Illinois, Candid, Family, Summer

Family Backyard Photoshoot

Hi, I'm Kristen!
I'm an award-winning senior portrait and family 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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Classy and comfortable senior portraits!
Relaxed and easy family portraits. and stunning artwork
Backyard photoshoot in the Chicago suburbs

I loved doing this backyard photoshoot for this kind and gracious family in Oak Park, IL! With both daughters headed off to college this fall they wanted to be sure to get some photographs before the diaspora commenced!

Backyard Photoshoot in Oak Park, IL

Backyard photoshoot in Oak Park, IL
Mom smiling with her two adult daughters
Backyard photoshoot in Oak Park, IL

I may or may not have been silly noises with a treat in my hand to get Winnie, their sweet dog, to look at me! Like my own children, Winnie was pretty over taking photos. ?

Mom seated on a white couch with her two adult daughters in their backyard photoshoot
High school senior girl looking over her shoulder and smiling
Two adult sisters smiling with their golden labrador in their backyard photoshoot

This shot is one of my favorites – they’re all so cute!

Dog walking forward for a treat while his adult owners laugh

“Excuse me? I think I’ve posed long enough. Can I have my treat now and be excused?”

Mom and Dad smiling at each other

I love to get some nice photos of mom and dad – especially in such a pretty setting!

Closeup shot of a golden labrador

Thank you for continuing to put up with the photography shenanigans, Winnie. I know you were over it, but you were so cute!

Adult sisters seated on white outdoor couch

I love the swoop of the lilac tree in this one!

Adult sisters playing volleyball hugging their dog

Both sisters are very accomplished athletes! It was fun to incorporate some volleyball shots into their photoshoot; the other sister is a swimmer and…obviously we did not try to incorporate that into their backyard family photos. ?

Woman in white romper posing in backyard photoshoot

All the model vibes. 🙂 Also I love the blurred out leaves in the foreground; this family had such a pretty backyard!

Mom and dad laughing at each other

Getchu a spouse you can have fun with! Mom and Dad’s love for each other was so evident and so sweet to photograph.

Mom and adult daughters in their backyard photoshoot
Dad giving mom a kiss on the cheek
Woman seated on a white outdoor couch

I love this photo of mom! A backyard photoshoot is so convenient, especially if you’re planning to incorporate your family pets!

High school senior girl posing in front of a fire pit

Serious model vibes. ✨

mom and dad cheering that the kids are going back to school in their Oak Park, IL backyard family photos

One last hurrah to celebrate their daughters’ accomplishments!

Here’s what they had to say about their photos!

Our family loved working with Kristen! She was extremely flexible with the scheduling, timing, and location for our photo shoot, and accommodated our busy family schedule in every way. Kristen took a number of photos, giving us so many options to choose from. We were so pleased with the quality of the photos and the easy system for reviewing and ordering. We look forward to working with her again and highly recommend her services!

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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