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Complimentary Headshots for the Campus Community

The office of College Relations and Communication will be offering complimentary professional headshots for the campus community.


No appointments needed; sittings are first come, first-served during these times:

  • April 18 10:00-5:00
  • April 19: 1:30-6:00

Each sitting should take no more than 5 minutes.


Alumni Hall conference room (224).

There is one open-access 15-minute parking spot in our lot, right in front of the garage. We can't guarantee it will be empty. The next-closest lot is just across 96B.

What you get:

Photo files will be emailed individually to each participant after the shoot. By default, photos also will be uploaded into our office's photo database. Anyone who wants to get a headshot but does not want us to have their image in the database can simply indicate this when they come for their sitting.

This is available to all current Ithaca College faculty, staff, and students.

Recommendations for what to wear:

The backdrop will be off white/light gray. Below are some general suggestions for professional clothing styles that tend to be the most versatile, timeless, and camera-friendly.

  • When choosing clothing for your professional headshot: think classic. Pick your favorite suit that fits you well and is preferably a classic dark color like navy blue or gray. Choose a suit that doesn't bunch up when you button it or if you sit down and a shirt and tie that match each other and the suit.
  • Try to stay away from anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors. Clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from tight grid-like patterns. Thin stripes that are a little further apart are okay. 
  • If you don't wear a tie, choose a non-white shirt if possible: white shirts without a jacket and tie to break them up can lose detail in the color and folds. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it's best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker color shirt or something with pockets or details to avoid it looking like a head floating on a blank, boxy shirt, and unbutton a button or two.
  • Choose a professional suit or business-oriented outfit that has a classic look: you shouldn’t be able to tell what decade it is in the photo. Don’t choose anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors, unless you can layer a plain blazer or sweater over it.
  • Try not to wear stark white unless it’s under something, such as a suit jacket, cardigan, or sweater.
  • Try to stay away from short sleeves or tank tops: executive headshots tend to look better without bare arms.
  • For jewelry, go for something small, classic, and not very reflective or flashy.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 1:30pm to 6:00pm

Alumni Hall, Conference Room (Room 224)

Event Type

Professional Development

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