…because you're beautiful


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.












APEX Technology Management

I had the pleasure of photographing APEX for some upcoming marketing campaigns. Thanks to Jamie, George and Dottie who made the day go smoothly. The staff at APEX is super nice. Call them on 530 – 248-1000 for your computer technology needs. They will knock your socks off!

The Network Operations Center at APEX

APEX CEO Scott Putnam

Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! presented by Westside Performing Arts Company will be showing August 9,10,11 at the Cascade Theatre.   Do you have your tickets?

I was asked to shoot publicity art for the Date Book and other media.  These are some sneak peak draft images.   The finals will be coming out in a few weeks.

What is the story here with Aunt Eller and our blushing beauty?   What about that rivalry between Jud and Curly?  These questions and more are going to be answered by the fabulous WPAC under the direction of Trish Harris and Amanda Brandt.    There is sure to be lots of singing and dancing in this classic story.  Will the nice guy finish last?




Mike and I had the distinct pleasure of creating portraits for Sarah.   This commercial style shoot was designed to create images for brochures and other communication media.  We were matching the Tozer Seminary colors of blues and greens used in their website.  You can visit their website at www.simpsonu.edu  Tozer tab.  The sunny, sincere  images are meant to be warm and inviting.   We had such a great time  around the Simpson University Campus.  I had told Mike I only wanted to do 2 locations but ended up using all 4 that I had scouted the day before.   We had such a fun loving and helpful subject that I didn’t want our session to end.  Sarah is so beautiful that I posted these right away with only minimal vignette and white balance editing.  These light patterns were achieved using natural light and a reflector.  Mike chose to use white, silver and gold reflectors on this one shoot however not all in one image.  Other images were created using a shoot through umbrella with flash and a reflector for fill.



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?

Walk About II

Documenting the homeless in Redding, CA

This fellow was warming up in the morning sun after a cold night.

see YouTube video for more images.

Good News Rescue Mission – Homeless in Redding


All Things Great and Small

Check out Dr. Heather Evans DVM here in our shoot for her new website.  She is putting together a mobile veterinary clinic to come to your house.  Here she is inside her new clinic and it is really neat.  She has a surgery, an exam area, microscope, a centrifuge (sp?) in short everything she needs to treat your pet.  I got to meet some amazing animals and their wonderful families.  My own Chewie (guinea pig) and Charlie (little black dog)  got in on the action.  It was a fun day.  Thanks Dr. Heather for choosing Diana Vader Photography.

Tip:  When shooting big macaw’s stay out of reach.  When shooting puppies, the closer the better!

The inside of Dr. Evans’ clinic van.


Her lovely assistant!


That’s the spot doc!


Polly want a cheezit.


GNRM Harvest of Hope Banquet

If you haven’t heard about it… go to www.gnrm.org and check it out.  It’s going to be a fun evening.  Diana Vader Photography will be on hand to take images of the  VIP’s book signing  and the event itself.   A shout out to Crown Camera  www.crowncamera.com  for opening up the lab in the evening on a saturday so we could have our images printed and delivered back to the VIPs.  Very cool.  Thanks Theresa for giving up your saturday evening to make this event even more special.  The event is over at the Holiday Inn on Hilltop Saturday the 22nd of October.  I hope to see you there.



Simpson University’s Website features Diana Vader Photography

Simpson University’s Website has a cool feature that showcases our work.  There is also a little bit about Diana.  Read to the end for a special offer.


Click http://cs.simpsonu.edu/

 -then click the “LEARN MORE” thumbnail in the lower right (e.g.)…




Click:  http://gs.simpsonu.edu/

Give us some feedback and comments here on the blog or go to diana vader photography facebook page.  Limited time offer.  If you see one of these above bus shelter ads and are the first to post it’s location on this blog you’ll receive a special $50 off your next corporate or family shoot.  Not valid on H.S. Senior shoots.  Offer Expires August 30th, 2011.

Simpson University Hires Diana Vader Photography

Mark Wood, Director of Marketing and Communication and Travis Quam, Creative Design Manager of Simpson University are putting together an ad campaign for a number of their programs.  Featured will be students from these programs like Master of Divinity, RN and Education.  Landmark locations familiar to Redding residents such as Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Burney Falls etc. are featured along with the student.  Travis put his amazing graphic design talents to work to create the final poster art.  Check out their website at  simpsonu.edu for more info on their fabulous graduate and undergraduate programs.  Here are two of the posters that you may see around town.  I’ll be posting others as they are ready for publication.  Thanks Mark and Travis for being so wonderful to work with.

This location is Mt. Shasta as seen from McConnell Foundation’s Lema Ranch park on Shasta View Drive.   Ron went through the ASPIRE program to continue his education in nursing.  Congratulations Ron!  Ron works for Shasta Regional Medical Center.

Kristin is standing in front of the New Cypress Bridge on Cypress Ave.  She is a 2nd grade teacher and recieved her Credential from Simpson U.  Congratulations Kristin!

Trip to Oregon Coast

Wow wow wow. A shout out to Russ at Hawk's Rest Ranch. The horseback ride on the beach was fab-you-lus. I was only a little saddle sore the next day. My friend Debra went with me and we walked around bow legged after that outing. The beach was amazing. This was my first trip up to Oregon and I was like a crazy woman runnning around photographing. The Cape Ferello lookout is unreal, fantastic and amazing. My favorite beach was Lone Ranch. Great for kids too. We saw the giant bunny rabbit at that beach. Here's some goodies I shot.The Bunny Rabbit

Pelican's Fishing

Pistol River Beach

Cape Ferrello Lookover

This is Lassen at Manzanita Lake.


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