OSC provides professional photography that supports our institutional communication goals. This can include imagery focused on noteworthy campus events and news, recruitment, advancement, and outreach.

Portrait studio

Current studio hours 

Mondays, 1-3 PM
Thursdays 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

We offer walk-in portraits (professional headshots) for university faculty, staff, and students free of charge. No appointment is necessary. The studio is not large enough to accommodate group photos. 

The studio is located on the third floor of Plaza Centre One on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City, room 369. Take the elevator up to the third floor to find room 369 in the NW corner of the hallway.

The photo studio operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Images will be sent via email and stored in the OSC digital archives.

The studio is staffed and operated by University of Iowa students. As their academic schedule takes precedence, the studio may close to accommodate their needs - even during the open hours listed above. We recommend that those with a time sensitive need for portraits visit the studio well in advance.

Photo libraries

University of Iowa images are available for non-commercial download and use by the general public at the University of Iowa on Flickr.

Approved on-campus users can access high quality images for marketing and communications purposes at the UI Photoshelter site.

Photography-related questions can be directed to OSC-photo-request@uiowa.edu.

Guidelines for capturing video/photography involving students 

When shooting in public places where there are many people (outdoors on campus, downtown Iowa City, concerts, sporting events, etc.) it is not plausible to obtain signed consent forms for individuals being photographed/filmed.  

For intentionally planned or staged photo/video shoots involving student participants and/or volunteers (e.g. for marketing or promotional applications), our policy and practice in OSC is to get their permission in the form of a signed release/consent form.

PDF iconRelease form for minors (under age 18)
PDF iconRelease form for adults (18+)

In addition to the signed release form, it is our practice to verbally set fair and realistic expectations with participants around the usage of the photography/videography, along these general lines:

  • Communicate clearly with our subjects that our photography/videography is shared with multiple areas and departments on campus and that the imagery we capture may appear in publications (print/web/social) associated with those departments.
  • Participation in a photo/video shoot does not guarantee that a given student will appear in any specific publication.  
  • In the event that OSC wishes to feature an individual student prominently (e.g. on the university homepage, a magazine cover, etc.) it will be our policy and practice to make reasonable efforts to notify those featured students before publication.