Two Teens And A Tween Visit West Bottoms!

“I AM NOT GOING DOWN THAT ALLEY, CHRISTINE!”

That’s how the shoot started, at least. But they warmed up to me. 😉

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I took Mackenzie, Christian, and Lily down to West Bottoms in Kansas City to explore. They had never been there before, and we had a blast! Well, for the most part … when Christian wasn’t nervous.

We first met the Fordemwalt clan when we moved next door to them in 2013. My family has since moved to St. Louis, but with a photography business based in Kansas City, and the fact that we miss them, we still make it up there to visit every few months!

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My oldest, Lily, just LOVES Kenzie and Christian. And they’ve always been really good about letting her tag along and hang out with them, despite the age difference. Here’s a throwback:

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And just look at these three amigos now! I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying!

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But back to our impromptu West Bottoms photoshoot. I had taken the kids out to the Hallmark Center to look around.

Kenzie and I were talking about photography when it suddenly occurred to me that they may not have seen the graffiti downtown. Mackenzie mentioned her friends take a lot of selfies in that area, and I just so happened to have my camera with me since I had several photoshoots that weekend. And since I was the one driving, guess where we ended up!

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Having a photographer for a mother, my little Lily is a pro. Kenzie held her own, too! This girl should me a teen model! She was crushin’ it. Get that smolder on, girl!

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And now to Christian. Ohhhh, Christian. While he did a great job posing for photos … he may or may not have been freaking out a little bit about the location. He was nervous since we were downtown and there was graffiti everywhere.

“Don’t you think we should go, Christine? It’s getting dark outside!”

“Christian … it’s 4 p.m. I promise it’s ok.”

He was a trooper, though!

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And, hey, look! We made it out just fine.

West Bottoms is such a fun location for photoshoots because it’s literally different every time you go.

And this time, I found an alley I had never been to before.

 

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