Photographs and Imagery

In most cases, the tone of photographs used in Mays materials should be warm, inviting, and open. Themes might include: faculty/student interaction, classroom discussion, and professional settings when appropriate. Individuals should be dressed in business attire or business casual attire. Undergraduate settings should strive to show students in business casual attire. T-shirts and shorts should be discouraged.

Photograph Planning


The Wehner building classrooms, lecture auditoriums and common areas are all suitable locations for photography.

Mays at CityCentre is also an attractive location for photography although care must be taken to guard against combining undergraduate and graduate classrooms and student populations.

Authentic interaction and student culture should be sensitive and respectful. Models for shoots should be selected from the acting student body and alumni. Encourage a mixture of gender and ethnicities.

Subjects should be close to camera, with a goal of reducing the amount of background environment visible in the frame, especially for locations in the Wehner building.


Professional Life: Activities which highlight a student’s experience beyond the campus—internships, volunteering, attending speaker events, receptions with noted alumni are all potential opportunities for photography.

Classroom Studies: Future students often wonder what the classroom experience will be like. Glimpses into the classroom, student-student/faculty-student interaction help reinforce the participation that is encouraged at Mays.

Student-Faculty Collaboration: A major benefit of attending Mays is the amount of faculty/student collaboration. Shots might include: over the shoulder shots of in-depth conversations, intense shared focus on a monitor screen or discussion around a whiteboard or projected image.


Active students and faculty, as well as student-faculty and student-alumni or alumni-alumni interactions.

In-the-moment poses—candid. Models should rarely be camera-aware.

Models should be dressed in non-distracting clothes. Minimize graphics, brands, sports teams, or other schools’ logos.

Facial expressions for models should be engaged, happy, and relaxed. Not bored or sad.


Photograph Composing and Styling

Shot Styles

Selective focus and interesting angles.

Students/faculty don’t always have to be the hero in the shots.

Shots can be cropped tight on action with short depth of field.

Composition Styles

Compositions can vary depending on the subject matter.

Use of dramatic angles and perspective typically generate interest.

Work with negative space and subject asymmetry.

Composition Style Examples

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