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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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family of four in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton

It was so fun to be this family’s photographer and take their early fall photos in River Forest, IL! I loved that we were able to find some bright, yellow grasses to get a bit of fall feel for them, even if the fall colors were running a bit behind schedule this year! As you’ll see later on, we were also able to find a lone maple tree with bright colors to add a bit of autumn flair!

Little sister giving big sister a hug

Walking along through the woods and found a nice spot with pretty, white flowers!

Two young sisters hugging each other in the woods by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton

We had a few hints of fall, but also a lot of verdant foliage! It’s nice at this time of year that clients can really play it up in either direction they prefer with location choice!

River Forest, IL Photographer

Family of four walking through a field of cattails

If there’s a meadow available, I would say 90% of the time I will ask you to walk in it.

Mom and Dad in a field of cattails
Two young sisters back to back
Family of four in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton

I just love the golden glow we got, and especially how the cattails caught the sunshine!

Dad and daughters in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton
Mom, Dad, and daughter in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton

I love these sweet individual shots of the older daughter with her parents!

Mom hugging her young daughter in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton
Husband kissing his wife's cheek

So sweet! I’m glad they put up with me to sit in a field because this shot came out looking so cute!

Family of four tickling their daughter in a field of cattails by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton
Girl in blue jumpsuit next to a field of cattails.
Girl looking at a cattail
Portrait of dad and two young daughters under a sugar maple tree.

I was able to find one lone maple tree that had started to turn!! Between the grass and leaves we were able to get a touch of fall in their photos! I love early fall because the weather is often warm enough to allow for more clothing flexibility, and because the trees look like rainbows!! 🌈

early Fall family photos under a sugar maple tree by River Forest, IL photographer Kristen Hazelton

Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (West Chicagoland) and Livermore, CA (San Francisco East Bay Area) family, senior, and wedding 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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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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