Extended Family, Fall, Family, Illinois

Cantigny Park Photography

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
Extended family photos at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois

It was such a treat to meet up with this family again for some Cantigny Park photography! The mom reached out for a late winter photoshoot earlier this year, then wanted a reprise in early fall with both sets of grandparents. She said that their little girl was lucky enough to have all four grandparents part of her life and she wanted to celebrate that!

Grandma hugging her toddler granddaughter. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton

So this extended family photoshoot was all about this sweet little girl and her relationships with her grandparents. 🙂

Granddaughter sitting with grandparents on a bench. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton

With extended family photoshoots there are many variables that come into play. Out of state clients, hoping the weather will cooperate and coming up with a Plan B if it doesn’t! In this case we also needed a location near a bathroom for this potty-training toddler and close to a parking lot so the grandparents wouldn’t need to walk so far. I am so pleased to say that Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL really fit the bill!

Grandpa tickling toddler granddaughter's arm to make her laugh

Benefits of Cantigny Park as a photoshoot location

It has disabled parking spots up front and a space for easy drop-offs, lots of beautiful and secluded nooks that are perfect for photoshoots, SO MANY FLOWERS, and even complimentary off-road wheelchair rentals (up until 5 PM when the front desk closes). Along with the aforementioned easy access to bathrooms for potty-training kiddos! Cantigny requires a $50 permit, and there is a $10 parking fee per car, but the benefits of this location more than makes up for the additional cost.

closeup of a toddler girl with a pink shirt holding her parents' hands.

Toddler girl held by her grandparents.
Portraits of grandparents at extended family photos at Cantigny Park.

It was nice to get the grandparents some updated photos as a couple!

Toddler girl on Dad's shoulders with her hands covering his eyes. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton
Mom hugging her toddler daughter who is touching purple Russian Sage flowers.
Mom and toddler daughter playing pat-a-cake in front of a fountain. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton


Mom and Dad hugging their toddler daughter.

Mom and Dad tickling their toddler daughter in front of the fountain at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.
Mother wearing glasses hugging her toddler daughter. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton
Young couple hugging on a bench. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton
Toddler girl and two sets of grandparents sitting next to a fountain. Cantigny Park photography by Kristen Hazelton
Toddler girl wearing pink standing next to purple flowers

This little girl is SO loved!! Thanks for checking out this pretty Cantigny Park photography. It really is a great photoshoot location in the Chicago area!

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

We love Kristen so much that we’re return customers! She photographed my family back in March ’22, and upon seeing the photos we were just bowled over by how perfect they were. She captures so much feeling in her photos, so much genuine joy. My husband and I came up with the idea that we wanted to do an extended family photo shoot with both his and my parents, because we wanted the love of both of our families in photos, which we took in Sept ’22. Kristen just slam dunked it again, working amazingly with us 6 adults and a 2.5yo. We had some requests for location accommodations because my Dad has mobility issues, and she picked a perfect spot (and backup spot, and a bench, and nearby bathrooms, etc). She goes above and beyond, truly. Just book her now, lol, your search for a photographer is over!

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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