Be a Peach – Shooting for PHOENIX mag

Peach Orchard at Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek, Ariz.

Monday morning I stumbled out of bed at 6 a.m. with coffee in hand, ready to drive an hour to the outskirts of Phoenix – Queen Creek to be exact.  The location was the lovely Schnepf Farms for a photoshoot assignment for PHOENIX magazine.

My models were Julie Read and her adorable 6 and a half year old daughter Amaya. You have probably seen Amaya before modeling tutus, Julie is the owner of Juju’s Tutus which was featured on Wedding Chicks amongst a few others, in a few concept shoots I’ve photographed (check out this circus one), and our shots were purchased and appeared on Gilt when her line was for sale!


Thanks Julie for sending over these behind the scenes iPhone pics!


The theme of the shoot was picking peaches – as the farm is now open to the public to pick their own peaches off their orchard.  How fun is that?  Check out Schnepf Farm’s website here for more information.


I just adore her, can’t you tell?  Julie jokes that I could be Amaya’s mom.  Amaya is currently unsigned talent but I am pretty sure she’ll get picked up by an agent pretty quickly after she gets submitted.  Then maybe one fine job we’ll be paired as mother daughter!


I must say the peaches were absolutely delicious, and throughout the shoot Amaya couldn’t wait sink her teeth into one, repeatedly asking.  So after we shot for a good while around the orchard, I told her she could enjoy one.  Those shots were adorable!  I am so excited to share the images with you soon but you’ll have to wait for the first preview in next month’s issue of PHOENIX magazine – my most favorite publication in the world.

Thanks to Carrie, Mark, and Mary for their hospitality, what friendly, genuinely sweet people at the farm.  Please go and support them, they have all sorts of festivities, and they even host weddings!  Put the pumpkin patch on your calendar this fall!

Diana Elizabeth used to have peaches in the front of her home in Sacramento.  Neighbors used to knock on the door asking if they could take the ones off the ground and her parents were always happy to say yes.  She learned the lifespan of a peach tree is 20 years.

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


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