The Office of Marketing Communications has a limited budget available for photography. Every effort will be made to arrange photography services for large-scale campus events.

If we are unable to arrange photography services for your event and you have the budget available, Marketing Communications can book a photographer on your behalf. (The cost for a free-lance photographer is approximately $100 per hour.)

How to Request a Photographer

Please submit an online Marketing Communications Request Form at least a week to 10 days before your event. However, we book photography requests as we receive them, so submitting a request 2-3 weeks in advance is even better!

Please provide the following information in the Reason for Request field on the Request Form:

  • What do you need photographed? — Is this an event, student group, performance, etc.
  • Who will be photographed? — Students, guest speakers, faculty/staff, etc.
  • What will you be doing with the images? — Posting on your web page, using them in future marketing materials, etc.

If you'd like to take your own photographs, Marketing Communications will edit them and prepare the electronic files for you to use on your website and in your marketing materials.

Tips for Photography Success

  1. Please follow the tips below to ensure you are taking photos that are optimal for use in print, as well as on the web.  
  2. Make sure your camera or phone is set to at least the medium- or highest-resolution. Sometimes this is referred to as “medium or large file size.”
  3. Try to use the room's available light. That is, any light already in the room: artificial, natural, or combination of the two. The flash on your camera is not very strong, so make sure you are less than 5 feet away from your subject(s) when taking the photo. 
  4. Try to avoid taking pictures of people and events in motion (clapping hands, presenting awards, dancing).
  5. When staging a photo, like a group shot or a head shot, be aware of what is in the background that you may not want in the final photo – like trash cans or poles/signs -- that may look like they are growing out of the subject's head.
  6. Large groups are hard to photograph, someone is always looking away or hidden behind someone else. Try to limit the number of people in a group shot to no more than 5.
  7. Try to avoid taking pictures of people's backs. For example, if a group of people is talking, take pictures from the side so that most people's faces are visible. Backs of the audience are OK if you are taking images of someone performing or speaking on a stage.  
  8. Try to avoid taking pictures of people eating and drinking.  

Image Sizes for Use on the MCC Website:

Image Sizes

Last Modified: 9/20/19