Feeling glamorous? Get yourself to Handshake City in Utica for a pop-up photo shoot with professional photographers, all to raise money for the container park.

Credit: Handshake.City and Made in Utica
Credit: Handshake.City and Made in Utica

On Sunday, August 23rd, from 4-7pm, two local professional photographers, Mark Simon, and Ken & Amy Smith of Smith Imagery, will be at the container park - which features over 15 urban/art locations. You can get your photos taken, and use the shots for senior portraits, head shots, lifestyle pics, family pictures, holiday cards, dog photos - whatever you have in mind.

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Each session will last 20 minutes, and all the photos will be delivered digitally. Each session is $60, and all of the proceeds go to Handshake City. There are only 18 spots - and you can sign up HERE.

Handshake City is located in Bagg's Square, at Water & Division Streets.

Nervous about having your picture taken? Here are some tips for looking better in pictures, courtesy of petapixel.com:

  • Dress for the photo shoot. Wear a color that flatters you. Don’t wear clothes that have crazy patterns and stay away from striped/checkered shirts. Also make sure your clothes aren’t wrinkled or bunching up, it can add weight if clothes are too baggy.
  • Move around and dance. Try not to appear too tense and rigid. Dance around a little and shake out your body.
  • Facial expressions. Laugh and smile. Keep your tongue behind your teeth. Look slightly above the lens. Try looking away from the camera and a few facial expressions. Candid shots are engaging and more interesting than the traditional “say-cheese” forced smile.


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