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Photography Services

Photography of University facilities and events must be done in partnership with the University and SMU Public Affairs. To secure a photographer for an assignment, please submit the online request at least four weeks in advance.

University-wide priorities limit the availability of SMU staff photographers. If a staff photographer is unavailable, we may recommend outside resources to fulfill your request. Or, if you prefer, we can provide names of freelance photographers you may hire. All freelance photographers must be under legal contract with SMU for copyright usage, carry liability insurance, agree to location standards, secure model releases as needed and take responsibility for metadata keywording for digital archiving. More information for freelance photographer requirements is available here. A standardized keyword list and metadata best-practices guide for use by your freelance photographer is available at the MediaArchive Wiki.

Photography Services

  • Campus Architecture
  • On and off-campus locations
  • News and events
  • Academic or campus life activities
  • Portraits
  • Objects (books, awards, etc.)
  • Image research
  • Digital post-production – metadata keywords that enable search-ability within the University-wide digital asset management system, MediaArchive.SMU. Post production work is required of all photo assignments and varies by the length and complexity of the assignment.

Photography Fees

Fees are billed at a two-hour minimum and are subject to the availability of a staff photographer.

Service Charge
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays $50 per hour
After 5 p.m. and weekends $150 per hour
Freelance photography Per estimate
Digital postproduction $50 per hour (applies to all assignments)
Formal backdrop portraits Per estimate
Environmental and group portraits Per estimate

Portraits are arranged on an as-needed basis with representatives in each school, department or center. Portrait costs are based on the style of portrait, number of individuals being photographed, post production and delivery needs.

Photography Delivery

Digital assets for SMU Public Affairs are located on IT servers in MediaArchive.SMU and accessible through four weeks after the images are photographed. If you need to receive two to five key photos before then, please indicate what is needed and a due date at the time you submit your photo request.

Searching for Branded Images and Videos

The SMU campus community may access Public Affairs photography and video archives through MediaArchive.SMU. All SMU Public Affairs digital assets are subject to copyright terms set by the University. Permission is granted for use by the University community only and is not transferrable for further use – print or electronic - without the approval of SMU Public Affairs. Assets may not be given or sold to other parties without the permission of SMU Public Affairs.

SMU faculty and staff with a valid ID may access MediaArchive.SMU both on and off campus via

There is also MediaArchive.SMU software that can be installed on SMU managed computers for individuals that may need more frequent access to the system. To download the full application to your computer go to and navigate to the “Departmental Administrative Access" tab. Find more information and keyword tips for searching in MediaArchive.SMU at the MediaArchive Wiki.

Contact Us

Laura O. Graham
SMU Public Affairs, Director of Photography