Fall, Family, Illinois

Oak Park IL Mini Session

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
Mom and Dad holding their toddler daughter at a Oak Park IL Mini Session

What a beautiful day we had for this gorgeous Oak Park, IL mini session!! The sun was shining, the leaves were bright, and the toddler was a HAPPY CAMPER!

Little girl walking through leaves

I mean, for real! Look at this happy little girl! I think we ALL had the best time playing in the woods!

Mom, Dad, and toddler daughter at a Oak Park IL Mini Session

Oak Park IL Mini Session

Toddler girl holding leaves at a Oak Park IL Mini Session

Grabbing some gorgeous sugar maple leaves…

Leaves falling down on a toddler girl

…and maybe getting a touch of help with the leaf-throwing aspect from Dad. 🙂

Mom, Dad, and toddler daughter playing under fall leaves
Mom, Dad and daughter in the woods for an Oak Park IL Mini Session

Isn’t the foliage just incredible? Former botanist here: we have the best luck to live near a beautiful sugar maple grove and they all change color at once! It’s so pretty!

Dad holding his toddler daughter at a Oak Park IL Mini Session
Mom holding her toddler daughter under sugar maple trees
Mom sitting on a log with her toddler daughter at a Oak Park IL Mini Session
Toddler girl walking through leaves

How big is S? SO BIG.

Mom, Dad, and daughter seated on a log at their Oak Park IL Mini Session
Leaves falling down on a toddler girl
Toddler girl hugging her mom at a Oak Park IL Mini Session

Oh my gosh, as mom myself this photo is just SO sweet. Those tiny tapered fingers and dimpled knuckles, a little kiss from a person small enough that kisses mean “pressing my lips and occasionally just my entire open mouth against your cheek…” SIGH. I love that age.

Mom kissing her daughter's cheek at a Oak Park IL Mini Session
Mom, Dad, and daughter walking through a field of cattails

This tiny field is SO pretty with the way the cattails catch the light!

Mom and Dad playing with toddler daughter in a field
Toddler girl dressed in a Santa outfit

And at the very end…a super quick outfit change to celebrate the holidays!

Here’s what my clients had to say about their experience!

Kristen was an absolute pleasure to work with for our family photos this year! She knew just what to say and do to get our 20 month-old to smile and run around and take absolutely darling photos. She was patient, kind, and very personable. Oh, and the photos? Incredible! We love each and every one and are so excited to continue using Kristen for photos in the future! Can’t wait to get the photos on our wall! 🙂

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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