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#TetherStudioDay Brings Creative Talent to Local Businesses

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On June 25th, 2018, Tether held #TetherStudioDay, a one-day event that served local non-profits and underfunded entrepreneurs. We wanted to give them easy access to professional photography and give the #TetherCincyFam a chance to use their talent for good. Check out the results.

 
 

Tamia Stinson, founder of Tether, was initially inspired to put on this event after being approached by several members of the Tether Community who wanted opportunities to use their talent for good.

Several Tether members are already pursuing charitable work. Chris VonHolle took pictures at an elementary school for migrant children. Jeremy Kramer took pictures of inmates in prison as part of a meaningful project, titled Scars & Bars. #TetherStudioDay was an opportunity to expand upon that.

In addition to giving our members fulfilling work, Tamia wanted to help underfunded businesses overcome the challenge of “needing money to make money.”

Often times the people that have the money get the professional photography and marketing, which means they get more money, which leaves the little guys out. We wanted to kind of circumvent that problem.
— Tamia Stinson
 
 

 

Wheel House photographed by Remy Dominguez.

 

The event was completely free (of course) and provided these organizations with imagery that will help them promote their work and missions. Tamia hoped to help up to five organizations, but we wound up providing services for eight:

 
 
  • Manifest Gallery
  • Make Someone's Day
  • Heal n Build
  • Mission Cincinnati
  • Wheel House Cincinnati
  • Spanish Playdates
  • People Working Cooperatively
  • Cypress Beauty
 
 
 
 
 Spanish Playdates photographed by Remy Dominguez.

Spanish Playdates photographed by Remy Dominguez.

 
 
 Cypress Beauty photographed by Jeremy Knight.

Cypress Beauty photographed by Jeremy Knight.

 
 
 Manifest Gallery photographed by Jeremy Knight.

Manifest Gallery photographed by Jeremy Knight.

 
 
 People Working Cooperatively, photographed by Remy Dominguez

People Working Cooperatively, photographed by Remy Dominguez

 Heal n Build photographed by Will Jones.

Heal n Build photographed by Will Jones.

 Mission Cincinnati photographed by Alex Larrison.

Mission Cincinnati photographed by Alex Larrison.

 
 

#TetherStudioDay gave an opportunity for some of our big-hearted Tether Community members to make a meaningful impact. Shout out to the photographers that helped out:

 
 
  • Remy Dominguez
  • Jeremy Knight
  • Will Jones
  • Alex Larrison
 
 

The connections made between creatives and local organizations will lead to mutually rewarding partnerships in the future. During the event, photographer Alex Larrison mentioned wanting to replicate and expand upon the event concept. She was inspired to continue providing professional talent to small businesses who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

 Mission CIncinnati photographed by Alex Larrison.

Mission CIncinnati photographed by Alex Larrison.

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Many of these organizations acknowledged the struggle of budgeting for good photography. Most of the time, it was a “DIY Photography,” situation, but they used the photos anyway because it is important for them to communicate their mission to those who they’re targeting.

Some of these organizations also needed photos for e-commerce and social media. Portraits are important, too — people want to see the faces behind the companies making an impact in their community.

Now, they have professional photography to do just that.

[The pictures] look FANTASTIC!! I am so pleased with them and cannot wait to get them uploaded to our website. They serve wonderfully to showcase the life, heart, and personality of our team.
— William Eavenson, Mission Cincinnati

These non-profits and entrepreneurs work hard to give back to the community — #TetherStudioDay allowed the Tether Community give back to them.

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Instagram: @tethercincy