Through The Lens Thursday #19: Dream

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 “Dream”.

 2 year old

1/100, f/5.6, ISO 6400 (I’m not entirely happy with the graininess of the picture thanks to the high ISO, but the lighting in my house is terrible)

Two years ago today, one of our dreams came true. You. You were finally here, the long-awaited, very-much-wanted child. 

You are two. I can hardly say that without wanting to burst into tears, because how can you already be two? Time has really pulled one over me. I look at your baby pictures, and can barely remember that you used to be so tiny, so helpless. Because here you are, walking, running, climbing, jumping, talking in sentences, making your demands and feelings known. 

You are a burst of sunshine in our lives, my love. Where do I start to tell you all that I love about you?

I love….

Your brown, wavy, crazy hair. I just can’t help running my fingers through it, and I’m sorry, I can’t bear to give you a haircut.

Your expressive eyes, and you know just when to turn on the charm, and everyone’s putty in your hands.

Your smile, your very big, genuine, happy smile. 

Your independence. How you want to do everything on your own, including choosing what you wear, and putting them on yourself. It makes for a very long drawn-out affair, but it’s my job to let you try.

Your friendliness. How you wave at everyone and say hi. 

Your ability to laugh at anything.

Your affection. How you see someone’s lap, and can’t resist backing into it, and making yourself comfortable. How you fling your arms around my neck and hold on tight. How you kiss us happily.

Your fearlessness. This trait gives me minor heart attacks every. time. But it is YOU.

Your adaptability. We’ve hauled you across planes, trains, buses, cars, through miles and miles, and though yes, you cry a little in the beginning, your natural curiosity and adaptability always turns things around.

Your current obsession with anything with wheels. I love that you take the truck Auntie Jennie gave you, everywhere, including to bed. I love that you wheel your buses, trucks, and cars around the house, with full sound effects. I love that you point out allthevehicles while we’re in the car.

Happy Birthday

1/100, f/5.6, ISO 1600

Your love for your big brother. Despite the occasional fighting, you love him. You copy everything he does, you want to be where he is. My hope is that your relationship continues to deepen as you grow up.

Happy 2nd Birthday, my love. Mama loves you to the moon and back and beyond. 

(What do you think of these ‘dream’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Empty

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.

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11! I asked 5 women what Mother’s Day means to them now that they are mothers themselves. Check out what they had to say over at Everyday Family.

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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  • May 8, 2014 Roxanne

    TWO? How is he TWO?

    But so gorgeous.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Time flew. Sigh. And thank you.

  • May 8, 2014 Elaine A.

    Man, time flies, right? I know, so damn cliche but so true. Happy Birthday to your handsome little guy (who is looking more and more like his big brother to me!)

    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Elaine!

  • May 8, 2014 Melanie

    Aww… so beautiful… shed a tear… AND I can so understand how you can’t get enough of him.

    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I really, truly can’t. He’s precious.

  • May 8, 2014 Tamara

    I nearly can’t handle it!
    Des will be two in a little over a month. How can this be? I think our boys would get along so famously. I love that I now know the name of this guy and how couldn’t I have known before? Could be my own obliviousness.
    Des is a happy, happy soul with a love for wheels. Just like your handsome guy!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I don’t share their names on the blog 😉
      I think Des and this rugrat would be besties!

  • May 8, 2014 angela

    He looks happy to be two, and he so much will always be your sweet, affectionate boy! Happy birthday!!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      He is very pleased with himself!

  • May 8, 2014 Rorybore

    Lighting issues aside (and I know the feeling), you definitely captured his joy and personality! which is more the point I think anyway. It’s a beautiful picture of a beautiful, happy boy.
    And maybe for Mother’s day someone will get you an external pivoting flash (if you don’t already have one) and then lighting will never be an issue again! I know it’s on My List. 🙂
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I should get better at this photography thing before I invest in more gear 🙂

  • May 8, 2014 Shannon

    Oh my… Those eyes are beautiful. Happy birthday to your littlest (not for long) one!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Still the baby for a few more months 🙂

  • May 8, 2014 Carrie

    I think they look great. But that is such a beautiful 2 year old though…I don’t hardly see how a bad picture could be made.

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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Carrie.

  • May 8, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Aww happy 2nd birthday to your lovely child as well! He’s so handsome 🙂 Beautiful images Alison! Hope you all had fun celebrating 🙂 Have a great one -Iva
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      We did! He had a great day.

  • I’m just as astonished as you are! Two!!
    A very happy birthday!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I’m still astonished! Thank you.

  • May 9, 2014 Stephanie

    I’ve been following along but decided to post today. I’ve been editing tons of pictures lately and the prompt just clicked with me. Looking forward to being more active. Your post today is beautiful.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I look forward to more of your photos, Stephanie!

  • May 9, 2014 Allie

    This is beautiful, and he is so freaking cute! I agree whole-heartedly, it all goes by way too fast.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Aw thanks Allie!

  • May 9, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    I like the first photo and I like that it has some texture. My camera only goes to ISO1600, so I would never even get that shot!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      I’m grateful for my camera’s ability for a high ISO!

  • May 9, 2014 Christine

    Two!! I can’t believe he’s two already! He looks so grown-up. Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      He’s acting all grown up too, hmph. 🙂

  • May 9, 2014 Kir

    Hey beautiful boy! May 2 be Tremendous! Terrific!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and your incredible and wonderful mama.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, my dear friend!

  • May 10, 2014 Kimberly

    Oh staaahhhhppp making me cry. This is beautiful Alison. Really.
    I love the grainy shots. It reminds me of childhood days…like vintage. It’s great.
    Now pass the tissues.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kimberly. Truly.
      I ran out of tissues, used them all up.

  • May 11, 2014 My Inner Chick

    just like Mama!
    Happy Mother’s Day. xxxxxxxxxxx
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! I hope your Mother’s Day was great.

  • May 12, 2014 Keely

    These pix are perfect- they capture his essence so wonderfully. Happy birthday (week!) sweetheart…how lucky the world is to have you in it.
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      He says thank you Auntie Keely!

  • May 12, 2014 Kim

    It goes so fast.
    Love the photo of him with the car – we have lots of photos with my youngest with his balls. They were his thing at 2 – and still somewhat to this day. 🙂
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      The obsession doesn’t really stop, does it? 🙂

  • May 12, 2014 Greta

    So sweet. I hope he had an awesome birthday. I can tell he’s an awesome kid!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      He had an awesome birthday week!

  • May 13, 2014 Natalie

    I just love this little guy and can’t believe our babies are going to be 2 (or that yours is!) He looks like such a little man! Happy birthday little guy!
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    • May 13, 2014 Alison

      We have literally watched each other’s kids grow up 🙂

  • May 27, 2014 Andrea

    What a beautiful child. xoxo
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    • May 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Andrea.

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