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It was so much fun to take these candid family photos at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA! So spoiler alert, this is my own family, but since we’ve moved to Chicago it’s getting to be more rare that we get to spend time together! When we went to the Ruth Bancroft Garden […]

September 8, 2021

The Ruth Bancroft Garden | Family Photos

California, Family, Personal, Summer

I’m so excited to share some gorgeous photos from our trip to Arizona earlier this summer! The light was stunning, the plants were stunning, the people were stunning, and the burritos were stunning. 🌯 As always when we visit, the instant golden hour starts I get positively itchy with the need to grab my camera […]

August 3, 2021

Arizona June 2021 | Hazelton Family Adventures

Arizona, Personal, Summer

May started out cool…and ended delightfully warm! We had a riot of flowers and the kids both hit growth milestones. Come see! Tiny girlfriend had quite a month; she started trying to climb up the stairs and got up one step, and started standing by herself, often in the middle of the room while holding […]

June 15, 2021

May 2021 | Hazelton Family Adventures


Our tiny girl is one year old! April brought spring flowers, sunshine, second vaccination shots, playdates, and friends. An all-around improvement from March!! In April she got excited about crawling around outside, and got SO excited about trains, waterfalls, trees, buildings (she won’t stop pointing and telling us all about them). She improved at pulling […]

May 11, 2021

April 2021 | Hazelton Family Adventures

Illinois, Personal, Spring

WHEW. March…was a lot. There were high points (the end of the month) and a whole lot of lows. All right! Here we go! At the tail end of February my son got sick – not Covid and he got over it in two days – but he got his sister sick (her first time […]

April 20, 2021

March 2021 | Hazelton Family Adventures

Illinois, Personal, Spring

Every month I do a blog to update you all with what’s new in the Hazelton Haus, particularly since Coronavirus has made it so hard to get together! So welcome to February’s personal blog post, chock full of cute baby smiles and lots and lots and lots of snow!! One of the delightful aspects about […]

March 9, 2021

Oak Park Family Documentary Photography | February 2021


I can’t believe my daughter’s already nine months old! It seems like it’s very sudden. My daughter had lots of new achievements unlocked this month: sitting up, the arrival of tooth #3, the army crawling got even faster, she learned to drink from a straw, and she announces her preferences by EXTREME FULL-BODY WIGGLES OF […]

Baby in a dragon onesie next to blocks spelling out nine months

February 11, 2021

January 2021 Personal Recap


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

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

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