Adventure #15 – Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Our last adventure of the summer was a visit to the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien (#49 on the list of 50 Ideas for Summer Fun) on Friday, August 31st. We ended up getting to 24 of the 50 places mentioned on the list. We hit a few more places that were not on the list. So, it was a busy and enjoyable summer.

Though our stop at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve was brief, we enjoyed our time there. We pulled into the circular drive and found a parking spot. Once we got out of the car we headed to the map, displayed nicely on a large billboard. It was not even up for discussion as to where we were going to go. We headed right to the Rocky Glen Waterfall.

The walk to the waterfall was scenic. Though the waterfall is actually a dam and not an actual waterfall at all. The trail was nicely paved with limestone (some are turf covered), that ended up feeling rather soft under your feet. The trails were also nicely labeled. There was no guessing as to where you were.


Before we even got to the waterfall, I had to stop and take some pictures. I just couldn’t resist the tall trees and the cool rock formations.


With 11 miles of trails, we lucked out and did not have to walk long to get to the waterfall. Once we arrived at the falls, the kids wanted to jump in. Well, maybe not jump, but at least walk in. I had to remind them that our visit was short and we had no towels or change of clothes. The frowns on their faces said it all.


They were able to walk around the large rocks and of course pose for some pictures for me. There was a request to take the shoes off, but that was followed with a very quick, “No!”





I grabbed one more picture of the kids near the waterfall, before we headed back to the car. Right before I took the picture, numerous kids arrived with their moms. These kids were ready for their day at the waterfall. They had their bathing suits on, kicked off the shoes and grabbed their nets before getting into the water. We will have to plan accordingly, when we visit again.



The walk back to the car included a conversation on how we will have to really take advantage of the amazing trails and the other “must see” locations within the preserve, when we return.


Adventure #3 – Firehouse & Garfield Park Conservatory

On Monday, we paid a visit to Engine 96 / Truck 29’s house on 441 N. Waller, on Chicago’s west side. We were excited to see Chris’ new firehouse. After floating around from house to house for a few years, it’s nice to have a place to call home.


We enjoyed taking a tour of the house and seeing the fire poles (there are a few). I found it very interesting to learn that the very first fire pole was invented in Chicago in 1878 at Engine 21. It was discovered by accident when a firefighter used a long, wooden pole to slide down from the hayloft when an alarm came in. We were not able to to go down the pole, but that didn’t stop us from taking a few pictures.


We were a little disappointed when we didn’t see the goats next door (yes, goats). The neighbors to the north are four-legged, grass eating, goats. Which, unfortunately, were not out. I’m sure we will be back again, if not for the goats, definitely to visit our favorite firefighter in all of Chicago. Actually, make that the world!


After leaving the firehouse, I talked the kids into a brief stop at the Garfield Park Conservatory (#19 on the list of 50 Ideas for Summer Fun). We were way to close, not to make a visit. We moved quickly through the Palm House. Stopping briefly to read about the biggest and oldest Palm Tree (the Scheelea Palm dates back to 1926) at the Conservatory and checking out the display made from the wishes of many visitors to the Conservatory.


We then walked through the Show House, Aroid House, and Desert House to get to the Children’s Garden. Even though they are getting bigger, they still enjoy a ride down the slide. After they got a few trips down, we headed back to the Desert House to exit the Conservatory and enter the outside gardens.


We walked directly to the water lily garden. In another month the pond will be covered in lily pads and flowers. An amazing site to see. We were fortunate to see many lilies and many active dragonflies during our visit.




Before we left, there was a quick walk through the maze. We then headed back inside, through the Sugar from the Sun room and then back to the Palm room, where we said our goodbyes. Until next time!


Family and Children Photographer | Family of Three

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photographer

With all this warm weather coming this weekend, I thought it was fitting to post some images from a session I photographed on a warm June morning. Now, we’re not reaching June temperatures, but for February, we are going to be in for a treat.

I met this beautiful family at Horner Park. Their little girl was turning one and mom and dad wanted to make sure they had images to commemorate the important milestone. Her smile made this already sunny day, even brighter.



Maternity Photographer |Out of Town Guests

Chicago Maternity and Newborn Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photographer

This expecting mother was in town from Washington, D.C., for her baby shower. So, she figured while she was in Chicago she would have maternity pictures taken. I was fortunate to be the chosen photographer. We took full advantage of the available window light and got a little artistic with the studio lighting.




The Signs of Valentine’s Day

Chicago Professional Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

When I think of Valentine’s Day a few words come to mind. So, as I perused my photos on Facebook, I picked out a few images, 44 to be exact. Why 44? It was my 44th birthday, yesterday.






Last but not least, Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Maternity Photographer |Studio Maternity Session

Chicago Maternity & Newborn Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

These parents-to-be came by the studio to preserve some memories before their lives changed forever. No longer will they be, a couple, but soon a family.


A combination of studio lighting and window lighting was used during the maternity session.


Baby Photographer | 5 Month Session

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

It’s not too often that I have the opportunity to photograph a 5 month old. I usually see the brand new babies at the newborn session and again in 6 months. Then there’s the ever so important 1 year photos. On occasion, I’ll photograph a baby every 3 months. Capturing all those little changes throughout the months.

I visited this adorable 5 month old at his house. We first got a few shots in mom and dad’s room. Where there was great light pouring in through the sliding glass doors.


We then checked out the baby’s room. I wasn’t sure how he would like being in his crib when it wasn’t nap time. He really didn’t mind and we even got a game of peek-a-boo in, while finishing our session together.