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.


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 by using digital photography and a complete on site printing department.  When you are looking for a Lethbridge photographer we are the choice!

Owned by the same person since 1985, making us one of only two Lethbridge studios that have been around for that long under the same owner.


Paterson Photography Ltd. also offers a variety of courses, workshops and adventures around Canada.  From our classes at our Lethbridge studio, our 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

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 our 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 us a call you will be glad you did!

I am honored to serve you……

The Photographer

Mike Paterson has lived in southern Alberta for over 39 years.  Moving for a time to Waterton, then to a ranch outside the park, Mike’s nature and wildlife photography took off.   Shooting all around western Canada Mike was hooked, not only on the photography, but the how and why’s of photography.  Moving to Calgary allowed Mike access to some of the leaders in the photography industry as well as many opportunities to shoot a variety of assignments.

Along with the love of photography, Mike also had a love for the developing and printing of the film.  “Seeing a image develop, changing it to what you want, and getting a perfect print is unbelievable.”

Soon after settling back in Lethbridge and opening his studio , Mike was hired as a photographer with The Lethbridge Herald and helped the Herald out with many assignments while growing the studio.  During many years working for the Herald Mike had numerous photos in the Lethbridge Herald, as well as photos in publications such as Lethbridge Living Magazine, Readers Digest, Alberta Report, numerous professional Emergency Services Publications and many other publications.

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 Photo Lab

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.

The Studio

Then 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 was not the quickest, but the new location at 1263C 2 Ave South was well worth the work.  Now with one of the nicest studio’s anywhere Paterson Photography is growing again.

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 3 years.  Give Mike a call today.