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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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Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

When this family needed a River Forest family photographer, I’m thrilled that they contacted me! They’re such a fun family – they taught their two-year-old Thriller dance moves and she demonstrated and it was awesome. A+++ parenting! This family specifically asked for photos more on the candid side; I always do at least one posed “everyone smile at the camera for Grandma” photo, but after that we went off-roading at Thatcher Woods to collect natural smiles and burrs in our pants!

Come check out this River Forest Family Photography!

Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portraits of happy young kids

The kids were so excited to explore!

Portrait of a toddler girl
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portraits of happy young kids
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Portrait of a toddler girl

Ah yes, the “can you see my eyeball through my camera?” prompt!

Dad tossing two-year old toddler in the air
Dad tossing two-year old toddler in the air
Portrait of Mom holding her young daughter
Candid family portraits by natural light photographer Kristen Hazelton
Dad tossing two-year-old toddler in the air

Is there any kid who doesn’t love being tossed and caught? I think it’s close to universal!

Mom holding her toddler daughter
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

And some kisses for mom!

Portrait of Dad getting hugged by his two young children

Giving Dad some hugs with some gorgeous sunset glow!

Portrait of a Dad and his toddler daughter
Portrait of a four year old boy by Oak Park, IL and Livermore, CA photographer Kristen Hazelton
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

One of my favorites! How sweet are those smiles?!

Upside down smiles from a young brother and sister
Dad holding his four year old son

Golden hour and blue hour at Thatcher Woods means lots of deer! The kids had a lot of fun watching and counting the number of deer that we saw.

Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

Look at these silly kids! I love how much fun they’re having!

Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Fall family portraits of a family of four at Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL
Dad holding his four year old son

Aw, how cute is this dad and son shot?

Mom and Dad tickling their toddler daughter
Closeup shot of an ant crawling on a little boy's hand

The little boy was SO EXCITED about this ant that he found! So I took a photo and emailed it to the mom as a complete freebie – my goal is for the kids to have a FUN time at their photography session!

Toddler girl resting her head on her mom's shoulder

I loved being this family’s River Forest family photographer! We got so many fun photos at sunset that I think really captured their fun personalities and the exuberance and enthusiasm their kids had for exploring outdoors!

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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