5 Minute Project

5 Minute Project | Little Lamb Photography

A few months ago I came across a website called 5 Minute Project.  It simply challenges photographers to document five minutes of our lives.  That’s it.  The idea behind it is to show, “the beauty in the mundane”.  What a brilliant concept.  I had to try it out.  Let me tell you, documenting just five minutes and getting great shots in that small window of time is harder than I thought it would be.  I had the idea mulling in my head that I had wanted to try this five minute project out myself.  Finally, one day I literally just jumped at the chance.

Story behind the Shoot

We had just gotten home from spending the weekend at my parents’ house.  While there, I had picked up a couple of last minute things for my daughter’s Halloween costume at the dollar store.  I also bought a blue umbrella for my daughter.  First, blue is her favourite colour.  Also, she’s almost four and has wanted her very own umbrella for quite a while, since I won’t let her play with my umbrellas (because I know she’ll destroy them).  I figured, why not get her an umbrella for a buck.  If she breaks it, it only cost me a dollar.

Back to the story.  We had just gotten back from driving for 4.5 hours and the sun was starting to set.  I looked out the window and saw the GORGEOUS golden autumn light.  I immediately thought to try out this 5 minute shooting session, so I told my daughter to put her coat on and grab her umbrella because we were going out for a walk.  She was beyond thrilled to use her brand new umbrella.   Although it had been raining while we were driving home from my parents’ house, it was no longer raining, but that didn’t matter to us.  My daughter was happy to have her brand new blue umbrella and I was happy to be able to shoot without getting wet.

It’s Tough Photographing My Daughter

My daughter is at a stage where she refuses to pose for me.  As soon as she sees any sort of recording device, she’ll turn her head in the opposite direction just to avoid having her photo taken.  Thus, I just let her wander around and be her silly, curious self.  Of course, there were a couple of times that I called to her to at least look over my way.  However, most of it was just letting her do her own thing.

I actually took some other lovely photos, but to stay within the essence of the 5 Minute Project, I only included shots that fell in the range of being shot within a five minute time frame.  I hope that you’ll enjoy these photos.  They’re now one of my favourite photo shoots that I have taken of my daughter (and I have taken A LOT!).

You can check out 5 Minute Project’s website for some other photos that show the beauty of the mundane.

If you would like a very casual portrait session like this, I would love to shoot your child’s portraits.  However, I do also shoot more posed portraits as well.  I try to combine both candid and posed in each photo session.  Contact me today to book your photo session.


Some other places my photography of my daughter has been featured are on:

  • Life + Lens
  • Kara’s Party Ideas
  • Your Theme Party
  • The Party Wagon

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10 Responses to “5 Minute Project”

  1. Diana Elizabeth

    Your daughter is precious! I need to do this challenge, although I do worry my desk, home and life look messy at times, but maybe this will help me search for the beauty in the mundane.

    • Black Lamb Photography

      Thanks so much. I really had fun doing that challenge. Trying to pull off a 5-minute session of everyday life is such a great concept. I want to challenge myself more and try it more often.

  2. Kelsey

    How cute is your daughters hat? I love this!

    • Black Lamb Photography

      I know, right? I like finding cute things for my daughter to wear (and model for my mini photo shoots with her.) Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Sally Sosler

    What a great project and your daughter is adorable!!

  4. Cynthia

    Love this project and the fun you captured with your daughter!

    • Black Lamb Photography

      Thanks so much Cynthia. You should try to do a 5 minute session too. It was awesome and challenging at the same time. 🙂