Tether Cincinnati
Connecting Creative Image-Makers

About Tether Cincy, a community and resource for photo and video production talent.

We believe creative work is valuable.


Tether is a resource for discovering creative image-makers—the photographers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, videographers, and production specialists who help organizations create the imagery for magazines, social media feeds, and business advertising campaigns.

Tether’s vision is a world where creative work is highly valued, and the people who make it are paid accordingly. Our mission is to empower freelance image-makers with tools to connect to the business community and find meaningful work so they can thrive—and stay—in the Cincinnati Region. Tether was founded by 2017 Haile Fellowship recipient Tamia Stinson via a People's Liberty grant.

Tamia has a background in Marketing, Project Management, and Photo Styling. While working as a Stylist for Cincinnati Magazine, she noticed that fellow image-makers were leaving to go to other cities or dropping out of the industry altogether because they were having a difficult time finding work. With so many talented local creatives and a thriving business community, that didn’t make sense—so she decided to do something about it. That’s when Tether was born.

Tether connects image-makers to the business community via:


Tether Digital

The pièce de résistance of our online world is the Tether Directory, a searchable listing of the best image-makers in Greater Cincinnati. It’s the best way to discover fresh talent and get connected.

You can also follow along social media, from Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to our beloved Instagram (hey, image-makers are visual). We feature some of the most talented folks in the #TetherCincy fam and a peek behind the scenes of what we do right here on this site. 


Tether Events

Tether events are a way to connect. They’re an opportunity for photographers, stylists, makeup artists, creative directors, producers, and talent to meet face-to-face for collaboration, education, and yeah, a little venting. They’re a chance for our community to partner with other communities in the creative and entrepreneurial space.

We host everything from happy hours to workshops to full-fledged par-tays, all in the name of coming together. Join in!



The Tether Sourcebook

Edition 001 of the Tether Sourcebook

Edition 001 of the Tether Sourcebook

A cross between a portfolio, a directory, and a magazine, the Tether Sourcebook is a beautifully designed print book that includes imagery, editorial content, and a listing of Cincinnati image-makers that is distributed to agencies and brands locally and nationwide.  The Tether Sourcebook is our chance to collaborate on a dope project, promote ourselves and our city, and show the world what we can do.

Interested in working with us? Get in touch or email hello(at)tethercincinnati.com.

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