Sat, Jul 24 | Thomaston

#ConnecticutSlam Model

Join us for a beatnik inspired slam at the historic New England Railroad Museum in Thomaston featuring: smoke grenades by Smoke Effect, free camera lens rentals by Tamron USA, and prizes for creativity. Sponsored by Tamron USA
#ConnecticutSlam Model

Time & Location

Jul 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thomaston, 242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787, USA

About the Event

Portrait Slam is heading to Connecticut and a simpler time - when beatnik writers & fashionistas rode steam engines dressed in turtleneck sweaters and jet black shades.  On Saturday July 24th, take a reprieve from urban hustle, ride the rails to the end of the line, and join us in the countryside for a summer fashion shoot inspired by the stylish & rebellious beatnik era of the late 1940's, 1950's, and early 1960's.


Location & locomotives by @NaugatuckRailroad

90 second wire-pull smoke grenades by: @smoke.effect

Free camera lens rentas by: @TamronUSA

Sponsored by: @TamronUSA

Prizes to the model who gets most creative with our Beatnik fashion theme and to the photographer who gets most creative with Tamron lenses!


Saturday, July 24th

5:00pm: Arrivals begin

5:45pm: Everyone should arrive by this time

6:00pm: Introductions begin (please don't miss this!)

6:10pm: Shoot begins 

8:00pm: Final shots/announcements/group photo


General ticket: $35

VIP Subscribers: $25

Guest pass option for creatives of color: 


Railroad Museum of New England - 242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787, USA


The Beat movement existed in the post war years of counterculture as creativity blossomed in poetry, novels, music and artwork. "Beatniks" were effortlessly cool and stylish. Fashion included skinny jeans, berets, oversized sweaters, stripped tops, capris, black leotards, ballet flats & newsboy caps. Beatnik style was often androgynous in silhouette, like Audrey Hepburn dancing in Funny Face while the squares watched in dismay.  Tap into the rebellious and experimental ideas of Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Brenda Knight, & William S. Burroughs.  Climb aboard RMNE's historic locomatives and help bring this era back to life. 


Prizes will be awarded to the model who rocks the beatnik theme with the most creativity and style. Consider July weather and expect to layer up or down, bring base neutrals you're comfortable in, and sturdy shoes to take full advantage of the space. We'll have an empty clothing rack, hangers, and a changing room available.  As always, we celebrate individuality, style & creativity: please feel free to express that uniqueness. In other words, it's ok to get weird.

Makeup: we currently have one volunteer space available for a makeup artist to offer free micro sessions on location during arrivals. Are you a makeup artist insterested in connecting with creatives or earning a free model or photographer ticket for your services? Please let us know! 

First slam as a model? Have more questions? We created a video for you:


We appreciate it when photographers dress in sync with the vibe and rock the theme, but they aren't expected to. Photographers should wear comfortable shoes and arrive with their camera ready to shoot.  Please try to arrive by 5:30pm. After checking in, explore the space for inspiring portrait locations, check out Tamron's lenses,  take a few test shots, and chat with fellow creatives. Introductions start at 6pm. Afterwards, we begin each slam by pairing everyone up. Please be prepared to work with many different models in quick 10 minute sessions. Videography, off camera flash, and film photography are welcome but please check in with us before flying a drone. Photography assistants are required to purchase a general ticket. 

First slam as a photographer? Have more questions? We created a video for you:


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, group size will be limited in accordance with state regulation, and the expansive space provides ample space for everyone to observe responsible social distancing. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and bottled water will be provided for participants based on CDC recommendations. All participants be will required to wear a mask. Models can remove their masks when shooting, once the slam officially begins. All Portrait Slam props, equipment and supplies will be sanitized before, during, and after the slam. If you aren't feeling well, please stay home. Let's collaborate to have a safe and creative slam


This invitation is required to attend. We work hard to curate a balanced & diverse group of creatives. To reserve your spot, please register and purchase your ticket after reading & agreeing to our rules on our website at *We will only be hosting one group for this slam.  Your ticket will become non-refundable after July 21st. We're always open to suggestions for other models or portrait photographers to consider inviting, please let us know. 


For further questions, please reach us at:

(541) 690-9293 

Instagram: @portrait_slam


Cover photo by Leta Jean Photography and Romeo Ceaser 

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