Started in 1985 by Mike Paterson. Paterson Photography quickly grew to be one of the leaders in the photography industry in Lethbridge and southern Alberta.  Paterson Photography has always been on the cutting edge of the photo business and continues to be so, even today. Offering more than just a standard photography studio.

Paterson Photography Studio

One of the first studios to enter into digital photography in Lethbridge back in the early 90’s. Today leading the industry in offering photo solutions to individuals, companies and organizations. I use digital photography and a complete on site printing department to provide amazing images.  When you are looking for a Lethbridge photographer we are the choice!

Owned by the same person since 1985. This makes us one of only two Lethbridge studios that have been around for that long.


Paterson Photography Ltd. also offers a variety of courses, workshops and adventures around Canada.  From our classes at our Lethbridge studio – one on one classes.  Group classes.  Adventures and more. You will love learning your camera. Mike has been teaching for over 25 years and offering courses through his studio for over 15 years.

Printing – One Hour & Custom Printing

In 2002 Mike opened a custom printing division. Catering to the advanced amateur and professional photographer as well as many graphic companies around western Canada. Today I also provide photo printing to all level of photographers with my one hour photo lab. Paterson Photography Ltd. is your best choice for custom photo prints in Lethbridge and area. Offering prints from wallets to 44×100 inches on a variety of media. No cheap, poor color poster prints like many places offer. All my printing is done on archival media at the highest resolutions.  I print for individuals, companies and groups that want quality prints that look amazing. Traditional photo lab prints with outstanding quality, better than your discount and drug stores!  If you need a one hour lab or a custom lab give me a call, you will be glad you did!

Digital Photography

The early 90’s found a new trend starting in photography studios, Digital.  Mike wanted to know more about what was happening.  During a business trip to Vancouver Mike had a chance to try one of the first digital studios and was impressed with what he saw.  Spending a lot of time researching digital Mike tried a couple of digital systems to add to his traditional studio.  Dabbling in digital was not enough and in the late 90’s Mike jumped into digital all the way.  Converting his studio to 100% digital in 1999, many years before many even heard of a digital camera.

The jump to digital also opened up a number of other doors for Mike.  Mike was introduced to one of the top Adobe experts in north America and this created a desire to know more about photo restoration and retouching.  Now with Photoshop training at Langara College and numerous courses directly from Adobe, as well as many thousand of hours working on photos Mike is passing on his knowledge to others.   Mike offers courses, not only in Adobe Photoshop, but also in digital photography, studio photography, nature & wildlife and many more areas.  Mike’s teaching has him traveling all over western Canada teaching for some of the largest corporations as well as individuals and groups.

Lethbridge Location

In 2005 Mike made the difficult decision to reduce the work that the studio would handle as space had become extremely tight (bursting at the seams was an understatement). 

Late 2006 a perfect location became available, the remodeling of the new location took a while, but the new location (our current) at 1263C 2 Ave South was well worth the work.

Now with one of the nicest studio’s anywhere Paterson Photography has room to grow again.  From Graduation, Family, commercial, advertising, head shots and more our studio can handle it!

Mike is happy to be of service to people around western Canada. As well Mike is pleased at being one of only two photographers to have served Lethbridge for over 34 years.  Give Mike a call today.