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You're here because you want:

- beautiful photos of your family for holiday cards, social media, and your walls.
- to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera and look your best.
- to capture memories of your children because each growth stage is fleeting. 

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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.

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!

Timely work 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.

"What makes me a good photographer?"

"All the lovely photos you do!"

- KHP client, age 4

My Approach

"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."

"...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 capture it for our family."

RIVER FOREST. IL FAMILY PHOTOS

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River Forest, IL Photographer

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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."

" ...(SHE) GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOS TURN OUT AMAZING."


River forest, IL PHOTOGRAPHER

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!!!

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


ELMHURST, IL PHOTOGRAPHER

Kristen is so talented! We truly enjoyed working with her for our family photos this summer. She is an expert at finding gorgeous locations and we appreciated her style guide and wardrobe advice. We are so happy with her attention to detail for poses and she made everything so much fun. Our two year old loved smiling for her! I’ll never regret investing in family photos, especially when it’s stress free and they turn out so beautifully! Thank you, Kristen!

"I'll never regret investing in family photos, especially when it's stress free and they turn out so beautifully. Thank you, Kristen!"


Riverside, il  PHOTOGRAPHER

“I am always impressed by my experience with Kristen. She pays attention to detail and figures out how to capture my family in the best light (literally)! Her attention to detail and cheerful nature always puts us at ease and keeps the experience positive. Kristen’s enthusiasm and ideas help to make photoshoots fun and the final product is definitely worth the effort! My current favorite is the snow pictures of my daughter who was so excited about being a real princess Elsa.”

"her attention to detail and cheerful nature always puts us at ease."


SAN DIEGO, CA Photographer

"Thank you so much, Kristen. We had so much fun playing in the woods with you. Love the photos, they really capture our family out in nature. I am always nervous to be in front of the camera but Kristen put me at ease and was so much fun. "

"Kristen put me at ease and was so much fun."


Oak Park, IL PHOTOGRAPHER

"We've used Kristen as a family photographer on many occasions. She was always easy to communicate with and very prompt with responses to questions. Our sessions were always casual, but professional and didn't feel like a studio was going to just click the button and give me what they had.

Her photography is amazing! We love the use of natural light, and she was able to deal well with the challenges that can arise from outdoor locations. She has taken photos of our daughter as she prepared to graduate, our son's senior portrait session and has captured many fantastic action shots from their sports events as well. We have also had group sessions with younger children and she was great with all of them. She really captured the love of the family within the photos. Her versatility and flexibility is outstanding. Creatively, the process didn't feel forced. She had a ton of good ideas for settings and enhancements, but wasn't unbending and took time to listen to our requests. In the end, we used almost every one of her ideas, and the photos just make me smile.

While family photos are an investment sometimes, I have to say the price was extremely reasonable for photos of this quality.

Highly recommended."

"She really captured the love of the family within the photos."


Livermore, CA PHOTOGRAPHER

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