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:

NO ROOM!

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!)

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Author: Lauri Novak Photography

I have been taking photos ever since I received my first Kodak X-15 Instamatic Camera at the age of 10. In grade school, my best friend's father was a photographer, we got to "play" with cameras and in the darkroom. With camera in hand I was fortunate growing up to have traveled around the US more than most at an early age. Traveling gave me an appreciation for the world around me. I started seeing in a different way, different perspective and appreciating what I saw. As I got older I had the opportunity to travel a little bit overseas which opened up my eyes to other cultures and even more ways of seeing the world. Capturing these views and perspectives on film at first and now digital and sharing them is my passion. I am finally pursuing this passion and as they say - if you love what you do and do what you love you'll never work a day in your life. I see the world in photographs and love that my photography helps others to see the world around them in a new and different way.

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