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  • Writer's pictureTravis Toll


Updated: Aug 7, 2021

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 travelling to Connecticut and a revolutionary time in fashion and creative thinking - when beatnik writers & fashionistas gathered in East Village cafes wearing berets and jet black shades. On Saturday July 24th, join us at the historic Railroad Museum of New England for a summer shoot inspired by the rebellious beatnik era of the late 1940's, 1950's, and early 1960's. Featuring: 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! Date: 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 Cost: General ticket: $35 VIP Subscribers: $25 Guest pass option for creatives of color:

Location Railroad Museum of New England - 242 E Main St, Thomaston, CT 06787, USA Theme Creativity blossomed in poetry, novels, music, and art during The Beat movement of the post-war years. "Beatniks" embraced an effortlessly cool, intellectual, and individual look. The style rejected artifice, was androgynous in silhouette, favoring denim, bohemian prints, or all black looks like Audrey Hepburn’s classic Funny Face dance in a Latin Quarter cafe. Tap into the rebellious and experimental ideas of Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Brenda Knight, & William S. Burroughs. Hop aboard RMNE's historic locomotives and bring this era back to life with your own contemporary twist. Models 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 an MUA to offer free micro sessions for models on location during arrivals. Are you a makeup artist interested in connecting with creatives? Please let us know! First slam as a model? Have more questions? We created a video for you: Photographers 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: COVID-19 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. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated participants. Unvaccinated models can remove their mask while shooting outdoors, 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 RSVP 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 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 Web:


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