My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. This is where I share my life daily, as a creative professional.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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Last summer in Nice, France (explore with me)

How much I wish I could be photobombed by vespas all over again! Summer is here which means you might have one or two adventures on the calendar.

This might be the time when you are looking at your current photography gear trying to decide if it’s good enough or if you should upgrade. Or if you’re a professional, you might want to bring less-heavy-but-equally-great quality equipment. I have three levels of gear – professional, travel, and casual (point and shoot). The above photo was taken with a mirrorless, lightweight camera.

Here’s a round up of some travel photography gear recommendations that you might find useful. Safe travels and happy snapping!

  1. How I decide which camera to take traveling
  2. Explore my personal travel equipment bag
  3. Water vacation? Check out this waterproof camera case.

Where are you going this summer? I would LOVE to know!

For Photographers, Photography, Travel Tips

waterproof-camera-case-travel-111DRY PAK Camera Case, $11.94 (c/0 SwimOutlet.com) featuring Canon Powershot S100

Do you have any upcoming summer adventures that involve water? If so, check out this waterproof camera case. You can still take photos through the optical bag, and I would advise when you pack it to keep it in another bag so it doesn’t scratch the bag. Also, it FLOATS!  You can also use it for phones, and GPS devices.

However, this is a great smart phone option for $11.94 - it floats as well.

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This waterproof camera case is great to bring to the beach – keeping out sand and dust and sealing out water and splash parks, marine parks (I’m thinking about Sea World in Vallejo). It comes with an adjustable strap which you can wear around your neck as well. It can be submerged, however it isn’t recommended to go to depths greater than 30 feet (in which case if you’re that type of swimmer, I applaud you).

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I wish I had known about it sooner, it would have come in handy last summer when I went kayaking down the Russian River in Northern California.

We were given waterproof bags but they were rather large and also not see-thru so I’m looking forward to upcoming water activities without worrying about my camera. I use the Canon Powershot S100.

Happy summer adventures!

For Photographers, Photography, Travel, Travel Tips

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We celebrated beautiful sweet Brenna and the expectant arrival of her second child, with a baby sprinkle – the theme was a garden themed tea party. The day was absolute perfection with temperatures in the mid 70s, a sweet breeze, and occasional cloud cover made it an absolute joy to be outside and mingle in my backyard.

Leeann was my darling co-host, and we decided to enlist the help of Teaspressa! Allison DeVane set up her adorable tea cart and brought her talents and delicious tea – inspired by coffee as a treat for our guests. Sconces, quiches, zucchini bread, summer fruit and croissants were on the menu for a guest list of 20. Congratulations my darling Brenna, if I love your first one this much, imagine how much I’m going to love your second! She’s going to be beautiful just like her mamma- another future Miss Arizona USA?

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Tea hostess: Teaspressa / Gold flatware: One Kings Lane (similar) / Chalkboard sign: The Home Depot / Turquoise roller cart: IKEA / Outdoor clothesline: Walmart

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