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If you are a student worker or work exclusively off-campus and can not schedule an appointment with the photographer, you may choose to have a helper take a photo of you with a high-quality mobile phone. This photo must meet the following criteria and be appropriately cropped in order to be approved for use on the website.


A professional-grade camera is not necessary.  Cameras in newer-model mobile phones take high-quality photos that are more than sufficient for a webpage.  Avoid old phones. 

Orientation and Aspect Ratio

All portrait photos must be in a landscape orientation.  If you are using a cell phone to take the picture, make sure you are holding the phone horizontally, not vertically.  Most cell phone photos are in a 3 x 2 (width by height) ratio.  This will provide ample room for cropping the photo to fit the website’s 16 x 9 required ratio for portraits.


Each college or administrative office is permitted to select its own background as long as every portrait is taken in the same exact spot and from the same angle.  Consistency and uniformity are the goals.  For example, a series of portraits taken along the same decorated wall is consistent, but if they are not all in the same spot, or are at different angles, they are not uniform.  Please make the effort to be both.  

If you are unsure of the official background of your college or office, check with your local web administrator.


Take the photo in a well-lit area.  Ideally, the light source should be bright, but indirect so there are no harsh shadows or bright glares on the subject or on the background.  Avoid direct sunlight or fluorescent lights.  Do not use a flash. 


Smile, please!

The subject of the photo should stand relatively close to the background and turn their face to the camera.  They may choose to angle their body slightly to either side if they wish.  The helper taking the photo should stand far enough away from the subject so that the frame contains the subject’s torso from approximately the navel to several inches above the head.  (This will leave plenty of room for cropping in the next step.)  When finished, your subject should look something like this on the camera screen:

Tyler Berry
jackson miles
keona banks
Tyler Berry
ana lee
ruben ortiz

(*Note that the background in the bottom row is consistent and mostly uniform.  The photographer has chosen an interesting background with a dynamic angle that is aesthetically pleasing, but challenging to maintain strict  uniformity.  A simpler, yet effective approach is to choose a flat, neutral background such as the painted wall in the top row.)


When you are finished taking your photos, you will crop them to fit a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and save them as a JPG file at a resolution of 1440 x 810 pixels.  There are strict requirements for cropping portraits.  Click the button to visit our cropping guide and learn more.

How to Crop Portraits