Albany Law School Photography

The Communications Department offers a full range of photographic services in support of the law school's communications and marketing efforts.

Original photographs tell the law school's stories, appear in publications, and on our website. The Department also maintains an extensive image library and a Flickr repository of law school images available for use.

  • The Communications Department will shoot major law school events and activities or arrange for a freelance photographer to document the event.
  • We cannot support all celebrations and parties due to limited resources and time constraints.
  • If you believe your request requires the services of the University's photographer, submit it to communications@albanylaw.edu.
  • Requests must be made at least 2 weeks in advance, and even earlier if the photoshoot falls on a weekend or in the evening.
  • If we cannot fulfill your request see the tips below on shooting your own photos.
  • Use of Communications and Marketing stock photography and the work of the law school photographer is allowed at no charge for on-campus clients.
  • Communications and Marketing is not responsible for any charges billed by off-campus photographers for the use of their photographs/services or for charges for any stock photography requested outside of our office.
  • If you use an outside photographer's work, copyrighted photographs or other copyrighted art in your publication or on your website, you (as the client) are obliged to pay for it.
  • If you use stock photography for your website or publication, it is your responsibility to secure the usage rights for those images.
  • You cannot pull an image off another website and post it to your site.
  • Communications and Marketing is not responsible for any charges incurred for the use of images provided to us by our clients without proper permission.
  • Traditional print photographs are no longer available.
  • Submit requests for digital images to communications@albanylaw.edu; be sure to state how and where the image is to be used.
  • Images taken to illustrate a specific article in a publication will not be released until after the article is published.
  • If you are a member of the media seeking permission to use a Law School image, contact the communications team at communications@albanylaw.edu. Note that requests may take up to 2 weeks to be processed.
  • All photographs taken by law school photographers and those appearing on albanylaw.edu are copyrighted and intended for the promotion and marketing of Albany Law School.
  • Photographs are not intended for commercial reproduction or personal use, and should not be used out of the context of their intended use or altered beyond basic cropping and resizing.
  • Questions regarding image copyright or the use of a photograph for Albany Law School materials, as well as requests from external organizations wishing to purchase law school photographs, should be directed to communications@albanylaw.edu.


  • Individual portraits (headshots) are most easily done outside in the shade, rather than indoors or in direct sun.
  • Use a camera with a zoom lens set to its longest telephoto setting. This will blur the background to keep distracting details to a minimum.
  • Use a tripod or, if that is not possible, hold the camera very steady. Camera-shake is the primary reason for blurry photos.
  • Crop the photos tightly. If you want to show a person's face, do not include a huge blank wall behind your subject.

Group shots

  • Avoid lining everyone up against a wall; instead, try shooting from a high angle with the group looking up at the camera or arrange the group around a couch or chairs, with some sitting and some standing.
  • Take several shots.
  • Shoot at an angle to walls, rather than straight on.
  • Shoot your images at the highest/largest resolution; check the settings on your camera before taking photos.