All about Silent Night, our sensory-friendly graduation sessions

December 22, 2018 Kristal 0 Comments

It's important for us that all students feel comfortable coming in to our studios. We understand that getting photos taken might not be fun for everyone and for those who are highly sensitive or who are feeling anxious, the experience can be overwhelming. On Saturday, December 29th, we will be hosting our first Silent Night sessions that will provide an accessible, sensory-friendly experience for graduating students and their families.  

Appointments will run every hour, to allow more personalized time with our photographers, as well as reduced noise and strobe lighting in the studio. We will also have some quiet space reserved for breaks, if needed.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018 with appointments available between 5 pm - 9 pm

Location: 353 West 7 Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: No additional fee required— just the $60 deposit like all graduation sessions. Note that some post-secondary sessions also require a $15 sitting fee.

Who is it for: Any students or families with sensory concerns or anyone who finds the studio photography experience overwhelming is welcome 

How to book: By live chat here or by calling 604-872-7272

Can't make it this time? We will be hosting more sensory-friendly sessions in the spring. Please let us know if you are interested in attending by emailing


Meet the Team: Tony

December 12, 2018 Kristal 0 Comments

Everyone, meet Tony! He’s one of the newest members of our photography team and he’s already made his way to a supervisor role. How did he get there? We sat down to talk to him about his experience at Artona so far, and he had some interesting things to share. 

Tony considers himself a hobbyist when it comes to taking photos. He started out shooting street photography and has only just begun exploring the industry. Although he had some self-doubts when he first started working with us, he says the experience of being around other photographers has been really inspiring. 

We think it’s more than that. Tony has something special to offer that we really value at our studio — he understands the students: 

“I remember when I came in for my high school session. It was like stepping into a strange land where I didn't know the customs. I felt out of place. I remember feeling so awkward in my body and in my clothes. I really feel for those kids who might share those sentiments. That experience motivates me to try to put them at ease."

Photos by Tony

Tony had some words of advice to share with students coming in for their session: don’t be afraid to let us get to know you. Tell us about your hobbies and interests so we can create images that represent who you are.

Despite being new to the field, we think Tony is on his way to becoming a great photographer, and we're so glad to be a part of his journey!