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Lincoln Park Zoo Senior Photos

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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Senior girl in white dress with tall grasses framing her face

Excited to share some gorgeous Lincoln Park zoo senior photos today!! This sweet client came from Minnesota for her senior photos with me, what an honor!

High School Senior photos at the Lincoln Park zoo Honeycomb or People's Gas Pavilion by Chicago Senior Photographer Kristen Hazelton

We got an absolutely stunning day in early fall – but with the sunny skies came CHILLY winds! You can’t tell it from the photos, but this client was an absolute rockstar braving the 35 degree weather PLUS windchill in her sun dress! You never know what weather you’re going to get in Chicago while the seasons change!

Dance photos at the Lincoln Park zoo Honeycomb or People's Gas Education Pavilion.

This iconic structure at the Lincoln Park nature boardwalk, affectionately called the “Honeycomb” is actually called the “People’s Gas Education Pavilion,” designed by architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang, based out of Chicago. Apparently the design is meant to mimic a tortoiseshell!

Lincoln Park zoo senior photos at the Honeycomb or People's Gas Education Pavilion

This honeycomb structure is such a popular photo location that I actually had an assistant “hold our spot in line” while we took photos close by! We literally had about 2 minutes in this location, and yet got so much beautiful variety!

Chicago senior photos at Lincoln Park zoo with the Honeycomb

Love the “rainbows” in these photos! Yellow goldenrod and grasses, then trees, then blue skies and skyline in the background! 🌈

High school senior girl in a white dress and black Doc Martens standing on the boardwalk at Lincoln Park zoo with the Hancock building in the background

My favorite shot of the day on the right! I love the powerful pose with the lead lines and iconic John Hancock center in the background!

Lincoln Park Zoo Senior Photos

Girl in white sundress walking on the boardwalks at Lincoln Park zoo, with the Hancock building in the background

I love this shot. Look at the confidence!!

Ballet Senior Photos in Chicago at Lincoln Park Zoo, by Chicago Senior and Family Photographer Kristen Hazelton

My client is a ballet dancer and wanted to incorporate her love of dance into her photos! I do not have a dance background and was concerned about being able to coach my client with posing, so I brought along my fellow photographer and ballet instructor friend Abbie! With her assistance I felt confident that we were serving my client to the utmost!

Dance Senior Photos in Chicago by Chicago Senior and Family Photographer Kristen Hazelton

There was a special pose that my client’s mom did for her senior photos, so it was important to her that we recreate the shot!

High school senior photos with fall leaves by Chicago Senior Photographer Kristen Hazelton

Peak Fall was still a few weeks away, but we got some lovely fall color for some variety by using one magnificently orange tree!

High school senior photos at Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago, IL; a girl in a white dress and Doc Marten boots seated on stone steps

Lincoln Park has such a variety of background locations! My client’s photoshoot ended up being two hours long, and I loved the variety of images that I could get for her!

Senior photos of a girl in a white dress standing in a meadow at Lincoln Park zoo in Chicago, IL with the Hancock building and Chicago skyline in the background
Senior girl standing in front of the South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo, with the Hancock building in the background

I asked my client about her nail polish and rings and she said it was to reflect her love of Harry Styles! 1) I love it when clients layer in their hobbies and interests into their photos, and 2) I love how many of my senior clients this year are into Harry Styles! How fun!! I ended up editing her whole gallery while listening to his Fine Line album!

Girl in white dress leaning against the Honeycomb structure in Lincoln Park, in Chicago, IL

Credit where it’s due: Abbie suggested the pose on the right and I loved this quiet moment in nature with the busy urban skyline in the background! What a fun juxtaposition.

Kristen is the absolute best!! This was one of the best experiences ever! She made me feel so comfortable and we had so much fun. Kristen went above and beyond with planning the entire photoshoot and made everything so easy for us. I would love to work with her again!!

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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