Through The Lens Thursday #22: Home

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 ‘Home’.

Home - The boys

Boys with their favourite things

1/30, f/5.0, ISO 800

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” 
– Sarah Dessen


Home - With the boys

One boy in my lap

1/30, f/5.0, ISO 800

“Happiness doesn’t lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. And home is not a house-home is a mythological conceit. It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.” 
– Dennis Lehane

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

Next week’s prompt: Sunset

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.

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 29, 2014 Kristi Campbell

    The first photo filled me with huge anticipation – “Mommy’s home!!!” and I adore it. The second filled me with “This is home. Motherhood. Life. Child.”
    Inspiring and beautiful.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Kristi! I love the first photo too 🙂

  • May 29, 2014 Sharon

    1st time joining – have been waiting all week since discovering Greta’s blog via Rory Bore’s blog =))
    Home is def a motivating prompt.. I’ve happily posted my own interpretation …
    ty for both inspiring and inviting us in to your project –
    and for sharing realities of ‘home’ for you [reminders of what once was ‘home’ for me too!
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Sharon, and for joining us on our photography journey!

  • May 29, 2014 Tricia

    So lovely! I like this prompt. So fun to see what home means to you.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tricia!

  • May 29, 2014 Nicole

    They are so adorable, and that second picture tugs at the heart strings. There’s nothing better than a kid in your lap!
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      I do love my cuddles with the boys!

  • May 29, 2014 Katie

    I am in LOVE with these photos. The people in the house certainly are the “home” rather than the structure, aren’t they. And you have the most adorable “home” 🙂
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thanks Katie.

  • May 29, 2014 Kim

    This is perfect. Your photos and the quotes – this says that is what home is to me too. It is where we are together and at peace and sitting on laps and favourite toys.
    Home is so wonderful.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Yes, yes it is!!

  • May 30, 2014 Jessica Dimas

    I love both photos. I like the lighting, clean background and the subject placement in the first one, and the I love how the second one captures a glimpse of true motherhood. And the quotes! So true!

    And can I just say I was honored that you commented on my blog? I consider you pretty famous in the blog world 🙂 Is that creepy? I hope not!
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Jessica!
      Me? Famous? NO! But thank you, truly, your comment made my week!

  • May 30, 2014 Christy

    Sweet photos, especially the second one! Love those two quotes, as well! They’re both such good writers.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      They are! I love those quotes.

  • May 30, 2014 tracy

    Astrid is on my lap and she saw that pic and yelled “HE HAS A BANKBEE TOO!!!” Alas, girlfriend loves her blankie..or bankbee. xoxo
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Aw!!! I love that. Monkey loves his blanket. I mean, bankbee. 🙂 xo

  • May 30, 2014 Stephanie

    I loved this prompt – and your photos are beautiful. I love the two boys “looking.” I find, and it’s my own personal opinion, that if I leave the blank space ahead of the subject (in an instance like this) in adds to the mystery of what they are looking at. The blank space behind leaves the mystery there…does that make sense? For example: I use blank space all the time in sports photos, if they are running (any direction but at me) the space is open in front of them, giving them a place to go, if they are running straight towards me then I leave no space (close crop) or leave some space behind them to show where they came from. I hope that makes sense, and it is in no way critical of your photo because I love it, it’s just what I thought of/think of when I edit.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Stephanie, I appreciate your input, absolutely! I’m going to try your suggestion out next time.
      For this particular shot and edit, I left space behind them because there was no more wall left on the right 🙂

  • May 30, 2014 Tamara

    Look at their hair! Best hair ever.
    I wish I could get my kids to stand still next to each other like this.
    And I love Sarah Dessen – awesome to see her quoted.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      It took a while, but now they know to pose for their Mama!

  • May 30, 2014 Elaine A.

    That photo of them together is perfect. The lighting is amazing.

    And that second quote. WOW.

    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Elaine, thank you!

  • May 30, 2014 Kir

    oh those boys, those beautiful boys!

    love these pictures of HOME and the quotes (of course I love the quotes!)

    the first picture of them against the wall and not looking at the camera is my favorite. There is something that says safety and freedom to me that makes me think of “home”
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, I love that picture too. I like your take on it, hon. xo

  • May 30, 2014 Kerstin

    I’m a big believer that “home” is more of a feeling than a place. Love love love that first picture!
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      It’s definitely a feeling, and thank you!

  • May 31, 2014 Julia

    I love the picture of them with their favorite things, and the quotes are great.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia!

  • May 31, 2014 Christine

    I absolutely adore the first photo and the second too! They really do capture what “home” means.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Christine, thank you! I wanted my home pictures to be something more than just where we live 🙂

  • May 31, 2014 Rorybore

    the first one is soooo precious! And definitely captures the idea that home is where the heart is. technically, I really like that they are on the far side of the frame and that the other side is empty. I always tend to centre things, that’s just what my brain thinks of. But I think breaking those rules makes a bigger impact – like here – sometimes.
    And the second one so captures for me those early days of motherhood when home meant a cuddly little one in your lap.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      I love playing around with framing and angles, so I do love the first picture. I’m going to try more shots like this!

  • June 2, 2014 My Inner Chick

    O’ that first photo is classic & must be framed.

    btw, I LOVE the photo of you on Facebook in the dress w/ your hands on you tummy!!!!!!!!

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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, and thank you!! xo

  • June 2, 2014 Dear Girl Wallflower

    I like this topic! The pictures of an everyday life is really nice and compelling. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you!

  • June 2, 2014 thedoseofreality

    Love that quote and those pictures are amazing. Home is definitely where my family is, no matter the location. :)-Ashley
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Ashley! I hope you and Lisa enjoyed your break.

  • June 2, 2014 Maureen

    Love the photo and quotes, Alison! That first one is worth framing for 🙂
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Maureen!

  • June 2, 2014 Leighann

    great photo’s love the first one… so clean and fresh with the boys looking so relaxed.
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Leighann!

  • June 2, 2014 Keely

    I know that second image oh-so well. And the guys with their favorite things is rather frame-worthy. (I LOVE doing that with the gals to capture this sweet stage.)
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    • June 3, 2014 Alison

      That’s a great idea, to capture the kids with their favorite things at that moment in time. You are smart and funny! (I already knew that)

  • June 19, 2014 Andrea

    I love the first one. The lighting is so clear. I wonder what’s caught their attention.
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    • June 19, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Andrea! They were actually looking through the front door, as their dad was just leaving the house for work . 🙂

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