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Studio Portraits

Portrait Event Dates

Spring, 2022 - Location/time TBD

Portrait eligibility

KU community members who are eligible for portraits are listed below and include:

  • New faculty at posted walk-in portrait events
  • Current faculty, deans, directors at semi-annual walk-in portrait events
  • Subjects of national news stories released by KU News
  • National scholarship recipients supported by the University Honors Program

As of July 1, 2017, Marketing Communications will no longer produce studio portraits of Lawrence campus staff and students on a cost-recovery basis. We regret that the requirements of a service center are not scalable at our current level of operation and staffing. As part of our office charter, we’ll continue to photograph faculty during annual and semi-annual portrait events, though monthly portrait events will cease.

Departments in need of staff portraits should consider hiring a local freelance photographer. See “Best Practices – Hiring a Freelance Photographer” indexed here: http://publicaffairs.ku.edu/resources

Marketing Communications regrets the inconvenience of using an off-campus source and appreciates your past patronage, patience, and understanding. 

Guidelines for professional head-and-shoulder portraits

  • Business or business casual attire with neutral grays or muted colors is best.
  • Neon colors and bold prints/patterns tend to detract from one’s face.
  • Stark white or black values are often difficult to reproduce pleasingly.
  • Herringbone or other weaves with narrow lines may distort in a moiré pattern when displayed on a computer monitor.
  • Blouses with low necklines often make subjects appear barely (or not at all) dressed, when the photo is closely cropped.
  • For individuals with a dark complexion, consider choosing wardrobe items with middle-to-dark brightness values. This helps reduce excess contrast.
  • For individuals with a shiny complexion, consider consulting an aesthetician about the use of an astringent or properly tinted dulling powder.
  • Transitions®-type eyeglasses should be shielded from bright light for at least ten minutes just prior to a portrait sitting.
  • Large, highly reflective jewelry may produce glare, and long necklaces may be pointless if the photo is cropped/re-sized for a departmental webpage.

Wesley Building


Unless otherwise posted, the portrait studio is located at the office of Marketing Communications.  Marketing Communications is located in the Wesley Building at 1314 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS, 66045, in the North District of campus. For campus orientation, see: http://parking.ku.edu/sites/parking.drupal.ku.edu/files/files/parkingmap.pdf. For general orientation to the City of Lawrence, see: http://places.ku.edu/map. That map also shows the location of the Kansas Memorial Union, which is west of the Wesley Building.


Visitors to the Wesley Building will find hourly (pay) parking in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage at 13th and Mississippi. On the campus map, in the North District, the Mississippi Street Parking Garage is represented as the orange MSPK icon. Nearby, Parking Lot #16 (mustard-yellow icon) is closest to Wesley but restricted to gold-level permits only.


From the main entrance of the Kansas Memorial Union in the northeast part of campus, cross Jayhawk Boulevard. To the left, walk along the south edge of Smith Hall to access the main entrance to the Wesley Building. On the campus map, the WESL icon represents the Wesley Building. It appears just above and to the right of Parking Lot 16.


For additional questions contact kuphotos@ku.edu.  Thank you.

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