Photography Resources

Centralized Photo Repository:

Access to Penn State's photographic collection is available through the Canto gallery managed by University Marketing allowing search and download of University images. 

Contact the Multimedia Specialist for more information on accessing the Canto image library. 

Penn State Photographers:

Photographic resources are available through the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Student Freelance Agency and managed by the Office of Strategic Communications' Photo Division, Michelle Bixby, Photographer/Photojournalism Instructor.

The Student Freelance Agency specializes in providing Penn State entities with affordable, high-quality marketing photography that meets Penn State's Brand Standards. Students are available to shoot photography in the fall and spring semesters.

Photo Permissions and Releases:

If your office intends on taking images by a member of your staff or a student assistant, model releases must be obtained in order to legally use a person’s image and likeness in marketing materials. When in doubt, always secure a model release; this is a good practice to help us safeguard our use of individuals in our marketing materials.

Important: For children and youth under the age of 18 — a model release must be obtained and should be filled out by the individual's parent or guardian. 

Where Photo Permissions Apply

  • For individuals under the age of 18 at public events (e.g., THON, commencement, etc.).
  • For everyone who is identifiable or the main focus in your photo/video. This includes staff, faculty, students, and the public.
  • If the main individuals in your photo/video are among a large crowd and are clearly the main focus of the image, get photo/video releases for each main person. 
  • When photographing/filming large public events like commencement, THON, 5Ks, large sporting events, banquets, etc., you do not need to get individual photo releases; however, you must post signs on all entryways to the venue stating: "By entering this venue, you are consenting to be photographed or filmed for use in Penn State marketing materials." Ensure the print is large and legible.
  • Keep and file all photo releases.

Please use the photo/video release form below as it has been approved by Penn State Risk Management.