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


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

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


What a delight it was to photograph this beautiful family! They are the first friends we made upon moving to Illinois last fall and they’ve been so kind and welcoming. Midwest weather is volatile and changes rapidly – I am so glad we lucked out with warm, SUNNY weather with a hint of fall foliage […]

Mother and father holding baby and toddler under a tree

October 19, 2020

Glowy Meadow Family Portraits | Oak Park Family Photographer | Riverside, IL


Who’s big stuff? It’s this small lady! She weighs in at 17 lb and is giving us an arm and shoulder workout daily. This month she’s become mobile in a big way by rolling and rolling and rolling, and is in full-blown admiration mode of her awesome big brother. 🙂 Rolled over after admiring her […]

Small boy and his baby sister smiling

October 13, 2020

September 2020 | Oak Park, IL Family Documentary Photography

Family, Personal

She’s four months old already! And with this post, I am finally caught up with my baby blog backlog (say that 3x fast) and…I’m sorry little dude, there are so many photos of your little sis and not as many of you this month. I’ll do better in September. 🙁 We are HUGE tea drinkers […]

Cheerful four month baby on a pink pillow

September 29, 2020

Family Documentary Photography | August 2020 | Oak Park, IL

Family, Personal

Friends, we have reached July’s monthly blog. In September. Who’s counting?? Time’s totally topsy-turvy during the pandemic anyway. This is the month we became pretty sure her eyes would be blue like her Dad’s, she started to roll over, and demonstrated that she could grab toys, with toy #1 being Mom’s hair. Yes, I still […]

A smiling toddler and his baby sister

September 15, 2020

July 2020 | Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL

Family, Personal

Welcome to June’s baby blog! This month the smiles continued, but more often than not at a bright light source rather than Mom. 🙁 The sleeping situation got even better, and the neck muscles slowly but surely got stronger. It’s fun having two little people in the house now! So many smiles!….largely for the ceiling […]

Happy two-month old baby

September 8, 2020

June 2020 | Family Documentary Photography | Oak Park, IL

Family, Personal

I loved meeting up for some morning family portraits in the heart of Oak Park! I first met S and the boys about a year ago when we’d just moved to Oak Park and I was touched by how welcoming and friendly she was, especially at a time when we needed friendship the most! Between […]

Two moms and their sons smiling for family photos at Scoville Park, Oak Park, IL

September 1, 2020

Glowy Family Portraits | Oak Park, IL