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Sat, Jul 10


Empowerment Central PDX

#EmpowermentSlam Photographer

Join us Sat. July 10th for a 1980's athleisure inspired slam at Empowerment Central PDX, a BIPOC powered studio in the heart of Portland, OR featuring: camera gear by Pro Photo Supply & Tamron USA, makeup styling by Jonathon Jacob & music by DJ Black Daria. Sponsored by Tamron USA

#EmpowermentSlam Photographer
#EmpowermentSlam Photographer

Time & Location

Jul 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Empowerment Central PDX, 215 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

About the Event

Portrait Slam is returning to Portland! Join us Saturday, July 10th at Empowerment Central PDX for a 1980's athleisure-themed slam featuring:


Location by @Empowerment.Central.PDX

Camera gear rentals: @ProPhotoSupply & @TamronUSA

Music by @Jenetorade, aka DJ Black Daria

Makeup styling by @jonnjacob

Sponsored by @TamronUSA


Saturday, July 10th

5:00pm: Wardrobe & check-in begins 

5:45pm: Everyone should arrive by this time

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

6:10pm: Shoot begins 

8:15pm: Final shots/announcements/group photo


General ticket: $35

VIP Subscribers: $25

Guest ticket option for creatives of color: 


215 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

Theme: 1980's athleisure 

The word ‘athleisure’ is a combination of athletic and leisure. Athleisure includes apparel designed for workouts and other athletic activities, but are not limited to being worn at the gym or while exercising. Athleisure wear can be rocked at casual social events and even at the workplace (track suits, yoga pants, sneakers, down puffies, sport caps, jerseys, ect.). 1980's athleisure was an explosion of color, patterns, and new technology. Iconic athleisure of the 80's include Addidas track suits, neon Lycra spandex, Walkman cassette players, sweat bands, windbreakers, slouchy sweatshirts, starter jackets, Zubaz pants, legwarmers, and high-top sneakers . In the 1980's: Mike Tyson destroyed Michael Spinks in 91 seconds, USA hockey preformed a miracle against the Soviet Union, Magic competed against Bird, Jordan got drafted after Bowie, the Chicago Bears danced the Super Bowl shuffle, and Diego Maradona touched the Hand of God.

Portrait slams are body positive events that celebrate style and creativity. Let us know if you have questions about our theme and, as always, don't be afraid to get weird.


A clothing rack, hangers, and changing room will be provided on location if you'd like to bring an extra outfit to rock during the slam. The clothing rack will be divided into two sections with a communal section of clothing available for all models to borrow, beginning at 5pm. 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. Stay until the end - we'll be giving away a prize to the model who gets most creative with wardrobe! 


Jonathon Jacob will be offering free mirco-sessions during the slam. If you have any questions on makeup, please reach out to Jonathon on Instagram at @jonn.jacob. Thanks Jonathon! 

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, 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. 

Pro Photo Supply and Tamron USA will be on-hand offering free camera lens rentals throughout the slam - this is an excellent opportunity to try new equipment. Stay until then end - Pro Photo Supply will be giving away a prize to the photographer who gets most creative with their gear!

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. Until further notice, all participants be will required to wear a mask. Models can remove their masks when shooting, once the slam officially begins. Participants must respect physical distancing throughout the slam. 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 6th. 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



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    A printed ticket will not be required upon arrival. Tickets become non refundable after July 6th. Thanks for joining us!

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