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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

P: 515-271-2169
F: 515-271-3789

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Photography & Video

Existing Photography Assets

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.

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

Headshot Sessions

Headshot Drop-In Day:

University Communications and Marketing (UCM) holds open portrait sessions during the fall and spring semesters. The sessions rotate around campus making it more convenient for the campus communityThese sessions are free to all faculty, staff, and students. High-resolution portraits are made available for download through SmugMug. Please refer to OnCampus for more information. 

Check the following link to find upcoming Headshot Days. No appointment necessary. 

Headshot Day Calendar

Event Photography

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 smartphone to photograph your event is advisable when:

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

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 your 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
  • Most (not all) professional photographers begin at a rate of ~$125 per hour
  • Each photographer will have their own terms and conditions regarding work and compensation depending on your needs

Dylan Huey
Work Phone: (515) 650-1651
Cell Phone: (515) 480-9849

Joe Crimmings
Cell Phone: (515) 822-8786


Project-Based Photography & Videography

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.

2019–2020 Photo Priorities

  • Photography supporting The Drake Commitment
  • Strategic University communication initiatives
  • Undergraduate colleges and schools admission photography
  • Graduate admission photography
  • Drake Online photography needs
  • Drake brand integrity and marketing needs
  • STEM@Drake content
  • Relays week & track meet coverage
  • 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 UCM director (based on target audience) to discuss.