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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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Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

As I told this senior, even during the busy season I will MAKE time to do senior portrait photoshoots! I love being an Oak Park senior photographer – senior portraits are my favorite – I love getting to know seniors and getting to provide a tailored photography experience that showcases their interests and personalities!

Representing the Oak Park River Forest High School class of 2021, this senior loves sunshine (possibly even more than me?!?), animals and plants, the color yellow, playing her guitar, and her sweet little sister. It was a true delight to get to know her and to take some magical photos at her golden hour guitar senior portrait photoshoot!

Come see her sunny fall senior portraits highlighting her guitar!

Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

I love her cow socks! She’s teaching herself guitar from YouTube (talk about self-driven!) and played “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes (one of my favorite bands) while I took these shots!

Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

She said the guitar was her Dad’s! I love that we got to incorporate something meaningful to her!

Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton

THIS PHOTO. Let me remind you, she loves 1) sunshine, 2) her guitar, 3) the color yellow, 4) nature. I literally gasped when I saw how this shot turned out! The sunflare is 100% legitimate!

Senior portraits with a guitar at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
High school senior holding out an embroidery patch that says "vegan"

She said her dream job was to work at an animal sanctuary. How cool would that be?

Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL
portrait of a highschool senior laughing while autumn leaves fall
Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park senior photographer Kristen Hazelton

Thanks for letting be your Oak Park senior photographer!! I loved showcasing your interests and personality.

Here’s what this senior had to say about her session!

“Getting my senior portraits taken by Kristen was an amazing experience. She is very passionate about her work, which you can see through her enthusiasm before, during, and after the session. Before we even had the shoot, I filled out a get to know you form that asked fun questions about myself so Kristen could know more about my interests and hobbies in order to incorporate these things into my photos to make them more personal. Then, during the shoot, she made me feel comfortable and confident while having my pictures taken. Kristens’ website is easy to navigate, and I had a fun time browsing and choosing the finished products – which were developed and made available in a very timely manner. I am so glad I got to meet Kristen and have my portraits taken by her!”

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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