About

Hi there! I’m Kristen, an Oak Park, IL and Livermore, CA Photographer

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 was a molecular plant biologist studying flower genes.

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.

🤓

Then I found my purpose: helping seniors and families show up in photos beautifully, comfortably, and authentically.

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: fun photoshoots in CA; left: me being my typical self; 3: my favorite place, Kam Beach III in Kihei, Maui.

MY REALLY OFFICIAL BIO, the TL:DR VERSION

Kristen is the owner and lead photographer at Kristen Hazelton Photography LLC. She's a natural light photographer who hopes to be 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!

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SUPER FUN
FACTS

NOW FOR THE IMPORTANT STUFF

01

Salt and pepper kettle chips are the best kettle chips.

02

I remove eggs from the carton so the weight is evenly distributed.

03

I collect horrible jokes and am not afraid to use them!

04

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.

THE QUIZ

Favorite indulgence

Favorite season

Summer

Guilty pleasure

alternate universe job:

Plant virologist

favorite place i've been:

Kihei, Maui is my happy place! :)

drink of choice

can't live without

Fancy English tea

usually craving

Taco Bros green salsa

beach vs mountains

100% Beach!!!

favorite Houseplant

my 3' papaya tree!

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

ONLINE PUBLICATIONS

Senior Luxe Magazine
Lensational Magazine
Inspiring Teens Magazine
Senior Szn Magazine
seniorMUSE Magazine
Junior Szn Magazine
Senior Poise Magazine
Teen Years Magazine

Proudly Featured

The PosePatch
Finding North Photography Collective
National Association of Professional Child Photographers
Monochrome Seniors

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