My Life Lately – Lemons and Identity Crisis

yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger
Shirt: Forever 21 / Straw hat: Forever 21 / Earrings: Dogeared / Bracelet: An Old Soul Jewelry / Jeans: H&M / Slides: Jeffrey Campbell / Eyeshadow palette: Urban Decay Ultimate basics  

Oh dear, if I don’t get this post up I’ll be up for another hour over thinking. I have many deep thought posts to share, today was supposed to be one of them but it’s not entirely developed that I want to hold off until I can say all the right things. Meanwhile, I thought I’d share these images Benjamin took this weekend at Melissa’s house after church. You’ll see later down this post why the shoot happened (and how it actually failed LOL).


Yes, I’m having an identity crisis here and I figured I’d be completely transparent with you and if you have thoughts, I’d like to hear them, please.

For the next month I’m going to try a new editing method (as shown in this post). This is very difficult for me as my roots as an editorial photographer has habitually created images that are clean, crisp, true to life style. However, I am finding I’m dissatisfied in certain areas of my blogging creativity that I’m going to try this new editing style and see how it feels. The problem is this editing style isn’t one I would deliver to photography clients which is hard for me – as a photographer. But the editing style is one I enjoy as a blogger, how does this make sense? It doesn’t. And perhaps in a month I can tell you what my conclusion will be. Meanwhile, have any of you struggled with editing? I heard it’s harder for photographers to stick with an editing style on social media since we can over edit and come up with a variety of styles.

yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger
yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger
yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger

We met with our accountant and asked how to plan for 2018 and under the new tax laws – clothing, beauty services, those types of write offs will be no more – the fancy theater excursions with a client, or meetings on the golf course (I don’t do either but it was given as an example). The clothing and beauty kills me but I have to see how it goes in the next few years – if our country creates more jobs, I will be happy and I cannot panic about my write-offs. However, good news – trips are still tax deductible so I foresee trips coming up and less clothing purchases haha. I figured I should share that information with you.

It seems the economy is doing quite well, no one wants to return our calls on the home expansion. I’m not kidding – no draftsman is ready to come over to start and help and I have called three! Totally lemon there – I’m getting sour over this project.

Oh sh-eep! This is why we headed over to Melissa’s. But the sheep, Bob, wouldn’t cooperate and this was the best shot. The dog had to be by me because the sheep would follow the dog, LOL, like best friends.

yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger
yellow stripe shirt straw hat picking citrus lemons blood red oranges Diana Elizabeth phoenix blogger

Don’t worry, not getting sour over here. Anyway, thanks for being here. More outfit posts to come. I went a bit crazy with spring around the corner – too bad they aren’t tax deductible Bahahahaa. Thanks for spending some time with me, as always I appreciate you being here. xx

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.

2 Comments

  • Diana Elizabeth

    Hi Terri, Thanks for your comment. My husband takes my images, sometimes I take them of myself with a tripod and other times I hire a photographer. I don’t think age matters in terms of uncertainty you can always learn new things. I am sorry you are feeling irrelevant in the world but I have heard other women say the same, which is so wrong! Might I show you my friend Angela who just turned 50 and is a blogger – momstylelab.com. She has a great blog and has success on segments on TV. I don’t think you need to necessarily be the face of your blog or brand if you don’t want to be, but if you do, which I am for mine, then you do need to get in front of the camera and finding someone to take your images will be key. You can probably find a student photographer who might want to learn or be affordable? Good luck! xx

  • Terri Feder

    Hi Diane,

    I am a fashion blogger wannabee. I started a fashion blog but so far have only done photos of clothes…not photos of me in clothes. I’m trying to figure out how to make this happen. I happen to be 54 years old, which seems to make everything more complicated and less certain. I have begun to feel irrelevant in the world. It’s not a nice feeling. I need some advice as I transition to taking photos of myself. Do you always hire a photographer or do you have away of taking photos yourself. I know photos are key. I would love to get some mentoring. There doesn’t seem to be anyone out there to advise me. Your blog is beautiful I LOVE it. Kind regards, Terri

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