Recently we've shared a look into the bedrooms of Americans, and today the house tour continues. This time it's thanks to a Milwaukee-based professional photographer called Lois Bielefeld, who traveled the States (and parts of Luxembourg) documenting people during their Weeknight dinnertimes, revealing the amazing variety of people and their habits.

“I’m super nosy about people’s habits,” Lois explained to Feature Shoot. “I’ve always craved going into people’s homes- it’s inspiring, curious. It gives so many sometimes subtle and sometimes blatant insights about someone, and I just love to reveal that in my photography art.”

Some of the people you see have already been featured in her other photo series, but some are complete strangers to the photographer, found online and through old-fashioned info bulletins.

The only instructions Bielefeld shared with everyone was to go about their dinner plans as they normally would on any given weeknight, capturing the ordinary meals and the casualness of the whole thing.

While Lois suspected that some people did put extra effort in preparing for that particular dinner meals, she doesn't mind, because it only gives the series new layers to explore.

More info: Lois Bielefeld (h/t: demilked)

#1

Thursday: Frances & Joan

Thursday: Frances & Joan

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

This couple looks well matched !

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#2

Monday: Joalice

Monday: Joalice

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll have dinner with you Joalice

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#3

Wednesday: Willie Mae

Wednesday: Willie Mae

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Deb Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

Just glad I don't have to do the dusting in that room

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#4

Wednesday: Norbert & Marie-Josée

Wednesday: Norbert & Marie-Josée

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sh
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2 years ago

So cute how he's looking at her!

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#5

Monday: Zoe, Dave, Emma, And Karen

Monday: Zoe, Dave, Emma, And Karen

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DaisyAppreciation
Community Member
2 years ago

Hooray for outdoor dining! 🌼

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#6

Monday: Rina And Giuseppe

Monday: Rina And Giuseppe

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Deb Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

Look at that huge block of cheese

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#7

Monday: Steven And Jomo

Monday: Steven And Jomo

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DaisyAppreciation
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2 years ago

Is that a suit of armor in the left corner?! It's pretty neat 😃

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Tuesday: Alex, Sophia, Kathy, David, Claudia, Eva & Ana

Tuesday: Alex, Sophia, Kathy, David, Claudia, Eva & Ana

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a FANCY dining room. Also nobody understands Ana , far right.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like nobody understands anybody here. One of those silent families that doesn't talk to anything that matters. Only my impression.

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Beatrice Alighieri
Community Member
2 years ago

This one looks quite disturbing. A fancy dining room with a single casserole on the table, a father with a blank stare, a mother with a "help me" stare, and kids with various faces ranging from "What am I doing here?" to "Is that the face I'm supposed to make?".

Marielle Valenzuela
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like something out of the Addams Family movies.

Ulrike Mergenthaler
Community Member
2 years ago

Ialos totally had to think of the Addams Family.

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Eddie Diaz
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like he kept trying for that boy, glad it worked out lol

Yvonne Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the windows, the drapes, the high ceiling, the chandelier, and the table! I want a room and family this big and lovely!

TheMsLollidella
Community Member
2 years ago

Same !!!! In my previous home, we wud have 2 large windows in the dining room like this and the drapes, mom always kept the windows open making the drapes move so pretty. The crown molding in this room looks so bomb 😀

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Yvonne Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like lasagna, garlic toast, green salad, white sponge cake on plates with fresh strawberries..no separate dessert plates. Lovely

Katie Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

I like when families dress for dinner. It's neat.

Charlotte Brine
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeez table big enough?!

Nyree Huh
Community Member
2 years ago

Why do most of them look miserable

Susan Gardner
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful, but a bit too formal for my taste

Yvonne Horton
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh I forgot: LOOK AT THAT CROWN MOULDING wwwwwwowwwwww!

Eric Michel
Community Member
2 years ago

After 4 girls, dad finally got his son. :)

Misterscooter
Community Member
2 years ago

Claudia is in trouble for grinning.

Debbie Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

What I see is an intact family that sits down to dinner together. They have a beautiful home, dining room with large table that the family seems to be proud of. The expressions show they are uncertain or irritated with why this picture needs to interrupt their dinner, yet I do see little side smiles, smirks, etc... on some faces. They have stopped passing the food around for all to have their plates filled yet. It seems like a traditional family having dinner. Many with or without money attempt to achieve the unity of family getting together for at least dinner time after busy days. This family seems to have made it a point to do just that without the interruptions of electronic gadgets to interfere with real conversation they will have. Parents seem to have taught their children well how to respect family dinners as an important part of their day.

RW Browne
Community Member
2 years ago

These parents got 5 kids together at the dinner table without any visible cell phones, iPads, or television in sight. Bravo!

Sandra Kern
Community Member
2 years ago

Todavía no entiendo por qué cenan de día...

Patty Cake
Community Member
2 years ago

I see A nice big family with daddy and mommy present at dinner time. Everyone has their own issues. Well I'm glad I don't hate rich people.

Laura Ave
Community Member
2 years ago

What a beautiful family

Beverly House
Community Member
2 years ago

Beautiful family and dining area. I lIke the window setting.

Penny Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it just me who finds this one a little bit creepy......

RilkeRainer
Community Member
2 years ago

Elegancia...

xpurinx
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that strawberry salad? Yum

Janet Renaud
Community Member
2 years ago

Caitlyn, what the heck is that supposed to mean. Family dinner as it shud be.

Linda Jaeschke Edwards
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope they enjoy each other’s company more when they step away from the dinner table.

Robyn Eckerman
Community Member
2 years ago

I raised my family eating together...we did have a big beautiful Oak Breakfast Bar that divided the open Kitchen and the Dining Room...quick, convenient sit down meals...often with Chopsticks...right next to the formal Dining Room table...Sunday was always a more formal process. The fine dining experience...they knew what silver went where...which glass was for what...yes, the Crystal was treated with respect. I have always traveled and wanted to raise my family being able to comfortably walk into any situation and feel at home. They have been in some extreme formal territory...np...I have had kind things said. They will pass it on 🌺

Joan Chernetsky
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice.

Chris McMurdo
Community Member
2 years ago

Five kids, no wonder the Mom is drinking.

Susan Franks
Community Member
2 years ago

Big dining room but I feel a huge disconnect between them all.

mother
Community Member
2 years ago

Dad has no drinking glass...

mother
Community Member
2 years ago

Dad has no drinkning glass...

Aslı Liman
Community Member
2 years ago

they eat garbage with all those money

Bert Kranenburg
Community Member
2 years ago

they all look unhappy to me actually ...

Kristin Stuthard-Mendoza
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeez

Renee Freiheit
Community Member
2 years ago

it's a company meeting!

Jessica Bailey
Community Member
2 years ago

Fancy schmancy. It looks like most of them are unhappy, though. :(

Valley Girl
Community Member
2 years ago

Father disapproves of Mother having wine at dinner and shows it by having nothing at all to drink.

Laura Mish
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a family that is wealthy and knows it. And all the kids are spoiled.

Colette Bembenek
Community Member
2 years ago

The 'token' son doesn't seem amused. Sister sits monitor to any sudden tantrum.

Kikka io
Community Member
2 years ago

very snoby as a room. it looks like a noble villa. maybe too serious and snoby.

Oana Stamat
Community Member
2 years ago

My first thought when I saw this picture: "Omg, HANNIBAL!!" ae98932370...-dancy.jpg ae989323705d2e1ee4b35893b2b7d3bd-will-graham-hugh-dancy.jpg

Maraea Stone
Community Member
2 years ago

They had dinner in the formal dining room to impress the photographer. But really, the teens aren't even home usually for dinner, lol.

Mihaela Staicu
Community Member
2 years ago

It's a classical family atmosphere, with the father who has a central position, controlling everything and everyone.

Jim C
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh Look! They let the maid have dinner with them. The woman on the right close to Dad.

endelbendel
Community Member
2 years ago

Conspicuous abundance.

Marc Houston
Community Member
2 years ago

♥ This.

Allana Rose
Community Member
2 years ago

A lovely looking family but why does most of them look so sad?

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow big family :)

Adriana Mongé
Community Member
2 years ago

This is the saddest so far.

Veronica Niechajczyk
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a huge table. That must be one rich family.

De La Piña
Community Member
2 years ago

I think David wanted an Alex ...

Bway_Gonnabe11
Community Member
2 years ago

they all look so sad

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

wow! Wicked dining room

Spinstapink
Community Member
2 years ago

You can totally tell which families are European, and which are American.

CC Hogan
Community Member
2 years ago

Tables can be too wide. The perfect family dinner is where everyone is on top of everyone else and dishes are pushed around, argued over, there are elbow fights and the bread rolls are sent flying. A family that is noisy and mad at dinner, are stuffed full of love.

Lois Pack
Community Member
2 years ago

Why is it the man that is sitting at the head ?

Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
2 years ago

Why is the wife sitting at the side with the children and not at the other"head"of the table?

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
2 years ago

um, because then her back would be to the camera.

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#9

Wednesday: Marc & Jan

Wednesday: Marc & Jan

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Troux
Community Member
2 years ago

Everything in the picture and the names suggests these are Europeans.

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#10

Wednesday: Glynis, Liam, Jorin, And Mona

Wednesday: Glynis, Liam, Jorin, And Mona

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Word Weaver
Community Member
2 years ago

This is my family all the way

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#11

Wednesday: Nik

Wednesday: Nik

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Devil Kitty
Community Member
2 years ago

Let the dog in

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#12

Thursday: David And Cathy

Thursday: David And Cathy

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Enomfon Asuquo
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww a beautiful couple

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#13

Wednesday: Kathy

Wednesday: Kathy

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
2 years ago

This is basically me at dinner except two more dogs on the floor LOL

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#14

Tuesday: Seynabou, Rui James And Marie

Tuesday: Seynabou, Rui James And Marie

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Nibbornay Yates
Community Member
2 years ago

They all laughed out loud after the pic was taken!

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#15

Wednesday: Danno And Amelia

Wednesday: Danno And Amelia

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DaisyAppreciation
Community Member
2 years ago

Cool the chairs look like those diner chairs ❤️

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#16

Monday: Paul & Linda

Monday: Paul & Linda

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like they prepared a plate for the photographer too. ♥

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#17

Monday: David, Felix, & Dani

Monday: David, Felix, & Dani

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

Up vote for sitting at table

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#18

Tuesday: John And Janet

Tuesday: John And Janet

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Large table for a small room!

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#19

Wednesday: Nathaniel

Wednesday: Nathaniel

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kalle1724
Community Member
2 years ago

Best Tinder Pic ever

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#20

Wednesday: Natalia And Maryanne

Wednesday: Natalia And Maryanne

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Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
2 years ago

I hate plants on the table when eating.

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#21

Thursday: Serge

Thursday: Serge

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

A reader YaY !

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#22

Wednesday: Summer

Wednesday: Summer

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Spinstapink
Community Member
2 years ago

Loving the bowl of crayons...

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#23

Wednesday: Ernesto

Wednesday: Ernesto

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Lili Képes
Community Member
2 years ago

First week in a new apartment?

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#24

Monday: Dennis & Denise

Monday: Dennis & Denise

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

Am I the only one who doesn't watch TV during dinner ?

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#25

Monday: Joel And Florence

Monday: Joel And Florence

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Blue Hippo
Community Member
2 years ago

Out of salt...

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#26

Tuesday: Cheri & Allen

Tuesday: Cheri & Allen

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

Highchair waiting on grandchild

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#27

Monday: Nuco

Monday: Nuco

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this JFK on the Table? Two times?

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#28

Tuesday: Juanita And John

Tuesday: Juanita And John

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Sherrie Glendening
Community Member
2 years ago

That's a lot of pills and supplements.

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#29

Monday: Eric And Sally

Monday: Eric And Sally

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
2 years ago

Eric isn't happy, Sally doesn't care.

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#30

Thursday: Bob, Franki, And Joe

Thursday: Bob, Franki, And Joe

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Cordelia
Community Member
2 years ago

Pot pie gang

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#31

Wednesday: Leo And Michael

Wednesday: Leo And Michael

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Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

I call this one: Stripes and Slipcovers.

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#32

Wednesday: Colin And Makeal

Wednesday: Colin And Makeal

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Rebecca Marvel
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the furniture "on a budget". Lawn chair and the wood/wicker table/chair was probably found on the curb or for $1 at a yard sale. Been there, done that!

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Monday: Jude

Monday: Jude

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Christina White
Community Member
2 years ago

i'll come eat with you!

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#34

Wednesday: Emilio, Rhonda, Benedetto, Skylrae, Jacomo

Wednesday: Emilio, Rhonda, Benedetto, Skylrae, Jacomo

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Monica Jfk
Community Member
2 years ago

Pizza is life

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#35

Wednesday: Irena And Steve

Wednesday: Irena And Steve

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
2 years ago

Will they kill each other?! :/

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#36

Tuesday: Alden & Alan

Tuesday: Alden & Alan

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DaisyAppreciation
Community Member
2 years ago

Scouts! I swear, cub scouts are my spirit animals.

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#37

Wednesday: Brandy And John

Wednesday: Brandy And John

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Nancy E
Community Member
2 years ago

No closeness here . Let's hope it's just the photo.

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#38

Tuesday: Matt And Ruth

Tuesday: Matt And Ruth

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jo_shortland
Community Member
2 years ago

Is he waiting to be fed ?

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#39

Wednesday: Bruce, Heather And Wyatt

Wednesday: Bruce, Heather And Wyatt

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Eleanor Orser
Community Member
2 years ago

Most of these photos are sad and depressing. Many alone, lots of pills, lots of pre pkg meals. Many not eating at a table or together in same room. The pictures portray dark and gloomy looking meal times. My childhood memories were loud, everyone talking and lots of laughing. Perhaps not the fine manners some think a meal should be but it was catching up on everyone's day and family time together. Miss those days!

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