…because you're beautiful

Fun Stuff

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.

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.




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?



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?

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.





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!


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.



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

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.

Music Man David is an Ambassador for Diana Vader Photography {Redding, CA Senior Photographer}


Thanks David for being such a great model.  Loved hearing you sing inside the building.  Congrats on the lead role in Music Man.  That is  “groovy”.   Great Music, Great Guy.  Text david to 77007 for a special offer on your senior portraits.

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

Michael’s Photo Shoot {Redding, CA Senior Photographer}

We headed out from Central Valley High School for a photo adventure.  First we had to stop at the homestead to pick up a few things and talk over the clothing options.  A little bit of ironing and we were out of there.   It was a fun afternoon.  2 hours of non-stop shooting.  Michael, you’re handsome, fun and like photography.  That’s too cool.  Enjoy these images.  I can’t wait to show you the rest.

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.

Chelsea’s Day {Redding, CA Senior Photographer}


Thanks Chelsea for a fabulous shoot. You are truly a natural beauty. I just loved having your “kids” there to share your special day.

Christmas Photo Shoot {Redding, CA Photographer}

We went downtown to take photos for the this year’s Christmas cards.   It was raining a bit but we had fun.

watch me spin

Emeralds this Christmas

Jumping Joy

Me and My Sister