Meet the Artist
Arleta Turnbull (Tyzo) (she/her/they) is the artist behind the brand Yellow Petal Photo.
Yellow Petal Photo is an art-focused photographer whose work has been featured in a large number of outlets and publications. They place an equal focus on the overall experience their clients have and on creating the perfect photo.
They began their photography journey at a young age and decided in 2018 to pursue it professionally. With photography that is natural, relaxed, and beautifully lit, Yellow Petal Photo has a calm and fun approach to each one of their projects.
Arleta specializes in a grounding connection with people while supporting the awakening of the imagination. She offers a unique artful experience that draws you into the mysteries of seeing beyond what you can imagine. Arleta's clients work with her when they are ready to show up in their fullest representation, in a limitless creation story - overcoming and recovering, while feeling bliss, joyfulness, and expansion.
Arleta was born in Athens, Greece to Polish migrants, after their exodus from Poland at the end of the Communist regime. Eventually, the family made their way to Canada in the early '90's, a tremendous feat and one that none of her ancestors dared to experience before.
Arriving in Canada and fluent in both Polish and Greek, her childhood consisted of learning a new language (at age 5), making new friends, and learning the religious curriculums of the Western world.
Her sense of wonder and expansive perspective in life were taught and nurtured by her parents while she was growing up. As a child, she had the blended perspective of a democratic and disciplined upbringing. Her parents were hardworking immigrants that provided her with the space to learn and experience life in a very different way than they had, even on days that the old country would creep in and blanket her with protection. She was appointed responsibility at a young age, after the birth of her sister, where she went on to take on the role of caregiver, translator, and diplomat, in the household, her own personal upbringing and her parents unfolding careers.
The two common denominators to it all were creative thinking and intuitive feeling.
Arleta's explorations into art started at a young age when she won a colouring competition (yay for free Crayola colouring supplies!) at a local store, and then, a Remembrance Day poster design in the second grade.
It was not until she had a major accident involving the surgery of her right (dominant arm) in 2006 that art really came into her life. Cooped up inside, on heavy painkillers, unable to play on the sports teams she was registered for, she began to explore surreal drawing - coming up with concepts that were born in her mind. The drawings continued as she pursued art and photography in high school and was voted "Most Artistic" by her peers upon graduating from a class of 235 in her senior year.
She was always inspired by the magnificent desktop wallpapers on her family computer from the day Windows ME made its appearance on the consumer market. She longed to take photos that resembled something similar. That's where the passion and expansion into the digital dimensions began. She thanks the lucky stars for the privilege of having a family computer growing up, as troublesome as it was at times.
In 2008, she met the love of her life and moved to Calgary to attend post-secondary education. She would draw here and there, whenever she felt called. The intention was always to release the mind. The first camera phones came out, as well as social media and the idea of virtual communities and she found herself enthralled with the idea of sharing her most special moments with her friends, even if they couldn't be there with her.
By 2010, she had invested in a proper camera and would dive into the world of self-teaching, driven by her thirst and passion for knowledge and technology.
2016 was the year she began allowing other people into her process, as a collaboration. She began to discover the mirrors that existed all around her, through the people she photographed.
2017 was a difficult year in her health and safety career and she spiralled into a depression, seeking community and justice. That's when she connected herself to the Calgary yoga community and embarked on the journey of telling the stories of people who were striving to be better, to consistently show up for the collective, all while developing the self and the energy around them. This is when her Flower of Life collection was planted in the garden of the spiritually connected human experience.
The rest of the story is open to the conversation during a session with her. She enjoys expanding into the depths of the emotional and metaphysical energy bodies that shape our characters. Although she may be a stranger, she has the gift of acceptance and groundedness that goes a long way in helping you feel seen in your truth. The storytelling and conversations that take place are locked away in the pixels of the images, as a form of manifesting lifes' greatest desires.
Arleta's Philosophy on her Expression
If we choose to show up open-hearted, the process renders magic.
Deep relief is an outcome of this process with the emotive deceleration that arrives when you are least expecting it to - the release.
Flower of Life Collection
The goal of her work, known as the Flower of Life collection, is to bring a sense of curiosity and introspective discovery to the observer. Her process of photographic storytelling is a highly intuitive one that renders a mystical and other-worldly ambiance. It is not something you can really plan for, but rather, something you learn to accept and surrender to.
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