The Toolkit is managed by the Office of University Communications & Marketing. Unless otherwise listed in the toolkit, please contact the general office for any questions or additional information.
Office of University Communications & Marketing
1229 25th St.
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
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 and Marketing (UCM) holds a portrait session once during the fall and spring semesters. The sessions will be located in the study room next to Pomerantz Stage in the Olmsted Center. These sessions are free to all faculty and staff. High-resolutions portraits are made available for download through SmugMug. Please refer to OnCampus for more information.
If you are unable to attend an open call session, UCM holds a two-hour window of studio hours in our office at 1229 25th St. (next door to the Department of Public Safety).
No appointment necessary for any of the sessions.
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:
UCM 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 UCM director (based on target audience) to discuss.