Today I’m excited to share some beautiful extended family photos in River Forest, IL! River Forest is right next door to my town of Oak Park and isn’t it lovely? I love the large, beautiful trees in this town. Village? Township? I’m still learning the jargon of this part of Illinois. California doesn’t really use the terms “village” or “township”! The family said now they have photos for their Christmas cards this year and I’m delighted that I could help them out!
The patriarch was a jokester – he said, “Family photos? I can turn on the sprinklers!” We took a few brief photos in the road to get that good light and he TOTALLY got me to look: “There’s a car coming!” I’m so glad they trusted me – I know it’s a bit weird to go in the road, but we got beautiful light that way!
This little girl was frustrated by the hot weather and the stranger with the mask and big camera – but she warmed up in the end and we got some beautiful shots of her with her sister and the rest of the girls. 🙂
More Extended Family Photos in River Forest, IL ahead!
Additionally, we sneaked in a few senior portraits to celebrate this Class of 2020 graduate!
Love their smiles! They were such good sports even though the day was so hot!
I got a few sweet candid shots, too!
I love doing senior portraits so much. 🙂
Apparently the story goes that this high school USED to have caps to go with the gowns, but a graduate threw a hat and hit a priest and that was the end of that.
Credit where it’s due: one of the little girls took the shot on the right! I held the camera and she hit the shutter. 🙂 It did wonders for helping the girls see that the big camera wasn’t so scary!
I love their sweet smiles!
The love between all the generations was so evident! I loved capturing photos of their strong familial relationships.
Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!