In light of the university photographer retiring this summer, a few changes have been made to the photography and videography resources available to campus partners.
The photographer position was in the Center for Teaching and Learning, which included online course development. During the past year, a new Division of Digital Learning has been established that focuses on developing new courses and programs for adult and nontraditional students in various formats, including online. The photographer position will not be filled, and videography and related resources have been redirected to concentrate on the development of online courses.
The result is that the university community will need to adapt to a new model for resourcing photography and videography needs, particularly events, group photos and faculty/staff head shots that were a focus of the photographer and video team in the CTL. Individual units will need to hire outside vendors for photography or videography services or consider other options.
Because this will require changes to planning and budgets, below is an overview of where to direct photo and video requests.
- The Purchasing Department has an online list of freelance photographers recommended by the Office of Marketing and Communication. Please note that OMC does not have a staff photographer.
- Each department or office will need to allocate funding for any photography needs and work directly with one of these recommended freelancers to schedule the photoshoot.
- Photography produced by OMC through its marketing work with university partners is available for use via an online database. Contact OMC for access if needed.
- The Purchasing Department has an online list of video production vendors, also recommended by OMC.
- If events must be recorded to video, departments and offices will have to work with an outside vendor and should plan accordingly.
- Please note that while OMC has a video producer on staff to create high-impact videos used for broad marketing purposes (e.g. the university commercial), it does not have the bandwidth to take on requests for work that was previously covered by the videography team in the CTL.
Units interested in developing new online courses and programs should contact either David Schejbal, chief of Digital Learning, or Mari Pares-Toral, director of instructional design in the Division of Digital Learning.