Fall, Family, Illinois

River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

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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Mom, Dad, and young son at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

We had twenty minutes to make photo magic AND BOY DID WE MAKE PHOTO MAGIC! This family’s River Forest, IL fall mini session was one of my favorites of the season! The clients were down for anything, the sunshine was glorious, and those sugar maple leaves were perfect!!

Family of three in fall woods with yellow leaves

How it started…

Mom and Dad tickling their young son at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

…How it’s going.

Family tickle fight at a River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

I am pleased to say that though their son valiantly attempted an escape, they caught him in the end!

Young boy hiding behind a leaf

River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

Young boy throwing leaves

One of my favorite shots of the day – look at that pure joy while throwing leaves! If you book a fall session with me I can practically guarantee that I will ask some member of your party to throw leaves at some point!

Young boy hugging his mom at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session
Young boy crouched on the ground picking up leaves

I’m starting to add more “detail” shots into my galleries, of hands, sleeves, maybe even an out-of-focus shot or two as a means of invoking more of the emotion and fun of the day! These sorts of shots look AMAZING as a photo wall gallery or as part of an album!

Young boy crouched on a log at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

A slightly more subdued take on the leaf throwing as compared to the high-energy of before. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This kiddo was adventurous and truly a delight to work with!

Mom and Dad tickling their young son at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

Can’t you just hear their laughs and picture the mad scramble to get away from Dad’s tickles? This is one of my favorite photos of the whole day!

Son quietly hugging his mom at their River Forest IL Fall Mini Session

And in contrast, a quieter moment with Mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Young son hugging his Dad

Love this sweet moment with Dad, too!!

Mom and Dad holding son's hands as he walks on a log

The sunshine was AMAZING that day!! Just look at that awesome golden glow!

Mom and Dad holding son's hands as he walks on a log

Such a beautiful, FUN family!! It was so much fun to photograph you all!!

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 photoshootย here!

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