We are dedicated to promoting The Ohio State University and telling the individual stories within and across our campuses to advance the university's strategic goals and reach key audiences. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide high-quality images and engaging messages, we'd like to share some changes we've made to streamline photo services.

Need images for feature publications?

Are you bringing a nationally prominent speaker to Ohio State?

Do you have new leaders and faculty to introduce?

Do your portrait photos need updated?

How we can help

The right photographer for the job

University Communications photographers will be assigned to projects involving campus-wide initiatives, major publications, as well as major events that help maintain and build the university's national reputation. University Communications also can help make sure our faculty and leaders look their best as ambassadors of the university, whether it's a portrait in our studio or in their working environment.

For other work, we will recommend proven freelance photographers for you to work with directly. Freelancers can cover lecture series tapings, banquets and receptions, and external pre-game events. We can assist in helping determine whether your job is best handled by a university photographer or freelancer. Photo services still will follow the university's eRequest policy.

More info on portraits

Portrait package will be offered at a flat rate of $75/portrait and includes two images (one outfit, left-facing and right-facing with retouching). If additional photos are requested, pricing will be estimated a la carte. Group portrait requests utilizing the portable studio or individual environmental portraits (showing a person in a contextual setting) should be treated as a project assignment. Pricing will be estimated based upon setup time, number of locations, and number of people.

An extensive photo catalog

University Communications maintains an image database of high-quality photos representing the university: classroom learning, student life, campus events, community service, and other activities. We realize our team of photographers cannot possibly be everywhere and that there are great images being captured across our campuses, so we would love to add other top-notch images of Buckeyes in action to our database. Images that meet brand standards and specification requirements will be considered. If you have images to share, please contact us at

(Note: When using University Communication images from an assignment, the catalog, or website, please keep the last four digits of the filename in the filename. We use this number for recovery purposes. We can identify "Brutus_1234" more easily than we can find just plain "Brutus.")

An online photo request form

Complete our simple online photo request form, and your information will get to the right person. Use the form to request studio or environmental portraits, larger photo jobs or access to the university photo catalog. A team member will follow up with you to make sure your needs are met.


Ohio State photographers have come up with "best practices" to help you get the best possible photos of your event. See our advice on event photography—whether you're hiring a freelancer or a staff member is taking photos.

New ways to save you time and money

Photo prints and frames

To streamline the process of ordering prints and framing, we are recommending McAlister Photoworks. McAlister will provide very high quality prints and custom framing at prices at or below what was available through Photo Services—plus, quicker delivery times. They accept purchase orders and Pcard payment.

To register with McAlister, go to and "Join now." Then call Paul Klutter at McAlister (614-766-1865) to set up your tax-exempt billing account. Ordering prints and making payment is simple and efficient. Your images are kept by McAlister for future print orders. McAlister also has an in-house framing service,with dozens of matting and framing options.

Quick photo delivery

BuckeyeBox enables fast delivery of photos to clients and partners, eliminating the wait time for CDs and DVDs.

Working directly with freelance photographers

Direct contact will help you precisely communicate your expectations to the freelancer. Freelance photographers recommended by University Communications will offer the same rates that we provide. Freelance photographers can accept your preferred method of payment: PCard or purchase order (eRequest).

Photo requests

Fill out our online form to request a new photo be taken or get access to our online photo catalog.

Photo request form

Photo gallery

Browse and download Ohio State images from the photo gallery.

Go to photo gallery

Fee structure

Photography projects:
$80 per hour

Rush projects (less than 3 business days):
200 percent charge on the fees (e.g. if the fee for something due in a week is $400, the fee jumps to $800 if it’s due in 2 days).

Project management fee:
20 percent of the project fee (e.g. a photo job that costs $200 would have an additional $40 added as a project fee)

In-studio portrait:

21 E. 11th Ave. East of High Street beside Barnes and Nobel Bookstore
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