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Looking for gorgeous photos and awkward-free photoshoots?

I'm Kristen, an internationally published and featured senior, family, and couples' photographer based out of Oak Park, IL and Livermore, CA, serving Chicagoland and the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm a former plant biologist, a mom to two wonderful kids, a wife to one awesome nerd, and a lover of weird plants, sunshine, and chocolate chips.

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Chicago Photographer

Ready to take some fun, awkward-free photos?

30+ 5-star Google reviews agree: I shine at helping my clients feel as comfortable as possible in front of the lens and get photos that let your personalities shine! I'm a senior, family, and engagement photographer serving Chicago, IL and based in Oak Park, IL

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Seniors

Want fun, genuine, awkward-free photos? Come see the portfolio and learn more about the way Chicago photographer Kristen Hazelton captures your Senior Story.

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Families

As a mom, I know that our time with our kids is precious, fleeting, and occasionally frustrating. I promise your photo experience with me will be frustration-free.

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Couples

Planning a North Avenue Beach surprise proposal or an engagement session? Or maybe bridal portraits or an anniversary session? I'm your girl!

Here for this!

MY MISSION

Help clients easily, authentically, and beautifully show up in photos and have

fun while they're at it!

ISFP, plant mom, and caffeine opportunist  

I'm a senior, family and wedding photographer based out of Oak Park, IL and Livermore, CA, serving Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm a former plant biologist, a mom to two wonderful kids, a wife to one awesome nerd, and a lover of weird plants, sunshine, and chocolate chips.

About me

"Kristen came in with great and fun energy right off the bat and got us all smiling and we look natural and happy."

— Kate

She was patient, kind, and very personable. Oh, and the photos? Incredible! 

— Lindsey

Kristen has such a gift for getting just the right angle in each photo. There were no awkward poses- just very natural, organic shots. 

— Natalie

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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"She made the entire process effortless end to end and was super responsive every step of the way"

-Lyla's Mom; Oak Park-River Forest High School Class of 2022

30+ 5-star Google reviews agree: your comfort and your vision for your photos is my top priority. Photoshoots don't have to be awkward, I promise!

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