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. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

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

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Can a photographer have too many camera straps or bags? I think not.

I realize from traveling, quick road trips, an all day commercial shoot or a quick editorial portrait, it determines what bag I choose to pack my gear. I’m also going to admit I hardly use a camera strap anymore, it started getting in my way. A few of these straps I’m looking at for my film cameras if I need it (it really depends on the situation).

A few things I have my eyes on:

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Camera Swagg MoneyMaker by Holdfast (leather version) / Handy Dandy Hand Strap
Mandala Fashion Camera Bag by The Bloom Theory / Spring Break Camera Strap / Take a Bow (sold out but is coming in black!)

I just put in an order for the Take a Bow bag in black, they had a limited pre-sale, I’m so excited to get it!

See what I currently own here.

For Photographers, Photography

I knew I needed a wide angle lens, wider than my 35mm. Did I need to purchase my own opposed to renting? I consider my time valuable and convenience is worth the cost, and with the nearest rental place quite far, I made the jump. (I would recommend if you can’t pay cash for a lens to continue renting until you can, don’t go into debt for equipment).

I decided on the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ultra wide angle zoom lens.


I know, some of you might find this shocking.

It’s not a fixed lens, and it only opens to f/4. I swore I wouldn’t buy a lens that didn’t have a minimum of f/2.8.

So I thought I’d talk about why I decided to go with this lens:

  • For an ultra wide angle, I don’t think a fixed lens would be enough, I like that I can still adjust how much I want in my frame for my creative needs. The benefit with fixed lenses is the wide aperture, and with this lens I am getting f/4. Now about that - 
  • I’m shooting landscapes outdoors so there’s plenty of light and I want more depth when it comes to landscape so I’m shooting above f/4 anyway. Now about indoor shots -
  • I need this for indoors often, to showcase rooms, small spaces. When I shoot indoors, I always shoot on a tripod and I’m shooting around f/8 or f/11 to see all details so I’m not concerned about light, I’m triggering my slow shutter with a remote.
  • It’s still an L series – great glass, premium, I totally have the L-Disease.
  • The price point was amazing – $600-800. Other lenses that open to f/2.8 are around $1500 and I don’t think I will be reaching for this lens that often and realistically thinking about how I’ll be using this lens. I do think if I needed it indoors for weddings I would consider but so far the 35mm f/1.4L has been sufficient for indoor circumstances. I have no problem spending that money on a lens if it’s going to be a heavy used lens like the 50mm f/1.2L and 35mm f/1.4L.
  • I am also shooting with the 5D Mark III so my ISO capabilities are out of this world if necessary.

There you have it! After all the research I finally nailed it down and am thrilled that I can show you more of my spaces using this lens. If I find I am having some obstacles with this I’ll consider other options but an L series lens for this price point? Perfect!

I just wanted to share that so as you build your collection you think about your needs and budget, it helps with choosing the right equipment.

What wide angle lens do you use? Do you own the 17-40mm f/4L?

For Photographers, Photography

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Something I learned about film – there are several factors into determining your style when you shoot with film – the camera,  film, and the lab that scans your images, it’s like picking who Photoshops/Lightrooms your images. With that said, and knowing those things were a little out of my control, I am definitely pleasantly surprised that each shot has unique composition and direction which meant, I made sure to really move around because once you take the shot, don’t take another! Goodness that cost you $1 for your shot!

Thanks to my girlfriend Charity Maurer who encouraged me to pick up some film and shoot, even though I was terrified, and even though I swear I wasn’t cut out for it. I’m so glad you convinced me otherwise, this was fun. Of course, thanks to my lovely Melayne who was a great sport and one of my favorite gals to shoot.

Stay tuned, because I bought another Canon film camera and now I have two, so you can say I’m hooked.

Location: Newport Beach / Mexican blanket: Gunn & Swain / Shot with Canon 620 EOS and 50mm f/1.2 / Film: Fuji 400h / Lab: Tempe Camera Imaging, with additional digital editing

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