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Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL, by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton

I loved being this family’s fall family photographer!! Oh man, the girls were just so excited to be outdoors and explore and play. Capturing that joy was one of the highlights of the day for sure! Tina is a local Oak Park photographer herself, and her husband is also in a photography-related field. I was worried this was going to be a high-pressure photoshoot but they were so laidback, so easygoing, and charming! It was so fun to do some Oak Park family photography with them as my subjects!

Are y’all ready to see some Oak Park Family Photography?!

A toddler proudly showing off a pile of leaves
Fall family portraits of Two sisters sitting and throwing leaves together
A toddler proudly showing off a pile of leaves

This sweet toddler was so excited about crunchy leaves!

Fall family portraits of Two sisters sitting and throwing leaves together
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL, by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton
Fall family portraits of Two sisters sitting and throwing leaves together
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL, by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton
Fall family portraits of Two sisters sitting and throwing leaves together

I knew that the older sister was a CHAMPION LEAF TOSSER, and she did not disappoint in the slightest!

Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL, by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton
Family photos of a Dad with his two young daughters
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Family photos of a Dad with his two young daughters
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Family photos of a Dad with his two young daughters
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits with leaf throwing at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together

I mean really! Just look at this joy right here!

Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together

This diptych is my favorite. Her look of pure joy for a sunny fall day with leaves!

Toddler throwing leaves at the photographer

And then this sweet toddler made my day by getting me in on the leaf throwing fun! She kept toddling over and throwing leaves on my legs as I took photos.

Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together
Portrait of a young girl at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together
Portrait of girl toddler
Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together
Fall portraits of two young sisters
Family portraits of Two sister throwing leaves together
fall portraits of a Mother with daughters throwing leaves
fall portraits of a Mother with daughters throwing leaves
fall portraits of a Mother with daughters throwing leaves
Pigtails!
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

I am a sucker for hand-holding shots. 🙂

A toddler girl proudly displaying a rock

Cool rock!

Candid portraits of a family exploring the woods
Portrait of a mother and daughter in Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portrait of a young girl with fall leaves

This is one of my absolute favorites! So many favorites. 🙂

Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall Portraits of two little girls
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portrait of a mother and daughter in Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portrait of a mother and daughter in Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portrait of a mother and daughter in Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

Harle family, I loved taking your family portraits. Thanks for letting me be part of your day!!

Tina said:

Thank you for capturing my children’s joy so beautifully. We had so much fun playing in the woods with you. Love the photos, they really capture our family out in nature. I am always nervous to be in front of the camera but Kristen put me at ease and was so much fun.

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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