Photography & Video

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Photography and Video Production play a key role in the development and projection of the University's brand and delivery of its key messages. The photographers and cinematographers within University Marketing and Communications  are committed to providing high-quality products at competitive rates for the campus community, the media, and the general public.

Photo/Video Request

Free Services

UCM has removed fees for photography and video production services that are related to external promotion and publications that support our university's brand and mission enhancement.

The types of photographs and video that are considered priority under the no-fee service include those for Chancellor’s office, press conferences, board of trustees, commencement, publicity, broad-use print publications (marketing brochures, recruitment material), top-tier web pages, events of significant news value, professional headshots of faculty and staff, and special projects relating directly to our Imagine2030 strategic plan.

  • Headshots are available by appointment every Thursday/Friday morning from 9 am-12 pm. Reserve your Time
  • We also provide images accessible to the entire SIU campus community through Canto.


We have to limit free professional photography and video production services, particularly if there is no designated, broad use for the photos or images.

Starting July 1, 2023, the following rates will be in effect:

  • $80 per hour for shoots/events between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • $100 per hour for shoots/events after 5 p.m. and until 11 p.m., and on weekends

  • $15 per person for headshots if a private session is needed, or if a session is needed outside of regularly scheduled headshot events

  • $20 per hour for archival retrieval of photos

Greek Composites

We partner with the Craft Shop to offer Greek composite photography, printing, and framing services! We can provide everything you will need for an amazing composite including:

  • professional photography services
  • backdrops
  • lighting
  • drapes
  • retouching
  • design
  • printing
  • framing

If you are interested in only part of the process (photo services, printing, etc.), we are able to help! Please fill out the request form and indicate what we can help you with.

If your organization has a sweetheart, mascot, or pet you would like to be featured in your composite, we can do that at no additional cost! Just make sure they come in (accompanied by a member of your organization) during the week we take photos.

Composites will be scheduled for all organizations for one week in the spring semester. 

Pricing Information

We understand that composites can be expensive, which is why our pricing includes taking all the photos, editing and retouching, composite design and printing. It's an all-inclusive flat rate!

Framing options are priced separately, but we will include it in your final quote.

Amount of People Cost (framing options priced separately)
15 or under $300.00
16 to 20 $350.00
21 to 30 $400.00
31 to 40 $450.00
41 to 50 $500.00
51 to 60 $550.00
61 to 70 $600.00
71 to 80 $650.00
81 or over $700.00

Framing Options

(in order of least to most expensive)

Arquadia Black
Two-Tone Mahogany
Mahogany Small-Step
Academic Gold

Composite Production Timeline:

  • Please submit all composite requests by April 1. Composite requests can be submitted here.
  • Headshots will be taken between mid-April and early May, depending on organization members' availability. We will try to do headshots for all organizations at once and will work with everyone's schedules.
  • Once the photos have been taken, our staff will edit the headshots and design your composite. Pending your feedback, a completed composite and final headshots will be ready for print by the end of June.
  • If you have requested a printed and framed composite, the Craft Shop will then order your needed materials and assemble your composite. Please allow time for ordering, shipping, and building your final composite (roughly 1 month, depending on staff availability)
  • Your framed composite will be available to pick up in the beginning of the fall semester between August and September!