ISFP, mom to kids and plants, loves bubblegum ice cream and is always on the hunt for a new coffee shop or taco stand.
ONCE UPON A TIME
I did lots of cool stuff in lab - I worked with petunias, with ferns, and other weird plants to figure out how they worked....
...but family health emergencies highlighted to me that time is fleeting. I realized I wanted to prioritize making memories with my family and capturing those moments through photos.
After witnessing for myself that our time on earth can be fleeting, I was driven to capture lively, authentic photos as means of beautifully capturing and preserving my family's memories.
When I realized that I could do the same for others and boost their confidence with how amazing they looked I realized I'd found my purpose and my dream job!!
There is nothing better than helping an unsure client skyrocket their self-confidence over the course of a session, or knowing that I've helped a family capture priceless memories that they'll look back on for years to come.
Enneagram 9w1, Hufflepuff, and your number one hype girl!
Top: me and my family; left: me being my typical self.
photo credit: Abbie Christine Photography
MY REALLY OFFICIAL BIO, the TL:DR VERSION
Kristen is the owner and lead photographer at Kristen Hazelton Photography LLC. She's best known for helping her clients feel incredibly comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera.
Yes! I'm a family, senior, and engagement photographer serving Chicago, IL and based out of Oak Park, IL during the school year, and I'm an East Bay Area photographer based out of Livermore, CA during academic breaks. Join the mailing list to be the first to know my travel schedule!
NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF
Salt and pepper kettle chips are the best kettle chips.
I remove eggs from the carton so the weight is evenly distributed.
I collect horrible jokes and am not afraid to use them!
The best part of my job is showing clients how amazing they look on the back of the camera - no Photoshop involved.
Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.
Kihei, Maui is my happy place! :)
Fancy English tea
Taco Pros green salsa
my 5' papaya tree!
The Wall Street Journal
Senior Style Guide
Senior Luxe Magazine
Inspiring Teens Magazine
Senior Szn Magazine
Junior Szn Magazine
Senior Poise Magazine
Teen Years Magazine
Modern Teen Style Magazine
Senior Year Magazine
Dance SZN Magazine
Monochrome Seniors Magazine
Chicago Parent Magazine
Awards & Publications
National Association of Professional Child Photographers
Finding North Photography Collective
Expertise.com 2022, 2023 Best Chicago Family Photographers
Expertise.com 2022, 2023 Best Chicago Portrait Photographers
Expertise.com 2022, 2023 Best Oak Park, IL Portrait Photographers
2022 Senior Style Guide Hot 100 Recipient - Community Choice Award
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