Archive for November, 2009

I have so much to be thankful for this year. Now I want to give back.

You know someone. You know someone who’s experienced a tragedy, is struggling to stay afloat, is raising kids while holding down more than one job, or is volunteering selflessly despite extenuating personal circumstances. You know someone who can’t afford custom photography, but who would cherish it this holiday season. You know someone who deserves a year-round reminder of their family’s spirit, love, and beauty.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who they are, and I want to give them the chance to experience complimentary custom photography — $1150 worth, to be exact.

Oh, and the best part? The person who nominates the winner receives a $200 print credit. What better reason to show some love could there possibly be, people?

The rules:

* You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must sincerely be incapable of purchasing my services. (Being unable to make mortgage payments for a two-million-dollar-vacation-home in Paris does not qualify as sincere financial need.)

* The nominee must reside within 30 miles of 91730. Tell me who you know, what they’re experiencing, and why they deserve my artwork. Please include a way to contact both your nominee and yourself as well.

* You must e-mail me the full story to

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve — get nominating! I can’t wait to read all of your entries!

Open your heart to someone this holiday season — and thanks for giving me the opportunity to open mine.

With love,



Because I simple cannot post without a picture, here is one of Kingston at 9 weeks.  :  )


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kristy lynn: Awesome. This is a great thing that you are doing.

Hello! Valerie Ackerman Photography is running a Black Friday sale in spirit of the official kick off of Holiday shopping! Please see the flyer below for info on the specials.



I can’t post without a picture, so here’s a couple of my newest addition, Kingston. (again!)



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Today I met up with the C family for the third time! I first met them in July for their maternity portraits, then in August for baby J’s newborn photos, and today for their Christmas photos. I have loved watching their family grow in the few short months I’ve known them and hope that I can continue to document their two gorgeous boys as they grow. S and J, enjoy your sneak peek. I had a hard time narrowing it down!

By the way, Jessica has an AWESOME sense of style. I just love love love the way her family is dressed each time I see them.






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Alissa: aww love them!

mommy: Speechless! Thank you Valerie.

I met with Chris, Lori, and Sarah (and Riley and Murphy too!) for their annual Christmas card photo session at the Claremont Colleges. Sarah definitely kept me on my toes, and I expected nothing different from a toddler.  : ) She is totally a daddy’s girl as well! I photographed her for her one year pictures, and it was so fun to see how her personality has really bloomed since then!

Chris and Lori, I had fun yesterday! Enjoy your sneak peek!







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Lori: Thanks, Val! I love them!

I met this family (who I’ve known since little A was a toddler!) for their annual family Christmas pictures this weekend in Huntington. It was a gorgeous warm day outside. As much as I love California weather, it’s November and still 80 degrees outside. I am more than ready for the peacoat and boots weather.

Anyways, we met at the pier and had some fun taking pictures around the beach.


Enjoy your sneak peek!






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Francine: What a beautiful family!

This was a difficult post for me to write.

I was so nervous/anxious/excited to meet Gabrielle today for her newborn photos. I had the honor of calling her mother, Jewelyn, a friend of mine. Just 6 weeks ago, Jewelyn had to have an emergency c-section, and had complications after the procedure. She suffered from an amniotic fluid embolism &
disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). 

She lost brain activity & required life support. Jewelyn passed away the next day. She was a beautiful person both inside and out, and she will be missed by so many people who’s lives she touched with her sweet personality. I must admint, I felt very nervous about meeting Gabrielle today. Jewelyn’s husband, Phil (and his mother!), were very welcoming and made me feel right at home.

Gabrielle is such a beauty. I simply could not get over all of her unruly hair, it’s simply gorgeous! She was pretty awake for most all of the session, but we still got some gorgeous shots of her.

Philip, enjoy your sneak peek. Your daughter is beautiful!


Much Love,





If you knew Jewelyn, you know she LOVED bunnies. Borderline obsession actually ; ) Somebody kindly bought Gabrielle her own bunny hat, with a purple ribbon to top it off!






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katrina: postively beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

brandy: Each one is more "aww" worthy than the next. <3

Kristy: beautiful!!

Irma: Nicely done Val!

Jenn: Perfection. Simple and wonderful perfection. J would have adored these.

Lori: Just beautiful!!

Brenda: These are wonderful! I love the one where she is wearing the bunny ears! J would have been so happy!

Ok, so it’s November 2 and not technically Halloween anymore. I’ve been a little busy with 2 little ones around here. I hope everyone had a very safe and happy halloween!

Here are a couple ones of my little man, Kingston. Happy November everybody!



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