Duke Chapel standing over campus building

Category: Photography

Photography Vendors

Learn more about contract terms, independent contractor forms and how to procure and pay from Duke Financial Services.

Photographers are listed alphabetically in each category

Editorial & Event Photographers

Derek Anderson
dlanderson.com
(618) 203-2909
Duke references: Sally Hicks

Bruce DeBoer
brucedeboer.com
Bruce@OryxCreatives.com
(919) 523-6385
Duke references: Shawn Rocco

Lissa Gotwals
lissagotwals.com
lg@lissagotwals.com
(919) 740-0536
Duke references: Sally Hicks

Alec Himwich
www.alechimwich.com
alec.himwich@gmail.com
(919) 943-8249
Duke references: Jennifer Prather, Katy Clune

Ken Huth
huthphoto.com
ken@huthphoto.com
(919) 619-8626
Duke references: Tori Hall, Michael Evans 

Colin Huth
photoc4.com
(919) 869-4422
Duke references: Tori Hall, Michael Evans

Justin Kase Conder
jkase.com
justin@jkase.com
(919) 633-4737
Duke references: Erin Hull 

Alex Maness
alexmaness.com
alex@alexmaness.com
(919) 707-6121
Duke references: Sally Hicks, Deirdre Shipman

Brian Mullins Photography
www.brianmullinsphotography.com
www.raleighcommercialphotos.com
contact@brianmullinsphotography.com
(919) 414-0869
Duke references: James Todd, Meghan Rushing; hired for Nov 2018 event by Celeste Ferguson

Annemie Tonken
megapixie.com
annemie@megapixie.com
919-886-5388
Duke references: Carolyn Gerber

Les Todd (retired from Duke Photography July 2016)
lestodd.photoshelter.com
Ltodd1000@gmail.com
(919) 725-3637
Duke references: Deborah Hill, Tori Hall, Bryan Roth, Jenna Brown, Aaron Wellborn, Shawn Rocco, Sally Hicks,  Alison Jones, Steve Hartsoe, Jeannine Sato, Mandy Dixon, Susan Kauffman, Paul Grantham

York Wilson Photography
yorkwilsonphoto.com
(919) 368-5079
Duke references: Sally Hicks

Event Photographers

Kelley Bennett
kelley.e.bennett@gmail.com
Duke references: Amy Finnegan

Alexandrea Lassiter of Copper Key Photo
https://www.copperkeyphoto.com/
contact@copperkeyphoto.com
(646) 207-8642
Duke reference: Robin Smith

Kevin Seifert Photography
kevinseifertphotography.com
kevin@kevinseifertphotography.com
Duke references: Celeste Hodges (headshots and numerous events), Eric Ferreri, Mandy Dixon, Shawn Rocco

Jim Wallace
w4ksz@yahoo.com
(919) 309-0360
Duke references: Deborah Hill, Sally Hicks, Susan Kauffman, Paul Grantham

Editorial Photographers

Alex Boerner
alexboerner.com
alex@alexboerner.com
(772) 233-5639
Duke references: Duke Performances, Shawn Rocco

Justin Cook
justincookphoto.com
cook.justin@gmail.com
(919) 612-6478
Duke references: Shawn Rocco, Alison Jones

Madeline Gray
madelinegrayphoto.com
madelinegray@gmail.com
(740) 591-2680
Duke references: Scott Huler

Ben McKeown
benmckeown.com
(919) 656-3003
Duke references: Shawn Rocco

Raul Rubiera
rubieraphoto.com
rrubiera@yahoo.com
(910) 916-3853
Duke references: April Dudash, Shawn Rowe, Greg Phillips (Fuqua)

Brian Strickland
brianstrickland.zenfolio.com/
(919) 273-1020
Duke references: Ellen deGraffenreid 

Perfect Visuals
perfectvisuals.com
info@perfectavisuals.com
(336) 736-7270
Duke references: Shawn Rocco

DC Based Photographers

Sam Kittner
Duke references: Kathy Neal

New to the list (no Duke references yet)

Kent Corley
kentcorley.com
photo@kentcorley.com
(919) 616-7679

Scott Faber Photography
scottfaber.com
scott@scottfaber.com 

Alex Kolyer
alexkolyer.com
alex@alexkolyer.com
(786) 556-7119

Leon Godwin
leon@lionnerd.com 

Susan Murray
studio@SP-murray.com
(919) 219-3347

Kate Pope
katepope.com
hello@katepope.com

Duke Communicators are invited to submit the names of photographers to be considered for this list. We also welcome feedback about your experiences working with freelance photographers. Suggestions will be reviewed quarterly along with feedback and the list will be updated accordingly. Please email input and suggestions to photos@duke.edu. Thank you for sharing your input and helping to make our network even stronger.

Photography at Duke

When choosing photography for your project, a combination of thematic stock photos and custom photoshoots should be able to provide all necessary images. When choosing (and shooting) images, look for:

  • interesting, asymmetric compositions
  • “white” or negative space
  • utilize close crops
  • diversity of subjects both in race and gender
  • subject matter of off-campus images should be topical

Avoid excessive shots of campus architecture. Instead, choose classrooms, students, or natural elements (plants, sky, etc.). When applicable, incorporate current event images to convey a theme or topic. Look for editorial images instead of banal “stock” images. Lastly, use global images as much as possible. Try not to limit industry/initiative images to a U.S. focus.

Portraits

Portraits should be forward-facing with the following attributes:

  • quiet composition
  • personal
  • looking toward camera

Alumni portraits should be off-campus (to illustrate our impact in the real world) and, when at all possible, include props from their industry. When portraits occur on campus, choose interesting backgrounds such as artwork or the natural world.

Other Things to Consider

Focus

Create a point of focus such that the background blurs a bit, but avoid the image getting too “soft.”

Expression

Can be anything, really. Just try and capture your subject at ease, with their most natural expression.

Background

Be creative, look for backgrounds that are graphic, quiet, or artful.

Proximity

Try the extremes; either really close or really far can be unusual and wonderful.

Candids/In-context

Photographs that make the user feel as though they are a part of the action can be very impactful. It gives the viewer a sense of being a part of the setting rather than simply viewing.

Events: It may seem like photos of speakers, lectures or symposiums provide context but the goal is to differentiate it from all other photos of event speakers. Find the interaction opportunities, shoot from different angles.

Scenic

spring scenes on West Campus – Duke Chapel

Duke is an incredibly beautiful place and you’ll find no shortage of inspirational locations for breathtaking photography. When considering scenic imagery, consider the time of day for lighting, the traffic pattern of the area and if there may be any no-go zones as part of the photo (i.e. health system

Obtaining Signed Releases

Most spaces on campus are considered public domain and therefore releases of photos/video captured in these areas (the Quads, grounds, spaces open to the public) do not require a signed consent form.

Signed releases must be obtained from all people photographed during formal photo shoots and video shoots for promotional materials.

The more an image easily identifies a specific individual, the more likely it is that written permission from the person photographed is necessary. If you plan to attach the name of a participant to a particular photograph in promotional materials, make sure that you have a signed release from that person. Group and crowd shots, where individuals are not easily identifiable, do not require specific permission from all individuals appearing in the image you are planning to use.

HIPPA Duke Health Form

University Photo Release Form

Releases should be stored WITH the image file and not exist separate from the photo.

Photography Resources

Duke’s Asset Management System (NETID required) is a wonderful resource of over 7,000 images. It is refreshed regularly with community-sourced photos as well as new imagery captured by the University Communications team.

Duke University Archives Yearlook Flickr site is a great resource for archival photos of Duke through the years.

Refer to the compiled list of Photography Vendors to find resources to fill your photography needs. You can also review Duke Financial Services’ contractor guidelines and learn how to procure and pay for services.

Can I use that picture?

“It’s on Google. I can use it, right?”

It’s tricky. Use the infographic from The Visual Communication Guy to determine where content falls on the copyright spectrum.

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