Staycations – PHOENIX magazine


The trendy thing to do in Phoenix during the summer is not what you may think (stay indoors and do a get out of dodge trip) but rather – stay in town and do a staycation!  The rates at hotels are cheap, there are many spa discounts, and you can use someone else’s AC to cool off!  Out on newsstands now is PHOENIX magazine’s summer Staycation guide featuring the Valley’s best staycation offers.

Last month before I headed to France I shot at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale this lovely FORD model Daniela Lazar who stayed the night in her Jeep before our shoot!  She came in town from San Diego and forgot her house keys and was a trooper and slept in her car with the windows cracked – and she looked like this the next day.

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Isn’t she darling?  I was crazy about this one piece!

The requested look was Old Hollywood glam, so with the help of Lizzy Marsh, we nailed it.  You may notice the heavy composition with lots of margin space – when you shoot editorial you always take a step back for the page bleeds and leave plenty of room at the top for story headlines and potential cover option.


I love this shot below.  A reflector was used to bounce the light back onto her and I love how different it makes her look.

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PHOENIX magazine’s lovely intern Cierra came along and created this sweet video of the behind the scenes.  Watch me in action and see what it’s like to shoot for a magazine! On mobile, click here.

If you pick up the issue, peek at the contributors, you can see a sweet writeup about me written by intern Garrett.

Model Daniela Lazar from FORD/RBA for PHOENIX magazine.  Shot at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.

{Makeup and hair: Lizzy Marsh}

Diana Elizabeth started the shoot a little after 8 in the morning to avoid the heat and intense sun.  

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


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