Extended Family, Fall, Family, Illinois

River Forest, 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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Fall Family photo of three and grandparents by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

It was a treat to be the photographer of this River Forest, IL family and capture these sweet memories of grandparents visiting during the fall!

Family of three standing in the woods

When I got to the location I opened my car door and my jaw dropped! We had a dense fog advisory that morning coupled with bright sunshine and it made for some truly magical lighting!

River Forest, IL Family Photographer

Grandparents standing in the woods

I love getting a few shots of the couples – it’s not atypical to have their most recent portraits be at their wedding, so it’s nice to get clients an update! Also, ahhh pokeberry…gorgeous with those pink stems and providing some pretty late-season color, but boy does Oak Park love to hate this plant! I haven’t had a run-in with it in my garden but I hear it’s pretty invasive and also poisonous.

Dad tossing his toddler son in the air

But back to the topic on hand, this lovely photoshoot!!

Mom kissing her toddler son by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

This little guy wasn’t feeling his best, but mom and dad saved the day with tickles and airplane tosses!

Mom and Dad tickling their toddler son by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

This little guy is clearly very well loved. πŸ™‚

Family of three and grandparents
Family of three and grandparents in a sunbeam by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Portraits of grandparents by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

We moved along to get them some fall color! The sugar maples are some of the earliest-changing trees, and in the sunshine the colors really POP!

Fall family photos with sugar maples by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton
Fall family photo of three by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Aw!

Family of three portraits by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

I’m so glad the conditions lined up that we were able to get that fall feel in their photos, even if fall is a little slow this year!

Dad swinging his toddler son

The things we do to get smiles, haha! This little guy clearly enjoyed it, though! πŸ™‚

Dad swinging his toddler son
Mom tossing her toddler son in the air
Dad holding his toddler son by River Forest, IL family photographer Kristen Hazelton

Here’s what my client had to say about her gallery!

We loved working with Kristen! She was very responsive and informative from the start. She picked an amazing spot for our photos and was really great when my toddler wasn’t quite cooperating and somehow still got photos with him smiling. She was also very prompt with sending a sneak peek and the final photos. We look forward to working with her again!

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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