What Happens in Vegas with 100+ Photogs Does Not Stay in Vegas!

Vegas packing

Memories from one year ago  (March 2015) – worthy of re-sharing.

Well I started to post this and then I read Sam Breach’s post on Google+ Vegas and can’t see through the damn tears.  Sam summed it up quite perfectly – click on the Vegas link to see her post.

My take on the weekend:


I have no room in my suitcase for my clothes.

My suitcase is overflowing already;
with new friends,
with new inspiration,
with new stories,
with new admiration,
with new thoughts,
with an amount of laughter that there is no word for,
with a new definition of the word Introvert,
with renewed appreciation,
with renewed friendships,
with new views,
with new aspirations,
with new memories,
and with just a few new photographs!

Overflowing with so much that there are just no ways of easily describing it.  I hope that each and every one of you, including those of you who couldn’t be physically in Vegas, take all of these things, all that you learned, saw, felt and discovered about each other and yourselves during this adventure and continue down this amazing path we’re all on together, continue to share and continue to fill your own suitcases with multitudes of all of these things!

I hope you can’t carry your suitcases because they are so freaking heavy with the amount of love that has been shared over the past 3 days, love that can’t be explained or contained.

BIG FAT HUGE HUGS (because quite obviously there were far too few of those) TO ALL OF YOU!!

What was this all about you ask?  For the last 4 years there has been a photography scavenger hunt over on Google+ (no, it’s not dead!) started by the incredible Chrysta Rae. It’s grown from 70 people to 500 people signing up within an hour when sign-ups are posted.  It’s grown into an amazing community and family of photographers who thrive on learning, growing, helping and teaching each other.  This is the first time in 4 years we met in person!  The words to describe the weekend are impossible to conjure up.  It’s indescribable to those who are not part of it. All I can do is offer up a few photos, link you to a few other blog posts from those who have also attempted to put this weekend of fun, family, friends and photography into words.  So, check out these to read more:  Nancy Levan posted this: Meeting My Tribe  & Jayme Spoolstra posted this: Aftershocks.

Go searching the hashtag #tgsmu15 on Google+ and Facebook – you’ll find wonderful scenery, gorgeous landscapes, sunrises, tons of fun portraits and many many laughs!!

I’ll likely share a few more posts with some image of the weekend just to give you a little taste of the places we visited!  (I still have images to go through and share!)


Help with my homework?

Art is not what you see Quote ©Lauri Novak Photography

I am taking an online Branding program and am working through what could be a possibility for me in the future.  For the sake of the program I am looking at offering online workshops, teaching and speaking to my offerings.

So, here is where you come in.  Think of it as helping someone’s kid with their science project!  🙂

All you have to do is answer 6 questions about your photography and learning.  In return, anyone who fills out the survey will be put into a drawing  for a 2016 Lauri Novak Photography Calendar!  3 people will receive calendars.  For everyone else who helps me out I will let you choose one of my images and send you the file to print as an 8×10 print!

Thank you in advance for your help!

Click here to fill out the survey:  http://goo.gl/forms/X8X4GLbDnh

Embarking on a New Adventure

I’ve finally decided it was time!

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I’ve finally decided it was time.  Time for me to pass on my secret to seeing.  Easy right? Not in the least.  For many years the one question I get asked over and over in my photography is “How did you see that?”  My explanation has mostly been, I don’t know, I just see things.   For years I’ve heard the Sixth Sense joke and question, do you see dead people?   I’ve never been ready to try to help others find their vision, to look at the world around them in a new and different way.  It’s one thing to exhibit in shows and art fairs to show viewers how I see the world, but how do you help other photographers see their worlds with new eyes?  Well, I’m ready now.

This Wednesday there will be sign ups for a free mentorship program (thanks to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers) over on Google+ (and no, it’s not dead).  It’s my turn to give back, pay it forward and help other photographers learn and grow their own capabilities.  I’m actually quite nervous but don’t tell anyone!  I’m great at helping people, cheering people on and being supportive, it remains to be seen if I’ll be great at sharing my vision and teaching others.

I will share my journey here as we go.  It’s a six week program, nothing overly technical (because…hello, it’s me!!)  but hopefully something to get the creativity flowing and motivate the participants to shoot images they may never have even noticed before.  So, stay tuned.  If you’re on Google+ (sorry, you need to be active and on G+ to participate) the sign ups will be Wednesday, March 9th around 7:00am CST on my profile, which you can find here:  Lauri Novak on Google+.

So, wish me luck!! I’m excited and a little overwhelmed so far already!  And scared…but this is how we grow right?  We push past all that and move forward!

P.S.  Speaking of embarking…oh that’s a whole other adventure post!

Photographers – Don’t Wait For Permission

Sharing from the photofocus blog – something that anyone pursuing any sort of passion or dream should read!

I was talking with a young photographer who I admire the other day, and I advised her to be bold – to move forward – and to do it now. Don’t wait for permission from someone else to tak…

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