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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Hi there, I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and really chat with you all.  I miss sitting down and really sharing my heart and life with you, so I moved some posts around to make time.

Since I’m done traveling for the most part this year, I have settled back into normalcy, making dinners, doing wifey things, and able to ponder a bit more.  Being busy is great, but sometimes, being still makes you reflect about all that busyness – what’s beneficial for the future, eternity, things of that nature.

Sometimes the mundane things like folding laundry is a drag – our pastor’s wife said during a women’s bible study that anytime we get frustrated over things – husband’s socks or mess, or children for that matter, to count our blessings because there is someone out there who would love to pick up after a husband or children’s toys.  Good perspective, right?  Anyway, I rarely have to pick up after my husband since he’s a neat freak like myself, but as I folded laundry this week, I noticed several missing pairs of socks.  For Polo socks the jockey faces out so you have to match them. I was scratching my head on what was going on with these four until Mr. Wonderful poked his head in the bedroom and said, “You told me to throw away my socks with holes in them so I did.”  However he only threw out ONE sock, not the pair because he likes to save money. Apparently his right foot must be bigger and the one that rubs in his shoe since those are the ones missing.

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Adventures in marriage.

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In other Mr. Wonderful/house news, we got a new riding lawn mower by Troybilt. We have a trusty arborist named Noelle Johnson, also known as AZ Plant Lady (she has a great blog for those who live in the desert) who visits us twice a year, early fall and mid-spring just to touch base upon what we have growing around our property.  She told us about the riding lawnmower which is a neighborhood mower fits through all standard gates if you’re interested, read her post here.  Was this investment a necessity?  We think so with how large our backyard is.  Guess what else we did to save money?

This girl seeded this week after Benjamin made his own race tracks in our lawn, of course.  I’m not quite sure if getting the riding lawn mower has taken time off mowing or made it equivalent with more fun time with Benjamin on it.

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In Arizona because nothing is supposed to live here (remember I’m a Nor Cal girl), we must plant winter rye every fall when temperatures are around 75-ish if we want any grass at all from November to April.  Otherwise, our bermuda grass which is technically an invasive weed, turns to the color of dry hay and that’s not picturesque.  I have been spending the past few days clapping my hands and chasing pigeons and morning doves away from feasting on our lawn – the fun part of the growing process.

In more exciting news, I’m still working with Sony, on a different level.  I was invited to be one of 5 Power Players.  I review latest products, give honest in-depth feedback on their Sony store site so buyers can decide if they want to buy the product.  I’m under no obligation to blog about it or share, but in this case, I wanted to show off the Sony HT-ST5 sound bar we got a few months ago because I found out something amazing about it while we watched the season premier of The Walking Dead (yeahhhhh I love zombies walkers!)

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That’s it right there on bluetooth setting (so you can connect your iTunes from your iPhone), but on TV mode, the sound bar knows when it’s a commercial so it lowers the volume during the commercial break! This came in very useful when I took a nap on the couch too.  It has a ton of different settings from football to music, but if you’re interested just click on the link and you’ll see my review there.  We donated our previous surround sound set up to White Dove - the hospice thrift store.  I am happy to know our things are sold to make money to a good cause we may call on one day as we prepare to exit this world.

Our young married’s small group just wrapped studying the book of Ecclesiastes this week, a book which is quite sobering – kind of puts a damper on a few of life’s thoughts, but at the same time, enlightens and lets you really focus on what matters in life.  Vanity of vanities, right?  Life is fleeting and so complex, but God is in control, and not being attached to this world yet still appreciating life can be a difficult thing to balance. It might sound crazy but I think the less we hold onto things of this world and the less we try to actually put an emphasis in finding fulfillment in things here, the more joy we actually have in our daily lives.

Hope you all have a great weekend, xx.

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Have you caught the Turkish towel craze?  I did in France at the markets when they were displayed everywhere – 2 for 30 Euros which is quite cheaper than some of these large Turkish towels go for (around $65 each).  I bought two very large and colorful ones for the beach, because we have so many in Arizona *wink*

I wanted smaller ones for the bathroom and found kitchen size – comes in several colors at Cost Plus World Market for $3.99 each.

These would also be great hostess gifts!

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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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This past week two girlfriends of mine have been texting me for advice on Hunter boots.  I’m an owner of 3 pairs – the two you see on this post and a gray wedge (no longer available).

I know we are approaching the season in which these will come in real handy in some parts of the country (mine was this summer during monsoon season), so I wanted to give you some quick tips on buying your first pair of Hunter boots.

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6 Things to know about Hunter Boots

  1. Don’t buy online unless you have tried them on and know your size.  They are unpredictable in size.  If you want to buy online, you could buy multiple sizes from an online store that offers free shipping and returns.
  2. If you are in between sizes and you live in really cold weather, consider adding a boot sock to add warmth and make up the size difference.  Know what length you need as they come in different lengths.
  3. If you wear a boot sock, put the boot sock on first and then put your foot in the shoe.  Don’t try to leave the sock in and then put your foot in, it won’t work.
  4. Don’t wear your Hunters without socks if they are already tight.  I did so in a hurry and within 2 minutes regretted it but it was too late – I was driving.  My feet were sweating and I had one heck of a time for 10 minutes trying to get them off, they suctioned to my feet, I almost started to panic.
  5. Your Hunters will have a white paste from sweating, you will need to use a Hunter buffer solution to get it out.  Don’t use olive oil like a blog post says, tried it, doesn’t work.
  6. If you have wide calfs – consider the Hunter short boot which will not restrict your calf.  The Huntress Welly claims to have more calf space, so check that out too.

When it comes to picking out what style or color, think about when you’ll be wearing it – what season and what a majority of you clothing colors are.  I would love to own a hot pink pair because the idea sounds fun but most of the colors I wear in the fall are greens, browns, black, deep oranges and grays which go well with the colors I decided to invest in – grey, orange, and an olive/brown.

You can also pick from glossy or matte with colors.  The Huntress Welly is a basic design, more for gardening, being on the farm, around horses.  For wear, the Original Tall Rain Boot is it (like my orange ones above).

Then think about when you will wear them – in the garden picking grapefruit?

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If you plan on jumping and out of them often, consider the Hunter short boot.  It’s lower on the calf and will be easier to slip on and off unlike the taller ones.

If I could buy one more pair, I would either buy the Regent-Carlyle or Regent Savoy Riding Boot, you know I dig that equestrian riding look.

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Happy Hunter boot shopping!

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{Photos by Melissa Schollaert / Makeup and hair by Lizzy Marsh / Styled by Angela Saban}

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