Let's face it, most of us aren't huge fans of having our picture taken. Alas, students, families and the greater campus community like to put a face with a name. In the spirit of that, I (the Director of Photography, Liz Chrisman) thought I'd detail an article to demystify the process of having your complimentary portrait made on campus.

How to have your official campus portrait made:

  • Within that request, indicate a general timeframe (like 11am-1pm) that you're available on headshot day. Headshot days are 99.9% of the time on the first Tuesday of every month.
2. Sit back and await a response. Depending on workflow, this can take between 12-24 hours.

3. We'll play ping pong back and forth until there's a time that works best for your schedule and get you on the calendar! If you use the Office 365 calendar, you should also receive a calendar invite via your atu.edu email address.

4. You'll arrive, looking fly. Don't be alarmed if the overhead studio lights are off and just the portrait setup lights are on. Also, peek around the corner if you don't see a person - my office is within the studio space, in room 213. 

5. We'll take around 5-6 shots from a couple of different angles. After that, we'll look through these shots together and decide which one works best for you. If you're not digging any of them, we'll try again. 

6. Processing, archiving and dissemination time of headshots can take between 3-5 business days. This is all depending upon the season, workflow, etc. My schedule can get a little hectic with travel from time to time.

7. Once the photo processing is complete, you'll receive a friendly message back with your web resolution headshot for you to use across the web.

8. The web development side of the MARCOMM team will be notified that your photo is complete and will add your new portrait to your faculty/staff entity on the atu.edu site. The timing of this process is, again, entirely dependent on their workflow schedule.


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