Drake's photography assets are available through SmugMug, and all faculty and staff have basic access to the self-service resource.
Additionally, each college/school and department has a designated power-user who leads photo distribution for their department or college. Check with your dean’s office or department's director to identify the power-user in your unit.
Please click the button below and enter your Drake Banner ID and password below to obtain Drake University’s SmugMug account credentials.
University Communications no longer staffs a student-run photo bureau. Please carefully read below for photography and video services available to our campus partners.
University Communications (UC) holds a portrait session at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Times and locations will be posted in the OnCampus newsletter in advance. These sessions are free to all faculty and staff. High-resolutions portraits are made available for download through SmugMug.
If you are unable to attend an open call session, University Communications holds a two-hour window of studio hours in our office at 1229 25th St. (next door to the Department of Public Safety).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to book one of the following drop-in dates.
Most people already have an amazing camera in their pocket. Smartphone cameras now have great capabilities and can be used to effectively capture most events.
Using a smart phone to photograph your event is advisable when:
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.
For some events, investing in a professional photographer may be worthwhile. Consider this option if:
If you would like to hire a professional photographer, please keep these things in mind:
The following professional independent photographers have been approved via Drake University Human Resources:
The following Drake students have elected to have their contact information shared with the Drake community. You may contact any of them directly 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.
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.
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.