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Client Family Portraits

Thanksgiving Gathering

DVP_1991Tickle Monster, The Love Birds, All The Gals, Two Princesses.  What a delightful family!  I so enjoyed the time I spent getting to know this lovely family.  We had 22 people, I think.  From itty bitty baby to Great Grandpa!  We got some smiles out of Avery (2 years old)  because of Auntie’s monkey sounds.   All the kids did great!  And we didn’t break the antique sofa!  Yay!  I hope to be invited back soon for another family gathering.




Best of Both Worlds

Oak Run makes the perfect retreat for a hardworking executive like Carla.   Kelly and Carla enjoy the peace and quiet of their home in the hills when they aren’t jetting around the country.   Carla will be featured in Texas Techsan Magazine.   Texas Tech is her and Kelly’s alma mater.  Here’s a sneak peak of our shoot yesterday evening.   What a gorgeous view of Mt. Lassen and the foothills.  I had a ton of fun creating images that tell their story of  creating a lifestyle where they can live in the beauty of  Northern California and work in the High Tech industry.












Life-Long Friends

These two are a ton of fun.  So stylish and sassy!  This collage will be a great memory for them and a beautiful wall portrait for the girls’ rooms.

Double the Fun

I don’t know what’s better than a family photo shoot except maybe a double family shoot!   My heart was so warmed by how loving these kids are with each other.  They have grown up together and they are so sweet.  I just loved having the chance to capture them all together.  Thanks Kim for organizing and making it happen!



They Grow Up So Fast!

Fall Fun

We had a blast on this shoot.  Three little boys on a beautiful day in a park means good times.   These guys were fast!  They ran circles around me.. literally.  We got lots of  giggles.  Then the sweet reward of  bubbles.  The littlest one was the best bubble maker I ever met.  Amazing talent!

These are for you Grandma!












Family Memories

The fall colors were in full “bloom” at the park.  We took advantage of them and went out to have some fun.  It was a bit cold though on Saturday.  Brrrr.  Enjoy.




Beach Days

Another gorgeous day for  shooting at the beach.  Brandy Beach that is.   The Vargas are such a fun family.  The kids were just fabulous.  We were shooting images storybook style which means some extra time for the kids to play around.  They definitely got into the groove.    Here’s a few of the memories we made.





Peter is Graduating

Peter is soon going to be an official graduate of the class of 2012.  He’s a self-titled computer geek and loves to play chess.  Peter is the funniest guy and had me cracking up the whole shoot.  I think there is a serious side to Peter but I love the fun loving side the best.




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!





Happy New Year !

Well, how did your 2011 go?  Diana feels like she ran a marathon and won the race.   Thank you to all of our clients (friends)  for a fabulous 2011.

Diana earned her Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)  from the Professional Photographers Association.  3 of Diana’s works were chosen for display at the Imaging USA  2012 convention in New Orleans.  And she also won many blue and gold ribbons at print competitions in California.

But Diana’s favorite honor is being invited in to your families to capture your beauty.  The beauty God has created in everyone of us.  We had so much fun creating these memories for you.  We just love all of our new friends and are so grateful for the trust you placed in us.    We are going strong in 2012 and we will  be there for all of your special occasions and for those important milestones.  Blessings to you in the new year!  Diana and Mike Vader

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The Sweetest Baby

Giddyap let’s go.  Fortunately we were able to get  saddle pics before she got too big.  5 weeks old and gorgeous.  What a precious angel!  We were waiting for the sleeping angel but she was not going for it.  She was only fooling with that yawn.   Nursing, formula, diaper changes, rocking, warming pad  and she was still wide awake.   Thanks Jeanna for choosing me to be your family photographer.  I had so much fun today!  Of course we Vaders think you guys are the best!

Do you think she was making fun of me!  We were so glad to have Chuck come be our hand model.   Look how tiny her head is.  She’s going to treasure every Daddy picture she has when she grows up. Thanks Chuck for begin willing to be in the pictures!


Studio Portraits with Cara

All I can say is WOW. The kids did so awesome.  They just smiled  and laughed and loved having their picture taken.  Thanks Cara for allowing me to spend a Saturday evening with you and the “boys”.  I’m sure glad we did the green screen.  I was able to choose several backdrops and edit them into the image.  Cool!

Foothill High’s Wade, Senior Portraits

What better way to spend a beautiful friday evening then out shooting senior portraits.  We started around 5pm when the sun was just starting to get low.  Can you believe how early it’s getting dark these days?  Wade and his mom met us out at the shoot location and we got started right away.  I used my 70-200mm lense first so I was pretty far way from my subject.  I think that was a good way to ease into the shoot since Wade is on the shy side.  I switched to other lenses as we moved about the shoot.  We had about 5 different shirts which really changed the moods of the images.  Easy to do with when you have a great pair of jeans to go with them.

I am so glad I have met Wade and his family.  Wade is the quietest person I think I’ve ever had as a client.  Wade loves to Referee for all kinds of sports.  Wade’s almost 6 feet tall.  Best of all he is super nice!  Wade has a killer natural smile and He looks so cool in these photographs.  I am blessed to be the Williams family photographer.

Wendy and Tim’s Perfect Wedding

Sunset, candles, twinkle lights… It was so pretty.  We just loved shooting your wedding Wendy.  A fabulous time was had by everyone.  You were so calm, cool and collected it was amazing.  Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of your memories captured.

Lakeside Fun

Wow, we sure had fun last weekend.  These are just a smidgen of the fabulous photos that were taken of Taylor.  Mike came along as my assistant extraordinaire and even Mom got in on the action.  Taylor is a kinda quieter personality who doesn’t go in for tons of dress-up and makeup.  In some of these shots she looks like she wears a “going out dancing” dress everyday.  Gorgeous.  I really liked the simpler closeup images that really show off how pretty she is.  Even her more serious poses have a flare and personality about them.  Thanks Taylor for  a wonderful time.  I am so proud to be your family and senior photographer.



Tyler is an Ambassador for Diana Vader Photography

We had a great time last night shooting Tyler’s senior pictures.  Using natural light, reflectors and portable flash we were able to get some beautiful shots of  Tyler in with the water.   My husband Mike and I climbed all over these boulders.  My tripod had the weirdest configuration to get anchored.  The long exposure shot has the water looking so cool.  Thanks Tyler and Kristen for braving the mosquitos and slippery rocks.  I just love how this shoot turned out.

The Painter

Inspired by The Dancing Butler by Jack Vettriano I made this particular piece.  One day I want to photograph the same image below on the beach.  Anyone want to go?  It will have to be a rainy blustery day with the sun peaking through on the east coast.  I can see there may be some problems with this for those who want to go with me.  Oh Well.  See my color “painted” version of The Painter – You Paint My World.


The Painter – You Paint My World

Andrews SneakPeak

The wildflowers held out for us so we could get these incredible shots.  Even with the heat last week, so we are so thankful.   Thanks Bryce and Tristan for putting up with a very long hike and even a run at the end to catch sunset.  Your beautiful family portrait for the home will be enhanced with these fun shots.  Andrews Family, you are so fun and daring and outgoing.  I can’t wait for our next session.  Bryce, you are up for senior pics next!

For my photog friends, these images were taken with combination of reflector and portable flash units.  A shoot through umbrella was used on the family images.  The soft “last light” helped a bunch to get these fabulous colors at the flower field.  I metered the scene and then set the flash units for 1 stop brighter.  I could have done 2 stops brighter for a darker background.  I’ll do some adjusting and post artistic effects to make this family portrait a fine art piece.  For now, enjoy these straight out of the camera images.

Kids and Apples {Redding, CA Photographer}

Thanks Erin, Sean and family for a wonderful day out on the ranch.  The boys were so good and tons of fun.  It stills makes me laugh that Angel preferred the fresh green grass over the juicy red apples.  Enjoy this sneak peak of our day.

Spring Green {Redding, CA Photographer}

Went out on the ranch today to do some location shoot recon. It was just gorgeous out there and Lucy the Aussie had a pretty good time too. Thanks Tonnie for the great time. Enjoy the images.  Can’t wait for Saturday’s shoot.  Pray for good weather.

Proud Puppies {Redding, CA Photographer}

What a crazy fun two days of shooting.  The studio space I used was fantastic.  Thanks to Baas Physical Therapy. They Rock.  We had lots of puppies and with that comes giggles and smiles and sloppy dog kisses.  I was is in dog heaven.  Thanks to my dear clients who braved the adventure with me.  And a big thanks to Kelsie D, my assistant, who helped me pack it all up.  Whew. Here a few fun pics of the adventure.

Proud Puppy Days to Celebrate Our New Baby Charlie {Redding, CA Photographer}

Join us for *Proud Puppy* Days, Friday March 4th from 12-4 or Saturday March 5th from 10-2. Kids welcome with their puppy. Text PUPPY to 77007 for special offer.   Pick Photo on the spot. Call for location and to reserve session time.

* Diana Vader Photography is an equal opportunity puppy lover. Puppies of ALL ages invited!

CALL TODAY 339-5988

Winter Wonderland {Redding, CA Photographer}

What does a photographer think when it is raining?  There must be  snow in them thar hills.  The Osbornes  braved the cold and the snow to get one-of-a-kind Christmas Magic for their Christmas Cards this year.   Some fresh snow and some christmas balls and we were off to the woods.     

What a magical scene.  The trees were just covered in powder and the snow was deeper than my boots.  We brought hot cocoa and christmas balls to hang.  The girls loved hanging the ornaments on the tree.  Someone might have said ‘Mush’ because we were bringing the equipment into the forest on sleds.  I forgot I like to lay down alot when I shoot and so my fleece pants were just covered with snow.  Yes, we took the ornaments down before we left.  Thanks for the great time my friends.  I love you guys.

Last day for Christmas Card sessions is Monday December 6th.  I have a few spots still open.  Call me on 339-5988.  Join my phototext service for a free 5×7 with your next sitting. text and data rates may apply.  text Vader and your name to 77007.