Through The Lens Thursday #43: Sweet

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 ‘Sweet’.  

Before I go into the photos, I’ll just say upfront – I’m not going to be able to catch up with six weeks of missed prompts, so I’m not even going to try. Story of my life – failing at my own project. 

Greta said last week that this week’s prompt is perfect for me to get back into Through The Lens Thursday, and that was just the kick in the butt that I needed. You know that these will be baby pictures right?

Sweet girl

I’m not a girly girl. I grew up a tomboy, climbing trees, rejecting dresses, and tucking my hair into a cap to look… less girly? However, I did play with Barbie dolls. 

When I found out I was having a girl, I immediately rejected all notions of going stereotypical with my daughter. She doesn’t have to wear pink, nor am I going to push princess everything onto her. She doesn’t have to grow out her hair and have me braid it daily. She can play with Legos or toy soldiers or dolls. She will just be a kid, and her preferences will be formed by her interests.

And here I am, putting her in a pink onesie, “Daddy’s Girl”. Because look at her. She’s so girly. Her eyelashes, lips, feisty nature. She’s so GIRL. 

So pink it is for now (and blue, grey, white, yellow, green). 

Twins 34 days old

I realize that by the time the twins are a year old, we will probably have thousands of pictures of them together. Heads touching, hands intertwined. 

I’m okay with that.

Next week’s prompt: Play

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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  • October 23, 2014 Nina

    NEVER too many of those pictures of them together!
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    • October 23, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad you think so πŸ™‚

  • October 23, 2014 Allie

    And you will go back and look at those pictures over and over and over again so take as many as you can! And, when the twins get older, they will relish looking at them too!
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    • October 26, 2014 Alison

      It would be fun for them, wouldn’t it? I always wished there were more pictures of me as a baby.

  • October 23, 2014 Janine Huldie

    I am total girly girl, so trust me the pink and dressing up with two girls was always a bit on overload here for me. Absolutely adorable and I love the way you answered this prompt πŸ™‚
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you. I think if there’s any pink overload, it’d be my husband’s fault. πŸ™‚

  • October 23, 2014 Leighann

    They’re beautiful. Congratulations.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Leighann.

  • October 23, 2014 julie gardner

    When she was little, Karly wanted everything to be pink. Balls, balloons, blocks, place mats. “I want the pink one!” she’d announce. We still laugh at the time we were all watching television and a commercial for a nationwide tutoring school came on.

    Karly called out, “I want the pink one!”

    “You want the PINK Sylvan Learning Center?”

    “Yeth” she said, totally convinced this existed.

    Pinkpinkpink. And yet. She would not let me brush her hair or put her in a dress for any occasion.
    Go figure. They find out who they’re going to be and we’re just along for the ride.

    A wild, messy, colorful, noisy, SWEET ride.


    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, I just love that story. Yes, they are who they are, and I just love watching their personalities develop.

  • October 23, 2014 Tamara

    I had this funny notion before I had Scarlet that I hated the color pink and she’d never wear it.
    That lasted a week!
    Also, yesterday we walked into school together and we were BOTH wearing pink and red. It looked.. probably funny. Or sweet.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Aw, that’s adorable! I bet you looked sweet together.

  • October 23, 2014 Kimberly

    Swoon. You could dress her in a paper bag and she’d still melt my heart. Both of them. All of your army πŸ™‚
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      I think they’re pretty cute but I’m biased πŸ˜‰

  • October 23, 2014 Leslie

    Aww! They are precious! You can never have too many baby pictures. Aww, they are so peaceful.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      You’re right, no one ever complained about having too many baby pictures πŸ™‚

  • October 23, 2014 Clare

    Beautiful pictures Alison, how can you go wrong with this prompt! I don’t think you have failed at all, heck, look at these sweet twins, I think you have done the opposite. We are all enjoying TTLT, so that is a win in my opinion. x
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      I’m SO glad that there are people other than Greta and I doing TTLT πŸ™‚ Thank you for always playing along, Clare!

  • October 24, 2014 Lisa

    This was indeed the perfect prompt and they are sweet for sure!
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Lisa!

  • October 24, 2014 janice

    Can’t wait to witness those thousands of pictures!
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Janice!

  • October 24, 2014 Shell

    Love these pictures! Totally okay to have thousands of them!

    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Oh, but the storage issue! πŸ™‚

  • October 24, 2014 Tess

    What beauties! Perfect for little models for your memories.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Tessa!

  • October 24, 2014 Christine

    I don’t think that you can have too many of these photos and they are indeed sweet!
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Christine!

  • October 25, 2014 Robbie

    Such sweetness.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Robbie.

  • October 25, 2014 Jennie Goutet

    I will never get sick of those pictures (as I’ve said). And even before I read what you said, I was going to say that she looks SO feminine. She doesn’t even need the pink. Definitely looks like a girl, just as HE looks like a boy. πŸ™‚
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      It’s amazing, how GIRL she looks. I think I’m in awe because I’ve never had a baby girl before. πŸ™‚

  • October 26, 2014 Bev

    This really is the perfect prompt for you, and those pictures are SOOO sweet! Oh my goodness, the touching hands and head, so so sweet.
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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      I really love when they’re next to each other.

  • October 26, 2014 Greta

    Nothing better than bitty baby pictures. I knew you’d come through for me. πŸ˜‰ Sweet is DEFINITELY the right word for those babies.
    Greta recently wrote…Through The Lens Thursday: SweetMy Profile

    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      Well, you didn’t leave me much choice, hah! But seriously, thanks for reminding me to get back into it.

  • October 27, 2014 Chris Carter

    If you wanted to (stupid question) you could just post pictures of those loves for the next ten years as they grow up and nothing else…

    I’d be cool with that.

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    • October 27, 2014 Alison

      I might just do that! πŸ™‚

  • October 27, 2014 Kimberly

    There will never be enough pictures of them together! They are so adorable..and so sweet! πŸ˜‰
    (Now I need to jump back in to these prompts too!)
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    • October 28, 2014 Alison

      Thank you! Yes, please do! There are only 9 more weeks!

  • October 30, 2014 Elaine A.

    Oh, they are so precious! Girls can wear anything, it’s not so fair but it’s SUPER cute! πŸ˜€

    • October 30, 2014 Alison

      Girls clothes are definitely cuter!

  • November 2, 2014 Natalie

    I love all their photos where they are together….it is super sweet! πŸ™‚

    • November 2, 2014 Alison

      I love them too!

  • November 6, 2014 Rebecca

    You and I would’ve been the best of friends with dirty hands and playing rough. And yet look at that darling daughter of angelically feminine and beaming with cute baby syndrome. Your twins are so beautiful and sweet looking. They’re perfect!
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    • November 6, 2014 Alison

      She’s so girly, isn’t she? Le sigh.

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