We capture high-impact images that bring the school’s character and achievements to life.
Our in-house photographer provides fee-based photography services for strategic projects. We can also help you find a freelance photographer for your project or event. In addition, our database of existing photos may help you round out your photography.
Find the big picture.
Whether you’re hiring a pro or using your phone, our photo guide will help you plan engaging photos that represent your mission and connect with your audience.
Request new photography
Images showing real WashU people doing real WashU work are among the strongest visual representations of our brand.
Our in-house photographer offers the benefit of on-campus expertise with an eye for showing the School of Medicine perspective. Contact us to discuss your needs, and we will provide a cost estimate.
If our photographer isn’t available, we make it easy to work with a freelancer. We’ll send you recommended photographers and help you contract vendor services that grant the university all necessary rights to the photography produced.
Working with a freelancer?
See the vendor guide for important photo policies »
Find existing photography
When new photography isn’t possible, WashU photo collections or third-party stock photos may save the day. Existing photography options, in order of preference, are:
WashU photo libraries
Thousands of photos taken by WashU photographers are available in the Washington University Digital Library (photos.wustl.edu). (Even more photos are available offline; see option two.)
For websites, our designers have also curated a collection of medical school photos optimized for the WashU Web Theme.
Medical Public Affairs database
If photos.wustl.edu doesn’t have what you need, our office has unrestricted access and can search the full database for you. Email Theresa Howard at email@example.com with a description of what you’re looking for.
Third-party stock images
If you don’t find what you need in the WashU photo collections, consider photos from commercial, government or open sources. Proceed with caution, since permissions and copyright can be tricky. For help, see our stock photography guide.
Showing or quoting non-WashU people gives your message perspective. Here's how to get permission.
Contact Karen Elshout Photography to arrange event photography.
On-campus portrait services are available through Nichols Photography.
How to prepare and what to expect on the day of your photoshoot.
Find the moments that will connect with audiences and bring your story to life.
As a top-notch institution, we follow standard safety practices, which carry through to photos and videos.
Thousands of WashU photos are available for use, and third-party stock photos can work in a pinch.
Use this guide to share important info with freelance photographers.