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Photography & Video

Existing Photography Assets

Drake's photography assets are available through a service called SmugMug, and all faculty and staff have general access to the self-service resource.

Additionally, each college/school and department has a designated power-user who leads photo distribution for his/her department or college. Check with your dean’s office or department's director to identify the power-user in your unit.

SmugMug Features:

  • Keyword search
  • Download entire galleries
  • Export individual photos at various sizes

Please click the button below and enter your Drake Banner ID and password below to obtain Drake University’s SmugMug account credentials. 

SmugMug Access

University Communications is no longer able to staff a student-run photo bureau. Because of this, we need to restructure the photography and video services we offer our campus partners. Please carefully read below for photography and video services available to our campus partners.

Headshot Sessions

Headshot Drop-In Day:

University Communications (UC) ­­holds two portrait sessions each year, one at the beginning of each semester. These times and locations will be posted in the OnCampus newsletter. These are free to all faculty and staff. High-resolutions photos are made available for download through SmugMug.

These bi-annual headshot days aim to maximize time and limited resources, completing as many headshots as possible. If you are unable to attend, University Communications holds a two-hour window of studio hours in our office at 1229 25th St. (next door to Campus Safety).

Please contact Genna Clemen if you need to book a date outside of drop-in day.

  • Oct. 23
  • Nov. 6
  • Nov. 13
  • Dec. 4

Event Photography

Most people already have an amazing camera in their pocket. Smart phone cameras now have great capabilities and can be used to effectively capture most events.

Using a smart phone to photography your event is advisable when:

  • Your event is well-lit.
  • You would like to immediately share your images with your audience.
  • Your main goal is to have a record of the event.

Lynda.com Training Resources

Lynda.com is a website that provides members of the Drake community FREE access to a wide library of training and video tutorials. To get set up with a free Lynda.com account, follow the instructions in this guide from ITS.

Independently Contracted Photography

For some events, investing in a professional photographer may be worthwhile. Consider this option if:

  • Your event is dynamic and fast-paced.
  • Lighting is limited or challenging.
  • Quality of photography takes precedence over timely photography.
  • Photography from this event is targeted for use in promotional print pieces.

If you would like to hire a professional photographer, please keep these things in mind:

  • It will take some time for the photographer to process and deliver your images to you.
  • Photographers are independent contractors as determined by Drake’s Human Resource Department. (A list of approved photographers is below.)
  • Freelance photographers book up quickly; reach out with plenty of notice to secure their services.

The following professional independent photographers have been approved via Drake University Human Resources:

Jim Heemstra
515-210-5985 (c)

Dylan Huey
515-650-1651 (w)
515-480-9849 (c)

Tom Woolery

Freelance Student Photographers:

The following Drake students have elected to have their contact information shared with the Drake community. You may contact directly any of them to inquire about hiring or requesting volunteer hours.

These students do not work for University Communications and are not affiliated, insured, or guaranteed by our office. University Communications is not responsible for their work, nor will our office claim any credit for their photography. Each individual student is free to negotiate their fees, time agreements, and/or contracts on an individual basis.

Evan Guest

Autumn Meyer

Elijah Rockhold

Megan Rush

Julie Uram

Payson Wick

Project-Based Photography & Videography

University Communications provides video and photography services only for projects that focus on the University’s key priorities. Our team works closely with senior leaders to determine and address communication priorities.

2017–2018 Photo Priorities

  • Refresh of undergraduate admission photography
  • Graduate admission photography
  • Supporting new brand roll-out
  • New STEM construction & dedication
  • Relays week & track meet
  • Bucksbaum lectures
  • Expanding our library for consistent general use (available in SmugMug)

If you have a communication need, please discuss first with the senior leader and/or designated communications coordinator for your area. If together you identify a strategic priority project, reach out to the appropriate UC director (based on target audience) to discuss.

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