Portraits for a Better Beehive gets merry for charity

cityhome COLLECTIVE will be hosting a holiday-themed instant film photobooth to raise money for local Utah nonprofits. Portraits for a Better Beehive will be held Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and welcomes all to come take their holiday photos. Each instant film print and digital scan will cost $25 with proceeds going toward the Utah Food Bank and Candy Cane Corner.

Holiday props, including Santa hats, reindeer antlers, colorful boas and oversized sunglasses will be provided to make wacky, festive photos. After all of that posing, stop by the Even Stevens table for milk and cookies that even the Grinch would enjoy.

“I launched Portraits for a Better Beehive in 2015 as a way to utilize art for the greater good, and it’s been amazing to see the community respond,” says Austen Diamond, Portraits for a Better Beehive founder and owner of Austen Diamond Photography.


Taking place at cityhomeCollective, patrons are welcome to walk in for an appointment, but can reserve a specific time slot and skip the line by pledging an additional $15. This will be the fourth Portraits for a Better Beehive fundraiser, with over $1,000 already raised for Utah nonprofits.

The polaroid frame is the perfect design to invoke the feeling of nostalgia and family. Even Diamond thinks so himself: “When I was a wee blonde-haired onesie-wearing toddler, my mom worked at Polaroid. So just about every old photo of me during that time has that iconic white border,” Diamond says. “I especially cherish the Polaroids of the fam and I—an Austenado of smiles and gift wrap—in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas morn.”



  • Visit cityhome COLLECTIVE (645 E. South Temple, SLC) on Sunday, November 13th, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. No appointment necessary—just show up
  • Worried that you’ll have to wait in line forever? Pledge to pay an additional $15, and contact Austen Diamond Photography with your preferred time. Then, skip to the front of the line when you arrive!
  • To get this sweet deal, you must like Austen Diamond Photography on Facebook or Instagram
  • Pay with cash, check, or credit card
  • Dress up with our holiday-themed props (or bring your own), and plan for your shoot to take 5 minutes
  • You say cheese, I go click, and then you wait 90 seconds for your print to develop
  • We’ll scan the Instax print and email it to you immediately. Now, you’ll have a digital image that you can post on social media or use for your holiday cards.


Based in Salt Lake City, Austen Diamond Photography specializes in elegant wedding photography and creative portraits, giving customers a story and material legacy to pass on. For more information on Austen Diamond Photography and Portraits for a Better Beehive, click here.

-Brieanna Olds

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