Through The Lens Thursday #14: Self

Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, 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 “Self”.

Twin pregnant belly

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/60, f/7.1, ISO 1600

This is what being pregnant with twins looks like at 10 1/2 weeks. I didn’t look this pregnant with my first two until I reached the second trimester.

I like my little belly, even at only 10 1/2 weeks. It means my babies are growing and healthy. 

Also, I should not Google what “36 weeks pregnant with twins” look like. 

(What do you think of my ‘self’ photo? This IS a photography exercise, so I would appreciate any critique!)

Next week’s prompt: Books

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

Speaking of photography, if you’re finding it hard to snap pictures of your kids, I’m sharing 5 great tips to photograph toddlers, from a professional photographer at Everyday Family!

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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 worldโ€™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: Womenโ€™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 doesnโ€™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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  • April 3, 2014 Roxanne

    I adore the bright blue!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, it’s one of my favorite dresses.

  • April 3, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    I doubt that was easy taking the picture of yourself. I have tried to take pictures of myself while nursing and they always end up looking terrible…lol. Sweet little bump, Alison:)
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      This was a little tricky – I stood in front of a mirror, holding my camera in one hand, with the other on my belly, and I cropped the final picture.

  • April 3, 2014 Tricia

    Aww love it! Yes, sweet little bump indeed!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Tricia!

  • April 3, 2014 Tamara

    I LOVE it! Everything about it.
    Just wonderful.
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Photographer Tamara!

  • April 3, 2014 tracy

    Oh A. this shot is beautiful. Everything about it. So happy for you. And your babies bump. All of it. xoxoxo
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my love. ‘Babies bump’ – don’t you love that?

  • April 3, 2014 Greta

    It is a gorgeous photo with the blue and white, and sweet bump. But I had to giggle at the googling.

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Right? I nearly died, looking at pictures of HUGE bellies.

  • April 3, 2014 Christine

    Oh I love this and your sweet bump!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Christine!

  • April 3, 2014 Allie

    LOVE THIS!!!! My belly popped at 8 weeks! They were my first soโ€ฆ
    And NO do not Google that!!! I should send you my pics. You will not believe it. But yes, it’s a sign of health. Embrace it.
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      I don’t know if I should ask you to send me any pictures, Allie. I’m scared! I’m only 5’3″, will I topple over by week 30?

  • April 3, 2014 Allie

    You look gorgeous. That must have been a difficult shot to make? I can’t wait to see next weeks!

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      It was a little tricky, took a few tries, but it just required standing very still, holding the camera with one hand, and focus more or less where I wanted it to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 3, 2014 Shannon

    Gorgeous photo and beautiful baby bump.

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Shannon.

  • April 3, 2014 Kerstin

    I love it!
    The dress is so pretty and that little bump? Perfection ๐Ÿ™‚ xox
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      It is one of my favorite dresses, and thank you!

  • April 3, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Amazing Alison how beautiful!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t even fathom what carrying twins must be like – has it hit you what that means? lol Have a great one! -Iva
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      I’m still trying to get my head around it!

  • April 3, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    I love this photo, I hope you are going to take them regularly. A series of photos in the same dress with the same cropping would be lovely as your pregnancy progresses.
    That blue is gorgeous. x
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! I hope I can keep it up, and manage the same angle each time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April 3, 2014 lisacng

    Congrats again! Wow, twins!!! As for the photo, I love that you posed in front of clean white background and wore a simple shirt/dress. I also like that you are slightly turned toward the camera, so it’s not a complete profile. My one piece of improvement is to focus the camera on your hand (I think it’s on your boob, which isn’t horrible :P). Nevertheless, I know just how hard it is to take a self portrait, for bravo to you for such a lovely one. Well-framed.
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thanks for your feedback, Lisa!
      Ideally, yes. But I was actually not looking through the viewfinder at all. I was holding the camera roughly in front of where I wanted to capture, and this is what I got, lol.

  • April 3, 2014 Tenns

    Congrats to your expectant bundle of joys! Lovely photo and I love the blue dress. What a wonderful photo!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • April 3, 2014 julie gardner

    Since I don’t even own a camera, I can offer no critique of the picture but I CAN say your little belly makes me smile.


    (The smile. Not your belly. To be clear.)

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Making you smile makes me smile!

  • April 4, 2014 Natalie

    I love your little belly too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love this photo!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      It won’t be little for long!

  • April 4, 2014 Vi

    I love bump shots and you have the cutest little preggo belly, haha. Wishing I could carry small like you bc everyone and their rude mothers seems to love commenting on how big I am! Ugh, but anyways, love the pic!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      I don’t carry small. Notice I am only 10.5 weeks here? I didn’t show until week 14 in my previous pregnancies, and I was huge by the second trimester. And this time – twins!

  • April 4, 2014 Felicia

    I absolutely love this photo and its simplicity is beautiful. Not to mention the color is gorgeous.
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Fel.

  • April 4, 2014 allison

    This is really fun and how am I just now learning of this? Must have been buried in my own universe of stress. I have been looking for some photography prompts that aren’t FMSPhotoADay. I adore your baby bump and the colors. Wonderful!
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      We will still 38 weeks of prompts left! Do join us.

  • April 4, 2014 Jessica

    I love the blue against the white background and the bit of blur that seems most pronounced nearest your belly. Very pretty shot.

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica.

  • April 4, 2014 Rorybore

    I still look like that and my youngest is 4 years old. LOL
    Your bump looks much cuter than mine. lovely shot. I like how it is framed, and with just negative space all around – gives the bump the focus.
    I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to do a selfie type pic with my Canon. I can do one of course with my phone, but wanted to keep this challenge to my big girl camera.

    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      What I did was stand in front of a mirror and hold the camera in one hand. I didn’t use the viewfinder though, so I just tried a few shots from different angles and positions. Good luck!

  • April 4, 2014 Kim

    I love this so much. Such a sweet photo, Alison.
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    • April 4, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kim.

  • April 4, 2014 Christy

    This is a beautiful self photo! I can only imagine how excited you are ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • April 4, 2014 Kimberly

    I want to rub the belly…yup…I’m that creeper xoxo

    • April 7, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Because it’s you, I’ll let you.

  • April 4, 2014 Lisa

    I love it! I love the baby (babies) bump and the bright blue against the white background honestly makes this look like some beautiful photos I have seen on those “pay for” stock photo sites. I’m not sure if real photographers would consider that a compliment, but I mean it as one! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • April 7, 2014 Alison

      Wow, that IS a compliment, Lisa, thank you.

  • April 4, 2014 Amanda Jillian

    Beautiful! I love the composition of the photo.
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    • April 7, 2014 Alison

      Thank you very much, Amanda.

  • April 5, 2014 Katie

    You know I love this picture. I have not done one yet because sickness is not the self I want to show.
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    • April 7, 2014 Alison

      I hope you feel better soon, damn sickness.

  • April 6, 2014 My Inner Chick

    b e a u t i f u l

    I look forward to seeing more of that belly! xxxxxxxxx
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    • April 7, 2014 Alison

      And you will!

  • April 7, 2014 Joanna

    That is a truly amazing shot, simple, full of meaning, beautiful. Also, congratulations!

    • April 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Joanna!

  • April 7, 2014 sarah reinhart

    what do I think? lovely! just lovely! the belly, the bump, the blue, all of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 8, 2014 Alison

      Yay! Thank you, love.

  • April 8, 2014 Andrea

    This is my favorite blue. And yes – do not Google pregnancy pictures. I also learned that the hard way.

    Gorgeous picture!
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    • April 8, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Andrea!

  • April 8, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    Your belly is so cute and small! Don’t you dare google twins even at 20 weeks! Two little babies…so precious. I cant wait for you to feel two babies in your tummy! So few women get to experience such fun
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    • April 9, 2014 Alison

      I know, it’d be amazing!

  • May 1, 2014 Leighann

    WOW! Twins! Congratulations! All the best to you

    • May 1, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Leighann!

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