Family, Illinois, Summer

Riverside, IL Family Photographer

Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm a senior portrait, family, and couples' 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 clients. :)
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Woman in pink dress with husband an and toddler daughter in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Coming in hot, one of my favorite family photoshoots to date; I loved being the photographer for this family in Riverside, IL! It rained like *CRAZY* up until an hour before the photoshoot and we were all pretty anxious because the mom was getting her hair and makeup done at the time! I’m so glad we didn’t cancel, because the sun came out and boy did it DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

Family Photos by Riverside, IL Photographer Kristen Hazelton

It was crazy steamy…but that meant that we had more visible sun rays which looked so pretty!!

Dad holding his toddler daughter
Woman in a pink dress standing in a sunny meadow

Look at these cuties! Dad and daughter have the same smile!

Woman leading her husband and baby daughter through a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

It was a treat to photograph this family. Abbie is a photographer herself, so I felt particularly honored to do a photoshoot for her family!

Dad holding up his toddler daughter and giving her kisses by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Walking family photos by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Family of three walking in a sunny meadow

Did you know it’s very serious work to walk through a meadow?

Family of three walking through a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Little lady had just woken up from a nap before the photoshoot and was feeling quiet…I loved that we were able to capture some of her sleepy, cuddly side in addition to her ebullience!

Mom holding her toddler daughter ina sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Redheaded woman in pink dress twirling with her toddler daughter

We got a sweet smile while Mama twirled her around!

Mom getting hugs from her toddler daughter by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Mom and daughter in a sunny meadow
Photos of a toddler daughter and her Dad in a meadow

I love these sweet shots with her dad! It was so hard to cull out the best of the best because there were so many good shots!

Family of three in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

What a beautiful family!!

Redheaded woman running in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

I love it when clients are down with some of my crazy ideas, including “how do you feel about running through this really tall grass barefoot?!”

Toddler hugging Mom

Sweet baby hugs with arms around the neck…sunshine and sunbeams for days…tall grasses aglow with the sunshine….🤩 I love it all!!!

Mother getting hugged around the neck by her daughter
Out of focus photo of a redheaded woman running in a meadow

Sometimes an out-of-focus shot does a better job capturing movement and emotion…

Family of three walking in a sunny meadow
Family of three walking in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Family photos in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Proudly showing mama the flower she picked!!

Family of three playing in a meadow
Family of three walking in a sunny meadow by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Super sweet family!!

Mama holding her toddler daughter close
Redheaded woman holding her toddler daughter next to a tree by Riverside, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Finishing up with a gorgeous shot of mama with her girl!

Here’s what Abbie had to say about her experience!

“Kristen, what a gift! I absolutely adore these! I can’t wait to order prints and make an album! I will treasure these forever! Thank you so much dear friend!” 

Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (Chicago, IL metro area) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) senior, family, and engagement photographer. She occasionally photographs in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Seattle, WA. You can inquire about your own photoshoot here!

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