What A Real Family Looks Like

I spent a good part of last week in Maine with my family. If you’ve never been to Maine, go ahead and add it to your bucket list because it is a truly beautiful place. This time of year is famous for brightly colored leaves and the “leaf peepers” swarm the state, hoping to catch it at its most colorful. I got a lot of photos in, take a peek:

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I attempted to take a family photo using a tripod and remote but honestly, this is the best we could do. I have no idea what someone said but just know that it was probably inappropriate and it made us all laugh.

How do most families take photos? I’ve got 50+ of all of us and in every single one someone is talking, laughing, or my brother is being a hooligan. Not one of the photos has all of us looking in the same direction at the same time, smiling. Not. One. But then again, isn’t this what a real family looks like? It’s messy, goofy, loud, not always PC, and someone is always laughing. I think I’d rather capture that than pretend to be cookie cutter, wouldn’t you?


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  • I love your family photos! That’s exactly what family looks like – and SHOULD look like!

    • Nadine

      Thank you! I was just shocked that not a single one turned out “normal”.

  • I have always wanted to visit Maine. I imagine it being so pretty and your pictures proved that true

    • Nadine

      It absolutely is! These photos were taken in Portland and Boothbay Harbor. Both gorgeous places! Visit if you get a chance.

  • Maine is so close to me (province of Quebec) and I have never been! I will add to my list of places to visit.

    • Nadine

      It is pretty close to Quebec but you have to drive all the way south to the coast of Maine to really hit all the vacation spots. I’ve been to Quebec and it was beautiful! I’d love to go back some day.

  • My husband is from Massachusetts and I have ALWAYS wanted him to take me to Maine when we were up visiting. It looks so beautiful! I love your photos!

    • Nadine

      It’s a lovely place to visit. Lots of Mom and Pop shops, hand made stuff, tons of breweries, and amazing restaurants. Plus, there is always something to take a photo of because it’s all so beautiful!

  • What a fun family. Y’all are adorable. #Isyourbrothersingle <– Okay…kidding.

    I'm totes not.

    xo fal • falfindshappiness.blogspot.com

    • Nadine

      I’ll tell my brother that you wrote that and it will secretly make his day (after he gets fake pissed at me for putting his picture on my blog haha). He is single and he is hands down the funniest person I have ever met.

  • Looks so gorgeous! It’s on my bucket list now.

  • Haha the picture of Archie and the Lobster. Too cute.

  • It appears you have PERFECTED your camera.

  • Seeing Maine has been on my bucket list for years! One of these days I AM going to drive up in Fall:)

  • Great photos. What kind of camera did you use?

    • Nadine

      I used my Nikon D5100. I know many bloggers use the Cannon T3i but I did a TON of research and went with the Nikon. I LOVE it.

  • i’ve always wanted to go to Maine. it was already on my bucket list before you told me to put it on there. and oh my goodness, that photo of the tree changing colors for fall is GORGEOUS! so frame worthy.

    oh and your brother is a cutie! #justsayin

    • Nadine

      Definitely worth visiting! And I’m sure my brother thanks you. He is a handsome fella.

  • Maine is awesome! I went for the first time last summer right before vacay season started up! Love the pics and family fun.:D

    How did Archie like that lobstah?

  • Love your photos! I just bought a tripod and set up a one year anniversary shoot with my husband. Even though we got “one posed, good photo” the outtakes actually happened to be my favorite!

  • We had the same predicament this weekend! It was Thanksgiving up here and so it was time for the annual fall family photo. Almost every shot had someone pulling the bunny ears or crossing their eyes. Never a dull moment, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • Kristina

    Maine is amazingly beautiful! I live in New Brunswick (just across the border) and go quite often to Portland and Bangor for shopping! Love your blog. 🙂

  • Oh those pictures are just gorgeous! I love the one of you holding Archie!!

  • I am in LOVE with all of those pictures! Maine looks GORGEOUS! As does your family 😉 So fun!

  • I agree!!! I would much rather have a candid picture of us all interacting and being ourselves then some staged picture. Your family is beautiful and I can’t wait till my little Finley grows up to be like your lovely Archie!

  • Gorgeous photos! You have the most photogenic dog, ever. Unfair!

  • Those are beautiful pictures and it seems like fall is the perfect time to go to Maine.. the colors are amazing!

  • What great photos!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • these pictures are GORGEOUS!!! Maine and my bucket list will definitely be meeting soon!

  • I Love your family photos. I think my family has about one photo together, partly because my mum and her mum hate being photographed, partly because we’re not a particularly functional family… So I’m jealous of your smiley, laughy photos, and think they’re 100x better than a photo with all of you stiff and posed. You know you’ll always look back on them and smile!

    • Nadine

      I definitely will. That’s how we probably look all sitting around a dinner table. It’s very “us”.

  • Love the family pictures!!! It is the true side of family which I love I’m not a big fan of the staged stuff 🙂

  • I personally like the silly family photos. I need to hurry and take some with Boomer. We haven’t since she was 9mos old. Mom fail.

  • I am loving all the colors and your family is adorable

  • love the pictures.. especially you holding your dog!

  • maine looks gorgeous! and what great pics! I love paulina!

  • The only thing I really have to say is that your family looks awesome! I love how you can all laugh together 🙂

  • Such cute photos! I love Color me brave 🙂

  • I absolutely love the colors in your photos. So brilliant and beautiful. And that family photo is so much fun. Way better than some boring cookie cutter picture.

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