We capture high-impact images that bring the school’s achievements and character to life.
Our in-house photographer takes photos that support the projects our office produces. Many of these images are later made available for use by the campus community. We also provide fee-based photography services or can help you find a freelance photographer whose strengths match your project’s needs.
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 and connect.
Request new photography
Images showing real WashU people doing real WashU work are among the strongest visual representations of our brand.
If you work with our in-house photographer, you’ll have the benefit of on-campus expertise with an eye for showing the School of Medicine perspective. The fee is $150 an hour with a one-hour minimum.
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.
- All freelancers must sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to comply with HIPAA policies. This is a one-time procedure.
- All individuals who appear in photographs — except university students, trainees and employees — must sign a Media Authorization consent form.
- All photos showing lab environments should comply with standard safety practices, as requested by the Office of the Provost and Environmental Health and Safety.
Headshots for faculty and staff
Headshot services are available in Becker Medical Library »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.