Through The Lens Thursday: New


Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project (now in its second year), 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 New.

I have a newly turned 5 year old. FIVE. One whole hand! How did that happen?

5 years old

I don’t know what five holds for us yet, but I know you’ve come a long way from three to four, and throughout four.

My dear boy. What giant leaps you took this past 12 months. More than the inches you grew, the words you’ve gained, the skills you’ve acquired, and the new siblings you’ve embraced – you have taken big steps towards becoming the person you are meant to be. 

You are kind and helpful;  affectionate and unfailingly polite. You are playful and fun; loving words and all it entails (which makes your writer mother a happy girl). You read and spell some words, which is SO awesome. You love taking pictures and have mastered the selfie (omigosh). 

5 years old 2

You can also be a giant pain the ass. But you wouldn’t be a kid if you weren’t. 

I think this year, you will come into your own more. You will take bigger, more confident strides towards six. I can’t stop the growing up, so I will learn to embrace all the milestones you continue to reach. 

Happy Five, my firstborn. The one who made me a mother, who taught me that I know nothing, who took the first piece of my heart out and gave me back more. 

5 years old 3

I love you to the moon and back and beyond.

Next week’s prompt is Colorful.

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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  • January 1, 2015 janice

    I love the photos, his personality shines through so much!
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  • January 1, 2015 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    Happy Birthday to your 5-year-old! It is such a fun and interesting age. My daughter turns 9 in a few weeks and I still remember her inquisitiveness at 5.
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  • January 1, 2015 Greta

    Oh my gosh. I love these pictures. You seem to have captured him perfectly!

  • January 2, 2015 Rivki Silver

    So sweet! Happy Birthday little guy and Happy Mommyversary to you Alison! I can see a lot of you in him.
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  • January 2, 2015 Kerstin Auer

    I hope he had a fantastic birhtday! My son grew 4″ last summer – and is now taller than me. I have no idea how all this happened.
    Excited to follow you and Greta through a new year of pictures. Happy New Year, my friend. xoxox
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  • January 2, 2015 My Inner Chick

    OMY Gosh,
    that kid is going to be a HEART-Breaker!! xxxx
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  • January 2, 2015 Janice Trinh

    Happy Birthday, big guy! Love that black and white one – the feeling is so…vibrant!
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  • January 2, 2015 Christy

    Happy Birthday to your oldest and happy anniversary to you on becoming a mother! These are such great portraits, and what a lovely tribute to him.
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  • January 3, 2015 Tamara

    Aww.. he’s so gorgeous.
    My five-year-old is a pain in the ass too! I suppose she wouldn’t be a kid otherwise, as you said.
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  • January 3, 2015 Natalie

    He’s SOO big looking in these photos! Happy birthday sweet boy!
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  • January 4, 2015 Maureen

    He is so handsome, Alison! 😀 Happy big 5, buddy!

  • January 6, 2015 Susi

    What fabulous pictures. He’s so handsome that big boy of yours. 🙂
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  • January 16, 2015 Rebecca

    I love this post so much. I know I say that about everything you write but I mean it each time. He is so beautiful and I love the way you celebrated him in your words.
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