Apple Picking with Family in Connecticut

It’s official, fall is in the air! Well, kinda. Actually, no. We are still experiencing hot summer weather in New England, which is rare for the end of September. Yet, here I am typing this while the box fan is cranked on high. This strange weather won’t stop us from celebrating with our usual fall activities though.

We started the falliday season with one of my favorite family bonding activities, which is apple picking! Luckily, my parents and sister’s family live nearby so we all met up at a local farm. This place allowed us to pick our own apples, peaches, raspberries, blueberries and more.

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This farm had a sunflower maze which reminded us of the Sunflower Festival we attend last July!

Parents at sunflower field / simplylovebirds.com

Here are my happy parents! They have been married for over 30 years now.

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Here is my sister and her family. These kiddos are half Vietnamese and half whatever my brother-in-law is. Let’s just generalize and say, white.

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Here is Maddie showing off her freshly picked apple. Emma knows her turn is next and she’s already pointed out the apple she wants.

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Maddie’s hat is from the lakeside cabin we stayed at last summer! Read more on that family trip here.

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Sweet victory! Emma picked her first apple!

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Like I said, it’s shockingly warm here so I’m wearing what Dan likes to call “my tiny shirt” and shorts.

Me and my niece / simplylovebirds.com Kim from simplylovebirds.com

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any photos of Dan. He’s really sneaky because he likes to stand slightly behind me whenever we’re walking around, so he never managed to get in my photos! Come to think of it, I hardly photographed my dad either. Maybe they’re both ninjas?

Family at sunflower fields / simplylovebirds.com Family at sunflower fields / simplylovebirds.com

My mom absolutely adores my nieces. Honestly, her life calling was to be a grandmother. She loves to spoil them with hugs and kisses. It’s nearly impossible to separate my mom from her grand-babies! Is anyone else’s mom the same way?

Photographing Children vs. Adults

I have never photographed children before this family outing, but I will have you know, it’s entirely different from photographing adults. And by different, I mean, awesome! My nieces were so joyful, carefree and energetic! Now, I know why burst mode is such a necessity for photographing pets and children. Maddie and Emma made the cutest new face expressions every second and screamed in excitement over anything, like when a bird passed by or when they discovered more apples on the ground.

When you try to photograph adults, they will instinctively give you a smile and more often than not, an awkward pose. While there’s nothing wrong with a posed picture, I find that candid ones truly capture the moment and even reflect the person more accurately. For instance, my nieces will smile simply because they are happy, not because there’s a camera pointed at them. Hopefully, you will see more of my nieces as they are growing up. I love spending time with my family, especially when we have fun activities planned out like this. Do you have any family traditions that revolve around Autumn?

What is your favorite family activity?

See our last family vacation at the lakeside cabin in New Hampshire.

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67 Comments

  1. September 28, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! I love apple picking in the autumn, what a great way to spend time with friends and family!
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  2. September 28, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    I’ve seen a few posts now on apple picking for Fall and I so want to try it! I’m just a little scared of the critters and crawlies I may find in the tree when I go to pick an apple =P

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
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  3. September 28, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Looks like you guys had so much fun!! And the weather looks beautiful over there, I love the heat lol. Your nieces are soooo adorable!! 😍

  4. September 29, 2017 / 5:29 am

    I’ve never been apple picking before, I love apples and it looks so fun 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  5. September 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Beautiful pictures, looks like such a fun time!!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

  6. September 29, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Gorgeous photos Kim! Apple picking looks so much fun, and it looks like your family are having the best time there! I absolutely love Autumnal activities like that, they’re so much fun!

    I hope you’re having a great Friday!
    Michael
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  7. September 29, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Loving your pics so natural and cute <3
    It's so good to have outdoor activities with kids 🙂
    Cheers,
    Carolina

  8. September 29, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    This is such a cute post! The photos are gorgeous – it looks like you had a great time apple picking. I’ve never been apple picking before but I definitely want to give it a go!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

  9. September 29, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Your parents are so adorable and so are your nieces! Looks like a wonderful place for a weekend outing with all those beautiful sunflowers.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  10. September 30, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Omg your nieces are adorable!! I love half babies LOL. My husband and I are excited that one day we will have half babies haha! And the sunflower fields are GORGEOUS!

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  11. September 30, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Aw how fun! It looks like you had a great time and I loved all the photos you took of your family. I miss apple picking in CT!! My family is from there and it’s like a whole tradition that you have to do every year haha. We’re having hot weather still here too. Though I sort of expect it because it’s Arizona lol. But we had one week where it was sooo cool and amazing outside, and now it will probably be hot again for the next two weeks. 🙁

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  12. September 30, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Aw, it looks like you had a great day! I love the sunflowers 🙂 The weather here has been SO warm as well! Of course, you and I get the same weather, just a day or two apart (I’m in Atlantic Canada). But, it’s still a surprise. It’s odd that we’ve all been in shorts until the end of September.

    I don’t think we really have any fall traditions. My family have always been about laying low on weekends. There’s usually a fall drive to see the leaves at some point, though, which is always nice!

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

  13. September 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    The weather here in Maryland has been the same. We were having a heat wave where it’s been almost 90 degrees for the past couple weeks. Thankfully yesterday and today had some nice cool air.

    Those sunflowers are so pretty! I might have mentioned it before, but sunflowers are my favorite flower.

    It’s funny because even before seeing this post, I was thinking about how I wanted to go apple picking. lol

  14. October 1, 2017 / 1:21 am

    The sunflower field looks beautiful. Your parents and sister’s family looks so adorable! Your sister’s daughters are too cute~ Men are great at being ninjas when it comes to taking pictures XD. I find it interesting that there’s a big difference for picture taking between adults and children. Shoot, I need to be more energetic XD.

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  15. October 1, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Wow ! I went to Connecticut a few years back and I loved how suburbs and homey this place feels.
    I wish we had enough time to stay in that area to see more. I didn’t get to see those sunflowers and apple picking place, it would have been a great adventure.

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  16. October 1, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Awh, it sounds like you had a great time! And then there’s the weather in England… definitely not hot haha!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

  17. October 1, 2017 / 11:51 am

    aww what a lovely day! great photos, girl. children are sincere and genuine in their expressions, plus every inch of their movement is ever so adorable, which makes photographing them truly fun!

  18. October 1, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is SO COOL! Ahhhhh I wish we had a local farm that let us pick apples and all of those other yummy fruits! Ben would be in heaven there. He’s such a fresh food fanatic, this is his dream! Your nieces are adorable, I’m half Vietnamese/White too!
    And I love what you said about photographing kids. It’s so true. We get all weird and pose happy around a camera, but they let us capture their true joy and magic. I think we could learn something from that!

    Happy fall!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  19. October 1, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Such a lovely family activity!!! The day looks like it was perfect weather to be outside!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

  20. October 2, 2017 / 3:03 am

    This looks like a really fun activity for the whole family, esecially for the little ones. Lovely photos dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  21. October 2, 2017 / 4:24 am

    Aww, these pictures are so nice! So jealous that you can go apple-picking in your place! There’s no such place here lol! Anyway, your nieces are so cute and looks like they had lots of fun picking all the apples they wanted <3 You took such great photos of them and I agree, the candid ones really capture the moment so much more than posed photos!

  22. October 2, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Looks like you had a beautiful day with your family! It has been so warm here in Maine too. The past couple of days have been a little cooler in the 60’s but I hear it’s supposed to go back up to 80 degrees by the middle of this week! Crazy! But I will take it. It’s better than hearing my furnace kick on every 15 minutes.

    I have not had much experience photographing kids however, I totally understand what you mean. It’s difficult to get adults to act natural when they are in front of the camera. My favorite photos of people are when they are not looking at the camera.

    My favorite family outing is going to Echo Lake to kayak and/or hike. We also enjoy snowshoeing in the winter around the woods near our home. It’s so peaceful! And we bike a lot as well. Fall is my favorite time to go for bike rides.

    Thank you for the great blog post!

  23. October 2, 2017 / 8:00 am

    What a great event to go apple picking! I’ve never done that, only strawberries. Such cute photos with the kids and your entire family. Have a great week

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  24. October 2, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I went apple picking with my son’s preschool last week and it was so much fun. One kid bite into every apple he put in his bag. It was so adorable. I love apple picking in the fal.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  25. October 2, 2017 / 9:00 am

    love this and your sweet fam! I am dying to go picking somewhere, everything is about an hour drive from us at least but I think it’s worth it. then I want to make a big apple pie 🙂

  26. October 2, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Aww your nieces are absolutely adorable! I’ve never photographed with children before either, but you look so cute with your nieces. The sunflowers look soo pretty! They’re actually my favorite flower. 🙂

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  27. October 2, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    OMG your nieces are so adorable, I can’t take my eyes off them! And yes I agree with you, it’s always fun to photograph children, they are so expressive and carefree. This looks like a such a beautiful family moment to cherish forever 🙂
    xx
    Ankita
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  28. Sofia
    October 2, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Looks like a lovely time out!!!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  29. October 3, 2017 / 12:17 am

    You have such a beautiful family, Kim! I’m glad you guys had lots of fun together 🙂

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  30. Tina
    October 3, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Awww what a fun memory to have with your family! I’ve never been apple picking before and do all apple picking fields look like this?!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  31. October 3, 2017 / 4:52 am

    I would love to go apple picking! I really love it. Sadly, we didn’t get almost any apples this year. Only bad ones 🙁 Finland had a bad weather for apples, blueberries, and others like that… But so glad that it hasn’t been the case everywhere!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  32. October 3, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Your nieces are just too cute!

  33. October 3, 2017 / 9:57 am

    omg it looks SO beautiful!!! i really want to go apple picking!

  34. October 3, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Gaaah! We missed apple-picking again this year! We forgot about the going the first weekend of fall, and when we checked the apple orchards’ sites, they’re close for the season! 🙁

  35. October 3, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Awe this looks like it was so much fun!! When we went apple picking, we were with my boyfriend’s god daughter. It was so hard to take a picture of her since she was running around and picking all of the apples she could haha! Great post girly!!

    xo,
    H
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  36. Maryam
    October 3, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    Wow, what a fun experience. I’ve never gone apple picking, but now I really want to go. Thanks for sharing lovely!

    xx, Maryam
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  37. October 4, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Ahh wow this looks like such a lovely day out!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

  38. October 4, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    These photos are absolutely beautiful! It looks like it was such a fun time! I definitely need to go apple picking!

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  39. October 5, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    This post is too cute! I use to go apple picking every year as a child with my family when I lived in New York. I’ll have to remember to add this to my list of fall activities next year x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

  40. October 7, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    You are a perceptive photographer and I love that! I enjoyed looking through your snapshots, especially the sunflowers and the candid photos of both adults and babies alike =D x

  41. October 18, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    This looks so much fun and the pictures are great! Makes me really want to go apple picking right now, I’ve actually never gone before. Keep it up, I love it!! 🙂

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