Kim Van Acker Photography

Kim Van Acker Photography

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Hey Kimmie...Referring a friend Belen Awetahegne 😘🤗😘🤗😘🤗😘
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough!
I have not been able to stop looking at the pictures from our wedding. You captured US ❤️!

Family, Children, Lifestyle Photography What I love about photography, is that I have the opportunity help people savor the special moments of their lives.

Whether its a high school senior embarking upon the next transition in their life or a couple on their wedding day, I feel priviledged to be able to capture those moments. Moments to savor for...a lifetime!

Operating as usual

Kendra & John welcomed GraceLynn right before the holidays, and I could not wait to get a chance to meet her.  She is darling. With such a sweet demeanor, GraceLynn melted between wakefulness and slumber. Pure joy right before our eyes.  Congratulations, Kendra & John on your new little blessing! 12/31/2020

Kendra & John welcomed GraceLynn right before the holidays, and I could not wait to get a chance to meet her. She is darling. With such a sweet demeanor, GraceLynn melted between wakefulness and slumber. Pure joy right before our eyes. Congratulations, Kendra & John on your new little blessing!

My time with Amelia & Traci is always sweet.  We catch up on life, and I get to see how much A has grown up since her birthday.  It's not hard to do when you're 5!  We had a lovely time exploring and savoring the spirit of the holiday season.  There's so much to have joy about and believe in! 12/31/2020

My time with Amelia & Traci is always sweet. We catch up on life, and I get to see how much A has grown up since her birthday. It's not hard to do when you're 5! We had a lovely time exploring and savoring the spirit of the holiday season. There's so much to have joy about and believe in!

Teaching virtually has meant not seeing my co-workers in person, but even when we were in the building, there would be some people I would rarely see at all.  This year has been super special because I get to start each day, though virtually, with my friend and co-worker Katie. She is a phenomenal teacher, and I learned during her family session that she comes from a line of educators as well. I felt completely at home with them during our time together.  And then there was Mason.  Y'all-he stole the show, this kid!  He is clearly the #1 guy in this family, and it was great to finally meet this little guy that Katie always raves about.  Thank you, Katie, for sharing your favorite people with me! 12/31/2020

Teaching virtually has meant not seeing my co-workers in person, but even when we were in the building, there would be some people I would rarely see at all. This year has been super special because I get to start each day, though virtually, with my friend and co-worker Katie. She is a phenomenal teacher, and I learned during her family session that she comes from a line of educators as well. I felt completely at home with them during our time together. And then there was Mason. Y'all-he stole the show, this kid! He is clearly the #1 guy in this family, and it was great to finally meet this little guy that Katie always raves about. Thank you, Katie, for sharing your favorite people with me!

Ah, expectant mamas. There is just something about the beauty of capturing this time. Capturing this moment for Kendra was a joy.  Listening to her share her excitement, and me babble about  my own experiences, made me grateful for the opportunity to help her remember and celebrate this wonderful time. 12/30/2020

Ah, expectant mamas. There is just something about the beauty of capturing this time. Capturing this moment for Kendra was a joy. Listening to her share her excitement, and me babble about my own experiences, made me grateful for the opportunity to help her remember and celebrate this wonderful time.

Hi, my name is Kim, and I am smitten over Baby Anthony!  Baby fever is real, y'all.  Anthony is so loved already, like REALLY loved. He has the sweetest big sisters, an adoring Dad and the strongest, most amazing Mom there is. I may be very biased about that last statement, but I digress.  In his dreamy, cloud-filled nursery, I got to admire his sweet demeanor and see how much he completes his family. Welcome to the world, sweet little one! 12/30/2020

Hi, my name is Kim, and I am smitten over Baby Anthony! Baby fever is real, y'all. Anthony is so loved already, like REALLY loved. He has the sweetest big sisters, an adoring Dad and the strongest, most amazing Mom there is. I may be very biased about that last statement, but I digress. In his dreamy, cloud-filled nursery, I got to admire his sweet demeanor and see how much he completes his family. Welcome to the world, sweet little one!

I always appreciate when I get the chance to see my families after a few years. It gives me a chance to relish in how much the children have grown and catch up on where the family has been after our last session. Enter The Swigarts, on a much warmer evening than our frigid morning session in the woods a few years ago, and it felt like no time had passed at all. I love catching up with the twins, now middle schoolers, and talking about our love of books.  It made my heart swell to know that we share a love for all things Jason Reynolds. I loved listening to the girls laugh and watch them wander through the pumpkin patch, looking for just the right pumpkin.  I love that my time with them felt so natural and honest and wonderful.  Thank you, Swigarts, for the gift of your family time on a beautiful fall evening. 12/30/2020

I always appreciate when I get the chance to see my families after a few years. It gives me a chance to relish in how much the children have grown and catch up on where the family has been after our last session. Enter The Swigarts, on a much warmer evening than our frigid morning session in the woods a few years ago, and it felt like no time had passed at all. I enjoyed catching up with the twins, now middle schoolers, and talking about our love of books. It made my heart swell to know that we share a love for all things Jason Reynolds. I loved listening to the girls laugh and watch them wander through the pumpkin patch, looking for just the right pumpkin. I love that my time with them felt so natural and honest and wonderful. Thank you, Swigarts, for the gift of your family time on a beautiful fall evening.

It's hard to be nervous about sessions with clients when they are friends. I think the hardest part is trying to fit in "talk time" in between shots, especially with this dear friend and her beautiful family.  I loved catching up with The O'Mearas, as the last time I saw them, Mabel was not yet one! :) Thank you for sharing your people with me, Felicia & Whitney! 12/14/2020

It's hard to be nervous about sessions with clients when they are friends. I think the hardest part is trying to fit in "talk time" in between shots, especially with this dear friend and her beautiful family. I loved catching up with The O'Mearas, as the last time I saw them, Mabel was not yet one! :) Thank you for sharing your people with me, Felicia & Whitney!

12/14/2020

Whether it's Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or just the warmth of family and friends, this is a magical and special time of year. It's wonderful to have something to #believe in!

I feel like I've had a front row seat to the life of my friends Matt and Maria, literally.  They are my across-the-street neighbors! :) Not only have I shamelessly admired their lawn (great job, Matt), but I've been able to watch their family grow!  I remember when they moved in, and then the box out front with "Boots or Bows?" and then Lydia came.  And now, there's Olivia!  They are wonderful neighbors and friends, and it was sweet spending time with them on a beautiful fall day at the battlefield! 12/13/2020

I feel like I've had a front row seat to the life of my friends & neighbors Matt and Maria, literally. They live across the street from me! :) Not only have I shamelessly admired their lawn (great job, Matt), but I've been able to watch their family grow! I remember when they moved in, and then the box out front with "Boots or Bows?" and then Lydia came. And now, there's Olivia! They are wonderful neighbors and friends, and it was sweet spending time with them on a beautiful fall day at the battlefield!

When you've known someone since the 8th grade, you can be pretty sure they'll be a friend for life.  But, its more than that with Renee.  Renee is my sister and James completes her.  After COVID-19 made them switch up their plans, there was no way that a little rain would do the same.  It was a beautiful fall day for them to share their love and joy with just family on their original wedding date. I'm so fortunate that I was able to capture these, and many more, special moments from this day.  Many blessings to you, James & Renee! 10/20/2020

When you've known someone since the 8th grade, you can be pretty sure they'll be a friend for life. But, Renee is my sister and James completes her. After COVID-19 made them switch up their plans, there was no way that a little rain would do the same. It was a beautiful fall day for them to share their love and joy with just family on their original wedding date. I'm so fortunate that I was able to capture these, and many more, special moments from this day. Many blessings to you, James & Renee!

When your dear friend is awaiting the sweetest surprise, it is essential to celebrate and document the moment. I'm so happy that we squeezed in this sweet session with the girls a few weeks ago because TODAY, Molly & Mike welcomed their sweet babe #3 into the mix! It's a BOY and he is precious! I TOTALLY guessed it! I cannot wait to meet him! Congratulations Astudillos! 10/20/2020

When your dear friend is awaiting the sweetest surprise, it is essential to celebrate and document the moment. I'm so happy that we squeezed in this sweet session with the girls a few weeks ago because TODAY, Molly & Mike welcomed their sweet babe #3 into the mix! It's a BOY and he is precious! I TOTALLY guessed it! I cannot wait to meet him! Congratulations Astudillos!

I love being a part of family surprises, and photos make for the perfect gift!  Beautiful children + a beautiful August evening = pure delight! 10/20/2020

I love being a part of family surprises, and photos make for the perfect gift! Beautiful children + a beautiful August evening = pure delight!

One thing I love about outdoor photo sessions is the ability to spread out and have your space.  That was a tremendous benefit during this early morning photo session in August, with my dear friend and her family.  We did not allow a little humidity to stop us either. It was a perfect morning filled with sweet moments. 10/20/2020

One thing I love about outdoor photo sessions is the ability to spread out and have your space. That was a tremendous benefit during this early morning photo session in August, with my dear friend and her family. We did not allow a little humidity to stop us either. It was a perfect morning filled with sweet moments.

05/23/2020

Not often do we get to celebrate big milestones WITH others. We watch from a far and share in the joy from a distance. With my photography, I consider it an honor and pure joy when I’m chosen to capture special moments for people. For Amelia, it’s been every birthday since she turned ONE! How crazy is that? I feel like I’ve been given a gift to watch Amelia grow! Her excitement when we get to spend time together makes my heart explode! Thank you Traci for this gift! Happy 5th birthday, Amelia! You are such a sweet girl! I hope it’s the best birthday yet!

Isla: Newborn 05/18/2020

Way, way back in February, sweet little miss Isla graced the world with her presence. You may remember her mom and dad, Thao & John, from their beautiful Battlefield session in January. I was honored to get to meet Isla before the world shut down, and share in Thao & John's new parent joy. Isla is stunning, and she was a perfect bean during our time together! Welcome to the world, Isla, and congratulations Thao and John on your sweet little lady!

Way, way back in February, sweet little miss Isla graced the world with her presence. You may remember her mom and dad, Thao & John, from their beautiful Battlefield session in January. I was honored to get to meet Isla before the world shut down, and share in Thao & John's new parent joy. Isla is stunning, and she was a perfect bean during our time together! Welcome to the world, Isla, and congratulations Thao and John on your sweet little lady!

Lily | Newborn 02/22/2020

I got to meet Lily back in January, and let me tell you, she's a doll! One of my favorite parts of newborn sessions is the slowed down pace. I enjoyed getting to hear about this new phase of life with baby, and chatting about my own baby stories. I loved getting to know her mom--we have teaching and running friend connections--and her dad, who also serves in our community. Perhaps my most favorite part: the unlimited baby snuggles! Now you know my secret!

I got to meet Lily back in January, and let me tell you, she's a doll! One of my favorite parts of newborn sessions is the slowed down pace. I enjoyed getting to hear about this new phase of life with baby, and chatting about my own baby stories. I loved getting to know her mom--we have teaching and running friend connections--and her dad, who also serves in our community. Perhaps my most favorite part: the unlimited baby snuggles! Now you know my secret!

Thao | Maternity 01/07/2020

This mama-to-be + this evening sun = ALL of the feels. Thao & John were so kind and warm (despite the dropping temps) and full of sweetness during their maternity session on Sunday. I'm so excited for them to welcome Baby Isla next month, and man, I can just tell: she is already SO very loved!

This mama-to-be + this evening sun = ALL of the feels. Thao & John were so kind and warm (despite the dropping temps) and full of sweetness during their maternity session on Sunday. I'm so excited for them to welcome Baby Isla next month, and man, I can just tell: she is already SO very loved!

Olivers | Family 01/06/2020

I told Kjersti that I stalked the weather almost hourly before our session, as there were rain clouds forecast for the day. Well, we won, and there was a beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds for our Battlefield session. Having an affinity for the great outdoors, Kjersti was set on our outdoor session, with their new little one in tow! It was the very best day!

I told Kjersti that I stalked the weather almost hourly before our session, as there were rain clouds forecast for the day. Well, we won, and there was a beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds for our Battlefield session. Having an affinity for the great outdoors, Kjersti was set on our outdoor session, with their new little one in tow! It was the very best day!

12/16/2019

📸: Sheridan King (Shots by Sheridan Photography)

You would never know that the temperature was hovering around 25 degrees the morning of my session with Samira & her family. They were all too eager to show me their warm and vibrant smiles.  Morgan & Brandon were rockstars, and their mom and dad were alright too! 12/15/2019

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The letter of the day was “L” for Laymans and laughter! It was abundant during our very chilly morning session at The Mill a few weeks ago.  We spent time catching up on life and catching a lot of special moments with these cool kids.  Every session should spark joy! Thank you, Layman’s, for the joy! 12/13/2019

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12/06/2019

Proud to support the Silent Auction at Big Night Out at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School tonight!

11/30/2019

The Mendel & The Archer kids make my heart smile!

Three little letters describe how I felt after my session with The Mendels: JOY!  I have watched their family blossom over the past few years, and I left our session with a full heart. Beautifully coordinated and ready for my gummy bear bribes, Avery and Oliver gave me the best show of their personalities!  I think Brittany and Nick had some fun too! Thank you Mendels for the joy that comes from capturing sweet family moments. 11/30/2019

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Where do you take a fella for his senior photo session, who has a passion for running and a fresh 5th place finish at the state cross country state meet? Manassas Battlefield of course! I knew Dan, and his mom Alison, had spent a lot of time on the historic grounds, so it felt like the perfect spot for his session.  The Battlefield was so good to us that evening. I got to chat with Dan about his year, on and off the cross country course, and what lies ahead. Time flies when you’re talking about running, and you get to relive your college years too! 🤩  Thank you for enduring a windy evening for some amazing shots to commemorate your awesome senior year! 11/29/2019

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You guys: I love what I do, and who I get to do it with. I met this beautiful family 3 years ago, and I am simply smitten over all of them. They are a sweet bunch, with sweet kiddos, and an amazing sense of style. I told Melissa that I will have to consult her for my own family photos because she nails it every time! Thank you for sharing your Sunday afternoon with me! ❤️ 11/29/2019

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