IMUPC is a Meetup photo club, organized to meet the needs of/and for all levels of photographers with all makes and models of cameras...from film, point & shoot, the most sophisticated of the DSLRs, and now the I Phone!!! This club exists to foster a platform for its members to learn and grow thru additional informal educational opportunities by sharing their knowledge and skills with other members. The club provides opportunities thru various meetings, photo shoots, taking part in local galleries, etc.. The club offers a fun monthly photo challenge for those members who want to take part. The club attempts to assist with a variety of community projects and services. Fun and a sense of good will are prime in all endeavors.
History: Over the past few years, since IMUPC was first conceived, it has strived to offer a variety of offerings and opportunities to its membership.
Most recently, we moved from our home at the "Attic" (2nd floor of the Carriage House a part of the Propylaeum) to its new location at the IU Health Building (950 N. Meridian). The Atrio Café has graciously offered us total gallery space in their dining area; and offered us use of their attached conference room, complete with projector and screen.
Parking will be across Illinois street in the Employee "Silver Lot". This lot is monitored for safety.
All meetings are on Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 pm and will be in the IU Health Atrio Conference Room (1st floor).
The 2nd Thursday of the month meeting is the only exception. On that evening, we meet at Grindstone Charlie's in Speedway. We relax in their back room and watch videos (while we eat)...followed with discussion. The videos are "Famous Photographers" or "History of Photography".
This restaurant is very accommodating and their food prices are quite reasonable.
Atrio: With recent changes in Security requirements, I will be changing this. I will be posting specifications here.
Indiana Landmarks: We will not be having a show at the Indiana Landmarks this year due to a high demand of space as a result of this being a Bi-Centennial Year. Next year, 2017, we will return to the Indiana Landmarks. A theme has not been chosen yet.
This is a great opportunity!
Dues: $20/year effective after a 30 day Trial period; and that becomes your renewal date. This is the same for single or family.
"Where does the dues $$ go?" and "How is this Meetup Group structured different from other photo clubs?"
Don't ask "Where does the dues $$ go?" please. Every once in a while, thank goodness not often, I am asked. I do not keep records as I have way, way, too much (an overwhelming amount) paper work now.
IMUPC is a Meetup group. It is not an organized for-profit or not-for-profit. Meetup groups were started in New York City, during the crisis of 9/11, when someone came up with the idea that folks who have like interests should get together to form support groups....support groups with folks who enjoy mutual interests (any type interest...the idea was that folks needed "friends", especially during difficult times of crisis like the 9/11, when so many people were left without family, friends, loved ones...with no one). If you notice the huge variety of meetup groups available, you'll have a better understanding.
Our mutual interest, our Meetup is about photography, and anything to do with this great hobby. Some in the group are simply looking for a good clean socially acceptable group of people with a fun thing like photography. Some are folks who like to take family pictures and nothing more. Some are "tinkerers or gadget gurus"; some are considering photography as a part or full-time business; and some are professionals who enjoy being around others who love this hobby and are more than willing to be there to assist and help with the many questions, as there are tons! All of these, regardless of the status, are considered equal...and "friends".
This meetup started about 8 or so years ago. It is my understanding that Gaynel Bryan, still a member, wanted to get some folks together on a routine basis to take pictures....flowers, butterflies, etc. So, she invited some friends...and those friends invited some friends, and word got out that there was a group that enjoyed going places, taking pictures, sharing their knowledge as they learned...and were becoming "friends"....consequently, the group grew. In March of 2011 I joined the group. At that time, Gaynel was tiring of the many demands being placed on the group because of the increased membership...and the demands of her 9-5 job. She was wanting to step out of the leadership role and become a regular member. She asked me (and others) if I'd take the role; me since I was showing so much interest...and there was no one else wanted to take that responsibility on... I didn't want to take it either, but I did in order to keep the club going; otherwise the club would have dissolved. With the help of a former member, David Bretzman, we grew the club! Dave was quite savvy with his computer, printer...and camera! I like to organize and network! So, we made a fairly good team...until Dave dropped out of the club a few years later. We ventured into more than the club's original goals...and into a number of opportunities made available....portraiture was high on the list.
Somewhere in the midst of this growth, Greg Mitchell and Bill Riggs joined the club and offered their services. That was a blessing straight from Heaven as Greg was a seasoned photographer with over 40 years experience, and who had taught photography at IUPUI. Bill was a seasoned photographer too, one who was great working with people (a "gentle Giant of a guy")...demonstrating and showing via educational "hands on". The club flourished and grew! That is, until Greg dropped out of the club and Bill passed away.
I had a lot of difficulty trying to get someone to fill those BIG shoes; some club members who had the knowledge and skill refused to step up to the plate, take on the responsibility, and help others. It was very hurtful. Then Stan Gurka, Kevin Kiley, Chris LeSesne, and Matt Corsaro of Focus On came to the rescue! Our group offered portraiture classes again...but Focus On is located in Carmel...and some members didn't want to make that travel, especially with the multitude of roundabouts (which I totally detest!). These guys have all kept touch and Focus On has an Open House once a month where we are all invited "Free".
As the year moves forward (remainder of 2016 and into 2017), we will offer some mini-classes at our downtown location...but will again make Focus On a special stop for our members. Those members wishing to pursue classes will be informed of those offered there at a special rate. Some of those from this group will also be attending our "Critiquing" class..."State Fair or Bust" to offer their years of expert advice for improvement. (Chris has since moved to North Carolina)...but we can still communicate with him.
Most recently...Phil Taylor, a former member who has recently rejoined, has come back with lots of great sports photography under his belt (and other types, but sports is his "baby"! He is a photography enthusiast...beyond! He explodes with enthusiasm! And, what is good for the members...he is more than anxious to teach others! (Another blessing from Heaven!)
Along with Phil, I've asked Jeff White, a computer guy who is very knowledgeable working with his camera and one who loves nature, animals, woodland settings, water and waterfalls, etc. to work with Phil... So the two will head up our "Photo Talk with Phil and Jeff" group. That group will include some video training, and lots of "hands on" for those who are really wanting that type education.
So...how does this Meetup club operate? We do not have voting committees (president, secretary/treasurer, etc.). Actually, as a Meetup organizer, I individually pay annual dues to the Meetup Headquarters to be able to utilize their site for my Meetup group...whether I have 1 or 2 members or 500 or more. I want to maintain the club in the same persona as I had originally imagined; therefore I choose to not have any type voting committees, but I appoint members who I believe have the same philosophy as myself to help me and the club with an assortment of duties and responsibilities.
Some folks want to "change our philosophy, and make us a more professional level club" as some of the other clubs in/around the county...but my vision is geared more toward helping the newbie, the hobbyist, the student...those who are struggling to learn this thing called photography, and open the door for them so that new found/learned knowledge can and will produce the results they want. I firmly believe in exposure and networking....and stretching beyond the bounds of one's own imagination. We may not be expert, but the scope of our efforts will cause us to venture beyond. There is a wealth out there for those willing, but some are too timid (at first) to move in that direction and need someone to help and guide them until they get a good foothold. That is a lot of what this club is all about...helping, sharing, teaching...being there for one another!
Over the years, we have been blessed with some wonderful folks helping, some have moved on and some are still with me. The volunteer offerings keep coming. So, we must be doing something right! I believe it is an innate desire toward helping one's fellow man... (in this case, with photography).
If you look at our list of Organizers for this year (2016), you will see some new names added, some dropped from last year, and some who've been on the list for several years. All this has to do with what's going on in the club, what's being offered, and who's willing to help. Tom McFarland has been on the Organizers' list for over 6 years. I hope he never tires as he does a fantastic job...and the Monthly Photo Challenge is one thing I believer everyone enjoys. I'm here to say, that would be a hard position to replace.
A new face you'll be seeing is Jay Bilunas. I've known Jay for over 5 years as he used to have a Meetup group called Indy Media Artists, where I was a member. Jay is a graphic artist, and with his personal business having picked up significantly this past year, he chose to drop his Meetup group. And...he joined us! Jay is coming on as my co-organizer as he's bringing a component to the club I wish I had....Adobe! Jay is very skilled in this area and uses their products daily with is work. He also has networking connections with various people in Adobe and other graphic establishments.
Photos into art (known as Photoartistry) is something I'd love for members of this group who have an interest to get into.
Larry Hangar stepped up to the plate this year to fill a void of the club's desire to learn Photoshop. This is probably the most difficult of the post-processing programs there is. He worked religiously and diligently with many newbies to help get them "started". Larry replaced Eric Scott Miller, who got married early this year and moved quite a distance south. Perhaps we'll see him at some events. Eric had been with us for several years! The group will continue with Photoshop, but in a less structured manner...and on occasion incorporate "other" post-processing programs and/or techniques. This will be accomplished thru a new concept I'm calling "Photoshop Roundtable".
Others on this list are event organizers; and there is a variety of ways they contribute;
Linda Rinehart is one of the most creative people I know. Her mind is on the go all the time! She has made special "Photo-Cookies" for the group and special occasions; and has come up with some very unique photo art "gifts". I plan to use Linda as we set for the 2017 exhibition at the Indiana Landmarks later.
Kristie Swift: Kristie is much more knowledgeable than most of us realize! She knows all about cameras and lens! She has worked both at Roberts downtown and also in a lab where fine glass lens were made. And...she is the "go to person" when it comes to Indiana State Fair Photo Competition. She has provided us with lots of information on getting involved...and been there to help those along who need it.
Rad Drew has offered I Phone classes, and notifies us of when others are going to be offered. I've taken many! He also lets us know when there are "free" offerings; and when he and his partner, Sally Wolfe, or his wife (Nancy Lee) offer travel classes (I'd love to do one of those someday!) Rad also offers other classes and personal instructing too.
Matt Corsaro, Stan Gurka, and Kevin Kiley are all instructors at Focus On Studio in Carmel. Stan is our representative for that group! They offer a variety of specialized studio type classes. I've taken several and offered some as special drawings for members on occasion. (If anyone is planning a trip to Ecuador, Kevin goes back/forth between here and there and has a studio set up in "old Ecuador"). That group has offered tons of information and advice; they've worked with me/us re use of their studio and let us know when they have monthly "Open Houses" there where you can go and shoot or network "for free". Their classes are excellent ones...(you need to attend some! I have!)
Tom Stephens presented on Astrophotography for our Christmas Party...December 2014. He tapped on a lost interest for some...me...and I joined the Indianapolis Astronomical group. If you're interested, please let me know. Tom also has arranged for numerous Nature trips for us this year. He and his wife Carol are retires from Lilly's and have a world of interests. They travel to exotic locations and enjoy both astrophotography and water photography. Earlier this year they took members who wanted to go (me) out on their pontoon on Geist Reservoir. I've sailed all over the reservoir, but this time we went to a more remote area where the waters were teaming with all types of birds and water fowl. I was totally impressed!!!
Sundaresh: I can't say enough good things about Sundaresh, as he also is one of my best friends! First, he is an IT guy; but that's not all. He is a super good photographer, although he will say he isn't. Ask to see some of his soccer pictures!!! He has led the Camera Basics classes for several years...and this year, I'm hoping to have him lead some "Senior Shots". Again...I can't say enough good things... He loves Sub-Zero ice cream and will drive all the way down town just for that; and he is willing to work on my computer at 11 pm...or later! Now how many people will do that???
So...you have all these folks doing all this, "What does Carol do?" This is another "don't ask". I guess you could say I'm an organizer and facilitator. I do almost all the "behind the scenes" work, I work at getting people lined up to do what needs to be done; places for us to exhibit, etc., etc., etc....and I network a LOT!
I work hard at trying to provide you with a wide array of opportunities, experiences, networking, education, challenges, ...and friendships all associated with photography. I do this for my love of art and photography, but probably more so for my own personal reasons that has nothing to do with photography or money. Having been a heavy-duty volunteer all my life and having been very closely tied to my church and pastor friends over the years, along with the fact my work-choice has been in the healthcare field, along with some legal background, I know the extreme importance of being around people you enjoy being around and doing things you truly love. So exchange the words "people" with "you" and "things" with "art and photography".. There, you got it!
Do those who offer their time get paid? How I wish I could offer that, but can't. I have several members who are quite skilled and knowledgeable and offer their expertise and time...as volunteers...to help make this group run successfully. Neither can I or you afford to pay their valued salary. I offer them free membership, which is a pittance compared to their worth. With their help, putting this all together in some form of organized structure, takes an untold amount of time...and you guessed it...more money than dues could ever begin to cover.
So....back to the beginning question of "Where does the dues money go?"
If you surmize that I'm getting rich (believe me, I've had a few in the club who actually thought that...honest!), please know, that the amount I receive from dues is a mere drop in the bucket compared to what I am pulling out of my own pocket. So...I ask you, "Please do not ask me that question.." Examples of costs: Projector, laptop, tables/chairs, food, studio portrait equipment, backdrops, occasional food with plates, water, soft drinks, videos, books, Christmas gifts, flash drives, cards for some's cameras, easels, picture frames, matts, tape, markers, and the list goes on and on. And, some speakers are free, some expect a gratuity. Some locations where we have photo shoots are free, some cost (I don't always pay these...but do on occasion). Last year I gave away some classes for FocusOn Studio and even paid for us to have several evenings there to practice. When we have our shows at the Indiana Landmarks...I've paid double to have extra nice hors d'oeuvres to make the evening special for you and your friends and family. As you can imagine...just preparing al this, takes an untold amount of time and effort and stick-to-itiveness. I don't get paid for that... It's all volunteer. So, if/when I hear "Where does my dues go?", don't be surprised if I get a bit out of sorts!
I lowered the dues this year to $20 from what I felt was still a small amount at $30....because it hurt deeply last year when I had a dear friend (x-friend now) at the time ask that question. My goal is not to make money off our members... My goal is to provide all of you with the opportunities I spoke of above...and I hope to somehow and in someway, repay you in an amount much greater than any you have given to help support this club. The goal is to get involved, and help yourself by helping others...
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1. The Organizer is the owner of this Meetup group, called "Indy Meetup Photo Club", also "IMUPC", and the one who establishes and presents the philosophy and direction of the club, the MISSION STATEMENT.
2. All leadership positions are appointments made by the Organizer.
3. Members, especially those in leadership positions, are expected to be knowledgeable of the Mission Statement and actively support it.
4. All members, regardless of type, amount of equipment, or experience or knowledge, will be treated equally and fairly. There will be no exceptions to this.
5. Integrity of the club will be maintained. Obscenity, offensive language, intimidation, snide, sarcastic, hurtful and/or derogatory comments, and/or inappropriate behavior either at or against the club, the leadership, or any of its members will not be tolerated. Those members may be removed from the membership, and it will be at the sole discretion of the organizer as to any future action toward those members.
6. IMUPC will not host or be associated with photos that hint or imply inappropriate or indecency.
7. Boudoir photography can be beautiful; it can enhance gracefulness and charm; and by many considered an artful credit; but to others it's considered quite offensive, especially if taken too far. Since it borders on the fence; this club will not permit boudoir photography as a part of any of the club's agendas or on any of its associated websites. Concurrently, if a member has a link posted to/for their own website, and that site contains such, that site neither may be permitted. This club makes no judgments toward anyone wanting to pursue that area of photography...just not in this club setting.
8. Guest speakers are invited to attend educational meetings based on anticipated wants/needs of the membership. Respect and full attention is always an expectation of members. Any member who is disruptive may subject himself for dismissal either from the meeting(s) or from the club.
9. Members who step-up to lead an event are more than appreciated and given full authority for the event as long as their plans are presented to the organizer and approved.
10. Once given authority, members who sign up to assist the event host, must follow the direction of the event host.
11. Captions must accompany all pictures uploaded with exception of rules for the Monthly Photo Challenge - otherwise photos may be deleted.
12. Dues have been changed to $20/year and will remain as such unless it is felt they need to return to the $30 level.
13. To participate in any meetings, photo shoots, etc., dues must be paid, unless in the pre-membership Trial (30 days). This is only fairness to those who faithfully pay dues.
14. Members who bring guests, are responsible for that person and their conduct. Age limit is 13 yo and older.
15. All cell phones, laptops, notebooks, I-Pads or any other electronic devices must be turned off and put away during meetings Use of these during a meeting, show disrespect and the person(s) involved will be asked to leave. Anyone may subject himself to dismissal from the club by continuing use.
16. Leadership members are expected to attend and take part in the Annual Gallery Show.
17. Mission and purpose of this group/club is to provide support thru a friendly and sharing atmosphere. Planned profiting or exploitation of the club or its membership will not be tolerated.
As the organizer of this fabulous group, I wish to thank everyone and every contribution, sacrifice, and effort made toward making and improving its growth and health. THANK YOU!!!!
OUR MOTTO: "Helping Yourself by Helping Others"
$20/pers 3 hr studio min of 8 pers (M-F). Invites to monthly Open House!
2 Creative Cloud subscriptions/year + for organizer and co-organizer
25% discount on all photography books published by Focal Press.
INTUOS Creative Pen & Touch Tablet (as giveaway and free tutorials)
Educational offerings to Organizer and Co-Organizer for presentations
Free educational material, plus discounts (% varies)
Discounts on Educational Videos
Free space for class and special rates for practice time.