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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.

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Absolute Photography: 2012 Jingle Bells Petite Sessions – Booking now! – Grande Prairie Family Photography

They’re here! I had so much fun with the families that came out for these sessions last year – so we are doing them again! I have secured a fun new outdoor location and I can’t wait to see you all there! Please contact me here or email to secure your session.

When photographing babies, you may need to “ham it up” to elicit a reaction.

This can include making funny faces, playing hide and seek from behind a piece of cloth, or making goofy clucking noises.

There are so many ways you can coax a smile onto an infant’s lips, this baby was so funny and happy, he even speak a lot of words, do you even know when a baby boy should start talking ? well it was unbelievable for me too.

Get “your better half” to coax that perfect expression, as you set up the shot.

You should work fast to capture the moment so choose a fast shutter speed of 1/500s or more, use a wide aperture (f/1.8-f/4) for a blurred background and shoot!

To take memorable pictures try to capture the baby engaged in an activity, or with family and friends.

Siblings, especially if they are close in age can add extra interest to the photograph – get them playing together, eating or interacting as friends. Keep back and don’t try to force friendliness – let the children do what they do. Take the photos from the background, so as not to disrupt them.

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December 3, 2012 - 12:15 am

Janine & Jason Deline - I would like to get photos done with my family. Would like to know what the cost is and how early we can get in? 🙂

Absolute Photography: The B Family – Grande Prairie Family Photographer

I first met the B family a couple of years ago when I did Matt & Lisa’s engagement session. Then again at their wedding, and now this summer for family photos.

This session worked out wonderfully – schedule wise it was the only day that worked for everyone in about a 2 month period.. and it was of course POURING rain earlier in the day. When the rain stopped we decided to go ahead with the photos.

I spent the entire session giggling and laughing with this very enjoyable group. I hope they had as much fun as I did!

Absolute Photography: Brent & Megan…Engaged! – Grande Prairie Engagement and Wedding Photography

I first met up with M at the 2012 Ultimate Wedding Show in Grande Prairie. She told me a bit about her wedding plans and I was hooked! Their wedding day will be held here where we did their engagement session, on the family farm where she grew up. The yard overlooks a lovely creek, and her childhood treehouse is still in the background of many of these photos.

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Absolute Photography: D… Graduated! – Dawson Creek Graduation Photography

I made the short trek up to Dawson Creek for this beauty’s Grad 12 Graduation/BBQ back in June. Having graduated from the same high school it was very cool to see that they are still doing many of the same grad traditions that we also did back in the day (2001).

Grads.. summer 2013 is already booking up – so be sure to contact me asap if you are interested in coverage for your special day!

November 19, 2012 - 11:31 am

Angie Atkinson - Hi….I am wondering if you are available to do family portraits on Thursday the 22nd of Nov.
We are getting married…..very small ceremony with a justice of the peace, and we were wondering if we could have a family portrait done on that day since we will be all dressed for the occasion.
We are not wearing traditional wedding dress, tux, etc…..just nicely dressed up. There are 4 children and us.
Are u able to help us out?

Angie Atkinson

Absolute Photography: S & A.. Married! – Grande Prairie Wedding Photography

Wow! This has been a busy summer! I am loving all the fantastic clients I have been working with! I do, however seem to be getting quite far behind with blogging. I am somewhat making up for this today with this wedding from way back in June. This may be my longest post ever!

I first met this fantastic couple last summer at their engagement session at Klusken Hills. Both of them are from the Peace Country, and interestingly enough their families have known each other for years – but these two didn’t actually meet until they were adults living in Calgary. Turns out it was a perfect match!

They were married in the Maples at Dunvegan, along the Peace River and then had a lovely outdoor reception at Moonshine Lake, AB. Guests were seated on lovely benches that the Bride’s father built especially for their special day. Each bench inscribed with their name and date. One of the benches was used as a guest book for the happy couple – everyone signing, drawing pictures, etc – a momento they will be able to keep for a lifetime!

** Note: In the image below of the iPhone – from the groom, “Good Morning! I love you!” [Awwww!]