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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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Photo of a Mother and father holding baby and toddler under a tree by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

What a delight it was to photograph this beautiful family! They are the first friends we made upon moving to Illinois last fall and they’ve been so kind and welcoming. Midwest weather is volatile and changes rapidly – I am so glad we lucked out with warm, SUNNY weather with a hint of fall foliage for this early October photoshoot! These are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken yet, and made me very happy to be an Oak Park, IL family photographer. 🙂

Toddler making a silly face and family of four under a tree

A photoshoot with me is definitely not all posed. I will give direction if that makes you more comfortable, but my number one goal is catching genuine emotion and interactions!

Sunset Meadow Family Photos by Oak Park, IL Family Photographer Kristen Hazelton

Photo of a Family under a beautiful backlit tree by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Family walking toward the camera
Family portrait under a tree in Riverside, IL by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Photo of a Mother and father holding baby and toddler under a tree by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Walking family portrait
Family of four crouching for portraits under a backlit tree
Family portraits under a glowy backlit oak tree
Photo of a Family of four under a glowy backlit tree by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Aww!! Love this one!

Closeup of a toddler and toddler and dad in a field

There they are, checking out some fun stuff in the meadow and looking absolutely stunning while doing so. These kids were just so cute! What a gorgeous family they are!

Mother tossing her baby in the air
Photo of a Mother holding her baby daughter in a field in Riverside, IL by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Photo of a Family walking through a field in Riverside, IL by Oak Park IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Beautiful family? Check. Gorgeous location? Check. Perfect backlighting? Double check.

Portrait of Mother holding her baby daughter in a field in Riverside, IL
Mother holding her baby daughter in a field in Riverside, IL

How sweet is this mother and daughter portrait?

Below, another of my many favorites from this day!

Mother and father holding baby and toddler under a tree

This photoshoot took place in early October when the leaves were just starting to turn. It was shocking to me how over the course of two weeks in October we went from totally green to almost totally orange in foliage! The Midwest fall colors are really stunning.

Family walking to Riverside, IL train station, and fall foliage
Building in Riverside, IL and family walking to Riverside Metra station

Loved the location of beautiful and quaint downtown Riverside, IL! Gorgeous!!

Tune in next week for this family’s blog Part 2! There were so many good ones (and the locations were varied enough) that I thought it made sense to share in two parts. 🙂

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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