UA Little Rock’s award-winning photographer, Benjamin Krain, produces photos, videos, and galleries featured on ualr.edu, in university publications, in digital marketing, and around campus.
Photography services include:
- Studio and location photography
- Advertising and editorial photography
- Event photography
Our photographer and student interns are constantly searching for new photo opportunities. They want to capture what is unique and fun about the Trojan student experience. If you are aware of an opportunity or event that might fit, please email Angela Parker.
The university photographer’s main responsibility is to capture images for the Office of Communications and Marketing.
The first priority is take photos of events, such as those hosted by the chancellor, commencement, award ceremonies, university celebrations, special guests, and alumni events. Admissions and recruitment initiatives; local, regional, or national news stories; advancement events, historic events, high-profile speakers, and images of student life, and the campus. Faculty and staff are also a priority.
Second priority assignments are those that students or freelancers can photograph and include some speakers, conferences, seminars, administrative or academic department needs (classroom photos, speakers, events, etc.)
Third priority assignments are those that students and freelancers can photograph and include group photos (clubs, committees, etc.), employee-centered events, receptions, student headshots for rosters, etc.
The university photographer has a list of freelance photographers who have worked on campus. Student photographers are sometimes assigned to take photos.
How do I request a photography or video shoot?
All requests for new photography must go through our photo/video request form. Provide as much detail as possible when you submit your request. If you request an event, include a timeline and any key shots you would like.
If you are requesting a portrait or a series of portraits, include the names of the people being photographed. The more information we have about your photo shoot, the better we can help you achieve your goal.
Please allow for ample time to participate in a photography and video shoot. A group of three people or more could require at least 30-45 minutes while headshot usually require 15 minutes.
Please submit photo requests a minimum of 10 business days before the desired date.
Do you charge for your services?
There is a minimal charge for our services to cover expenses. Before any shoot, you will be contacted to arrange for your department to be charged the appropriate amount. Headshots are $25 each and you will receive a digital file; group shots are $50 per setup, and there is a $50 hourly rate for location photography shoots and a $75 hourly rate for videography.
What happens after I submit my request?
The director of broadcast media and the photographer/videographer will review your request and determine the best way to proceed. We will collaborate with you to achieve the best result.
I am being photographed, and I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
To get the best photograph, strive to follow these guidelines.
- Make sure the location is free of anything you do not want to appear in the photo.
- Avoid highly reflective objects in the background such as glass, shiny wallpaper, screens, etc.
- Try not to set up the photo shoot in high-traffic areas.
- The number of participants in the photo will help determine the most suitable location.
Consider the following guidelines for attire during a photo or video shoot.
- Solids are best. If more than one person will be in the photo, neutrals are better. Otherwise, the subject should wear the color that they look best in.
- Don’t wear white unless it is under a jacket or sweater.
- Avoid large patterns, logos, and writing, except for UA Little Rock gear, when it is appropriate for a particular shoot. Never wear attire from other universities.
- Sleeves that are 3/4-length or full-length work best for both men and women. Avoid sleeveless and short-sleeved garments.
- It is safe to err slightly on the side of more formal than what he, she, or they consider to be normal work attire. This will depend on the individual and the context in which they are being photographed.
When will I receive my media?
After a shoot, the photographer/videographer will edit the files and present the client with the best images. Since all assignments need to be edited, finished files will not be available right after an assignment. Allow at least five business days for your finished files to be delivered. This timeframe can expand during periods of peak demand.
We deliver all media through our digital archiving system, PhotoShelter. All images remain the property of the Office of Communications and will become a part of the university’s photo library.
What about the photo credit?
Any images used outside the university MUST be used with appropriate credit: Photographer Name/UA Little Rock.
Any images used inside the university may be used with the credit: Photographer Name/Office of Communications. This is not a requirement.
Who owns the images from the shoot I requested?
All media is owned and copyrighted by the UA Little Rock.
Are there any restrictions on how I can use UA Little Rock images?
We ask that you not distribute electronic files to parties outside UA Little Rock. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Parker. Our photographs and videos should not be used in any manner that reflects negatively on the university.
I would like to search your catalog of images. How should I proceed?
Our designers can assist you in selecting the best media for your project. There is no charge for using media from our archive.