Kristen hazelton 

FAMILIES

fresh, bright, everyday joy

let's make something beautiful together!

Portfolio Highlights

My style is fresh, vibrant, and fun - a mix of candid and posed shots highlighting the special relationships between family members. I capture today's joyful moments that are tomorrow's sweet memories - in a comfortable and fun way!

Oak Park, IL Family Photographer

Riverside, IL Family Photographer

San Diego, CA Motherhood Session

Chicago, IL Family Photographer

River Forest, IL Family Photographer

 - KHP Client, Age 4

"ALL THE LOVELY PHOTOS YOU DO!"

"What makes me a good photographer?"

My Approach

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I always take a mix of candid and posed shots so you can be sure to get that "everyone smiling for the camera" shot for Grandma, and also relaxed shots that reflect more of your family's personality.

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THEN THIS

I work efficiently during and after your session. I'll help you feel comfortable and confident, and work quickly to photograph and deliver a full gallery with lots of variety.

I always start by introducing myself, especially to any little ones! I want to make a connection with your family before we begin to help you feel more comfortable with me!

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"They are simply the best family photos we've ever had done."

- Amy

Kind Words

"(Kristen) truly listened to our "story" and preferences, and I can't recommend her highly enough."

Kristen's professionalism, friendliness, use of light, and final product were all stellar! But most importantly, she was able to make our family feel so comfortable in such a short time that the smiles in our photos are truly relaxed and genuine. She truly listened to our "story" and preferences, and I can't recommend her highly enough.

River Forest, IL Family Photographer

"(Kristen) was patient, kind, and very personable. Oh, and the photos? Incredible."

Kristen was an absolute pleasure to work with for our family photos this year! She knew just what to say and do to get our 20 month-old to smile and run around and take absolutely darling photos. She was patient, kind, and very personable. Oh, and the photos? Incredible! We love each and every one and are so excited to continue using Kristen for photos in the future! Can't wait to get the photos on our wall! :)

River Forest, IL Family Photographer

"(Kristen) was extremely flexible...and accommodated our busy family schedule in every way." 

Our family loved working with Kristen! She was extremely flexible with the scheduling, timing, and location for our photo shoot, and accommodated our busy family schedule in every way. Kristen took a number of photos, giving us so many options to choose from. We were so pleased with the quality of the photos and the easy system for reviewing and ordering. We look forward to working with her again and highly recommend her services!

Oak Park, IL Family Photographer

"...(She) goes above and beyond to make sure your photos turn out amazing."

Highly recommend Kristen for family pictures. We just saw the first sneak peeks of our session, and loved all of them. She is super nice, responsive, and helpful. Kristen goes above and beyond to make sure your photos turn out amazing.

Oak Park, IL Maternity Photographer

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"We look forward to working with (Kristen) again!"

We loved working with Kristen! She was very responsive and informative from the start. She picked an amazing spot for our photos and was really great when my toddler wasn't quite cooperating and somehow still got photos with him smiling. She was also very prompt with sending a sneak peek and the final photos. We look forward to working with her again!

Chicago, IL Family Photographer

"She dealt with a crying baby, two crazy toddlers, and over a foot of snow to capture some amazing images with grace and professionalism."

Kristen is a rockstar. She somehow created beautiful images of my family in the worst snow storm Chicago had seen in 5 years! She also dealt with a crying baby, two crazy toddlers and over a foot of snow to capture some amazing images with grace and professionalism! I will cherish these pictures forever and will definitely use her again! Thank you Kristen!

River Forest, IL Family Photographer

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"Kristen is so professional and a real delight to work with...there were no awkward poses - just very natural, organic shots."

We hired Kristen to take our family photos in a natural setting. We couldn't be happier with our choice of photographer! Kristen is so professional and real delight to work with. We received our digital proofs in a very timely manner and are so impressed with the results. Kristen has such a gift for getting just the right angle in each photo. There were no awkward poses- just very natural, organic shots. The hard part now is narrowing down which photos to display!

Oak Park, IL Family Photographer

"They are simply the best family photos we've ever had done."

"Kristen has an easy going personality that made me, my husband, and my shy 2-year-old-daughter-that-had-never-met-her-before all comfortable. All this shows in the photos. They are simply the best family photos we've ever had done, and I'm grateful she was there to capture them. She found little moments of interaction that are just so special, and now I get to have them forever. Looking at our gallery makes this mama's heart so happy!"

Chicago, IL Family Photographer

"She got the most beautiful shots of my family that I will treasure forever."

We cannot thank Kristen enough for our amazing family photos. She did a terrific job and made the whole experience wonderful. With two kids two and under, I was worried we wouldn’t have enough time or someone would not cooperate and we wouldn’t get any good pictures, but Kristen made it all happen. She made us feel so comfortable - we never felt rushed or ordered about. She was so well prepared and knew exactly where she wanted us to go to get the best shots. She is so kind and thoughtful, she made it easy for all of us to have a great time (as you can tell by the smiles on all our faces!) She got the most beautiful shots of my family that I will treasure forever. Having small kids is such a precious and fleeting moment, and Kristen helped us capture it for our family. Kristen is our go-to family photographer and I can’t wait for our next family photo shoot.

Riverside, IL Family Photographer

"Kristen was prepared...and she made the session fun and super easy."

Kristen Hazelton is AMAZING. I am a very busy working mom of 5 teenagers who are rarely seen in one spot together. Kristen accommodated my request of a specific date, and she made everything so easy and quick! From our initial email to payment to our photo session, nothing could have been easier. Kristen was prepared - she knew everyone's name (there were 7 of us plus a dog!) and she made the session fun and super easy. I highly recommend Kristen Hazelton Photography. This is actually our second year in a row using Kristen - that should speak volumes alone!!!

Elmwood Park, IL Family Photographer

"Every time I am in front of her lens she makes me feel comfortable and I love the results!"

We love the photos Kristen took of us! Not only did I love the family photos but I also loved that she took time to get me with each of the girls and both too! It's rare that I love photos of myself and it's not often I get good ones of me with the girls so I am extremely happy! Every time I am in front of her lens she makes me feel comfortable and I love the results!

Oak Park, IL Family Photographer

"(Kristen) sure has a talent to make others feel comfortable with her and excited about getting their pictures taken."

Thank you for taking such beautiful pictures of my family. Kristen was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. She is very responsive, goes out of her way to learn more about your family and how to help you get the type of pictures you need. I really appreciated how phenomenal she was with working with my children. She sure has a talent to make others feel comfortable with her and excited about getting their pictures taken. The end results were exactly what we were looking for in family photos and she was extremely flexible when working through the editing process. I highly recommend Kristen Hazelton to anyone looking for a great photographer who is easy and enjoyable to work with.

Chicago, IL Family Photographer

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5-Star Google reviews

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

- Kate

Am I the right fit for you?

You want a Photographer who understands your story

You want pretty art for your walls but don't know where to start

You want to capture these moments of your children because they're growing so fast!

You want to know what to do with your hands during photos

You want relaxed images but you still want to look your best

is that a yes?

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