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Photography Guidelines

Effective August 1, 2020, the Office of Communications must approve all plans for filming inside Feinberg buildings, including crew size, location, and safety protocol. All vendors are required to follow Northwestern’s return to campus protocol, including wearing a mask for the duration of the shoot, frequent hand-washing, following social distancing, and other safety measures. A project sponsor from the requesting unit (faculty or staff) must be on site at all times, and they must remain in the requested filming space. We recommend filming in outside or in atria wherever possible due to the large size and capacity. Filming in close quarters, such as offices and conference rooms, is not recommended. No visitors will be allowed into Feinberg buildings without a Northwestern escort. Please refer to the Contracted Photographer & Videology Policies page for the full process. Please engage our office via email once your PAC request is approved.

Members of the media should follow media relations protocol as outlined by the University.

If you are looking to hire a professional photographer, please see our services section for information on how to request a recommendation from our team.

Once you have a plan in place for taking the photography, it's time to plan your shots. Contact our team for suggestions, and be sure to review our Photo Styles and Specifications document. During the shoot, keep in mind that our landing pages require wide, horizontal images. 

For more helpful guidelines, see the Northwestern University photo guidelines page.

Filming at Home

As many individuals are working remotely, the need may arise to film yourself using your home as a backdrop. Please reference this University guidelines document on best practices for filming at home