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 on 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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I remember when I first started photography back in 2009 and how much I had to learn. It took time, but I was on the fast track of learning with the photography careers peeking, the culture was so much different back then than it is today. Of course, I am in a different place in my career but I so hope that it’s just as exciting, welcoming, into networking as it was when I started.
Things that clean images up:
You should know:
Things you should be doing:
On a side note, you may be wondering what to photograph for free and what to pass. Read this post for tips.
As with anything, if you truly love it, and you want to succeed and make it your living, you need to give your time into it. This also depends on how much you want to get into it – you might be comfortable with where you are and that’s completely fine! There’s no pressure to be the most sought after photographer if you don’t want to be, or don’t have the time. Be realistic about your goals helps you decide how much time and money to put into it.
Diana Elizabeth was thinking about how she wants to be a good knitter, but she’s not quite sure if she wants to be an expert knitter. Does she ever have the desire to knit a sweater? Perhaps not, so that will determine how much learning time she gives. But talk to her again come summer, she might be bored and will want to advance.
Maybe this post will apply to just a handful of you who own businesses, or maybe this will apply to you one day as you’re trying to build one. Either way, this post is for all who have been a victim of social media rudeness, and all the haters out there – thanks for inspiring this post and still reading my junk.
How I get hated on:
What I would love to do:
What I really end up doing:
I’ve had this conversation with friends, especially those with businesses – we all get our feelings hurt putting ourselves out there, or we’re shocked that people can be so rude. Listen, haters gonna hate, that phrase exists for a reason, and trollers just exist because they are insecure, unhappy, and just angry. I stopped writing for one online source because I wasn’t getting paid enough to put up with the incredibly rude and ungrateful readers. What’s the point of trying to be helpful when people rip you to shreds?
Also don’t get caught up on if not enough people like or comment on what you post. I have like 2500 friends on my Facebook business page and my posts get seen by like 200, if even depending on how nice Facebook wants to be to me that day. Sometimes, people aren’t glued to their phone to watch their feed – case is – don’t overanalyze.
But, with all that aside, I go back to this ladies and gents:
And then I go back on my merry way, doing what God intended me to do, and focus on who he intended me to be.
Even the devil can leave his comments and he won’t shake me.
Diana Elizabeth says social media can be strange, but don’t let it be. Don’t let negativity keep you down, use it to fuel yourself and just feel plain sad for those who are in a constant criticism of others.
I never thought I could make it as a blogger. What’s a blogger really anyway? And what makes someone successful at it? Daily I think it changes for me as I’m still trying to figure it out what I consider rewards, and if I should really be seeking them.
When I stepped blindly in faith to switch this blog from a photography blog to more blogging, using my photography skills to compliment my words, what I swear I was born to do – write, I have been touched by the blessings that have come from this. Things that spur me on, comments, texts, during times when I am about to throw in the towel, really. Something out of the blue comes along and it’s a little push to keep going.
New friends, new thoughts, new journeys, so many wonderful things have come from blogging. So to be asked to be featured in a blogging magazine, I would have never thought, especially since I decided to pursue this less than a year ago.
I have 8 pages in the Spring 2014 issue of Artful Blogging which is published by Stampington & Company. The pages are thick, the images by other bloggers are so moving (I have to admit I was a bit intimidated), but I am honored to be amongst such talented company. I talk about my story of blogging and why I do it, and how it all began – with diaries, the 17 that I found in my room back home, and a reminder that I have always loved to write, which is why I pursued a degree in journalism. I love to tell stories.
I’m excited to curl up with this magazine on the couch and see other’s images and read why other bloggers blog. You can purchase an issue at JoAnns, Michaels, Barnes & Nobles to name a few, or online or subscribe for $60. You should also check our their cute shoppe online.
Thank you for reading, supporting me, commenting, and just carving out a little time in your day with me.
Diana Elizabeth is glad her Ireland trip photos are enjoyed. There are shots from travel and her backyard.
I figured instead of simply showing you my vacation photos, I’d do a quick tip post on a few amusement park scenarios you may find yourself in if visiting Disneyland, Disney World, or any other amusement park with shows and rides.
I noticed nearly every vacationer had a DSLR which is awesome. I don’t want to assume every one knows manual mode, but I couldn’t help but notice the non-rule abiding citizens who kept flashing during the dark rides when we were all asked not to. Can you still take a photo in the dark? You betcha, well, depending on your equipment of course. These images were taken by my Sony NEX-5R (c/o), 50mm f1/.8, 16mm f/2.8 + 18-55mm (c/o). It’s what I suggest taking for traveling.
If you find that you don’t know what I’m talking about, why not consider signing up for one of my online courses? Visit the workshops tab on this blog. In 30 minutes you’ll know manual mode and I promise you’ll be glad you can take better photos on your family vacation!
Can you take good photos at Disneyland or Disney World? Absolutely, here’s how.
The top 5 Amusement Park scenarios you may come across and how to capture them:
1) Bumpy + fast moving rides
Sorry, you probably won’t get a good shot on the tea cup rides, eeek. I’m sick just thinking about it. But, say it’s a bumpy safari ride that’s moving and there might be animals moving as well.
Camera tip: Fast shutter speed – Think 1/500 or faster, depending on how fast you are moving or bumping around. But make sure you have enough light in, so bump up that ISO and/or increase aperture so you get correct exposure.
Examples, I was on the Disney World Animal Kingdom Harambe Wildlife Reserve in an open air jeep, super bumpy and going pretty fast. I call these lucky shots but I knew at 1/4000 I was going to get a clear shot of something.
1/4000 sec at f/2.2
1/4000 sec at f/2.5
2) Dark rides or no flash photography shows
A common thing, just so guests don’t disrupt other’s enjoyment of rides or accidentally flash and show every one else the mechanics behind the magic. Just because they say no flash and it’s dark doesn’t mean you can’t get a good shot.
Camera tip: High ISO (making camera sensitve to light), wide aperture (to let enough light in).
Now if you’re on a moving dark ride, just make sure to move your camera with the subject, pan with it as you move along to try to steady the shot.
ISO: 25600, f/4, 1/250 sec
ISO 12800, f/2.8, 1/80 sec
ISO 12800, f/2.8, 1/80 sec
3) Light Show Parade or Fireworks
A lower ISO can work since fireworks – especially an explosion will give enough light. But for the most part, you can use a high ISO and do a quick shutter if it’s easier to control your shutter as they go off. Use a quick shutter to capture fireworks frozen in air and less stringy. Be aware – You will be adjusting your shutter constantly throughout the show.
Camera tip: ISO you are comfortable with, keeping your finger on adjusting the shutter as the fireworks go. This might take a few minutes in to find where you are comfortable. Trick is a fast shutter then adjust other settings to get correct exposure. A faster shutterspeed will be necessary if there’s a lot of light or the subject is close. A slower one will be if it’s further away or dimmer light.
ISO 12800, f/1.8, 1/4000 sec
BAD auto flash example:
Blah! Auto flash just makes the lights look less impressive and all I see are people.
On manual mode with my preferred settings, yay!:
ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/160 sec
ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/500 sec
Now I can concentrate on just the lights and the crowd falls into the background.
4) Water show
Do you know what kind of water look you’d like to capture? A flowing stream or frozen drops?
Camera tip: fast shutter to freeze it in midair, or slower to show it more flowy.
BAD example of it on boring auto mode:
Booo. My camera isn’t smart to think on its own. ISO 100, f/16, 1/125 sec
This looks terrible not only because of lighting, but the fact that at f/16 it barely had any light in, it had to slow down the shutter. This looks like a boring water show.
In manual mode, my preferences:
ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/3200 sec
5) Backlit Daytime Parade
Usually parades are slow as it goes at walking pace. What if you find yourself facing the sun and you can’t move spots? You would then be doing backlighting to avoid your subjects being too dark. On auto mode the camera meters the entire frame to get proper exposure, so it will often take into account the sky and not anything else. This is why in manual mode you can adjust your shutter to be slower to let in more light.
Camera tip: Slower shutter speed, over exposing because you are facing the sun. Slower shutterspeed is relative depending on the rest of your settings. You do want it fast enough to capture the moving parade.
ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/1000 sec
These were fairly simple tips, but just incase you find yourself in a frenzy, now you know. I had a good time teaching my younger brother about manual mode. He has a Nikon (he must always oppose me) and he really started to like the features on my Sony NEX. I might need to give him mine one day when I upgrade my NEX body or get him his own. I think he realized he needs some new lenses so that will be exciting for him to build.
To see some of my online workshops that are prerecorded, check them out here. You can watch on your own time.
Diana Elizabeth loves that 3 lenses and a camera body can fit in her purse.
Have you ever thought about doing a concept shoot?
What is a concept shoot:
A non commissioned shoot, created typically by a group of other creative individuals in the same business to showcase their best work and use the images to share, network and market to each other’s contacts. Typically incredibly creative and over the top, every vendor’s vision come to life to showcase their talents.
Why create a concept shoot:
It helps define your style, showcasing the jobs and clients you wish to attract. It can get publicity on a wedding blog which is a great introduction to blog editors. All vendor participants will share the publicity therefore sharing all businesses that were a part of the collaboration.
Ready to create one of yours this year? Read my 10 Successful Steps Every Concept Shoot Needs on Tuts+.
Some images of my favorite concept shoots, each have been published on a major blog:
The best thing is you can take your sweet time during these shoots! You also create really great industry relationships.
Diana Elizabeth says concept shoots don’t have to be really large either, they can be small little shoots.
There’s nothing that will make you feel more like a loser than Facebook.
No one has “liked” your latest status/photo you uploaded, even if 950 people have seen it. That company has more fans than yours. They worked with that person on that project? Hey you weren’t invited to that party. That person ate a really pretty salad and I had an ugly one today. It goes on and on.
Social media has become a means of:
So it’s been a year since I’ve been off Facebook (minus the fan page). Thank God, I think I like what I’m doing and my friends a lot better being removed. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t think social media gives you an entitlement to use it for that purpose and offend your friends or use it as your soap box – am I wrong? But then again, maybe it does, it is after all, optional for people to follow your feed or be your friend. Back to the point of this post – I want you to stop feeling like a loner/poor eater/unpopular on Facebook.
Recently I had to reactivate my account to be a part of a private group, one that’s really necessary for me to engage in. Once my newsfeed popped up, there it was. The inadequateness, the overwhelming overload of information that’s really not important. And, then, I deactivated it again. Maybe another day.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” - Henry Ford
So stop thinking you can’t be great, stop thinking all the negative things that social media makes you think. The less you feel intimidated or insecure by what others are doing, friends or just those you admire, the more you can be who you’re meant to be – the full potential.
How about pledging to do this, just for a month and see how you feel:
Let me know how it goes!
Diana Elizabeth doesn’t think it affected her business at all. She made Mr. Wonderful her administrator and logs in under him straight to her business page.
If there’s one social media outlet I’m most thankful for, it’s probably Twitter.
Geni and I started following each other a few years ago on Twitter. Not even sure how, or why, but we started tweeting at one another. We emailed a few times back and forth just saying hi, collaborating on ideas, and meeting over Skype to share marketing ideas. By now you may have already heard of her, she’s the face of Sticky Albums, their ads are in photography magazines and recenly at Imaging USA. She came to visit and stayed with me for a few days and as photographers do, we photographed each other.
Meet my darling Geni Bean, who actually will be a Mrs. this May!
For photographers who are afraid of shooting mid-day, we took these from around 11 a.m. to noon. Proof that you can get some great images no matter the time of day.
Diana Elizabeth and Geni felt like they were old friends.
It features some amazing vendors, including Juju’s Tutus, and see the whole shoot and vendor list here. I wrote a little article about the conception of it – which was really a collaboration of Julie Read of Juju’s Tutus and the most amazing event designer Angela Saban.
From Mingle magazine’s site about the latest issue on newsstands now: The winter release of Mingle is our best issue yet! Climb aboard for a breathtaking bohemian wedding and a tutu-themed tea party for little girls. …
If you love being inspired by parties, this is an issue you won’t want to miss. Thanks for the support and thanks to all the vendors who made this session so lovely!
Diana Elizabeth is appreciative of the publications that exist to help inspire others. She loves going through magazines, like old fashioned Pinterest, right?
We met when we were 21 years of age in the lobby of the Wilhelmina Models LA office. We sat there during an open call, right next to each other. I thought with her exotic looks she was absolutely stunning. On our way out of the office (after being denied but on the bright side we signed with other agencies), we became fast friends, figuring out the Hollywood life together.
Half Dutch and Israeli, Maayan has one of the most beautiful Hebrew accents. She came out to visit over New Years week and we hadn’t seen each other face to face for years but it seemed as if we have seen one another every day.
She’s a real estate agent in LA, just closed a nice $5 mil deal with a superstar rapper that we all know. She models occasionally and one night, I thought, hey let’s do a little shoot around the house. No fantastic lighting really around but let’s find it around the house and see what we can create together in 15 minutes.
Here’s our little black and white series. Come to think of it, I’ve never shown you an entire session in B&W.
The above dark wall images I had her sit against the charcoal wall with a nightstand lamp as the light source.
Then, I pulled the curtain liner in the living room to use as a backdrop and took a few of these…
Then headed to the dining room, drew my Pottery Barn curtains and had her sit on a stool and make some faces.
All in good fun.
Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark III / 50mm f/1.2L /85 f/1.4EX. As a reminder, if you’re a photographer, don’t edit your images to B&W using grayscale. It’s muddy. Find a proper action or a way to adjust your tones.
Diana Elizabeth says you can still have some fun even with non ideal lighting. You just need a light source, and a few good expressions! Have fun no matter what time of the day it is, you don’t need the sun out, it’s just about light so find it!
It’s a new year – this could be a relief for some of you. A chance to start new, a day to mark a brand new year and motivation to do it. I want to help. Happy New Year!
So here’s a list of 10 things to get the ball rolling in business this year:
Diana Elizabeth says even if something goes wrong in the new year, don’t fret. Tomorrow is a new day.
Hi! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, wife, model, and Christ follower. I'm just learning as I go and sharing my stories!
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