The 411 on retakes

July 18, 2017 Artona 0 Comments

If you’ve received your preview package in the mail and you’re not happy – don’t worry! Maybe you made the wrong outfit choice or you wish you had worn your hair differently. Don’t fret, retakes are always an option at Artona.

We can retake individual portraits, group sessions, grad portraits or any other portrait session we offer.

After your retake session, the new images will be uploaded online within 5-7 business days. With your online account, you will be able to view both your original and retake images. 

To arrange a retake simple call Artona at (604) 872-7272 and have all of your school and personal information prepared.  Retake Fees do apply.

If you have any questions please contact us at, (604) 872-7272 or @artona on Twitter and @ArtonaGroup on Facebook with any questions.


Benefits of taking on an Internship

July 18, 2017 Artona 0 Comments

Whether you have just graduated and are entering the professional work force or you are student trying to determine the best use of your summer, the thought of an internship may have crossed your mind.

Internships are always a hard decision because it is so easy to feel as though you are being taken advantage of or wasting your time and that can leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Internships are great for many reasons and are often a much better choice than taking an irrelevant, poorly paying job if you are a new grad.

They help you build experience
This is a given, this is why we all consider taking an internship. It is a great way to build experience in an industry and gain some credibility so that you can have something to put on your resume when you are applying for jobs.

Make connections
Although experience is important that’s not all that internships are about. Internships are an opportunity to build a personal network. If you choose to take on an internship we’re not saying you shouldn’t focus on learning and putting your skills to use but remember to take advantage of this opportunity. Attend company social events, talk to your co-workers, learn about their journeys and their career paths. Not only will you get some great advice but you will create a solid connection that you will always have. These connections are going to help you in your future, especially if you need a reference or if you want to pursue a job at a company one of your coworkers has a great relationship with.

Get your foot in the door
If you are absolutely in love with an organization and you’re not qualified to work for them, an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door. It gives you the opportunity to show the organization what your capable of, as if you were doing one very long interview. If you demonstrate your knowledge, capabilities and that you are a good fit for the team, chances are they are going to think of you if an opportunity becomes available. At the end of an interview you should express if you are interested in a career with the organization, it shows initiative and this might lead the organization to make a position for you to keep you on the team or offer you a different position within the company.

Test the waters
An internship is also a great way to test out different industries and career paths to see if they are a good fit for you, without having to commit long term.

If you are a new grad and you’re thinking “hey- I need to be able to pay the bills” consider a part time internship while working part time or seek out a paid internship. Paid internships are usually minimum wage or paid by lump sum but this is better than no pay at all if you are concerned about making ends meet or having spending money for your summer.

If you are having trouble finding an internship that fits what you are looking for, reach out to organizations that you are interested in and offer the idea to them along with your application for consideration.

Each school year Artona partners with many high schools and provides Co-op mentorship in many departments. Students that are interested in Accounting/Finance, Photography, Digital Imaging and graphics spend days at Artona for work experience side by side our staff. We usually have a new face in the studio every other week through the whole year working with approximately 35 students a year. Find out more on our community page.

If you are interested in this opportunity, talk to your school counsellor or contact us directly at, (604) 872-7272 or @artona on Twitter and @ArtonaGroup on Facebook with any questions.

We hope this helps you plan your summer or kick off your new careers! A great way to set a lasting first impression is professional head shots for your online portfolio. Check out our website for more information, booking and our gallery.


4 ways to take advantage of your gap year

July 04, 2017 Artona 3 Comments

You might be choosing to take a gap year between high school and post-secondary or after post-secondary before entering the “real world”. Either way, we want to remind you that this can be a great decision! Here are 4 ways you can take advantage of your gap year if you chose to take one!

Save money
Post Secondary can be very expensive, especially if you are planning on living on campus or moving to a new city. Your gap year is a great opportunity to financially prepare for your time at college or University. Set goals for yourself and cut down on your spending, it will pay off later. If you are able to save money now, you may not need to work as much or at all while you attend school which will make school a little bit less stressful. Set yourself up for that success.

Travelling is a wonderful way to gain life experience, learn more about yourself and curate and appreciation of what you have at home. It may just be what you need to discover your true passion and career path. Whether you just finished high school or post-secondary, taking a step back and breathing is always a great way to get in touch with your goals and aspirations in life.

You may not have done as well as you had planned in some classes. Now is the perfect opportunity to upgrade those marks. Retake any important prerequisite classes to ensure you get admitted into the program you want. Or, if you just finished post-secondary, this is a great opportunity to take classes in any other fields of study that have caught your curiosity.

Volunteer to explore career fields
This next step in your life comes with a lot of pressure. Pressure to start working or pressure to pick a field of study. Internships and volunteering allow you to explore other career fields and decipher between what you like and don’t like. By acknowledging and being able to realize your wants and needs, decision making will become much easier.

If you’re getting ready to walk the stage or would like to inquire about our portrait sessions, check out our website for more information.

Additionally, feel free to contact us at, (604) 872-7272 or @artona on Twitter and @ArtonaGroup on Facebook with any questions.