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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Child Photographer | 6 Months and Happy

Chicago Family and Children Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

This very happy 6 month old came by the studio and made my job very easy. He was so cooperative and happy, that I was able to get great shots in the first 20 minutes. It didn’t matter if he was sitting up or on his back, the smiles were endless. They were very contagious, too!

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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.

Hearts

Hugs

Kisses

Candy

Flowers

Last but not least, Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

City Life | Maggie Daley Park

Chicago Professional Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

Maggie Daley Park opened in December of 2014. Our first visit was in the summer of 2015. Actually, make that our first, second and third visit. There was just too much to do and see.

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Plenty of things to climb, slide down and swing on.

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The Enchanted Forest is a great place to find some shade and to see yourself surrounded by a familiar face.

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If you like a little friendly competition, then check out the mini-golf. The kids love the course and you’ll love the view.

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There are plenty of opportunities to cool off.

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But if you’re looking for more, then just take the bridge over to Millennium Park.

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There you can really get a soaking at the Crown Fountain.

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You will also have to make sure to check out The Bean (Cloud Gate).

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So much fun, all in one place.

 

Newborn Photographer | Studio Newborn Session

Chicago Newborn Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

I met these new parents during their maternity session. As they arrived for the newborn session, they were beaming. So proud and happy to introduce their new baby girl. She was beautiful. A precious gift.

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