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Mt. Shasta at Dusk

Everyone who has seen Mt. Shasta in person is awed by its magnificence and beauty. It stands over 14,000 feet and adorns the northern most tip of California's central valley. As I was driving near McConnell's Lema Ranch, in Redding, I saw the setting sun reflecting off Mt. Shasta. I drove home as fast as possible to fetch my camera. One chaotic sprint across Lema Ranch later, I was able to capture this image before the sun dipped below the horizon. The pink setting sun captured my heart and made this image rare indeed. This mountain jewel takes on a different character each day and each day Jesus paints his radiant glory upon it. How wonderful that He allows us a daily glimpse of His glory.

About the photographer

Diana Vader

Diana Vader lives and works in the beautiful Northern (North State) California area pursuing her passion for portrait, landscape, and commercial photography.

Diana has received numerous professional awards (print of the year, best in show and numerous blue ribbons) and is a recognized leader in the academics of photography. Active in various professional organizations, Diana is always quick to support community outreach programs with her time and resources. Two favorite organizations are the Good News Rescue Mission and the Carenet Pregnancy Center & Medical Clinic. Both organizations are beacons in the Redding and surrounding communities. Diana and her husband Mike are active in Little Country Church's worship team.


Diana pursues technical excellence through continued education from both nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the photographic industry by attending and assisting with courses throughout the United States. In recognition of this pursuit, Diana has been awarded the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. (Less than 3% of all professional photographers ever achieve this distinction.)

Living amongst some of the most beautiful scenery California has to offer, Diana's landscape photography is in direct response to God's living canvas surrounding her home. Diana feels that her photography is an extension of her worship and she strives to uplift and encourage those around her with beautiful images.

Having two young children of her own, she knows all too well the value of patience, understanding, compassion and legacy. As a passionate professional, Diana pours all her energies into every photo in order to live up to the high standard that God has put upon her heart.

"When our family moved to the North State, God opened several doors and led me through them one at a time. Family, friends, colleagues and mentors all came together in concert to bring a long dormant dream of pursuing professional photography to life."

"It's a shame we often forego our passion in order to stay within the lines… Praise God that He didn't want me to stay there!"

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