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I'm a family, senior portrait, and wedding photographer based out of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. I love sunshine, cacti, chocolate chips, and a great cup of tea - but most of all I love photographing joyful and lively families, high school seniors, and couples. :) 

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Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

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!

Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL

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!

Grandkids hugging during River Forest, IL extended family portraits
Grandkids with grandparents during River Forest, IL extended family portraits
Grandkids during River Forest, IL extended family portraits
Grandkids during River Forest, IL extended family portraits

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!

Grandkids hugging and laughing during River Forest, IL extended family portraits
Senior portrait in River Forest, IL

Additionally, we sneaked in a few senior portraits to celebrate this Class of 2020 graduate!

Grandparents hugging during River Forest, IL extended family portraits
Family of four posing for a portrait in River Forest, IL
Extended family photo shoot in a street in River Forest, IL
Family laughing and hugging during River Forest, IL family photoshoot

Love their smiles! They were such good sports even though the day was so hot!

Grandparents with grandkids in front yard
Grandpa with male grandkids
Little girl swinging and smiling

I got a few sweet candid shots, too!

Grandpa with grandsons
Radiant woman posing in the sunshine
Grandparents with their kids
Grandpa with sons and grandsons
Backyard extended family photoshoot in River Forest, IL
Class of 2020 senior portrait session in River Forest, IL

I love doing senior portraits so much. 🙂

Class of 2020 senior portrait session in River Forest, IL

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.

Backyard Family Portraits with swingset
Grandma with daughters and granddaughters family portraits
Mother with daughters backyard family photoshoot
Graduating senior portraits with parents

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!

Grandma with sons and grandson
Grandpa with daughters and granddaughters
Grandkids sitting in the sun and smiling
Granddaughters sitting in the sun and smiling

I love their sweet smiles!

Family backyard photoshoot in River Forest, IL
Senior portrait of a 2020 senior holding a softball
2020 Senior tossing a softball into the air
Backyard family photoshoot in River Forest, IL
Adult children hugging their parents

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 and Livermore, CA family, senior, and wedding photographer. You can view her portfolio here, or inquire about your own photoshoot here!

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