Through The Lens Thursday #1: Soft

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Some of the most beautiful photography I have ever come across, is on blogs, taken by bloggers. Some are photographers by profession, many are just like me, budding amateurs who have always had a love for it, but did not really take it seriously until we started blogging. 

I have had my ‘big girl’ camera for a while now, and I like to think that my pictures are much better than they were before I started blogging. Shooting in manual mode, learning the jargon of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and metering, navigating the world of editing – although I have learned a lot, there is still so much more.

Due to the easy nature of taking pictures with our phones (and the lure of shiny Instagram!), it is easy to choose not to grab the camera, and fiddle with settings. However, as with many things, practice makes perfect in photography. 

In 2014, I want to be better at photography. I want to pick up my camera and shoot. I want to shoot in RAW. I want to learn everything about editing. And so does my friend, Greta who writes at GFunkified.

Together, we conceived the idea of a one-year photography project, Through The Lens Thursday. Once a week (yes, on Thursday), we will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Soft”.

Soft teddy bear

I found this very festive bear lying on the floor after the boys had gone down for their nap. It was the little one’s Christmas present from his Secret Santa at school. 

He spent all day and the following week playing with the box it came in.

This is no surprise, is it? Children don’t really need much in way of toys. My kids’ favorite things to play with are, in no particular order: empty boxes, tissue paper, and water. 

Anyway. The bear. The incongruous bear wearing a hat and scarf in our tropical weather. Of course I know he can’t feel it. But it just looks… silly. Which brings me to the topic of gift giving. My, my, aren’t we jumping around everywhere today?

Soft teddy bear on floor

Do you sometimes feel that people don’t understand you, because you received a gift that was so not you? And you think, how could you not know? Don’t you know what I like, what I need, what I want? Why did I get a generic, neutral gift? (or worse, something I most definitely do not want) Why do we care so much about gifting anyway? It’s a gift, no? It’s not an obligation. 


The festive bear made me think that the parent who decided on this bear to give to my son, didn’t give much thought into what a toddler might enjoy (even though his/ her child is the same age). With the spending limit, one could get many things. A pail and bucket plastic set. A coloring book. A ball. 

A soft teddy bear. That’s what he got. I got something to write about. 

If you’d like to post your own picture on your blog, or social media, based on our weekly prompt, please do and let us know about it, we will definitely want to check it out! #ThroughTheLensThursday

Next week’s prompt: Corner

For the full list of prompts, check  out my Through The Lens Thursday page.

In other news….I’m so thrilled to announce that I have joined Bonbon Break as Marketing Director! Bonbon Break is an online magazine focusing on showcasing the amazing content written by bloggers, and now has a brand new look. Want to get featured? Submit a post now!

And, check out my post on Everyday Family today about the 8 things we should do with our toddlers and preschoolers in 2014.

As part of an initiative to give back to my readers, I have an ongoing campaign of Comment to Win going on. Comment on at least two posts in January, and you stand a chance to win one 150×150 sidebar ad on my blog. Check out the Comment to Win page for all the details.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 2, 2014 Jeanne

    This is a great idea! I am so guilty of using my iPhone instead of my camera. Something like this could get me back into using it on a regular basis.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      That’s my hope, Jeanne! I hope you play along.

  • January 2, 2014 Tamara

    I love the new look here!!
    And I love everything photo. I think you’ll do absolutely beautiful.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tamara! I’m glad you like the project. Play along anytime!

  • January 2, 2014 Herchel S

    I just got my big girl camera for Christmas and would love to join you and Greta. I am still in the “what the heck does ISO mean” stage though so it may be interesting. We shall see. Happy New Year, Alison!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Herchel, the only way to learn and get better, is to actually dive in. So I hope you do. Believe me, it’s a journey worth taking. Join us on our Flickr group and ask any questions you have!

  • January 2, 2014 Kerstin

    I love your new look – and the new project. I’ll be watching and reading for sure, but I leave the big girl photography to my daughter, she’s got more talent in her pinky than I do in my whole body, as far as photography is concerned (I need to clarify that, since I feel that I do have a talent or two, lol).
    Happy New Year to you and your family, friend!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      You do have talents, of course, my friend! And Pauline is very good. I’m excited to see where this year will take her in her photography.

  • January 2, 2014 Julia

    I love this idea. One of my goals for the new year is to take a photography course, so I will definitely be checking this out. Though I do need to figure out how to get my camera into manual mode…lol. Congrats on the new gig, it sounds amazing. Happy New Year!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      There are many affordable and awesome photography courses out there, so if you need any recommendations, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

      For Manual mode, go to the dial on the top of your camera – M is for Manual. Just move the dial there and voila! Start playing with the settings and just click away.

  • January 2, 2014 Tenns

    Alison, this is such an excellent idea! My husband got a DSLR for Christmas, because he knew how bad I wanted one for blogging/vlogging. Now that I have it, I really want to learn how to effectively use it to get the best photos and videos. I’ll definitely be following this project and taking part in it as well. I’m extremely excited to learn all these new things about photography.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m excited for you, Tenns! I hope to see your photos soon!

  • January 2, 2014 Carla

    I don’t have a big girl camera yet. It’s on my wish list. I do have Photoshop where I just press auto because I haven’t had time to study it yet. Still makes everything better. Mostly.

    I love your #ThroughTheLensThursday idea. Sounds like a great way to really develop your photography skills and have fun while doing it.

    Even if my kids like stuffed animals, I don’t. I think they are destined for allergy inducing sneezing fits. But that’s just me. However, I’d still probably give some other bad gift. Gift giving is not a strength of mine. I feel sorry for the recipient.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I hope you make that wish a reality! It is seriously the best gift my husband could have given me. It’s not just a thing for me, it’s an experience.

      My kids are really not stuffed animal fans. My oldest has a severe dust mite allergy and these things are breeding ground for mites!

  • January 2, 2014 Rea

    One of the things I really wanna do is to learn more about photography. I hope I can have my camera back soon so I can join this “challenge..” I took Photography class back in college and I really want to be better at taking photos. Love this idea! πŸ™‚
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Rea, I hope you get your camera back real soon so you can jump in on the fun!

  • January 2, 2014 Alma

    First, I am in love with the new look here. Love that header girl!
    Do you know how many times I have asked my captain to help my header with a drawing of his.
    But alas, he cannot be forced into it. I am still waiting. This look so suits you, I love it!
    Second, I know what you mean about the giving part. I so get it. I put thought into gift giving even if I dont know the person well.
    And Third ( have no idea why i am counting my points, but no turning back)
    I am so all over this photo challenge . I too have been wanting to pick up my camera more instead of my phone and getting back to blogging so this would be great to tag along.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad you like my header! I am IN LOVE with it. Your Captain should get on it for you, because he’s so talented, and I can imagine it will look amazing.

      Look forward to having you join us as much as you can!

  • January 2, 2014 Christine

    There is so much that I love about this post. First, I love your new look. Second, I love this idea. I’ve been meaning and wanting to improve my photography skills and learn how to use my DSLR once and for all but the phone is so convenient! I may join you on some weeks. Maybe this is the motivation I need to get my act together. Third, congrats on your new gig!!! That is so wonderful and exciting and so great for you! I’ve only been over to Bonbon Break a few times but will go have a look around.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for all of that, Christine! I do hope you will a) join us for this whenever you can and b) submit posts to Bonbon Break!

  • January 2, 2014 vanita

    I was going to comment on the photography but OMG! Marketing Director? Hot…er…darn! Congratualtions girlfriend! oh and your pictures are already gorgeous. Can’t wait to see if it’s possible to improve on them. Happy New Year!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Oh it’s absolutely possible!! πŸ™‚
      And thank you, I am thrilled to be working with Bonbon Break!

  • January 2, 2014 NJ

    Since you announced it before break, I’ve been wondering what your new collaboration is. This is a great one! I need to learn my camera better too!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      What better time to learn more about your camera and photography? Join us!

  • January 2, 2014 Kir

    Your blog looks INCREDIBLE and Amazing.
    So happy for all your good stuff.

    Love you, HAPPY NEW YEAR Alison. xo

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my sweet!! Love you too. xo

  • January 2, 2014 sarah reinhart

    great idea! can’t wait to see where it takes you.

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Sarah!

  • January 2, 2014 Lisa

    Congratualtions on the BonBon Break gig!! That is one site to which I haven’t submitted, but it’s on my list! πŸ™‚ I am a terrible photographer and do not have a “big girl” camera, but I love this idea and look forward to see in your lovely pictures.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Do submit your posts, Lisa! We look forward to having you there.

  • January 2, 2014 Life of K

    Good for you two! They say practice makes perfect but I’m afraid with photography practice probably just makes better. There’s nothing wrong with that though! I look forward to your posts!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Better is good enough for me! Thank you!

  • January 2, 2014 melissa

    So happy to see that your back..I have missed your posts. And love the new look! I too joined a 52 week challenge but different blog. And I am doing a mini one on my own for self potraits. My thought for the year though…it is 100 percent OKAY if I miss a day/week. I want to do this but I don’t want guilt if I don’t because then it takes the fun out of it.

    As for the gift thing….right there with you. It sounds selfish but I can’t help it! The gift is about the person you are giving it to and the THOUGHT…not about just giving one.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, absolutely only do what you can and want to – you’re having a baby after all! And I agree with you about the gift giving.

  • January 2, 2014 Jennifer

    I love that y’all are doing this project. Both photos are great. Maybe this mom’s toddler likes stuffed animals. Cady loves them and asked if she could spend her Christmas money on a giant one. Still, I’m not sure it is a gift I would have given a boy. I would have probably given a truck or cars or dinosaurs. Forgive my double standards.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, a truck would have been loved and welcomed!! But you’re right, I shouldn’t jump to conclusions. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for playing along with our project, Jennifer!

  • January 2, 2014 Mary

    I love your new look! Very exciting changes for 2014–so happy for you!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Mary! I’m looking forward to a kick ass 2014.

  • January 2, 2014 Sarah

    I love this idea! Learning to *really* use my camera is one of my goals in the new year as well. I will definitely join you girls on this adventure!
    Sarah recently wrote…January Goals, and December Goals in ReviewMy Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      We look forward to having you onboard, Sarah!

  • January 2, 2014 Erin

    Awesome Idea.. Love the hashtag too.. Will join in on a few of them… Still waiting on my big girl camera.

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Join us whenever, Erin!

  • January 2, 2014 Erin

    Also… Great news on the new marketing position. will definetely be checking you out over there too!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thanks so much! I hope you consider submitting a post for feature.

  • January 2, 2014 Tracie

    This is a great goal and idea. Your soft picture is cute.

    Love the new look you have going on around here. Super cute. (And, of course, I’m a fan of all the yellow!)
    Tracie recently wrote…I Read 101 Books In 2013My Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      The yellow is fab, isn’t it? Totally in love with the new look myself. πŸ™‚

  • January 2, 2014 Adrienne

    I’m in LOVE with your new blog design! And, it’s snowing?? How cool it that?! Congrats on the new job! How exciting! (Could I use any more exclamation points?) Welcome back and Happy New Year! XO
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  • January 2, 2014 TOI

    Last year I partecipated in three photo projects but concluded only one. I’m going to challenge myself again this year also because my husband and I are going to treat me with a new full frame camera. I will try to join your project πŸ™‚
    TOI recently wrote…2013 in PerspectiveMy Profile

  • January 2, 2014 Jen

    I too want to get better at photography…I finally got a new camera for xmas and it’s kicks my old nikon d4o’s butt…plus I got lightroom and man what a difference! This is a great idea, can’t wait to follow along through the weeks. =)


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  • January 2, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Hi Alison, I think the weekly photo project idea is great, I already do the Fat Mum Slim photo a day, which I look upon as a casual fluffy affair. I really need to practice with my ‘real’ camera, so this once a week challenge will be great. We have lots of snow here today, so I am sure to find something ‘soft’!
    Also, Bon Bon Break! Congratulations, one of my New Year goals is to write a proper article for someone like Bon Bon Break, you may have just given me the boost I need. Woohoo!
    Looking forward to taking my pic today, Love Clare x
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Clare, I’m so glad to see you jump straight into our weekly challenge! I love your pictures so far. And yes, please do submit a post for feature to Bonbon Break!

  • January 2, 2014 Shannon

    Your new look is fantastic! I love the photo project. My DSLR collects dust too often and I just got the Aperture photo editing software for Mac and I really want to start shooting RAW. So, this project is perfect timing for me. Thanks!

    Oh, and congrats on the new gig!
    Shannon recently wrote…Happy New Year!My Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Yay! Glad to see you join us, Shannon!

  • January 2, 2014 Greta

    I’m right there with you on the gifts. I think sometimes, people just really don’t know much about the person they’re giving to, even relatives. I got several scarves for Christmas this year, which are very pretty, and I’ll wear them, but not so specific to me.

    I’m excited to do this project with you and see where it takes us! That little bear has a lot of personality (and texture and color). I kind of love him. But, I’m not so in love with the very similar stuffed animals that my girls got. πŸ™‚
    Greta recently wrote…Through The Lens ThursdayMy Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      You’re the reason we are actually doing this! If we hadn’t gotten to talking about photography, who knows? And thank you!

  • January 2, 2014 Ashlee

    Photography for my blog is something I want to work on as well! I absolutely adore this challenge and will definitely be participating. I can’t wait to check out other entries!
    Ashlee recently wrote…2014 New Year’s ResolutionsMy Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Can’t wait to see you join us, Ashlee!

  • January 2, 2014 Lady Jennie

    Ooh cool! If I can work my French post Thursday around your photography prompt, I definitely will! This is going to be great, as is the BonBon Break venture. A very exciting 2014 in store!

    Lady Jennie recently wrote…A Very French New YearMy Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      It is, I am really excited for this year!! Especially end January πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2014 Angela

    I love the new blog look. Congrats on your new job! So excited to follow along with you and Greta on your new photography project. So much fun, good new news in this post. So happy for all of your good news. Happy New Year!!!!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Angela! Happy New Year too!

  • January 3, 2014 Kerry

    Sounds like an exciting 2014! Congrats on all the new projects and looking forward to following your photo pursuit. I’d live to do more with my camera, so I hope you’ll share your settings and tips sometimes. πŸ™‚
    Kerry recently wrote…Say β€œYES!” Sometimes, and My Guiding Word for 2014My Profile

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Yes, I will share my settings each week for sure, Kerry! I totally forgot to for this one πŸ™‚
      And thank you!

  • January 3, 2014 Christine E-E

    I’d like to participate in your weekly throughthelensthursday – where do I post my picture?
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  • January 3, 2014 Nicole

    Congrats on your new role at Bonbon Break. I’ll definitely check it out! Love the idea of a photo prompt. Maybe someday I’ll have a big girl camera and can join in!!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Do submit something for feature to Bonbon Break, Nicole! We are always looking for great writers!

  • January 3, 2014 Kim

    So many new big things! New look, new adventures – I love it!
    I am hoping to someday get a big girl camera. I love taking pictures with my phone, but have always wanted to take better photos. Since I started learning more about DSLRs they have been on my wishlist. One of these days, I am sure.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I do hope you get your big girl camera soon, Kim!

  • January 3, 2014 Allie

    I love so much about this! I completely agree about the bear. What the?? The pictures did come out wonderfully though so there’s that. I love the new look of the site and I’m definitely going to check out BonBon Break!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Allie! Please do submit something to Bonbon Break, we would love to have you!

  • January 3, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Here is my first Through The Lens Thursday offering.

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Love it, thanks Clare!

  • January 3, 2014 Dana

    I got a “big girl” camera a few months ago; I really need to sit down and commit to learning to use it beyond the auto settings. I may join you one Thursday! Love your new look, Alison, and congrats on your new gig!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Please do, Dana! And thank you!

  • January 3, 2014 Joia

    I love this!! I can’t wait to participate. I will be posting my first picture tonight on my blog- I’ve had my “big girl” camera for several months now and I’ve only used it about 10 times πŸ™

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I hope you have fun with your big girl camera!

  • January 3, 2014 Carolyn Y

    Fun! I’ve got to get my Camera off of Auto….
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Do it! It’s so much fun!

  • January 3, 2014 Melanie

    Love, love this idea, especially as a newbie photographer, having fallen in love with photography a couple of years ago. Would love to join in. :-)) Congratulations on this new collaboration and on your new Marketing Director gig. Woot! Woot!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Melanie! I hope to see your photographs soon!

  • January 3, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Love the new format!

    you are a girl who is continually evolving.

    I Like! Xxxxx HAPPY 2014 !
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kim! I love my new look too!

  • January 3, 2014 Ilene

    Love your new look, Alison! And I love your photo for “soft.” I am awful at keeping up with prompts, but one week, I may just jump in for the heck of it!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Jump in whenever it suits you, Ilene! (love the new profile picture!)

  • January 3, 2014 Katie E

    I love this idea (and your new look)! I definitely want to participate. I got a new better camera for last year and didn’t take the time to really figure out how to take better pictures, but would love to do that this year, especially with the help of some weekly prompts. Now I need to go find that camera and take a soft picture πŸ™‚

    Love your little bear picture – I think you’re very skilled. And I love the words that came with it.

    Congratulations on your new job!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m so happy to see you join us, Katie! You will be amazed at how good you get once you start practicing more and more, AND enjoy the process. And thank you!

  • January 3, 2014 Maureen

    Happy New Year, Alison!
    What a fun way to kick off the year, your project sounds fantastic and oh so much fun πŸ˜€

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m excited about this project, Maureen!

  • January 3, 2014 Char

    This was awesome! and yes, sometimes I have wondered “Don’t they know what I like?” It was wonderful the way you turned this gift not only into a photo opportunity but into a blogging moment!!

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I can turn most anything into a blogging moment these days πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2014 Michelle

    First off, congratulations!! That is exciting news and I am so happy for you!
    I love the project…I may just have to join in. I am notorious for trying to do photography projects and then falling short. It’s certainly not because I don’t take enough pictures! I just don’t always take them when I am supposed to. πŸ™‚
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Michelle! Yes, please do join us, would love to see your photographs.

  • January 3, 2014 Jodee Weiland

    What a great idea! This is my year to learn more about photography as well. My new camera should arrive soon, so I will be taking a class. Thanks!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      That sounds fun, Jodee !I hope you join us!

  • January 3, 2014 Gracielle

    I’m so excited by everything you shared on this post! I’m just like you – I had an interest in photography and bought a fancy dSLR, but blogging is what really challenges me to become better at taking photos. I’m game to participate in the #ThroughTheLensThursday prompts! Also CONGRATS on your new gig! Sounds like that’s right up your alley and you’re going to kick serious booty in your new role.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I hope to see you join us, Gracielle! And thank you so much!

  • Confession: I don’t even own a camera! Every picture I take is taking with my cell phone.
    Please don’t hit me…
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I won’t! But I would encourage you to invest in a good camera πŸ™‚

  • January 3, 2014 tracy

    So many good things and so much good news. Happy 2014 my friend. xoxo
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my love! Happy 2014 to you too!

  • January 3, 2014 Katie

    This is such a cool idea. I like it because it will get me to haul out my camera and try. I might have to join in from time to time πŸ™‚

    Also YAY for all the great things in your bloggy life like Bon Bon Break and your sweet new look πŸ™‚
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I look forward to your photographs, Katie!

  • January 3, 2014 Susi

    I love this and already told Greta that I hope to link up at least once a month if not more depending on how much time I have – I love it because it will make me pick up my camera instead of just my phone (as much as I love it). Happy New Year!!!
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    • January 4, 2014 Bev

      I love the new look!! The graphics at the top are so cute. And I love this idea and will definitely try to participate (last year I tried the 365project and found it overwhelming by the end, but a picture a week is definitely manageable!)

      • January 10, 2014 Alison

        Join us, iti’d be so fun! Look forward to your photographs.

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Join us whenever, we have FIFTY TWO weeks worth of prompts! πŸ™‚

  • January 4, 2014 Jennifer

    I love this idea. Can I play along using just instagram and the hashtag?

  • January 4, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    What a fun adventure you’re embarking on! Honing your photography skills is going to be so rewarding when you look back at all the amazing shots you took. I think you’re a great photographer so here’s to only getting better!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words, Rebecca!!

  • January 4, 2014 Leigh Ann

    You make a little bear look great! I get the gift giving thing. It’s hard. I try to remind myself that this person (usually my family) thought I would like it, and leave it at that. But if it were my husband…different story. I’d definitely feel more hurt.
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Good thing my husband is a good gift giver – because I tell him exactly what I want πŸ™‚

  • January 4, 2014 Kimberly

    Oh this project is right up my alley! I love this!

    And I love the new look here! It’s very you!

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! I think I’ve finally settled on my blog look – no more changing heh.
      Yes, jump in, would love to see your take on the prompts.

  • January 4, 2014 Janice

    First, love the fun, fresh, new look of your blog! And congrats on your new adventure at Bonbon Break!:)

    As for photography, I’ve had a DSLR for a while now, but my phone is still my main photography tool. So much easier to share and and quickly do edits and collages using the apps on my phone. But I do make it a point to use my DSLR for important events and special days – because I always plan to print or use them in digital scrapbook in someday (when I got time).

    I will have to jump “Through the Lens” starting next Thursday. Looks like a good chance to get know my big girl camera again!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      It is good to get reacquainted with your DSLR! Look forward to you joining us.

  • January 4, 2014 Jenn

    Congratulations on your new gig! Love your new blog design, too!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Jenn!

  • January 5, 2014 Nina

    So much excitement. First–hello–the blog looks so great. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the header, menu bar, font, and new layout. Makes me want to do a whole redesign! Congrats on the new gig, too. AND very cool idea with the photography project. You always amaze me, Alison.

    And Happy New Year!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Nina! I am in love with the design – Brittany did such an amazing job. She made my vision a reality.
      Have a great 2014!

  • January 6, 2014 Amanda Jillian

    I love it! I thought about doing it but I’m already doing the Project 365 so I didn’t want to overload myself =)
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  • January 6, 2014 Tricia

    Great idea! I meant to go farther with photography last year than I did (ended up dropping my 365 project in April). But I plan to join you on this!
    And congrats on that position! Such a great way to start the year!
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      365 projects are hard! I do hope you will join us for some weeks.
      And thank you!

  • January 6, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Hi Alison, Congratulations on your new job with Bonbon Break!! I just discovered the site through SITS and am so excited to submit a post. It’s a visually stunning site full of wonderful content. No doubt you’ll have a blast there.
    I took photography in college, and have done some over the years for my job, but I need to step up my game. Your Thursday prompts may just be what I need to get going again:) Corner, hmmm….
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Jennifer, I do hope to see you over at Bonbon Break soon!
      Do join us, would love to see your photographs!

  • January 7, 2014 Kim

    I’m already a regular DSLR user but one who is trying to stretch her imagination and ideas a bit beyond what I normally shoot. This is definitely a great project to get involved with and enjoy! Count me in!
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  • January 8, 2014 Elaine A.

    I used to participate in another blog link up for photography that was on Thursdays and when that ended I was sad. So I am excited that you girls are doing this! YAY! I realized that I need to get back to using my big camera for my own photos! Oh yes, I do!

    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      I’m so happy to have you join us, Elaine!

  • January 8, 2014 Andrea

    I love how you transitioned from photography to new year’s resolutions to the meaning behind gift-giving to appropriate toddler toys in one fell swoop. It’s a jumble of subjects that you combined beautifully and gracefully.

    Great pictures, too, by the way! xo
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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      You’re being too kind, Andrea! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • January 9, 2014 Galit Breen

    I was just discussing this kind of gift giving with a friend — we came to similar conclusions as you!

    I love your new meme, you’re perfect for it!

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    • January 10, 2014 Alison

      Thank you sweet friend! Join us when you can? xo

  • January 14, 2014 Keely

    Poor, poor bear. All alone in his weather-inappropriate hat and scarf. (Maybe he’s planning a trip to Chicago.)
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