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    Allana Sterkenburg is an experienced Grande Prairie, AB area photographer specializing in Newborn, Child & Family Photography with an artistic style in the County of Grande Prairie and surrounding areas. Allana is dedicated to capturing the special moments and milestones of your growing families and the wonder of your everyday lifestyle.

    If you are interested in a portrait session with Allana in studio or on location please get in touch via email or facebook messenger. You can visit her social media accounts for sneak peeks from current sessions.

    Check out the DETAILS tab above for session info!

Absolute Photography: Newsflash! Things are changing for 2015 – Grande Prairie Newborn & Family Photographer

Wow! It’s February already! That means I should probably take a few minutes to make an important announcement “business official”! Things are changing around here this year! BIG TIME.

See that stroller in the middle of my logo? Well not only does that mean that I LOVE newborns and photographing them and their very happy little families.. but after the first week of May there will also be a stroller in the back of my car alongside my camera gear. And a carseat. And a BABY!!!!!!


Of course, since I announced this last fall on my personal page, many of you already know this. But I have been getting quite a few inquiries lately about the April, May, June timeframe – will I still be able to capture your special moments this year? It turns out that April and May are actually quite the busy baby months and I want you all to know that you will need to book well in advance (ie. NOW), to get a spot on my calendar. I hate turning clients down and in the past I have been able to keep things flexible so that I can get even last minute inquiries in. This is definitely changing now that I will have a “little one” in the mix.  If you are looking for the Top Real Estate Agents in Canada, in you can find all what you need

So a few things to take note of:

A) Your session is not booked and on my calendar until I have received the $100 session deposit (reservation fee).  This has been a standard “rule” for 5 years, but I want to make sure it is clear! Your deposit can be paid via eTransfer OR paypal to Session availability will be based on first come first serve.

B) Newborn sessions from a Vail Family Photographer are booked by due date with the deposit; then once baby arrives you will contact me and we will book the actual session time within the next two weeks with the experts from Sarah Creal. Ideally within the first 5-10 days after baby’s arrival, but at the end of April/beginning of May this may need to be a little more flexible (ie. I could still be sitting in the hospital meeting Baby Sterk myself). the photographer at is comfortable photographing newborns (and have had many successful sessions) up to 3 weeks old. I would recommend adding me to your “first to call” list – and a text or email is fine if that is easier for you while everything is busy on those early days.

C) I won’t be taking any bookings other than Newborn sessions during the first couple of crazy new baby weeks; so if you or your little Mr. or  Miss. is having a birthday or other milestone during that time frame, a) book early, and b) know that it could be a couple weeks off the actual date. The good news is at that age they aren’t changing every second anymore!

D) Yes. I am crazy. Haha.. no really; I am going to work and not take a “Maternity Leave” per say. However, if this message tells you anything it is that I am cutting back on bookings significantly and my focus will be on Maternity/Newborn/Family photos this year. I only have 3 weddings on my calendar for all of 2015 (vs. the usual 3 a month).

Now looking forward into the rest of 2015 and after June. It is a priority for me to spend lots of time of family and Baby Sterk this year, so there are some large blackout periods on my  calendar during July & August – this means that the book early theme is going to continue for ALL of 2015. I cannot stress how important it is for you to plan ahead. Then as we head into fall; I think we all know how busy that time of year tends to be. If you are thinking “hey I might want photos with the beautiful fall colours this year” – book your session between Sept 21 and Oct 3. No our weather is not suddenly predictable, but I can say that that has been the best time frame for beautiful fall colours (and the leaves still on the trees) for the last 5 years running.

As always, my session information is available online for you to check out thanks the help of the professionals from Best Website Hosting  at If you are ready to book or have any questions please email


Absolute Photography: Spring with the C Family – Grande Prairie Family Photographer

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Looking back.. I see I keep promising to blog more. Trust me! I would love to.. where does the time go!? So again, an apology on how quiet it has been around here.. believe me I have a ton of pretty images and stories to share! Today I have the C family. Dad contacted me prior to Mother’s Day to order a gift card for Mom. Talk about points earned! Smart Daddy! We got together later in May and check out these smiles! It is SOO much fun to photograph happy kiddos and big smiles.

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Absolute Photography: Music is Love… D&J… Married | June 2013

Warming up a bit, we move ahead to June 2013 for a musically themed celebration at the always lovely Millwood Country Inn just east of Grande Prairie. The bride walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of a song written for her specifically by her groom.. after their first date! He later serenaded the bride and guests with the acoustic version. Soo romantic! Sheet music table runners, florals in purples and greens, and a very fun crowd made this photographer’s day.

If you would like to discuss having Absolute Photography capture your love story, please contact us at

Absolute Photography: Baby it’s Cold Outside… J&B..Married | March 2013

Here we are, almost a year later enjoying balmy +10 degrees Celsius in January.. sorry to dampen the smiles that this weather brings – but this beautiful blizzard and -20 or so degrees happened last “spring” in March! I keep thinking “maybe?” as this lovely weather has stuck around for a few days.. but I keep having to remind myself that despite the selection of gardening materials already displayed on retailers shelves, we are probably still in for “winter #2”.

Despite the cold and snow, these two and their close family were able to enjoy a beautiful and intimate wedding in Grovedale, AB with lots of love & laughter last March; kicking off a very busy 2013 wedding season for Absolute Photography. As I spend the day today meeting all of the wonderful brides joining us at the 2014 Wedding show, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of our 2013 weddings! Enjoy!

Absolute Photography: New for 2014! “Just Because” Mini Sessions – Grande Prairie Children’s Photographer

It’s been a tiny bit quiet around here lately! Sorry about that! I have sooo many wonderful sessions and wedding images to share. Over 100 actually. Which means I probably won’t have a chance to share them all.. but in the coming weeks I hope I can share some of my 2013 favourites. Make wonderful Carrot Seed Photography photoshoots with your family and friends to save those great memories forever.

Right now though, I would love to tell you about a new type of session available at Absolute Photography by Allana; our Just Because Weekday Mini Sessions! I am super excited to announce the availability of these as I know so many of you would like to get photos of your children updated more often than annually or even bi-annually. Has your baby just started sitting up alone? Perfect photo op. Turning 1? Perfect photo op. Growing too fast? Favorite blanket or bear? Turning 2, 3, 4, 5, 10? Has someone lost their first tooth? You want Valentines? Updated pics for grandma? All perfect opportunities for a “Just Because” Session. It has always been my goal to create stunning art for display in your home and keepsakes to last a lifetime; and what better keepsake than a special milestone that might not otherwise have been captured?

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Family, Newborn & Maternity session info can be found under the “Details” tab above. If you like what you see and would like to book an Absolute Session or  a Just Because Session please contact Allana at Thank you!