Family, Illinois, Pets, Summer

Chicagoland Family Photography

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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Family of three with a brown dog walking through a sunny meadow with cattails and thistles. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

I’m so glad this family contacted me for their Chicagoland family photography needs! We had such a fun time together taking bright and colorful family photos at this meadow with their puppy! My client contacted me wishing for vibrant photos in a secluded location – they really wanted to include their energetic young dog and were concerned that a more populated area would lead to a distracted dog and shy daughter. Not to worry – we found a great spot!

Closeup family photo of three with cattails and trees behind them. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.
Mom and daughter seated next to each other on a blanket in a grassy field, hugging their smiling chocolate labrador

Aren’t they sweet?! Look at those happy smiles on everyone! I make sure to bring a freshly washed white blanket to my photoshoots so clients have a clean, dry place to sit!

Closeup portrait of a young girl with eyes peeking through her bangs. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

This girl had such stunning eyes. I love this close-up portrait of her!

Mom and daughter petting their brown dog in a sunny meadow for their Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

This is such a beautiful family!

Young girl kissing the head of her disgruntled dog.

This is one of my favorite shots of their sweet puppy – so many options for “caption this!”

“I GUESS KISSES ARE OKAY.”

“IF YOU MUST.”

“I’M DOING THIS FOR THE TREATS AFTERWARD.”

I always make sure we get “look at the camera for Grandma” photos, but also more natural and relaxed shots so clients get a variety of options in their galleries.

Young girl blowing dandelion seeds in a meadow. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

Isn’t this a fun shot? We found lots of thistle fluff (very technical term) at this meadow and this girl was a champion thistle-fluff blower! For any inquiring minds that wished to know (I was curious!), the ACTUAL technical term for seed fluff is called a pappus, plural is pappi! I love the whimsy and magic of this image!

Chicagoland Family Photography

Young girl in a watermelon dress getting kisses from her brown dog.

This girl really loves her dog and it was so important to the family to include their puppy! I love the images we got of the two of them interacting! There’s clearly a lot of love between these two!

Young girl with braids blowing dandelion seeds in a grassy meadow. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

I was a little concerned about finding a colorful location for this family because we needed to reschedule and the flowery locations I initially found had stopped blooming a month later. I really love the way this location turned out, though! We had beautiful yellows and greens in the grasses, and purple thistle flowers! Luckily, we were able to photograph right next to the thistles for some vibrancy, but without getting poked!

girl in watermelon dress standing next to her parents in a grassy meadow in west Chicagoland.

One of the parts I liked best about this location is that you can get the look of a meadow with tall grass without needing to walk through the meadow. These pet owners appreciated not needing to check their dog over for seeds and insects when the photoshoot was through!

Man and woman seated on a blanket with their dog, who is giving them lots of kisses. Chicagoland Family Photography by Kristen Hazelton.

Their sweet puppy decided they’d rather give kisses than look at the camera, and I was here for it!

Mother, father and daughter seated on a blanket in a grassy field and petting their chocolate labrador dog.

I love the relaxed, happy photos we got at their photoshoot and I’m so glad they brought their dog along!

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

If I could give Kristen *more* than 5 stars, I would. I am blown away at the quality of photos we received from our session with her. They are gorgeous images that perfectly capture the personality of our family. Kristen was lovely to work with from start to finish. She responded promptly to my inquiry and gave me all the information I needed to make a decision. She efficiently captured what we were seeking, scouted out various options for locations (and managed to find one that would make it easy to include our puppy), and followed up when she said she would. During the photo shoot, she quickly connected with our 9-year old, which immediately brought out the best in her. Kristen is immensely talented!

Kristen Hazelton is an Oak Park, IL (West Chicagoland) 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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