5 Minutes with Sophia \ Oak Park, IL Lifestyle Photographer

Why should I do a 5 minute project? You may ask yourself that question, as if you need to add on anything else to your already busy day. As a Mother of 4, I get it! My days are exauhsting, and relentless at the moment. It seems as if, the minute I finish 1 project there are 20 more waiting for me. Like say, the countless scrapbooks that haven’t been completed since my oldest was a newborn. She’s almost 9 people! I am not perfect, and God didn’t intend for me to be, so this is ok for me. So again you ask, why take on a 5 minute project. Here is my answer, and the ecouragement it has given me along the way.

At the beginning of this year I came across a blog, featuring a 5 minute Project.  During this time, everyone is posting their plans for doing a 365 day project, which I fail at miserably so I don’t even go there anymore :). However, the idea of just taking 5 minutes of my time, to stop and just take in the moment and document my child, was a breath of fresh air for me. Please note, I don’t do this everyday, hence the reason a 365 is a horrible idea for me. My goal is to at least do it once a week, and when the moment calls for it. My Free Spirited soul has taken such solace in knowing that I can do this, when the time calls for it. Schedules freak me out, so this speaks to me on so many levels.

I did fret that this was maybe not the time to be taking on more, but I am so glad I did. Sometimes, as Photographers we are burnt out from the endless hours of editing we have on our plates. Many times this burn out, cause me to retreat from my camera!  Keeping this project in my mind, has encouraged me to keep the camera near, and pick it up when I am inspired to do so. I am in no means a slave to it, and that is freeing as well.

What I have found so far in this journey, is my joy for Photography again. My passion is ignited, and I am reminded again of why I started this road in the first place. How many of us, started this trying to just take better pictures of our Children, but found oursevles suddenly starting a business? The Business can sometimes drain us, and hinder our ability to remember the reason we began. Taking on a project, whether it be a 5 minute one or not, helps you to shoot what you love, find the joy in Photography again, and maybe if you are still searching, it can help you find your voice.

I want to encourage you Today, to start documenting the important things again. Take 5 minutes and record life!


Take Care


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5 Minute Project! {Chicago, IL Lifestyle Photography}

I came across a post about doing a 5 minute project with your kids. I was so intrigued by this that I decided to give it a shot. Well I have to say I am so in Love with this project. I am currently focusing on my youngest son Micah, but will branch out to focus on the others as well. Often times, I don’t photograph them enough, and this gives me the motivation to do it.

Also, I don’t need to do this everyday, which is perfect for my busy Life, and it really forces me to slow down. I highly encourage others to do the same. Even your Iphone would work perfect for this. Don’t worry about the perfect setting, just shoot as it is occurring :).

Hope you can join in, if so please leave a link in the comments so that I may follow along. Any Photographers willing to join along with me and post about it every Tuesday? Email me at jamillayipp@hotmail.com, and I will blog your links with mine 🙂

Hugs, Take Care 🙂


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Wednesday Tutorial {Show me the Light!} Oak Park, Chicago, IL Lifestyle Newborn and Family Photographer

So excited about bringing back my Tutorials on the blog. I will be posting Photography tips every Wednesday, whether they relate to your dslr or even just your Iphone. I would love for you to follow along in the series. Please hit subscribe to be alerted to my newest blog posts.

Also, if you want to dive deeper into learning how to use your dslr, and finally get it into Manual, my ClickSnaps are perfect for this. I am currently running these as 1 on 1 sessions, to devote time to helping you learn your camera. These are now offered online or in person 🙂

Today’s Tip is Focusing on one of my favorite aspects of Photography. Seeing the Light! One of the most important things to learn about taking a picture is that Light is everything! A painter paints with a paint brush. Photographers, we paint with light. Light can bring joy or darkness into a photo. Light can highlight, or shadow important things. Most importantly, Light can take an ordinary scene and make it extraordinary!

A lot of times I will walk into In Home sessions, and the first thing I hear is “My Home doesn’t have a lot of light” Sometimes, that really is the case, and trust me you have to have no windows, basement ceilings, or walls blocking you. However, even in dungeons there is usually at least one source of Light. The trick is that you must learn to recognize and see it.

I took a quick series of Photos with my uncooperative Model to show this.

In the First scene, I took a quick snap as most of us would do. This is the inner hallway leading from my front door into my Home Studio. In the picture the background is nice and light, but there is absolutely no light coming in the hallway at the moment.

One simple quick fix you can do, would be to simply open the door. Lucky for us, there is another door in the hallway so he isn’t blasted with cold air upon opening the door.

However, there is another option available as well. Remember in the first picture that wall of light coming from the Studio behind him? It actually makes a great source of light when you turn him facing towards it. It is like shooting in open shade! Light equals Life in your photos.

(Forgive the mess of a house in the background, remember I have 4 kids!!! 🙂 )


For a more dramatic look, I simply had him move in little more into the light, causing a harsher light to hit him. When metering this light it then darkens the background, hiding my mess for good ;)!

These tips are even useful with taking photos with your Iphone. Remember the Light makes the photo. Turn the Flash off your Iphone, and make sure there is light on your subject.

Happy Shooting! Come back next Wednesday for another Tutorial.

Hugs Jamilla

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