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Niles in Fremont | 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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High school senior girl with rainbow cardigan and gold pants standing on her tiptoes on a stage

Hey friends, I’m delighted to share this gorgeous senior photos session taken in Niles in Fremont! We joked, since this senior is a big Harry Styles fan, that we were going to channel that vibe and have a “Harry Styles in Niles” photoshoot!

High school senior portraits at the train plaza in Niles in Fremont, CA

When I was throwing out location ideas for this senior: golden hills, downtown, parks…she wasn’t into it. I knew she was a giant Harry Styles fan and wanted to channel some of the vibe, so I went custom location scouting to find a spot that would fit! The vibrant colors and retro wild west meets the 60s vibe of Niles in Fremont, CA fit the bill perfectly, and she was so excited to see the location scouting videos I sent over!

High school senior girl swinging on the back of a train caboose that reads "Pacific" at Niles in Fremont, CA

The train station plaza in Niles has fantastic 1900s architecture, and amphitheater, and a caboose!! There’s also one of my favorite Bay Area coffee shops, Devout, get yourself an oat milk latte or a single origin pourover and thank me later. ❤️

High school senior girl wearing a rainbow knit cardigan and gold velvet flood pants for senior photos in Niles in Fremont, California
High school senior portraits with a sunflower bouquet

‘Sunflower” is NOT her favorite song, but we couldn’t resist!

closeup, upside down photo of a high school senior girl wearing a rainbow cardigan
high school senior girl holding sunflowers close to her face and laughing

Niles has an interactive sculpture at the park with zoetropes, a precursor to animated film. There are sequential drawings inside the drum. When you spin it and look through the slits, the drawings appear to be moving!

Senior Photos at Niles in Fremont, California

high school senior girl wearing a rainbow cardigan and lying down next to zoetrope sculptures in Niles in Fremont, California
high school senior girl wearing a rainbow cardigan and seated next to zoetrope sculptures in Niles in Fremont, California

They also made a fun backdrop for some photos!!

Senior portraits at the Niles Train Plaza with sunflowers, lavender and palm trees.

One of my client’s other wishes was for “something different” than the dry California hills. One of her wishes was for a lavender farm, and while there are great options in the Bay Area, they all require a lot of advance notice to get photo permits. I was glad we could find her a pretty lavender bush at the train station!

High school senior girl jumping at a sculpture of zoetrope in Niles in Fremont, California

“What would Harry Styles do if he was up on stage? He’d probably skip and jump, right??”

Closeup portrait of a high school senior girl wearing a brown and blue striped cardigan
Girl wearing a striped cardigan and yellow velvet pants seated on a railing at a train station in Niles, CA

Fashion magazine vibes right here.

High school senior girl posing with aviator sunglasses and palm trees

Isn’t this fun with the aviator glasses and palm trees? I was flat on my tummy on the ground to get these shots but it was totally worth it! That’s why your photographer often shows up in yoga pants. 😂

High school senior portraits with sunflowers and blue morning glories

We found a gorgeous wall covered in bright blue morning glory flowers! I love how the goldenrod tones of her pants and sunflowers pop against the blue flowers!

High school senior girl holding sunflowers close to her face while standing in front of a fence covered in morning glory flowers in Niles in Fremont, California

This was SUCH a fun photoshoot! The best part was making my client so happy with a location that really matched the vibe she was going for! I asked my client some questions at the end and she was so happy she replied in all-caps. 😂 I’m so glad she loved her photos and experience!

What was it like during the photoshoot?

REALLY EXCITING AND COMFORTABLE AND I FELT LIKE I COULD TRY POSES WITHOUT JUDGEMENT.

Were you happy with the resulting photos?

OMG YES THEY LOOK AMAZING

What would you tell someone considering a photoshoot with me?

SHE’S SO GREAT AT COLLABORATION AND LISTENING TO WHAT THE CLIENT WANTS AND MAKING THAT HAPPEN AND THEN ALSO ROLLING WITH WHAT RANDOM THINGS ARE THROWN AT HER DURING A SESSION SUCH AS WEIRD GUYS POSING IN THE BACKGROUND.

Anything else you’d like to add?

YOU’RE AMAZING LOVE YOU ❤️❤️❤️

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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