Friday, July 22, 2011

Tech N9ne Gates Mixed Plate

Having spent some time enjoying our images from Tech N9ne's latest album cover for 6's and 7's we were reminded of one of our other favorite shoots, our all-nighter with Tech in the Gates off main. Shooting the album art for Tech's Gates Mixed Plate album was great fun. Frankie, from Liquid 9, had a really specific vision for this set of images and we really enjoyed delivering on it. Favorite part? Easy, hanging out with the video crew at DB Coopers at 6am. That and winning some awards for the images.

Tech N9ne
Strange Music
Liquid 9
Assistant - Ryan Yoakum
Retouching - Liquid 9

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tempting Treats from Blue Stem

While we enjoy shooting a variety of subjects, food has a special place in our hearts..or is it our stomachs? We recently had the pleasure of working with Megan and Colby Garrelts of Blue Stem restaurant. We were looking for an opportunity to capture not only final shots of finished desserts but images of the stages of preparation. Maybe it's my architect's brain that enjoys the building of things, the process of getting to the final result but taking photos of the stages of a dish really intrigues me...and let's be honest...makes me hungry.

Enjoy the images below, I guarantee you'll be ordering dessert with your lunch after this.

Blue Stem

Friday, July 8, 2011

I Got Mad Skills. Now What Do I Do With Them?

Having made it past my 90 day probationary period with Alistair I thought I would lay out where I have come from and where the experience I have brought with me will hopefully take me.

My career has been spent working in marketing & communications roles in a variety of industries. I've worked in restaurants, publishing, radio, construction, and motherhood just to name a few. I have found that each industry and each job has taught me something valuable that I can take with me to my next vocational destination. Here's the main skill from each industry and how I can apply it today at Alistair Tutton Photography.

Industry: Restaurants

Position: Waitress

Skills Learned & How They Apply Today:

Humility - I am not above any job that needs to get done. Whether it's making cold calls, scheduling travel, producing invoices, building decks or handling pet-related issues. I don't mind pitching in to see that it all gets done and gets done well.

Diplomatic Customer Service - I can smile and try and see a difficult situation from the other person's perspective and work a solution from that vantage point.

Industry: Publishing

Positions: Marketing Director & Some Sort of New Age Social Media Title

Skills Learned & How They Apply Today:

Pick Your Battles - Don't waste valuable debating energy and time on an idea or a point that isn't worth the time you are putting into it, instead save that time and energy for the big battles that need it.

New Doesn't Mean Necessary - Just because everyone is doing it and the media tells you that something is "hot" doesn't mean it's right for you, your business or your goals. Do what works even if it's not the cool new thing, if it's successful that alone makes it cool.

Industry: Radio

Position: Promotions Director

Skills Learned & How They Apply Today:

Flexibility - Changes are inevitable and last minute ones are inescapable. Learning to think on the fly and not be afraid to reach out and ask someone for their help allows you to land on your feet no matter how many times you flip in the air.

Courage - Ask for something -whether it's a sale, a donation, a giveaway, whatever - the worst someone will do is say no, and 9 times out of 10 they will even do that nicely and apologize to you that they can't help.

Industry: Construction

Position: General Manager & Marketing Director

Skills Learned & How They Apply Today:

This is Business & You Get What You Pay For - It's ok to let a job go. If it's not right and the amount someone is willing to pay is only going to hurt the end result leaving neither you nor the client happy, it's ok to walk away. Business is business and if it were charity we'd call it that. If you don't set parameters or limits no one knows your expectations so no one will ever meet them - leaving everyone disappointed.

Industry: Motherhood

Position: The list is too long for this space

Skills Learned & How They Apply Today:

They are numerous but the most important one, juggling - Through motherhood I have learned to do numerous things at once. Listening all the while to make sure I get the information I need to deliver on what's expected. I also learned I have to write stuff down…because having children kills more brain cells than drugs.

These are just a few of the skills I have learned over the years that I plan to use to help me be successful here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Our Gratitude is Boundless.

We'd like to just thank all of you who came out to our big anniversary bash last night at the Vox. We are proud of all the work we have done and it thrills us to be able to share it with you.

We'd also like to thank everyone who donated and bid on auction items to benefit Joplin, MO. We were able to raise over $3,200 total and that makes us proud.

We wish all of you a very happy, safe and relaxing fourth of July weekend and hope to see all of you soon.


Alistair, Kate & Adam

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