UW free photo day

Announcing Free Photo Day!

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Capturing a photo worth printing can be a difficult task in this era of cell phone cameras and selfies. Let a professional photographer come to the rescue on Free Photo Day!

All UW faculty and staff are invited to the Seattle campus on Sunday, August 24 to have their picture taken. Feel free to bring partners, spouses, children, grandparents, and even pets to capture a great shot of those you love. You can pick any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. by REGISTERING HERE.  A professional photographer will take three to five frames of your group at each location you choose. After the event, you can simply log in online, download the photos (up to 8×10 quality), and have them printed anywhere!

Our team of professional photographers include Tara Brown (former UW staff), Brian David Casey, Rick Gordon, Anna Gordon, Libby Ross, Aya Sato, Vanessa Simpson, Brooke Taylor, and Leane Thompson. Most of these photographers have also joined The Whole U discount program, where you can find more information about their services and see their portfolios. For example, Tara Brown took this shot on campus:Tara Brown photography

And since you’ll be on campus, why not bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it? A face painter has been confirmed and we are working to provide more free entertainment for the kids because they deserve a reward for holding still and giving their best smile! You will also be able to grab a beverage at a discount. Burke Café will offer 10% off their espresso beverages (anything made on the espresso machine, including hot chocolate and steamers for the kiddos) and drip coffee.

For the photos, you are able to choose one or all of four different iconic locations on Seattle’s campus: The Quad, Drumheller Fountain, Husky Stadium, or Suzzallo Library. There will be multiple photographers stationed at each location to boost efficiency and maximize your time. Can’t decide which locations to shoot at? Here’s some background info about each spot:

The Quad, officially named the Liberal Arts Quadrangle, is known for its breathtaking scenery. Even though the Yoshino Cherry Trees will not be in bloom in August, the greenery is still spectacular. Here you will also find gorgeous brick architecture and the historic walkways.

Maybe you’ll choose Drumheller Fountain located on Rainier Vista. Drumheller Fountain, originally known as Geyser Basin, was created for the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. When the skies are blue and clear, Mt. Rainier can even be spotted in the distance. Today, Drumheller is known as a popular place to take photos and is often home to many families of ducks and geese!

For diehard Husky football fans or those who simply love the recent renovations, Husky Stadium is a great option. With a lowered field, removed track, and a new lower bowl and south side stands, this location screams “Go Dawgs!” Known as the “greatest setting in college football,” you can’t go wrong!

Last but certainly not least, Suzzallo Library is another campus favorite. It opened in 1926 and the  Gothic architecture is composed of precast stone, terra-cotta, brick, sandstone, and slate. University president Henry Suzzallo envisioned this library as “the soul of the university.”

Simply register for the location(s) you want, and when you arrive you can jump in line for the photographer who’s framed the shot the way you like best.

So skip the selfies and join us on Free Photo Day! This is an event you do NOT want to miss.  No more blurred faces, horrifying red-eye, or a stranger’s finger over the lens. Just a beautiful photo by a professional photographer that you can cherish for a lifetime.




8 Thoughts on “Announcing Free Photo Day!”

On July 9, 2014 at 7:02 AM, Andrea Michelbach said:

I missed the LinkedIn photo shoot offered on campus a while ago and would like to use this opportunity to just have a professional headshot taken. Is that ok?

On July 9, 2014 at 7:45 AM, Gurpreet Gill said:

I am interested in picture day. How will I get access to the pictures I take. Do you take one pose, few poses and do I get it emailed or on CD. Are they totally free? or it wil cost to buy them?

    On July 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM, Margaret Murray said:

    Hi Gurpreet! You can take up to five shots at each location. We will be using Flickr, an online photo sharing service, to distribute the photos. The photographers will upload the photos there. You will be able to download the photos for free, and then do what you like with them (i.e. email them, share them online, or pay to have them printed at Walgreens, Costco, or the photo lab of your choice).

On July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM, Phaedra Allen said:

Dang, right in the middle of the kids nap time.

    On July 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Lauren Updyke said:

    Hi Phaedra, we felt we needed to give families time to wake up and start their day on Sunday before the event but finish the photos before everyone needed to get home and prepare for the following week. Sorry about that. Hoping you can still make it and kiddos sleep a little earlier or hold out 😉 I have two little ones.

On July 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM, Andrea said:

Will this event be a once a year thing? Sad to miss it, but already have travel plans.

    On July 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Margaret Murray said:

    We’re not sure, but it’s definitely possible! After every event we send a survey to everyone who attended and make decisions about future programming based on feedback. Hopefully people love it!

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