California, Family, Winter

Balboa Park Family Photos | San Diego, CA

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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Relaxed and easy family portraits. and stunning artwork
Big sister holding her baby sister in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

I’m excited to share with you today some beautiful family photos in Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, CA. I travel to the west coast a couple of times a year and I am always happy to do photoshoots while on travel!

I met up with this family for photos in Balboa Park, the stunning “Central Park,” if you will, in the middle of San Diego. There’s stunning architecture and so many beautiful gardens, oh, and LOTS of tourists! This shoot was a delightful challenge for me as I had not photographed at this location before, and it was also much closer to sunset than I usually shoot. I arrived early to location scout and was blown away by how beautiful it was!

Portraits of Mom and daughters under an architectural arch

I love the beautiful arches and architecture here! When I saw this arch I knew I wanted to take some shots here because the framing was so cool.

Mom and daughter touching noses

The baby’s like, “What’s going on over here?”

Balboa Park Family Photos | Alcazar Garden

Family of four in front of California Tower in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

Then we moved over to Alcazar Gardens for some pretty shots with the iconic California Tower in the background. Both Mom and Dad are graduates of local San Diego universities and have ties to the area, so it was especially nice to highlight that connection with an iconic San Diego location for their photoshoot.

Young family of four sitting on a bench in Alcazar Gardens in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

Love that glow and how the Spanish style of tile coordinates with their clothes!

Big sister kissing baby sister's cheek


Family of four sitting on a bench in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden
Mom with two young daughters in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

And then some shots of Mom with her girls, because Moms never have enough good shots of them in the frame!

Closeup portrait of a red headed girl with heterochromia by photographer Kristen Hazelton

Aren’t her eyes stunning? I was hoping to recreate a shot I had taken of this girl years before that her parents loved, and I was delighted to discover how pronounced her heterochromia had become!

Dad hugging his two young daughters in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

Dad and his girls. 🙂

Redheaded girl

I love that late afternoon glow! It really brought out the most incredible colors in her red hair!

Man and woman in front of California Tower in Balboa Park

If the kids permit it I always take a couple of shots of just Mom and Dad. Sometimes the last time they had a professional photo taken was their wedding, and it’s lovely to update the shots for them!

Family of four in front of California Tower in Balboa Park family photos by photographer Kristen Hazelton

Catching that Golden Hour glow

Smiling baby in a stroller

Towards the end of our photoshoot this little girl was so happy to be wrapped up nice and warm in her stroller! She gave us the biggest, sweetest smiles with her two little teeth on display!

Mom and two young daughters

And finally I couldn’t resist a few final shots on the way back to the parking lot when the light was just so pretty!

Here’s what my clients had to say!

Kristen is absolutely amazing with kids. She did a shoot with my 4 year old and 9 month old, and did an amazing job capturing them with a variety of expressions and poses. The shoot was low-stress and super easy, and the results came out with vibrant color and exceptional detail.

The photos are gorgeous! Thank you so much!!! Made me cry a little ?

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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