick image I posted on Facebook. Tomorrow I’ll post about how to capture a birth-story for those who expressed interest. Three years ago I saw Jen’s first baby delivery which was an unexpected C-section and very unexpected because I’d have no idea I’d be in the room with her as that was going on – her husband gets a little woosie. So since this C-section was scheduled, I was prepared!
#2 I hosted a 2-on-1 Wedding Workshop at my house
I had thought about hosting a live workshop, but never really got around to it. Sometimes, you put on these things, e-courses included just praying that one or two people will enroll so you don’t feel like a total loser. It’s hard to put yourself out there repeatedly and not be sure if it’ll be well received and this was one of those things. Alan and Poly have taken several e-courses of mine (and had met in one of my courses and became like best photog friends) and they wanted to learn more about being professional wedding photographers to make a good, stable living off it and so out they flew all the way from Florida! We spent all day going through a structured day of presentations on marketing, everything I knew, relationship building, portfolio review, and even had a styled session by Angela Saban waiting for us with live models! That post goes up this Friday with a video by Love Story Films. I’m happy to now offer 2-on-1 mentoring so you can grab a buddy and come out to get all the mentoring you need with exclusive attention. I don’t know if I could go any larger because I really do care about that teacher, student ratio.
#3 Our yard has been under major surgery this past week
We just installed a sprinkler system. We have irrigation (flooding of the yard) in our neighborhood since that’s how we do it in Phoenix, at least in the older home areas. In the spring and summer we have irrigation twice a month but come winter time, it’s once a month and we have to do winter rye because well, everything just dies here in the summer so we have to replant life. So sad, I know. Anyway, it looked like a gopher attacked our front and backyard. The sprinklers will be great when we plant the winter grass instead of pulling out hoses and sprinklers which was such a pain to move continually. We have also had another delivery from Whitfill Nursery, a new lime and a pink lemon tree (see the little fruit that looks like a watermelon). The apriums are ready (mini apricots) and I finally tried my Cuisinart Stainless-Steel ice cream maker and did a sorbet which Mr. Wonderful said tasted “earthy” and then decided he liked it. The birds who I’ve been inviting into our yard are suddenly pests to me as they nibble on my strawberries and apriums that I have to get bird netting and hoops to keep them out. I’ll show you what it’ll look like when the box arrives. This urban-farming thing in Phoenix is huge and it’s been fun to just try new things, if it doesn’t work, you can always get a new one. I find the magic is really just watering.
In other news, this blog will get a wee bit of a face-lift change by Ribbons of Red hopefully by the end of this week and following that, a few upcoming announcements on my end on what I’m doing with my career and life. More writing, more thoughts, and as always, more sharing.
Diana Elizabeth is looking forward to summer slowing things down. Time to take new photos of the home to show you what’s been going on!
Before I became a Christian, I had just met Jennifer. Immediately, I took a liking to her. She is as friendly and joyful as she looks, a true testimony of Christ. She was one of the first and most influential on my life when I was a new Christian – we had in depth talks over lunches, she was patient and a huge encouragement as my mind was renewed, and she always delivered God’s word to me in a way that I could understand, and yearn to grow. Her sweet spirit is what drew me in, and seeing her genuine heart is why I confided in her as I tried to find my footing in my early stages of my new life.
It’s been years since I met her, and when I think of our genuine friendship, it reminds me that a friend like her are the ones that are hard to come by. I think of all the times she was there for me when life got hard – like really, really hard. Through it all, her presence alone comforted me and she always gave me the gift of her prayers.
I’m excited to document baby boy number three who will probably be given an equally awesome and strong name as his older brothers Owen and Eli. Congratulations JM, you are like a real sister to me. I feel so fortunate that the Lord placed you in my life at every moment I needed you. I love you so much and you bless me with your friendship that makes God feel all that more present in my life. I admire you more than you know, and you have shaped me so very much into who I am today. I cannot wait to love on your next little one!
She’s also a signed with talent agency Dani’s Agency, not surprising!
Diana Elizabeth is going to share a random fact with you – she got baptized in JMar’s pool many years ago.
Hoping you have a wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend. If you ask me, you can never over give to your mom.
If you enjoyed the infographic about Mother’s Day created by FTD.com, please feel free to share it!
Diana Elizabeth thinks her mommy friends are amazing. By watching what they do, she realizes how much her own mother did for her.
I found myself talking to the photos as I edited, gasping in between saying things like, “Oh Farrah!” and “So gorgeous…” as if I were talking to my sweet friend.
I am always honored to be asked by a client turned friend to photograph stages of life (she was the model for the PHOENIX magazine cover I shot a few years ago in Sedona, Arizona). Mr. Wonderful and I are itching for the day when Farrah and Matt move closer to our neighborhood so we can happily hang out and see each other more often. Farrah and I have been plotting this move for what seems years since the day we met.
Baby girl will inherit the most sought after genes in the world. Farrah is most certainly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen and her heart is just as lovely. I love you so much Farrah, thank you for choosing me again to capture the important moments in your life. I am so happy to document them as a photographer, and to live life with you as a friend.
Many thanks to one of my favorite makeup artists Allison Pynn for helping me battle the wind with Farrah’s hair. As a photographer, I love wind!
Diana Elizabeth knows you are wondering where wheat fields are in Phoenix, Arizona. Well, she’s always shooting in the same crops that belong to one of her best friend’s parents and the crops are just on rotation! Sometimes cotton, sometimes alfalfa, this time, beautiful wheat!
I am happy to say that I successfully completed a Pinterest project for my Mother’s Day gift for my mom. She’s a really difficult one to gift, as she isn’t the typical woman who indulges in really anything.
My mom, a former model and international singer in Asia is pretty low maintenance. You would think she’d love lip glosses, makeup, smelly candles and all that wonderful smelly body lotion as most women do. Not my mom. She does love her fur coats (which I do too!) but she’s more into home made anything. Making her a card, making her something, that means more to her than any pretty thing most women would squeal over. Can you see why it’s a little hard for me?
I found this pin on Pinterest and knew that was exactly what my mom would love, and I’m happy to report that it was pretty easy. I would suggest going to JoAnn Fabrics since Michael’s doesn’t carry the initial paper mache initials. Right now they are under $2 each. The silk florals are 50% off.
I always get incredibly emotional over birthdays and the mother and father day gifts. If you ever feel stressed about days like those, try to remember that one day, you will wish you could pick up a card or gift for those you love on certain occasions. I’m crying right now just thinking about it, I’m such a mommy and daddy’s girl.
Diana Elizabeth once tried a gold foiling project from Pinterest which was the most frustrating, horrific craft experience she had. So she was very happy to find a project that was do-able.
I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a lover of photography, flea markets, gardening, and God. Follow me as I explore the domestic life.
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