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Monday 9 till 4:30
Tuesday 9 till 4:30
Wednesday 9 till 4:30
Thursday 9 till 4:30
Friday 9 till 4:30

Saturdays, Evenings & Holidays I am open by appointment only
Sundays CLOSED

The operating hours for spring, summer, and fall 2024 have been posted.

My hours remain consistent from Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 4:30 during this period, unlike previous years. However, due to various family and business commitments, my opening days may vary. I highly recommend reaching out to confirm my availability before planning your visit. Additionally, I may need to be away for extended 4-day weekends during the summer, though specific dates will be determined closer to the time.

Thank you to everyone for your continued loyalty and support.

Call today to verify my hours 403-327-1114

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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.

Printing – One Hour & Custom Printing

In 2002 Mike opened his custom printing division to the general public. Catering to advanced amateurs, professional photographers, artists as well as many graphic companies around western Canada.

Now with an expansion of the printing department Mike provides photo printing to all level of photographers with both the one hour and custom photo lab divisions.

A LARGE selection of media from canvas, luster, pearl, matte, metallic, fine art. Same day prints, online picture ordering, Paterson Photography Ltd. is your best choice for one hour and custom photo prints in Lethbridge and area.

Offering prints from wallets to 24×100 inches on a variety of media. No cheap, thin poor color poster prints like many places offer. All printing is done on archival media at the highest resolutions.  Printing 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 call, you will be glad you did!

If you need photo restorations, slides scanned or negatives scanned.Prints from slides, prints from negatives, fire restoration, flood restorations, old prints copied Mike is the only choice!!

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. Using 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!

Locally owned by the same person since 1985.

Photo courses & Education

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.

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.