Coming Soon – or WTH have I been?

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Yes, it’s been 2 months since I put anything here.  I apologize for that.  A two month hiatus of sorts.  Stay tuned though and I’ll direct you to my new online home very soon!  Hopefully you’ll continue to follow me there.

Lots of stories to tell, images to edit, and places to go yet.  Don’t leave me now!

Thanks for being patient!



Double Your Film Fun!

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Double your film fun with double exposure photography

A few weeks ago Bryan posted an article about personal projects for Out of Chicago and how important they are for us to learn, grow and have fun with our photography. I wanted to share a really fun and different project that involves collaborating with other photographers.

Film. Yes, film. It’s popular again, didn’t you know? All the kids are using it! Quite honestly I’ve never stopped shooting film, even after I got my DSLR six years ago. It keeps me in that back-to-basics, let’s not forget to slow down and think about what and why we are taking the images we are taking mode, which serves us well in our shooting in general.

A couple of years ago I was in an online photography project community working on assignments handed out by another photographer. It was fantastic. One day he posted a link to some images that he had shot with someone else, and by shot with someone else I mean literally, shot, rolled up the film, left enough film out so the second person could load it in their camera and shoot it again. We’re all familiar with double exposures right? This just takes that concept to a whole other level.

One film. Two photographers. Two subject matters. Two different views of the world. Two different geographic locations. The results can be magical, creepy, artistic and sometimes even unreal. He asked if anyone in the group wanted to give it a try, so I jumped at the chance. What a fun way to get the old AE-1 back out to play with.

Jake lives up near Seattle, camps and hikes the mountains and forests and is a wonderful photographer. He shot the roll first hoping that I would bring a bit of the city in my images, and I did. Betting on city images from me, Jake tried to show natural elements for his part of the images, focusing on the green forests near Seattle. For my part I had a little bit of theme in my head to use reflections as I thought that would add yet another dimension to the shots once combined.

This image is my favorite as I do not think it could have been planned any better. Jake’s son, my office blinds.Jake's Son Blinds

The Man made vs. Nature element in some of the images makes for an interesting juxtaposition.Conductor Forest

You can see the rest of the Jake/Lauri Seeing Double project images on my website.

This was so much fun that one of the other participants in our community and I also decided to give it a try. Kelly Richards is a photographer based in the Orlando area and shoots almost exclusively film. We decided that we wanted to shoot black and white and chose Ilford XP2 400 for our project. This time I shot the roll first — a few images were shot downtown Chicago and the rest are from the Sandwich Fair this past summer. Here’s a favorite:Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

The rest of the Kelly/Lauri film can be seen on my website as well.

The processing/developing can be done by anyone who still processes film. Jake develops his own, Kelly took hers to a local camera shop. There is nothing special that needs to be done other than to let whoever is doing the developing know that it’s a double exposure film. The funny thing is, sometimes the frames line up as in the Jake-Lauri roll and sometimes they don’t quite as you can see in the roll Kelly and I shot.

Jake has also done several other Seeing Double projects with people from all over the world.

This project was really fun and something completely different than your typical 365 and weekly themed type projects. You never know what you are going to get and the anticipation is exciting. In fact, I have a color roll in my camera now waiting to be finished up to send back down to Kelly for another go at this.

If you shoot film and want to give it a try contact me here, or leave a comment below and either I’ll shoot a roll with you or I’ll recruit one of my friends to do it again. If you do this on your own with another photographer, please post your results and let me know; I’d love to see and share the results!

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

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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:

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!

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