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Sun, Aug 07


Arbor Light Studio

#HartfordSlam Photographer Ticket

Portrait Slam is returning to Connecticut! Join us Sunday, Aug. 7th from 5-8pm at Arbor Light Studio in the old Underwood Typewriter Factory for a Light Academia inspired slam featuring camera gear by Camera Bar, lenses by Tamron USA, & wardrobe by Wavvz Newage. Sponsored by Tamron USA.

#HartfordSlam Photographer Ticket
#HartfordSlam Photographer Ticket

Time & Location

Aug 07, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Arbor Light Studio, 56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

About the Event


Location by @ArborLightStudio

Lighting by @CameraBarLLC

Lenses by @TamronUSA

Wardrobe by @WavvzNewage

Sponsored by @TamronUSA


Sunday, August 7th

5:00pm: Wardrobe & check-in begins

5:30pm: Everyone should arrive by this time

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

6:10pm: Slam begins

8:00pm: Final shots/announcements


General ticket: $35

VIP Subscribers: $25


Arbor Light Studio: 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT, 06106,

Theme: Light Academia 

Light academia is a subculture of the “academia” aesthetic, which takes inspiration from established educational institutions such as Oxford or Yale, and the environments surrounding them. They focus on museums, art galleries, British moors, boarding schools, vintage books, ect. Light academia is very much about positivity and self-care. It can be seen as similar to the cottagecore aesthetic, although has more of a focus on education. It's all about the warm and pleasurable parts of life. The 1930s and 1940s features prominently in the Light Academia aesthetic, especially clothing items worn by students at Oxbridge, Ivy League schools and prep schools of that period. Some of the articles of clothing most associated with the aesthetic include cardigans, blazers, dress shirts, plaid skirts, Oxford Shoes, and clothing made of houndstooth & tweed. The color palette consists mainly of white, beige, browns, light green, and occasionally navy blue. Light academia features idealised aesthetics of higher education and academia, often with books and libraries featuring prominently. Imagery shares similarities with Goth subculture, tending to romanticise the finding of beauty and poetry in dark themes. For theme inspiration, search #LightAcademia on Instagram or check out Pinterest galleries HERE and HERE

Portrait slams celebrate diversity, self-expression, style, individuality and creativity. Let us know if you have questions about our theme and, as always, don't be afraid to get weird.


Please arrive dressed in theme and ready to shoot. A Dark Academia inspired wardrobe will be provided on location by local designers Wavvz Newage for models to incorporate into their look, beginning at 5pm - please don't miss this! A prize will be awarded to the model who rocks Wavvz Newage's wardrobe with the most creativity and style. Bring base neutrals you're confident in, and comfortable shoes to take full advantage of the large space. We begin each slam by pairing everyone up. Please be prepared to work with many different photographers in quick 10 minute sessions. 

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 required to. Photographers should wear comfortable shoes and arrive with their camera ready to shoot.  Please arrive by 5:30pm. After checking in, browse Camera Bar's selection of lighting equipment and Tamron's selection of lenses available for use on location. Camera Bar will be giving a prize away at the end to the photographer who gets most creative with equipment.  Explore the space for inspiring portrait locations, take a few test shots, and chat with fellow creatives. Introductions start at 6pm. 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 ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, group size will be limited to safe levels. Masks will be optional. 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  Your ticket will become non-refundable after Aug. 3rd. Only registered participants are allowed to attend our events. Please check in with us in advance to request a special exception. We appreciate word-of-mouth and if you'd like to suggest other models or portrait photographers for us 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 Aug. 3rd. Thanks for joining us!

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