Family, Illinois, Personal

April 2020 | Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL

Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm an award-winning senior portrait and family 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 clients. :)
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Relaxed and easy family portraits. and stunning artwork

I realized that I straight up am neglecting to make a baby book for my daughter AT ALL (at least with my son I made an effort at a book which turned into an effort at a Google Doc which turned into… photos without context?) My goal is to get through her whole first year, which means, ahem, posting the month of April journal entry in August. Moving right along, because the end result will be worth my current embarrassment.

Credit where it’s due: the idea for a monthly recap came from my amazing wedding photographer Anna Wu and her blog. Anna does beautiful, timeless wedding and lifestyle photography. She’s based out of San Francisco but is willing to travel, and I highly encourage you to check out her work!


Our last day as a family of three! We were lucky that my mother-in-law was able to sneak into Illinois right before shelter-in-place to help us with childcare. On the way to the hospital we needed to be screened at the new triage tent for COVID-19.

8 hours after entry she arrived!

After a day recuperating at the hospital we headed home and big brother got to meet little sister for the first time! We all (tried) to wear masks to keep Grandma from getting sick, since we assumed we were exposed to the virus (we did not end up getting sick).

Not so sure about this “being awake” business.

He’s on the cusp of being able to read. Thankfully(!!) during those early days SHE slept in and HE would read books upon waking and let Mom and Dad sleep!

Winning all the parenting awards with the highlighter-colored eggs, of which we had six. We just had a new baby, ok?!

“Can you show your sister the egg?”

New books in the basket! He’s loving the Tea Dragon Society books by Katie O’Neill right now.

Thank goodness for tripods!

Why yes, we just happened to have chemistry glassware and lab coats and periodic table baby blocks lying around…why do you ask? (we actually did. Nothing new was purchased for these photos).

He was at a stage of wanting to “cook” for us and make us tea because we are a family of tea drinkers. Favorite flavor to make for us in the pretend kitchen? “Vanilla parmesan!”

Going for walks and getting sunshine!

Big brother was learning to ride a bike!

Loved watching winter melt away into spring.

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!

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