Photography and video of University facilities and events must be done in partnership with the University and SMU Marketing & Communications. To secure a photographer or videographer for an assignment, please submit a request as soon as you know about the possible need, and at least four weeks in advance. Because University-wide priorities limit the availability of SMU staff, we may book outside resources to fulfill your request. If you prefer, we can provide names of freelance photographers or videographers you may hire.
All freelance photographers and videographers 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 requirements is available here. A standardized keyword list and metadata best-practices guide for use by freelance photographers and videographers are available on the SMU Wiki.
Fees are billed at a two-hour minimum and are subject to the availability of a staff photographer.
- Photography – $150-$250 per hour (usually 2-hour minimum)
- Digital post-production – $50 per hour (usually 1 hour for most assignments; required for all assignments)
- Video – Per estimate (will include any necessary digital post-production)
- 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.
Note: Digital post-production includes creating metadata and keywords that make it possible for photos and videos to be searched for within the University-wide digital asset management system. Post-production work is required of all assignments and varies by the length and complexity of the assignment.
Deliveries are made available through Box and/or Media Archive four weeks after the assignment. If you need to receive key photos and/or video footage before then, please indicate what is needed and a due date at the time you submit your request.
Access to branded university photo and video assets is granted through Box and Media Archive through SMU Marketing & Communications.
Permission to use SMU photos and video is granted for official University communications only. Unauthorized use of University digital assets, including but not limited to commercial advertising or endorsements, is unlawful and subject to civil and criminal penalties. Entry to the Media Archive site signifies agreement to these terms.
Outside production companies, photographers, filmmakers, and others interested in using the SMU campus for filming or photography, please click here for information and a request form.
Photo and Video Director
SMU Marketing and Communications