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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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portrait of a redheaded woman with a nose ring

I really enjoyed this opportunity to do some Bay Area portrait photography of my gorgeous red-headed friend; she asked if we could do portraits with her dogs, fancy champagne coupes, and playing her cello. Um…yes?! Enjoy these fun and quirky portraits with lots of attitude; I sure enjoyed taking them and showcasing my friend’s fun personality!

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small dog looking up
redheaded woman holding a small dog

That tiny dog’s little nose was so cute!!

portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello
portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello
black and white portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello
portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello while sticking out her tongue
portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello while smiling widely

I’ve known this lady for years, but never knew she had experience playing the cello! How cool is that?

portrait of a redheaded woman playing a cello

This was a quieter moment, and one of my favorite shots of the day.

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redheaded woman drinking champagne while holding a tiny dog
redheaded woman drinking champagne while holding a tiny dog

Love her personality shining through! What fun ideas for a portrait session!

portraits of a redheaded woman holding her dogs

Little dog and big dog. Also, I want to mention that this gorgeous big, black dog is a rescue! If you have interest in rescuing a pet of your own, you can head to this website to look up animal shelters in your area.

black and white portrait of a woman drinking champagne and holding a large black dog on her lap

Look at Archer’s little snaggletooth!

redheaded woman on a red chair holding a snaggletoothed black dog
redheaded woman on a red chair holding a snaggletoothed black dog
redheaded woman on a red chair holding a snaggletoothed black dog
redheaded woman on a red chair holding a snaggletoothed black dog

I feel like pet owners don’t get enough appreciation – there’s plenty of parenting, teaching, and love that goes into having pets! I was feeling this particularly strongly around Mother’s Day this year, and then now as I was writing up this blog post!

black and white portrait of a woman holding her large black dog who is licking a booger

TONGUE.

redheaded woman on a red chair holding a snaggletoothed black dog
large black dog waiting for master to throw a ball

“MOM, I AM SO READY FOR YOU TO THROW THAT BALL.”

black and white portrait of a woman smiling
portrait of a redheaded woman with a nose ring
black and white portrait of a woman smiling and looking down

This final series of photographs in quick succession ended up being some of my favorite shots of the day. First surprise, then a composed smile, then humor as she went to throw the ball. 🙂

Thank you for letting me showcase some of your favorite things! It was a pleasure taking your photos to showcase some Bay Area portrait photography.

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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