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 enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work.
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They say decorating is never ending – so true. While I’ve been incredibly content with the way our home has come together, when I was offered to collaborate with Build.com, I jumped at the chance to update Mr. Wonderful’s bathroom!
Build.com was so easy to find what I needed and some products have product videos tutorials on how to install the product up! I’m also proud to say Benjamin and I installed everything all by ourself! Changing lights is actually incredibly easy – don’t be intimidated!
The good husband had to deal with a very girly bathroom that was supposed to be mine so I added some nautical touches for him with a thrift store picture and a barometer eBay find.
I decided to mix metal finishes after seeing this image on Pinterest.
I love the champagne bronze/gold look (yes, slightly different than brass) that is trendy right now – but I didn’t want to get too carried away with then having to replace the shower head, faucet, and suddenly go too modern.
I decided to change the knobs, a very affordable cost, at just $3 per knob, a $15 upgrade isn’t bad!
Murray Feiss 2 Light Vanity to replace the crystal one.
And let’s also admire this very fancy Kohler Tissue Holder:
Build.com provided me with a few items so I could experience their amazing customer service and ease of use. All opinions are my own.
Equipment used: Sony NEX-5R
We are continuing the off camera set up I use during wedding receptions. In this post I’m going to mention some extra pieces of equipment that will help with making your off camera flash images look better.
Your diffuser should always be positioned like a whale tale – instructions come with your diffuser
The items in this post are must-haves for every wedding photographer.
Off Camera Flash Post Series
I was elated to see two pages in this month’s InStyle magazine saying gingham is one of the trendy prints this spring!
eShakti is an online store that makes custom sizes from 0-36W and you can pick how long or short you want your outfits. You select your dress, say your size, then add your height and if you want custom styling which you can select: as shown, short length, above the knee, knee length, or below the knee. This helps with style preferences – I tend to like skirts knee length or lower.
Best part of this skirt – it has pockets!!!!!!!
The skirt has an elastic back waist so it fits just right, I was worried it would be too tight or too loose, so I was so glad to see it had smocked back! It’s my new spring skirt!
This also looked like a photoshoot-with-bunny kinda skirt. Liberty sat confused for a bit before scampering off smelling her hay box in the corner.
It’s been nine years of running my graphic design/branding boutique, Silver Spoon Studio and also being a photographer for the past five years – I’ve really learned so much along the way. Mistakes were plentiful as much as the successes. Turning a passion into a full-time while on my own, meant I was really putting myself to the test.
I mention the last sentence because I think it’s frightening for a single gal to do something on her own with no backup plan other than her college degree, experienced resume and whatever is in savings or stock accounts but I say it because I want to empower you. If you wonder if you need to have a safety net in order to pursue dreams – probably better yes, but I wouldn’t put dreams on hold for that. Just save enough money and build up your dream while you have a steady 9 to 5 job. I used my shoe money to invest in lenses and equipment.
So many things I’ve learned that I wanted to pass along to you if you are boss lady.
Knowing what position you are in and realizing sometimes you can go back between the two, will allow you can make wiser decisions with your time and talents. It will also help you keep the right perspective so you can also avoid entrepreneurial burn out. And always be kind to everyone, even if you are discouraged, even if you find yourself not at the level you want to be yet, the more you are around the energy the more it should propel you, learn all you can from one another and share – this world can be a lonely place without encouraging friends who know the ups and downs of being a small business owner.
I am truly loving these hikes I’ve been taking this week! I think the reason is because at the end of a hike there’s a reward – like discovering 900 year old ancient ruins, or a breathtaking view of Sedona. I know the top of Camelback Mountain offers an amazing view of Phoenix but does that hike have to be THAT HARD? I’ve hiked it a total of three times to the top out of anger – typically due to breakups, let’s be honest.
This week my Monday kicked off with my girlfriend Ricki who was my yoga/meditation model and we headed up to Cave Creek to check out the Sears Kay Indian Ruins. I’m really excited to share these images with you after the April issue of PHOENIX magazine comes out.
I wanted a boulder shot so bad and this one was off the edge of the top of the mountain and I begged Ricki to get on. Then I begged her not to fall off.
Those are just iPhone photos but my favorite shot looks like it should be an outdoor allergy pill advertisement.
The 16-35mm/F2.8 L did a great job, the rental covered 2 of my 5 shoots and the only ones I really needed to capture the great outdoors anyway. I still can’t tell you if I want to buy it, but I do think renting it just seems to make more sense. I am just not loving capturing subjects with it because you pretty much have to place your subject (a person) right in the middle to avoid warping, even with lens corrections in post it doesn’t seem to fix it well so I have to edit a bit more. If anyone has experience shooting with a crazy wide angle like that with any advice please let me know. I’m considering the 24mm/F1.4 L now, oh decisions. Ah!
Things I learned this week:
And because everyone loves a bunny picture!
I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day! You are loved, by me. xx
If you’re a chalkboard/sign writing lover, I wanted to share this chalk marker that has two tips – a round tip and a beveled tip all in one! Last month I had a few signs I needed to write on for client Bella Lily Bridal.
Here is an 8 pack of colors, the solid white ones are currently sold out, but the colors are so fun!
My calligraphy online class helped a lot with my writing with a nib, these chalk markers though are so fun! Remember to store them horizontally and not in a cup!
To continue from last week’s off camera flash post when we talked about the Radio Popper radio triggers, I want to go into settings.
Settings are a hard thing – there’s no magic setting, you take a couple and move them, then it changes, just play around and always check!
Your off camera flash is like the sun if you were shooting outdoors – and you were a photographer who like to backlight. The reason why you need an off camera flash is to illuminate the location so it doesn’t look like you’re shooting in black tunnel when you use one flash. It makes everything else around lighter, and you can adjust it by your shutter – adding whatever amount of ambient light or as little!
This is with a quick shutter so I don’t let in a lot of ambient light:
More ambient light (slower shutter):
You can turn off the flash on your camera and only illuminate the back of your couple.
If close enough to the flash you can turn your on camera flash off, slow shutter to get ambient lighting, and get something like this.
Off Camera Flash Post Series
Hi there! I’m Diana Elizabeth, named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. I'm a creative professional, wife - and follower of Christ.
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