How Did We Do? Help Us Make a Difference

We currently have 32 reviews on Yelp and 312 reviews on Google. For each new review posted in the month of January 2018, we will donate $5 to Covenant House Vancouver.

UPDATE // We have extended this through February and March 2018

For over 20 years, Covenant House has been a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth in Vancouver. Now in the 20th year of providing care to Vancouver’s street youth, they do so with the strength of over 130 volunteers and 57,000 donors.

To learn more about Covenant House, please click here.

To learn more about Artona’s involvement with the community, please click here.

Envision 2018: How to Make a Vision Board

At Artona, we know how powerful images can be. For us, what we capture is not just grad photos but all the feelings that come with such an important milestone. Graduation isn’t only about finishing school it’s a coming-of-age celebration of all you have accomplished and for the future ahead. These are the photos that are hung on the wall or displayed on the mantle, bringing tears of joy and a sense of pride for years to come.

Visuals can do more than evoke emotion. We can even use them to help us create what we want for the future. With a new year here, now is a great time to reflect on the last 12 months and set some goals for 2018. One way to do this is through making a vision board! This can include both images and words that serve to remind you of how you want your life to look and feel. You can read more about the science behind visualization here.

To make a vision board, start by asking yourself these questions: What did I accomplish this year? What am I proud of? How did 2017 make me feel? What am I looking to bring forward in the new year? What am I hoping to leave behind?

After reflecting on the past year, you can set some intentions for 2018. How do you want to feel this year? Are you planning any new projects? Places to go? Things to do? Once you’ve had some time with these questions, it’s time to start making your board.

What you’ll need:

  • Poster board, scissors and glue
  • Magazines to cut images, words or quotes from
  • If you’re feeling decorative, you can use markers, stickers or washi tape to jazz it up
  • Quiet time without distractions

As you look through the magazines, cut out any images or phrases that represent how you want to feel or what you want to achieve. There are no rules here, just let your creativity flow. Once you have a good amount of clippings, you can trim them up and place them on your board as you like. When you’re happy with how it looks, glue it in place and add any decorative elements, if that’s your thing. Once you’re done, hang it in a spot that you will see often, like on the fridge or beside the bed. Throughout the year, use your vision board as a reminder of your goals and for how you want to feel. But don’t sweat it if you go off track. As long as the intention is set, you’re halfway there.

What to Wear for Grad Photos

We get a lot of questions about what to wear for Grad photos, so we’ve put together this list of suggestions and outfit ideas to get you inspired. Please know that no matter what you choose to wear, you and your academic achievements are what matters. You’ve worked really hard for this moment and you should be proud of it. That’s what Grad photos are intended to capture. Buying an “Artona Dress” might be an option for some, but it’s not a necessity. Your outfit doesn’t have to be trendy or brand new just wear something that reflects who you are.

That being said, since Graduation is such an important milestone, it is a good idea to dress up a bit. It really is up to you how fancy you want to be, but keep in mind that this is a formal occasion.

For your individual session, don't worry about bringing the cap and gown we have you covered. The only thing to keep in mind is the V neckline. Wearing a collared shirt or a high neckline will show when wearing the gown. If you don't want anything to show, you can wear a V neck shirt.

The Casual photos are much more personal. This is where you get to show off your style and any props you might bring along. We’ve put together some common looks to give you some ideas:

Classic Black
Lots of students choose to wear black and for plenty of good reasons. It’s a timeless, classic look that won’t date your photos in the years to come. It also really makes you stand out in the White Room!

Suit Up or Suit Down
Suits are great for formal occasions but that doesn’t mean you have to wear a full three-piece to your Grad photos (but if you do, you’ll be extra sharp). If you don’t have a suit, dress pants and a crisp shirt will do perfectly.

If you want to keep your outfit simple, add a pop of interest with accessories. This could be a statement jewelry piece, a hot pair of shoes, a bright bow tie or maybe a bold mani. But even with these, your best accessories are going to be your smile and confidence.

Don’t Be Afraid to Wear Patterns or Colour
Even though we say dark colours are a good choice, that doesn’t mean you can’t go colourful. If colour is your thing, go for it! Your photos will shine as bright as you are.

Congratulations graduate! Smart looks really good on you — it really doesn’t matter what you wear.

#2018 Grads! Have you booked yet?

Now that we are settling in to the new school year, you're probably starting to prepare for graduation. This includes taking your grad photos!

Here’s how to book an appointment with Artona:

  1. Indicate what school you are from
  2. It will ask what event you are looking for, click “Graduation”
  3. This will bring up the information for your school’s graduation portrait sessions. Click “Book this Sitting” under Individual Photo Session to reserve your spot. You will need your student number (Note: If you are looking to book a group photo, please book under Group Photo Session. Not sure what the difference is? Click here)
  4. Once you’ve entered all your information, you can select an appointment time
  5. You will receive an email to confirm your booking. Now all you have to do is pick out an outfit!

Don’t see a date or time that works for you? Let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Not sure what to wear or what to bring? Check out this recent post for some ideas.

Still not sure how to book? Have another question? Get in touch we are happy to help!

Thankful at Thanksgiving

A Gratitude Guide for Students

Being a student isn’t easy. The workload, the pressure to do well, the need to keep up it’s a lot to manage. There really isn’t much time to pause and reflect on why you’re doing it all in the first place. With pumpkin spice in the air and midterms looming, Thanksgiving is a welcomed break. A chance to reconnect with family and friends and some extra time to catch up on those readings. A moment to catch your breath, if only over the long weekend. It’s also a great time to be thankful for how far you’ve come and for all the stepping stones to your success.

Think about a teacher who really made a difference in your life. Consider the various opportunities that have led you to where you are today. Remember that really awesome grade you got on that project and how good it made you feel. Think about what you’ve learned inside and outside the classroom, and how you can use your knowledge and skills to help others. In addition to celebrating your wins, this is all part of practicing gratitude.

There are a lot of reasons to practice gratitude, including reduced anxiety, improved sleep quality, and overall enjoyment. These are all amazing benefits for your success as a student, as well as for your general wellbeing. It can also help you stay mindful and present in the moment. So this month, we’re inviting you to take a moment and ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who am I thankful for?
  2. What am I proud of?
  3. What have I learned?
  4. How can I help others more?

You may find it useful to write your answers down in a journal, or talk with someone.  If you’re feeling extra thankful for someone in your life, tell them!  And give a heartfelt thanks when you receive a compliment yourself. Remember also to be thankful for yourself — for the time and effort you’re investing in your education, development and future. Thank yourself for fully showing up to your classes and your studies. All the late nights, readings, essays, exams, that’s all you! Practice gratitude as you go, and you’ll be extra thankful when all that hard work pays off.

Join Our Team!

As British Columbia's premier destination for graduation, school, family, and corporate portraits. Our company is growing and we are looking for outgoing, positive and enthusiastic individuals to join our team as a Customer Service Representative.
Customer service is often the first point of contact between a client and a company. How individuals perceive a business is related to the service they receive and their overall experience.
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Enhancing customer experience by communicating and problem solving with clients in-person, by phone, on social media, and by email
  • Driving inside sales by understanding customer needs and matching with our products
  • Administrative tasks such as maintaining detailed customer records and processing orders
The ideal candidate should be a reliable team player who possesses the following:
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast paced and high volume environment
  • Professional communication etiquette
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • High school completion
  • Availability to do shift work and weekends
  • A minimum of 50 WPM
  • Fluency in written and verbal English
  • Minimum 1 year customer service experience
  • Competitive hourly wage
  • Flexible schedule
  • Extensive training in customer service
  • Potential to grow within a dynamic team
To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter
Detailing your customer service experience to the provided posting.
Please note this is a seasonal position scheduled to start mid August and until the end of February 2018, with potential for extension.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.
Job Type: Full-time
Required experience:
  • Customer Service: 1 year

The 411 on retakes

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.