It’s my birthday week and to celebrate I actually wanted to do a year-in-review post to celebrate my wonderful clients and supporters of my small business in my first(-ish) year in business! Thank you all so much for your support – whether it’s hiring me, likes, comments, pageviews…it all adds up. YOU are part of […]

January 12, 2021

2020 Year in Review – Oak Park, IL and Livermore, CA Photographer

Year-End Review

Welcome to December 2020’s blog! This month was spent trying out a variety of new holiday traditions to keep the mood festive and bright. Come see what we got up to! On the first day of Christmas- er, on the first day of December, my true love sur-pris-ed me…with Whittard’s chocolate and teeeeeea. For real, […]

Family of four in matching pajamas in front of a Christmas tree

January 4, 2021

Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL | December 2020

Family, Lifestyle, Personal

I’m so excited to share with you a new seasonal blog series: “A Walk in Oak Park.” The idea came about because we moved to Illinois just a few months before the pandemic started and as a result we’ve had nearly no visitors; this blog series will serve as a way for out-of-towners to take […]

Victorian Mansion decorated for Halloween in Oak Park, IL

December 22, 2020

A Walk in Oak Park | Fall 2020 | Oak Park Photographer

A Walk in Oak Park, Personal

I loved being this family’s fall family photographer!! Oh man, the girls were just so excited to be outdoors and explore and play. Capturing that joy was one of the highlights of the day for sure! Tina is a local Oak Park photographer herself, and her husband is also in a photography-related field. I was […]

Fall family portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL, by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton

December 15, 2020

Oak Park Family Photography | The Harles | River Forest, IL


Welcome to November’s personal blog! This month my daughter started army-crawling and really figured out what to do with those new teeth in her mouth. She’s started growling (in addition to roaring and shrieking) and her older brother doesn’t quite know what to do with the fact that she can suddenly get into all these […]

Seven month old baby with baby blocks

December 8, 2020

Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL | November 2020

Family, Personal

This sweet girl had me work for those smiles in these fall family photos, but it was so worth it! When a client books with me I always send out a client questionnaire because the photos always turn out better when we know each other a bit better and are more comfortable with each other! […]

Family portraits in Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL by Oak Park photographer Kristen Hazelton

December 1, 2020

Sunny Fall Family Photos | River Forest, IL | Oak Park Family Photography


This sweet family is another set of our good friends in town. Carla is a talented family photographer in her own right and did our own family photos this year, and what a treat it was to take her fall family portraits! Can I tell you a secret, too? We had incredibly grey skies and […]

Fall portraits of a young family of four in Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

November 24, 2020

Fall Family Portraits | River Forest, IL | Oak Park Family Photographer


As I told this senior, even during the busy season I will MAKE time to do senior portrait photoshoots! Seniors are my favorite – I love getting to know them and getting to provide a tailored photography experience that showcases their interests and personalities! Representing the Oak Park River Forest High School class of 2021, […]

Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

November 17, 2020

Sunny Guitar Senior Portraits | Oak Park Senior Photographer | River Forest, IL

Senior Portraits

Prepare for a family portrait avalanche, because I had far too many favorites to narrow down! This family graciously let me choose the location and time of day for their family portraits and I was so pleased because I’ve had this location in mind for awhile now! I love how we were able to definitely […]

Portraits of a brother and sister throwing leaves in the air

November 10, 2020

Sunrise Meadow Family Portraits | Oak Park Family Photographer | Forest Park, IL


Six months already! Here’s October’s monthly blog to keep you current on what’s going on at the Hazelton Haus. New teeth, lots of Halloween costumes to try to “spark joy” a surprising amount of houseplants and an unsurprising amount of decorative gourds. Tried to grab some “school portraits” for this cool kid. Alas, he would […]

Smiling 6 month old baby

November 2, 2020

Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL | October 2020

Family, Personal