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River Forest, IL Family Photos | Kristen Hazelton Photography

Family of seven posing for river forest il family photos

What a delight it was to take these River Forest, IL family photos! The two eldest kids are off to college this month so I’m glad we could fit in some quick shots before they set off on their academic adventures this fall!

Since moving to the Midwest we’ve gotten our share of texts saying “severe thunderstorm” every month or so. The rain out here is so different than what I’ve experienced in California or in Washington. In Illinois, it’s cloudy, cloudier, cloudiest, then KABOOM! The skies open up and dump buckets for about 10 minutes and then clear up like no storm ever happened. So when rain was predicted for our initial date and time we thought, “bummer! Wonder if we should continue anyway since it works with everyone’s schedules and it’s unlikely that 10 minutes of rain will actually happen during the session?” We ended up rescheduling anyway, and GOOD THING, because a crazy wind storm called a Derecho swept in from Nebraska through Chicago with 70-100mph winds and 13 tiny tornadoes touched down in Cook County.

Luckily, the weather for the rescheduled photoshoot was gorgeous!

Come take a look at these River Forest Family photos!

Family of seven hugging in close for river forest il family photos
Family of seven walking
Family of seven looking at each other and laughing for river forest il family photos
A collage with two sisters on the left, three brothers on the right

I love these sibling photos!

Family of seven posing for river forest il family photos
Three brothers
Family of seven posing for river forest il family photos
Headshots of two sisters
Man and woman posing in a verdant area
Mother and daughters posing for river forest il family photos
Father and sons posing for a photo
Two sisters smiling for river forest il family photos
Father and sons smiling with arms around each other
Husband and wife posing in a lush, green park for river forest il family photos
Two sisters posing in a verdant setting
Closeup shot of the eyes of two sisters

That Instagram eye shot! Aren’t they lovely?!

A family of seven posing with native midwest flowers for river forest il family photos
Family of seven sitting on a sculpture for a family portrait
Black and white photo of five teenage siblings for river forest il family photos
Man and woman sitting on a scuplture

I had to sneak in to this post some cool macro photos I took at the end of the shoot, too! I love the progression of colorful flowers over the course of the season here! 🙂

five siblings sitting in the sunshine for river forest il family photos
Collage of portraits of two sisters
Collage of portraits of two high school students
Portrait of a college student

Thanks for having me take your River Forest, IL family photos! I’m so glad we were able to fit them in before the beginning of the academic year, and I’m super glad we rescheduled from the day with tornadoes!

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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