March 2022 Meeting: Seeing The World Around You with Lauri Novak

We invite all 2022 members of the Sierra Club Photo Section to our March 2022 Zoom online meeting with Lauri Novak and her presentation “Seeing the World Around You”. Lauri will talk about how slowing down and seeing the world around you can help you create better images. Meeting date and time are at the end of this invitation. Please continue reading if you’re interested.

About Lauri

Lauri Novak is an award-winning fine art photographer, mentor and author based outside of Chicago. She has an eye for photographing architecture, likes traveling as much as possible and just wandering in nature with her camera.

Having grown up within an hour of one of the most architecturally rich cities sparked an interest in architecture early in her life that has been a recurring theme in her work over the years. The camera was ever-present in her life growing up in one form or another, including the many family vacation photos that were taken by her mother. Lauri received her first camera when she was a child. Since then the world has opened up to her through her view-finder and has brought into focus many of the details in life that are often overlooked.

Traveling was also a big part of her life. Her family went somewhere new every year which allowed Lauri to see different parts of the country, different cities and landscapes across the United States. This opened up so many opportunities for photographs and the wandering spirit which is part of who she is to this day. On her own, she traveled overseas and discovered different cultures, amazing historical architecture and the incredible beauty that is everywhere in this world. All the while capturing what she saw with her camera.

One of the questions Lauri is asked most often both by viewers of her work and other photographers is, “How did you see that?” She works hard to show different perspectives, unique angles and the everyday details of a wide variety of subjects.

Her work has been featured in Our USA Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Kane County Chronicle and on WGN-TV. She has had images in several galleries in Chicago and as part of an international exhibition in Barcelona.

Lauri also has a passion for helping others, offers mentorships and photo tours at She also shares her inspiration and motivational tips for photographers as an author at You can see more of her work at and as @LauriNovakPhoto on social media.


Here are a few example photos from Lauri’s talk. You can find much more of her work on her website, linked above!


After the main presentation, we’ll take a short break before we continue with our MemberShare.

Photos don’t have to be recent. SEND YOUR BEST PHOTOGRAPHS. For example, create a small series of five favorite images or a project, and share with others what your photographic interests are about.

Here’s a quick reminder of the guidelines and procedure:

To submit your images, simply click this button:


If you need help or if there’s anything unclear about this procedure, the Dropbox help article on file requests contains everything you need to know.

NOTE: Your photos are only shown during MemberShare and will be deleted afterwards. We do not keep copies. There is no need to watermark your photos. If you feel that you must add a logo or other overlay, please keep it small and unobtrusive.

When the MemberShare is especially popular, we may have to reduce the amount of images from each member. If that happens we will announce it before MemberShare begins, and hope for your understanding.

Meeting Date & Time

The Zoom link to join the meeting will be sent to members a few days ahead of the meeting, via our mailing list. If you never used Zoom before, you can download the client software here.

  • Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
  • Time: 1.45 PM opening of meeting (please join early if you never used Zoom before!)
    2 PM start of meeting and main presentation
  • More information about our online meetings is here: Online Meetings

See you at the meeting!

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