Illinois, Seniors, Summer

College Graduate Senior Photos

College senior sitting on a path at Cummings Square in River Forest, IL, gorgeously backlit
Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm a senior portrait, family, and couples' 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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College senior sitting on a path at Cummings Square in River Forest, IL, gorgeously backlit

Wow, what a fun senior portrait session this was! I loved capturing these college graduate senior photos for this recent graduate!!

This photoshoot was a graduation present from her mom, as a “congratulations on graduating, and congratulations for heading on to nursing school!” We ultimately had to reschedule due to rain, and I am so glad we did – look at that gorgeous late summer glow! As I told her, “I’m going to ask you to do some poses that feel really weird – but the results are going to look great!” Thank you for rolling with it and trusting me – we got some really awesome shots!

senior portraits of a woman with her hands on her hips and then behind her head
College graduate senior portraits of a girl standing with her hands on her hips

College Graduate Senior Photos

Black and white photo of a college senior girl walking towards the camera, and a simple, backlit portrait
college graduate senior photos at Cummings Square, River Forest, IL with her hands on her hips and playing with her hair
College graduate senior photos of a woman sitting on a path at Cummings Square in River Forest, IL, gorgeously backlit

When we got to this one magic spot and I said, “STOP!!! That light!!” Thankfully at this point this sweet senior was laughing at me, particularly with my contortions to get the shots. I wish I had some behind the scenes photos because I was leaning waaaayyy back into the weeds to get these shots. It was 100% worth all the burrs in my pants to get these photos!

Beautifully backlit portrait of a woman
woman sitting on a path at Cummings Square in River Forest, IL, gorgeously backlit

Seriously. What a stunning smile!!

Black and white College graduate senior photos of a woman leaning against a brick wall
College graduate senior photos of a woman seated on a fence
Black and white photo of a college senior walking down a sidewalk

Aren’t her harem pants fun? I love the movement they had during walking poses!

College senior fluffing her hair
Collage of Oak Park IL Senior photos, a woman in harem pants under a tree, and sitting on a fence

WORK.

Nursing school senior portrait of a nurse-in-training holding out her stethoscope and cheering

She’s headed off to nursing school this fall! Woohoo!!

Collage of backlit full body senior portrait and bee in goldenrod flowers

Being a former plant biologist I couldn’t resist sneaking in a photo of a cute bee and some goldenrod! Haha!

Oak Park IL Senior photos at Cummings Square
Black and white senior portrait headshot

I had such a great time capturing your college graduate senior photos and I’m so glad you had fun, too! I wish you the very best on your nursing school journey!

Here’s what she had to say about her experience!

Kristen made me feel so at ease! Photoshoots can be so awkward but she really knew what to say to get the best results possible! The quality of the photos were amazing and the turn around time to get the finished product was extremely fast! I highly recommend her for all your family or solo photography needs!

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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