California, Seniors, Summer

Alden Lane Nursery | Senior Photos

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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Girl in pink dress standing next to a fountain at Alden Lane nursery in Livermore, California.

Today I’m sharing some beautiful, flower-filled senior photos taken at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California! You may recognize this client from her gorgeous fall senior photos taken at the Ravenswood Historical Site, and we followed up this summer with two encore sessions!

Girl seated on a bench next to a fountain at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Alden Lane as a photography location for years, so this was a real treat for me! I love how my client’s dress and hat worked so well with the pops of color!

Girl in pink dress and floppy sun hat

How cute is she with this sun hat?

Girl in pink dress with sunhat standing next to pink crepe myrtle trees

And look how nicely her dress coordinates with the crepe myrtle trees! I love how the flowers complement her outfit! My client and the flowers stand out together against the neutral, earthy colors of this location.

High school senior portraits at a garden center
High school senior girl wearing a pink dress and sun hat while seated on terra cotta tile steps.

Accessories at a senior photo shoot? Yes please! They can change the look of an outfit in nothing flat, and gives you something to hold and interact with for more interesting poses. I love the casual-cool vibe from the sunglasses photos, while the hat photos lend more of an air of sophistication. Accessories are key for variety!

High school senior girl wearing a pink dress, seated on a blue folding chair next to succulent and cacti at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California.

I LOVE this set! The silvery green of the succulents, the bright blue of the chair with my client’s vibrant dress, the poses, the attitude – I love it all!!! These are some of my favorite images from the whole day.

High school senior girl wearing a pink dress at a plant nursery.

The rainbow pops of color against the neutral background of the oak trees is just so beautiful! Alden Lane built the nursery around these gorgeous ancient valley oak trees; they are such a keystone tree of the Northern California area!

High school senior girl wearing a pink dress and sitting on a bright blue chair, surrounded by cacti at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California
High school senior girl looking at orange and yellow sunflowers and marigolds at a garden center

Senior Photos at a Garden Center

I love how we were able to make it look like my client was in a sea of flowers! The employees at Alden Lane commented how lucky were were that we got sunflowers in full bloom! Also, we got a lot of beautiful orange and yellow marigolds in fall colors to ease into the transition of the seasons.

High school senior girl wearing a pink dress looking at orange marigolds at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California

We were blessed with summer fog the morning of our photoshoot! It gave us the flexibility to photograph in more locations with ideal light, which was a delight with all these flowers!!

High school senior girl wearing a pink dress with sunglasses on her head, standing next to orange trumpet vines.

Walls of flowering vines are my new favorite background; I love the way the orange pops with her bright dress! This is an orange trumpet vine, Campsis radicans! There is also one I know of in Oak Park, IL for any Illinois seniors interested in this look. 🙂

High school senior girl posing for portraits outside Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, California.

This whole location is charming. I love all the flowers at Alden Lane nursery, and the background variety we can get!

High school senior girl in pink dress standing next to orange trumpet vine flowers at Alden Lane Nursery.

Isn’t my client gorgeous! I love how this location was able to really set off her natural beauty. We had such a fun morning together! Thanks for choosing me to photograph you again this summer!

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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