Photography

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University photographers are taking photographs on campus, but time on campus and campus facilities are limited and therefore require advance notice and approvals. We also provide images for download or from our vast collection in our Digital Asset Management system (Widen) and other sources. Contact the photography team at photo@pitt.edu or 412-648-9870 with your photography requests during this time.

NOTE: We have created COVID-era Imagery Guidance and Checklists (PDF) to help photographers and videographers, as well as those using video content, align with Pitt health and safety rules.

Our multimedia team produces video content for the Office of University Communications channels and partners with Awesome Films to provide video consulting, recording and editing services that promote the University’s reputation. To work with Awesome Films, please submit a marketing project request.

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Photo Requests

To request a photoshoot, use our online forms for studio portraits or on-location photography. Please do NOT use these forms to ask questions or inquire about photographer availability. Instead, please email questions and inquiries to photo@pitt.edu or call Michele Denson at 412-648-9870.

Note: If you need a photographer within 48 hours, please call Michelle Denson at 412-648-9870.

All photos will be delivered to your Pitt Box account.

Please consider the following when requesting our services:

  • Why is photography needed and how will it be used strategically?
  • Is the photo newsworthy to the news media?
  • How can the subject be photographed to yield the strongest impact? For example, a photograph of a professor working on a research project has greater potential for use than a photo of the professor being recognized at an awards ceremony.
  • Is there potential to amplify the photo through additional use, such as social media, news releases, web, magazine, newspaper, interior display, etc.?
  • How does the photo project support Pitt's strategic goals and initiatives?
  • How will the photography align with the University Brand Guidelines?

Visual Services does not support the following requests but encourages you to book an approved freelance photographer. Please contact the freelancer directly for availability and pricing.

  • Photos for a department's personal use in memory albums or scrapbooks.
  • Requests for which a majority of photos will not be used in a publication and/or media placement.
  • Photos intended as gifts or mementos.
  • Photos for student organizations.

Image Library

We also maintain an archive of photographic images, including a selection of high-resolution stock photos of Pitt leaders and landmark buildings available for download.