We capture high-impact images that bring the school’s character and achievements to life.

Our in-house photographer provides free 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.

See photo guidelines

Find existing photography

WashU photo collections or third-party stock photos can help you with a lot of the projects you are working. Existing photography options, in order of preference, are:

WashU photo libraries

Stock photos taken by WashU photographers are available through the Office of Public Affairs.

You can also find a select number of photos on the Washington University Flickr Page.

Arts & Sciences database

If the selection of stock photos provided by Public Affairs doesn’t fit your needs, our office has access to a wider array of university photos and may be able to help. Submit this request 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.

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 Arts & Sciences perspective for no cost to A&S departments, programs, and centers. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Request A&S Photographic Services

Our Photo Resources & Guides

  • Photo Guidelines

    A handy guide for taking your own photos

  • Preparing for Your Photo Session

    Having photos taken? Here's how to get the best results

  • Stock Photo Guide

    Thousands of WashU photos are available for use, and third-party stock photos can work in a pinch

  • PPE Policy for Photos

    As a top-notch institution, we follow standard safety practices, which carry through to photos

  • Photo Consent Forms

    A media consent form is necessary to get explicit permission from any person who is NOT a student, faculty or staff member at Washington University whose name, likeness or words appears in your group’s communications, promotions or other media.

  • Photo & Video Request Form

    Please fill out the following to submit your request for Arts & Sciences photography or video services.

  • WashU Stock Photography

    An image gallery provided by Public Affairs