…because you're beautiful

Class of 2013

What I have learned- Color My World

More and more I discover that I love painting.  I used water color painting as a tool to enhance my photograph.    WOW!   My teacher Arthur Rainville showed me this technique that he uses to create fabulous pieces.   I studied under him for an entire week at West Coast School in San Diego two weeks ago.   I had the privilege of being the class assistant to Arthur and Anne Clay.  What a magical time.  I miss the many moments we had of just enjoying the beauty around us.  I’d love to hear your feedback.  Do you like this?  Hate it? Think it’s cool or funky?

Winsome Ways


We had a blast shooting these senior portraits for Johannah.  The mood was fun and fabulous.  It was a warm 92 degrees out when we started at 6pm.   We set out in the car to find our favorite trees.  After running around north east Redding for a bit we settled on our favorite spots.   My assistant Andrew was on the job bringing us reflectors and tripods and whatever else we needed.  Great job Andrew.   One of my more embarrasing photo moments happened last night.  After shooting from the railing of a wooden foot bridge I went to jump down a large portion of my shorts stayed behind.  I had a huge rip in my shorts.  I mean colossal.  So what do you do then?  Well,  I wrapped a sheet around my waist and went togo style the rest of the shoot.   It was crazy.  How serious can you take your photographer when  you know she just ripped her pants.  Oh, we had a huge laugh over that.  Wish you all could have been there.  Well, here are couple of the images we took that I love.







Radical Retro

Johannah has a fabulous dress from her grandmother’s dancing days.   She jazzed it up with killer shoes and a retro hat.  Johannah is an ambassador this year for Diana Vader Photography.   We had loads of fun posing and twirling and laughing.  Johannah is an absolute natural in front of the camera.  Amazing!