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About The Project

The 5 Minute Project is curated by Dana Pugh and began as a personal project on her family blog Pughville. On this blog, she invites 7 regulars  to play along and document 5 minutes in their own lives. This can be done in video, stills, audio, iPhone…but, however it is done, the documenting can only occur for a 5 minute timeframe. The editing and presentation of the final project is left entirely up to it’s author.

To participate, you can simply document 5 minutes of your life. The spirit of this project is keep it unplanned, unstaged, just 5 ordinary minutes. Of course, 5 minutes can be extraordinary, too, but I want to see the beauty in the mundane not 5 minutes of a portrait sitting. With that in mind, send the best of what you get in 5 minutes to the email address with the subject ‘submission’. Include web sized images at 725px wide 72dpi free of watermarks (jpegs only please). Include the link you would like us to link to should we choose your work (website/blog/facebook/instagram). The very best of the submissions will be featured periodically(there is no schedule for this). For the best chance at being chosen, make sure to choose only your best images from the 5 minutes and size them properly.

I have decided to add a new type of project for 2015. This year, we will include the idea that 5 minutes is a short and sweet creative project. So…the result might be one image. It might be a collaboration. It might be a combination of creative and collaboration…the new (and amazing group) for 2015 will work that out as we go along.

This started out as a sort of ‘whim’ for me, but has turned into something so much more than that so quickly. Thank you all for following along. You can also find us on Facebook (link on the side) and instagram as ‘the5minuteproject’.

~ Dana





CharlaAugust 21, 2013 - 2:17 am

LOVE this idea. So cool. I wanna play….:)

Holly SchniderAugust 21, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Love this idea! I’ll play :)

Sherene SchmidtlerAugust 21, 2013 - 4:52 pm

This is a billiant idea! I would love to play along!

adminAugust 21, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Yay! Please fill out the contact form so I can be sure that you aren’t missed. It may take awhile, but I promise to get to everyone who emails me(or at least try–I’m a little surprised by the response).

Melissa ChapmanAugust 21, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Hi Dana!! I love love love this idea and would love to play along!!

StephscadeAugust 21, 2013 - 6:25 pm

What a lovely idea! I’d love to be a part of this.

Jackie HutchinsonAugust 21, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Thanks for getting the wheels tutning Dana, I too love this idea!

Carolyn BrandtAugust 26, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Hi Dana!

I would LOVE to participate in this project!!

Thank you!

Jill MarzionAugust 27, 2013 - 2:21 pm

I’d love info on the 5 min project!!! thx!!!

adminAugust 27, 2013 - 2:37 pm

the best thing to do is fill out the contact form — it’s the link called ‘drop me a note’ 😉

JenniferSeptember 15, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Hey Dana – would like to submit a session for the five minute project. Not sure of the next steps and the format you are looking for?

Hope all is well :)


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Lacy ArbaughJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:17 am

Love this idea. Very talented photographers.

Group OfEightJanuary 13, 2014 - 11:19 am

We also take submissions for Fridays! So, you can play along.

JennyJanuary 14, 2014 - 5:12 am

ohhh how awesome is this project! <3 love it!!!
I wanna submit a session 😀 yay*

Carol BonaniJanuary 20, 2014 - 11:42 am

Hi Dana! Hope you’re great!

What a awesome project. I’m in love with it. Great idea.
The pics are just gorgeous.

I’d like to join the project with some photos I’ve made of my stepdaughter and my niece on a sunday morning.
You can find those pics at this link:

Thanks a lot,

RebeccaJanuary 21, 2014 - 10:25 am

Wow. Dana! I loved reading what you wrote about everyone. And YES…please come visit. It would be a dream come true to meet you in person, never mind have you photograph my family up at the island. Big love. XO

DraeFebruary 2, 2014 - 10:40 am

I love what you are doing and what an amazing group of contributors! Just found out about this from Jenny Solar and I’m so excited to follow along!

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Marisa McBrideJanuary 4, 2015 - 9:17 am

I was just reading my Click Magazine and read the article on “Got 5 Minutes” and it reminded me of exactly how I have been feeling… too busy to stop and photograph the people that mean the most to me…the people that got me into this obsession of photography…my loves, my life!! So, here I am!! Thanks for the inspiration! I am your new biggest fan!

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