Through The Lens Thursday #28: Eyes

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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 ‘Eyes’.

Eyes - Mine

My eyes: Selfies with DLSR’s are tricky. I have no makeup on. Eh. At least I don’t have wrinkles. Yet.


Eyes - Monkey

My firstborn’s eyes: He loves the camera, he just leapt towards me, big smile and his smiley, crinkly eyes. He looks like 4 year old me.


Eyes - Scrumps

My littlest’s eyes: More pictures, Mama? Really? (Practicing the WTF frown)

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

Next week’s prompt: Cozy

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.

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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 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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  • July 10, 2014 vanita

    I think your son’s WTF frown is absolutely gorgeous. i’m trying to remember if i’ve ever taken a selfie…
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      You should! And thank you.

  • July 10, 2014 Janine Huldie

    My youngest does the close my eyes completely when taking pictures of her smiling lately. I know it is a phase and remember pictures where you could see both my brother and I doing that at a similar age back int he day, but still makes me smile every time I see her do this now. Your photo comparison of all three of you made me think of that once again this morning πŸ™‚
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad that our photos brought back memories for you. πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2014 Sheryl

    Eyes are truly the windows to the soul, and I can see all of your different personalities through them. Gorgeous!
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Sheryl!

  • July 10, 2014 Janice

    You captured the twinkle in your oldest son’s eyes so well. And your littlest one looks like he has an old soul in that photo.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Sometimes, he acts like he has an old soul! πŸ™‚

  • July 10, 2014 Tamara

    I like that one of your eyes is in focus and the other isn’t
    I like that you have no wrinkles. I don’t really either but I have intense smile lines. I guess that’s good! Smiling’s my favorite.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Smile lines are beautiful!

  • July 11, 2014 Clare

    Beauties, I love all the character just in the eyes of you all. No wrinkles at all, I am a teeny bit jealous.
    Lovely shots. x
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Oh they’ll come soon!

  • July 11, 2014 Kerstin

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you captured all three personalities perfectly πŸ™‚ I think the eyes ARE the window to the soul and I love that you all have dark eyes. Just love it.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      You’re awesome, thank you!

  • July 11, 2014 sarah reinhart

    So fun to stare into your eyes πŸ™‚ What I love about your boys’ pics is that even though you can *just* see their eyes, you can totally tell the feeling and what the rest of their face is doing. cool beans.

    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! That was what I was going for.

  • July 12, 2014 Tricia

    So fun! Reminds me of when I used to watch America’s next top model (yes I am admitting I watched it) and Tyra used to tell the models to smile/frown/etc with their eyes. You really can put so much emotion in your eyes and have them tell a whole little story.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      They do! And with the boys, there was no posing, just spontaneous shots.

  • July 12, 2014 My Inner Chick

    The “EYES” are truly the windows to the soul.

    Gorgeous photos. Stunning eyes!

    I shall name the eyes.

    1. serious as hell mom ‘eyes’
    2. laughing ‘eyes’
    3. why the hell are you taking a photo of me ‘eyes’

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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      I love the names, thank you!

  • July 12, 2014 Natalie

    I love these photos…the eyes can say so much! πŸ™‚
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      They do, thank you!

  • July 12, 2014 Akaleistar

    Love how you captured their expressions while focusing on their eyes!
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • July 12, 2014 Christine

    My boys’ eyes are similar – the older one is full of joy and happiness and smiles. The younger one has perfected the WTF look. And you have no wrinkles and beautiful eyes! I’ve been noticing lately that wrinkles are starting to appear around my eyes.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Maybe I need to smile more, hah!

  • July 12, 2014 Andrea

    Oh, those dark eyes! I can’t get enough of them! All three pairs.

    And your perfectly smooth, unflawed, wrinkle-less face is making mine green with envy. πŸ˜‰

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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      When the twins are born, I’m pretty sure the wrinkles will come!

  • July 12, 2014 Kim

    I love that we can tell their expressions without seeing their whole faces. Lovely!
    I have noticed some wrinkles appearing over the past year or so. I guess it was bound to happen; my eyes are a little more crinkly when I smile these days.

    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Smile lines are beautiful! And thank you.

  • July 13, 2014 Greta

    Oh my gosh..I can never take a selfie with a dslr. Kudos to you! (And yeah, you have fabulous skin). I love the crinkly eyes, and the expression. Classic. πŸ˜€
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      It took a few tries!
      It’s pregnancy hormones, hence good skin. For now. πŸ™‚

  • July 14, 2014 Leigh Ann

    I LOVE Monkey’s eyes in that photo. So full of happiness and laughter. Would look great blown up and hung on the wall.

    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      He has the best smiley eyes!

  • July 14, 2014 angela

    I think you did a really wonderful job capturing three completely different expressions, just in the eyes. Really nice job!
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Angela!

  • July 14, 2014 Katie

    Eyes are the best. Little windows to our souls, yes? It is what I fall in love with first…Cortney’s, Eddie’s, and Charlie’s. The eyes do me in every time.
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    • July 15, 2014 Alison

      Your boys have amazing eyes!

  • July 28, 2014 Keely

    Oh my GAWD I love the furrowed brow, the laughing face, and your LACK OF WRINKLES I ENVY YOU SWEET LORD ALMIGHTY. (Also, you’re purty.)
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    • July 28, 2014 Alison

      But the bags under my eyes! (thank you)

  • July 31, 2014 Rebecca

    Your eyes are beautiful. I love this combo exercise. Three pictures! I love each of your sons’ expressions. Still blows my mind to think your kid count will double in an instant and you’ll have two more sets of eyes that will melt your heart. AND BTW, SO JEALOUS OF YOUR NO WRINKLES. That’s super DNA right there.
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    • August 1, 2014 Alison

      I’ll have to take pictures of the twins’ eyes and update this post some day πŸ™‚
      Thank you.

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