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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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Oakland CA Engagement Photos | Jamie & Niall

Man and woman standing in front of an industrial garage door and smiling

Jamie and Niall are dear friends of mine and I was SO happy to take their Oakland, CA Engagement photos! Their photoshoot was at a cool, hipster-y loft in West Oakland, a renovated and repurposed factory; it had a cool colorful and industrial vibe!

Jamie and Niall, I’m proud to call you two my friends and I can’t wait for your wedding next year!

Come check out their Oakland, CA Engagement Photos!

Individual portraits of an engaged couple in Oakland, CA

Woman looking up at her fiancee and smiling Individual portraits of an engaged couple in a collage Engaged couple laughing offscreen Tiny puppy on a woman's lap during an engagement session

I love it when there are pets at the photoshoot! What a cutie!

Woman sitting on stairs and smiling up at her fiancee Engaged couple sitting on stairs and laughing

“Can you tell Jamie a secret?” Apparently it was a pretty funny secret!

Engaged couple at an industrial loft in Oakland, CA Engaged couple posing next to an old brick building

Black and white image of an engaged couple with strong cut to bokeh Engaged couple kissing next to brick building Engaged couple smiling at the camera next to a brick industrial building Engaged couple posing outside a brick industrial building Black and white image of an engaged couple smiling at each other

I love the way they look at each other!

Man kissing his fiancee's forehead as she smiles Collage of engaged couple in front of an industrial garage door. With each image the woman steps closer to the man

Close…closer…perfect!

Man and woman standing in front of an industrial garage door and smiling

This is my favorite photo of the bunch and they are laughing at me because I fell over when taking this shot. 10/10 would do again to get these smiles!

Collage of engaged couple- on the left, with a road bike, on the right underneath a smoke bush Engaged couple posing with a road bike

This couple has a shared passion of long-distance biking to raise funds for climate change – including in the national parks and even as far away as Iceland! When we saw some bikes we knew we needed to incorporate them into a couple of shots. This is one of Jamie’s favorites – she said it looks like a magazine ad!

Engaged couple underneath a smoke bush

There was a lot of variety at this location, from brick and metal backgrounds to interestingly textured smoke bushes and flower beds. I’d happily photograph here again!

Engaged couple sitting in the sunshine next to a flower bed

Jamie and Niall, thank you for trusting me to take your engagement photos. This was so fun, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year!

Here’s what Jamie had to say about their photos:

If you and your partner are looking for professional photos, but feel nervous or uncomfortable about being photographed, call Kristen Hazelton. My fiancé and I were looking for a couples photo shoot (engagement photos), but both of us had no idea what we were looking for, and felt kinda uncomfortable about being the focal point. Kristen put us at ease. She offered ideas, inquired about our interests, helped us identify the style of photography we were drawn to, and really guided us through the process. During the photo shoot, we had so much fun. Kristen had us giggling, laughing and totally at ease. And it shows in our photos! We were blown away by how the photos turned out! We weren’t even in a rush for our photos, but Kristen turned them around so quickly. I couldn’t recommend Kristen more!

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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Welcome to the KHP BLOG!

I'm Kristen, 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. :) 

Get to know me

Let's Connect!

Explore Top Posts

2020 Best of Portraits Recap

Glowy Sunset Family Portraits

Sunrise Meadow Family Portraits

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