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Meredith

My Own 2 Cents...


For anyone that somehow may not have heard, Indiana recently signed into law SB 101.

These are sad days for Indiana and a very difficult time for the majority of Hoosiers that call Indiana home every day.  This new law has been weighing heavily on me for many reasons:

1. The obvious...Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. Religion has no business in public businesses.  It sets us back over a hundred years in terms of social progress.

I think most small business owners would agree that we have enough crap to deal with on a day-to-day basis, that the last thing we need is our out-of-touch law makers making it more difficult for us to attract customers, retain talent and give people a reason to NOT want to do business with us.

2.  This law has caused upheaval in our workplace and it makes me very sad.

3. Our business has always been open to everyone, that has never been an issue.  We welcome all customers, employees, vendors and visitors!  Now, we have to make sure that something that we have always done, which is extend a warm welcome to everyone, is publicized? Anyone should feel comfortable walking into any establishment and I am frustrated that this law is taking that sense of security and comfort away from our residents.

 

I am very much of the mentality that business and politics don't mix well.

I hesitated posting anything regarding this new law because 1. our policies do not change - we have always welcomed everyone with open arms and 2. I don't feel the need to isolate any of our customers or employees.  I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion and their own views and I respect that.  If we start hating and persecuting each other for what each of us believe, we are no better than this legislation.  This country was founded on the fact that everyone can have different views and co-exist in the same place.  I still believe that is what makes our country great.

For anyone that is concerned or thinking twice about doing business with "Indiana," I would ask you to remember these things:
1. The policies of our lawmakers do not always reflect the views and beliefs of it's citizens

2. Indiana is made up of wonderful, hard working individuals that are just as upset as most of you.  We are a state of hoosier hospitality and acceptance, regardless of our legislation.  We are a state of great businesses and caring people.

3. I am expressing my personal views here...because again, I don't like to mix business and politics.  So if you are mad about it, please yell at me directly.  But, please know that Roberts is open to every single Hoosier, and American and person.  We welcome your business and friendship and we are just as sad as you that this is something we have to make a separate point about when it should be common knowledge.

We will continue to do things the same as we always have, which is extend the warmest welcome to everyone! We stand with all the other businesses who openly and willingly serve everyone!



Meredith

Local Photographer Spotlight with Katelin Kinney!


Roberts Local Photographer Spotlight: Katelin Kinney

seed of a soul
Here at Roberts, we are kicking off a new “thing” that we are calling our ‘Local Photographer Spotlight.’ It’s not a contest per se, and right now we are keeping it local to Indiana, but down the road we do hope to expand our reach! We are lucky enough to see a lot of amazing work from our customers and we rarely get the opportunity to talk about it, so, here it goes! We are starting our first ‘Local Photographer Spotlight’ with a wonderful young woman named Katelin Kinney.
Katelin first caught our eye because we couldn’t stop staring at her beautiful and unique work that she would upload to our Roberts Flickr page! Once we dug a little deeper…we were blown away to find out that she is just out of school and has only been at this semi-professionally since 2012! In only a few years, she has put together a stunning and creative photography portfolio. We were so excited to sit down with Katelin to talk with her about her images, what inspires her and how she is using Indiana as her home base! We think you will be as impressed as we were.

1Q. Okay, Katelin - I know this probably seems basic…but we want to start with the old faithful: What is your go-to camera gear for your shoots?
1A. It may sound surprising, but I don’t really carry a lot of gear. My focus is surreal portraiture, so it doesn’t require a lot of macro or zoom work. I have a Canon 5D Mark II and the kit lens that came with it, a 24-105mm. That is really the only lens that I use on a day-to-day basis.  I do make a big deal out of my tripods though because I am very rough on my tripods – I am actually on my third. My tripod is key because most of my images are composed outside and involve a lot of compositing work.  I currently have a Promaster 7100.
My lighting gear is big for me as well because I am very into studio and commercial lighting set ups. I get the most use for my main fill out of my Flashpoint gear and for far away lighting, I utilize my slave lights. Lighting was one of the hardest things for me to learn, and I spent a lot of extra time when I was at Herron focusing on this. My professor at Herron, Stephan, was amazing and so patient and spent a lot of extra time on the weekends and after classes to help me fully understand how studio lighting works.
I also have a Lowepro backpack (DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AW) that I could not live without. I just got it this past Christmas from my boyfriend, and it has changed my life! I spend a lot of time exploring woods and abandoned buildings when I am scouting locations, and this bag fits everything and protects it! Like I said – I am very rough on my gear! This thing has so many pockets and compartments that I literally just found a new one today….3 months after having it!
Remote triggers are also big for what I do and the type of images that I am looking to capture.

2Q. I guess we already kind of covered this, but do you have a favorite go-to lens for your work?
2A. Yes, my Canon 24-105mm is really my go-to lens and I haven’t found much that I cannot shoot with that lens. I have dabbled in some wedding work and if I ever go this route again, I know I will need to find a good zoom lens!

3Q. What has been your career path thus far? I’m sure many young photographers starting out would love to know how you built such a great portfolio so quickly.
3A. When I got out of school, I started going around to small businesses and asking them if I could do work for them for free. I told them if they liked it, they could keep it to utilize for their advertising as long as they were okay with me putting it in my portfolio. The Garfield Park Conservatory was the first one that said ‘yes’. They really liked the work that I put together for them and I think they still use some of it today! I also did some work for the Flying Cupcake, and that was a great learning experience because they did not like the work that I did. That was a good eye opener for me and made me realize what I was up against in the commercial photography world and how I could better understand what clients were looking for. I also started an internship with a small boutique called LuckyB in Broad Ripple. I was doing studio work for their e-commerce platform. This was a great learning experience as well because I was able to build my portfolio, but I also, for the first time, got to experience what it was really like to do the job of just the photographer! I was working with models and make-up artists and designers, and I realized that I could not control everything and that was a little bit hard for me!
Being proactive and going out and talking to people and getting my work out and receiving real life experience was key in terms of me getting real clients shortly there-after.

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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: "Free" Nikon D3000's/5000's and 7000's class


If you purchased your Nikon D3200/D3300/D5100/D5200 or D7100 begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to use it. Free to anyone who purchased a Nikon D3100/D3200/D5100/D5200 or D7100 from Roberts. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:April 23rd, 2015 - April 23rd, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Carmel Store
12761 Old Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography - Downtown


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:April 4th, 2015 - April 25th, 2015
Times:10am - 12pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: "Free" Canon Rebel camera class


If you purchased your Canon Rebel begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to us it. Free to anyone who purchased a Canon Rebel. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:April 16th, 2015 - April 16th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Carmel Store
12761 Old Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography class - Greenwood


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:April 1st, 2015 - April 22nd, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Strange Brew Coffee house -Greenwood
4800 W. Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Anthony Alexander: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography class - Carmel


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByAnthony Alexander
Cost:$125
When:April 1st, 2015 - April 22nd, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Earth Fare Market
1392 S. Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography class - Broad Ripple


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:April 6th, 2015 - April 27th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Dunkin Doughnuts - 86th Street
1216 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 Week Fundamentals of Photography - Brownsburg


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a bad four letter word! It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:April 7th, 2015 - April 28th, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Starbucks Brownsburg
1085 N. Green Street
Brownsburg, IN 46112
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: "Free" Nikon D3200/D3300/D5100/D5200/D5300 or D7100 Camera class


If you purchased your Nikon D3200/D3300/D5100/D5200/D5300 or D7100 begin the process of learning how to use the camera to its fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to use it. This class is FREE to anyone who purchased a Nikon D3100/D3200/D5100/D5200/D5300 or D7100 from Roberts. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:March 23rd, 2015 - March 23rd, 2015
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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