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I love it when moms take the time to get into the frame of the shots for some mommy and me photos! I hear over and over again, “I take so many photos of my spouse and children, but *I’m* never in the shot!” While visiting the San Diego area this summer I was so […]

September 18, 2021

Mommy and Me Photos | San Diego, CA

California, Fall, Family, Summer

What a delight to photograph these sweet friends of ours! Their little guy and our little guy love to meet up for socially-distanced play dates. We’ve been so grateful for this family’s friendship and kindness during our first year in Illinois when we had so few contacts! About two months after we moved her they […]

Family portrait of three at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL by Oak Park family photographer Kristen Hazelton

January 26, 2021

Lifestyle Family Photography | Kristen Hazelton Photography

Candid, Fall, Family, Illinois, Lifestyle

When this family needed a River Forest family photographer, I’m thrilled that they contacted me! They’re such a fun family – they taught their two-year-old Thriller dance moves and she demonstrated and it was awesome. A+++ parenting! This family specifically asked for photos more on the candid side; I always do at least one posed […]

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

January 19, 2021

River Forest Family Photographer | Thatcher Woods, River Forest, IL

Fall, Family, Illinois

I’m so excited to share with you a new seasonal blog series with Oak Park documentary photography: “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 […]

Victorian Mansion decorated for Halloween in Oak Park, IL

December 22, 2020

Oak Park Documentary Photography | Fall 2020 | A Walk in Oak Park, IL

A Walk in Oak Park, Fall, Illinois

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

Fall, Family, Illinois

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

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

Fall, Family, Illinois

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

Fall, Family, Illinois

As I told this senior, even during the busy season I will MAKE time to do senior portrait photoshoots! I love being an Oak Park senior photographer – senior portraits are my favorite – I love getting to know seniors and getting to provide a tailored photography experience that showcases their interests and personalities! Representing […]

Senior portraits at Thatcher Woods in River Forest, IL

November 17, 2020

Oak Park Senior Photographer | River Forest, IL

Fall, Illinois, Seniors

I was so happy to take this family’s Oak Park, IL family photos! They 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! Check out these sunrise meadow family portraits in Oak Park, IL! I […]

Portraits of a brother and sister throwing leaves in the air

November 10, 2020

Oak Park, IL Family Photos | Sunrise Meadow Family Portraits

Fall, Family, Illinois

Part two is here (if you missed Part 1 it’s here)! How nice to photograph in a town with such varied location options! Backstory: when the mom contacted me to do family portraits she requested a natural fall setting…I know this family and KNOW the guys have a passion for trains, so I really pleased […]

Family watching for trains at the Riverside, IL train station

October 27, 2020

Train Station Family Portraits | Oak Park, IL Family Photographer | Riverside, IL

Fall, Family, Illinois