Meet Tanya

Portrait of Tanya in the Crowsnest Pass

My Approach

I think that your photography session should be fun above all else. I move through my sessions very quickly... so quickly that my second shooters at weddings often complain they can't keep up with what I am doing!

I don't want you to get bored waiting for me to set things up and this is why I try to use natural light wherever possible. Let's face it, posing for photos is a bit of an unnatural thing, but keeping you moving totally distracts you!

Here's What I Cover

I love photographing you with those you love.

I photograph up to 30 weddings each year, which book up most of my weekends over the summer and early autumn.

In between weddings, I photograph other relationships: family, friends, couples, and even your love for your favorite hobby. My favorite photos are when people include or focus on their pets, and I have a special website dedicated to Lethbridge pet photography.

I'm also all for outrageous photo ideas. Some of my personal favorite things to do are bellydance, go to Disneyland, and dress like a zombie, so I think that says a lot about what I am up for.

Photo of Tanya at Lethbridge Zombie Walk as zombie Amelia Earhart

Photographing Your Love, With My Own Love

Meeting Cam was one of those love at first sight things. I found someone to spend the rest of my life being immature with!

Right away I noticed he could properly compose a photo. Sure, it was only in snapshots, but that was a rarity to find. After only a few months of dating I handed him one of my dSLR cameras and began training. Within a year he was rocking full manual and didn't need a hint of direction from me, so I started bringing him along to weddings!

Cam now photographs most weddings with me and takes care of many editing duties. I love having him there and actually getting to spend wedding season weekends with my husband.

Meet the Photographer, Tanya and Cam together
(photo by Ian Grant)

Where I Learned All This (Education & Experience)

If we're going to start at the beginning, I've always been a photographer. I would place my candies in fancy arrangements and insist I borrow my mom's camera to document it. Later on I followed our cats and dog around and made sure they had more photos than I even did. The camera was always out while I was growing up and I have so many wonderful pictures of my childhood... including, of course, some very strange photos of candy.

Despite all that, it took me two years of university to realize I actually wanted to be a photographer. As a result, I like to joke that my degree is half New Media and half Arts Multidisciplinary, though what I technically ended up with was a BFA (Multidisciplinary) with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge.

2014 Sun Times Best of the Best 2014 Winner BadgeI put in my time at the Sears Portrait Studio, photographed amazing bands while I was entertainment editor for The Meliorist, and acted as studio manager after only one year at Litwin Photography.

In 2008 I took the plunge and started my own business. BEST. DECISION. EVER. It's hard to call it a "job." After over 200 weddings and portrait sessions far beyond that, every session feels so fresh and fun.

In 2014, I was awarded with first place in the Sun Times Best of the Best contest for best Lethbridge photographer and have placed in the top 3 every other year I have been in business.

I continue learning by taking various photography classes, attending workshops and conventions, and trying out new things through creative self-portraits.

Self-portrait of levitation

Let's create some photos together!

You met me, now I'd like to meet you! Fill out the contact form and I'll be in touch to arrange your portrait session or wedding consult.