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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Amelia celebrated her first birthday and now we’re onto Christmas cards!  It’s been wonderful being able to witness clients turned friends get married and grow their family - my heart is so full when I’m able to spend some time with this sweet bunch.

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 {Makeup and hair: Allison Pynn}

 

My Work, Photography

Holy cow, that POPSUGAR Must Have Box unboxing video received 900+ views in 24 hours.  You guys must really like subscription boxes (and videos), so I think I’ll try to make time to open my Ipsy Glam Bag in front of you next.  Thanks for the support!

Remember I mentioned I would try to show you more outfits?  My struggle was my backyard was a little too English Country (not complaining as that is my intended goal) however since I can no longer just pose in front of some gorgeous old architecture in the South of France, I figured turning that old storage/tool shed into a little studio with a seamless would be a good option.

This was my best shot with the Sony NEX-5R which has a flip screen and automatic focus – making it easier for these outfit shots so I can make sure I’m in frame and not overly worry if I’m in focus – it tracks me.

Sweater: Banana Republic / Scarf: Subtle Luxury / Denim: Paige Denim (similar) / Flats: Similar, (another option) / Bracelet: J.Crew

I’m still desperately working on the lighting, and I think I’ve figured it out.

Here’s what the set up looks like:

Oh oh, wait for it!

Yep that’s my beach cruiser that’s been neglected all summer and probably has a flat.  That’s our blow up mattress, BBQ supplies and behind the seamless (in Fashion Gray) are all my blankets, props, entertaining flatware, dishes, diaries, holiday decor, ummmmm.

So the goal is to start clearing most of it out.  When my girlfriend Maayan and I caught up on the phone she said, “You know what Oprah says, if it’s in storage, you don’t need it.”  So minus the tools, I think she’s just about right – almost (the entertaining stuff tho, gotta make space for that somewhere).

I might save that goal for 2015 – when I have to put the Christmas stuff away I’ll purge a bit.

Here’s hoping I get a chance to strike a pose to share more outfits. xx

Personal, Photography, Style

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My talented Associate Photographer April met up with Alexis and Barry and their two rescue dogs, Cocoa and Maddie to capture some fun, lovable portraits.

Barry is a baseball player who recently relocated to Phoenix and wife Alexis is a former NBA dancer (who has amazing hair, and great taste in shoes) and currently runs an animal rescue organization called The Loving Paw.  They are both ambassadors for Athletes for Animals, and Cocoa and Maddie have the cutest personalities as you’ll see.  Check out The Loving Paw’s product line on Etsy here.

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{Photos by Diana Elizabeth Associate Photographer, April, edited by Diana Elizabeth}

 

My Work, Photography

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Rarely did brides think about the hanger that was holding their dress years ago.  When I first started photographing weddings I brought along my own dress hanger (seen above) –  a sweet, sturdy and gorgeous one from my girlfriends who own Uptown Bridal & Boutique. It was quite large, and I eventually lost it, leaving it at a venue. *sad face*

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If you’re a photographer just starting to shoot weddings and you’re finding your brides are overlooking the hanger situation – consider buying one and bringing it.  I can’t tell you how much a pretty hanger compliments a dress and a plastic one doesn’t do much.  It’s a small investment to attract the client who loves the details and also improves your dress shot.  However, if you do happen to only have a clear one, don’t freak out, shoot the dress shot, hide it tucked in branches, or just shoot it and don’t show it on your blog – if it bothers you.

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Please note that hotel hangers won’t suffice at times, sometimes they are on a peg or the hanger top is mini – so on the safe side, provide your own, even if it’s a basic wood one, like I decided, see here.

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A few of my favorites from around the web, this sequin, a monogrammed, and your new last name in wire  - please check that these are strong enough to hold your gown.

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