Family Photo Walk.

Mar 24, 2014

We had a HUGE weekend of non-stop fun.  And we even took pictures to prove it!

Bennett is always looking for someone to go out on photo-taking adventures with him and I’m not sure why I haven’t volunteered for it before.  The weather was nice and it was a perfect day to go and explore Wheeling’s downtown, with cameras in hand of all three McKinleys.

Yes, even Louis has a camera.  We gave him a point-and-shoot Canon Elph and he loves taking photos with it.  Some good.  Some great.  And most of dog butts, his feet or people’s crotches.  But he’s learning and enjoying it and we love to encourage any little bit of creativity that we can.

Except…as soon as we parked our car, someone fell asleep.  We just popped him in his stroller and took off anyway.  He just cat napped until he was ready to model and deliver some awesome photos for us.

Bennett has decided to start a new photography project of the people of Wheeling.  There is apparently this alley that makes everyone look like an instant model.  No joke.  Even the pictures he took of me turned out really well…and I never like “all” of the pictures of me.  This time around, it was tough to narrow down some favorites to edit.

He’s calling the project: “Meet Me in the Alley”.  High contrast, simple pictures of the awesome people of our great city.  We got the ball rolling with including our family in the portraits but Bennett’s got more people lined up to keep it going.  I think this should be tons of fun!

I don’t have any of Bennett’s structural shots from our walk-about.  But I do have a couple of really great pictures of Bennett that I snapped in front of a random building downtown.  He was overdue for a new profile photo anyway. 🙂

Usually, when we ask Louis to pose for a picture he refuses to do so.  Or he won’t look at the camera or he cries and does the usual 3-year old thing.  Perhaps the magic of the alley came into play once again because he excitedly and very willingly stood, hands in his pockets and hammed it up for his daddy-photographer. 

These pictures give me chills.  He is so strikingly handsome and looking so much like a big boy.  Goodness this kiddo melts my heart.

I had a ton of fun doing this and I’m hoping Bennett will ask us again next week (weather permitting) to do it again.

PS – if you’re [a Wheeling resident who is] interested in having YOUR picture taken for Bennett’s alley project, please do!  Simply email him here: and we will set up a date/time to meet you.  No charge and you get a pretty badass picture of yourself included in this fun set of portraits.  Do it!!!  Succumb to the magic of the alley!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.



Granny Square Heart Drink Sweater | Free Crochet Pattern + Video Tutorial!

Whenever I'm in the mood to crochet something but want it to be a short and sweet project, I immediately start crocheting these granny square hearts.  I'm mildly obsessed with have no idea how many heart squares I have in my "WIP" pile.  Whoops. I shared...

How to Open Digital Cut Files in Silhouette Studio (PLUS 4 Free Schitts Creek Downloads)

Happy New Year, ya Wild Bunch!  I thought I'd kick off 2021 with a little video tutorial AND a four-pack of free digital cut file downloads.  Not a bad way to party into the new year, am I right? I'm a huge fan of creating digital cut files for you, but...

It’s My Turn to Take an Elfish :: FREE Schitt’s Creek / David Rose Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Happy mid-December, Wanderful friends!  I totally had intentions of sharing this weeks ago, but I've been hit with the holiday to-do list and it got delayed a bit.  Without further ado, let me hook you up with my newest free digital cut file.  I think...

Sublimation Printing 101 | Sublimating Coasters

I'm thrilled to be bringing you my first "shared" project for dye sublimation printing on the blog today!  I saw these coasters at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and immediately was overcome by my impulse purchasing ways. Cricut has been pushing their "Infusible...

Come, We Fly! :: FREE Hocus Pocus Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

If you had to ask me to name my favorite Halloween movie, I wouldn't even hesitate to tell you that it is HANDS DOWN, no questions asked, Hocus Pocus.  Honestly.  Isn't it everyone's favorite Halloween flick?  So. Freaking. Good. I've been on a super...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...


M4M + P4P Spring Mini Capsule 2021 | Tween Boy “Planning Stage”

If there's one thing that stays the same in life, it's change.  And we can include the changing of Louis' height in this sentiment.  OMG having a tween boy means that his pants will fit one day, they won't even button the next, and you buy him another pair and a week...

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

Hi my name is Katy and I am a liiiiiiiiiiittle bit excitable.  How so?  Glad you asked.'s been super busy around the McKinley world.  But I saw a call for bloggers for the Raspberry Creek Fabrics "Suit Up for Summer" tour and I couldn't have signed up any...

Fabric for Pirates :: March 2021 Reveal

We are halfway through the month, which means it's time to share the March Fabric for Pirates subscription! WHEWWWWWWW.  This month was the "little fabric subscription that could".  We had a malfunction on the P4P website that caused some chaos, and then on top of...

A [Scarlet] Witchy Be Bold Bodysuit

Doesn't the idea of a bodysuit throw you straight back to the 90's?  When you were rocking those ditzy floral bodysuits, and reading Tiger Beat?  No?  Just me? I'm always blown away by how much the fashion of my middle/high school life is coming back into style. ...