Storytelling with Photography

We understand the power of a good story. Our professional photography services help students, faculty and staff tell their best stories – whether they require a single portrait or an entire shoot.

Let us help you build your brand with high-quality photography, offered at below-market rates for members of the University of Missouri System.

Please contact us to discuss your questions or create a plan tailored to your needs.

Whatever your goals – fundraising, brand recognition, publicity, just to name a few – UMKC Photography Services can help you reach them.

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female kneels over male laying prone on stage floor in foreground; in background, group of actors reach toward her

Event photography

Primarily an unposed, documentary approach, with posed photos available at the client's request. We'll work with you to determine the best way to capture the essence of your event.

Pricing Information

  • $75 per hour OR
  • $90 per hour after 5 p.m. or on weekends
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Ashley Judd stands on stage behind podium with flowers in front of it
male in white UMKC basketball uniform holds basketball while jumping towards basket and another male in black uniform tries to block him
woman wearing scarf hugs another woman whose back is to camera in front of a group of people
three students sit together laughing; a white female with brown hair is far left, a black female with short light brown curly hair is leaning over on third student who is white female with long dark hair and head thrown back

General photography

Any staged photography. These can be individual photos, group photos or contain no subjects at all. We will work with you to determine your needs and how we can best represent your group.

Pricing Information

  • $100 per hour OR
  • $120 per hour after 5 p.m. or on weekends
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male student reaches for glass beaker holding pink liquid while female instructor looks on
people in lab coats, hairnets, masks and goggles look at substance in glass beaker
student in uniform dives for volleyball in front of Kansas City skyline
portrait of Diane Filion
portrait of Uzziel Pecina
portrait of Felix Gonzalez
portrait of Kim Langrehr

Studio portraits

Portraits and headshots created in the MCOM portrait studio (currently located in the Fine Arts building 307).

Pricing Information

  • FREE
  • You'll receive high-resolution digital files of select portraits suitable for print or web use
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portrait of Richard Delaware
portrait of Ashleigh Pona
portrait of Curtis Scott

Getting Ready

  • For clothing, solid colors and simple patterns work best
  • Plan for the session to take 10–15 minutes
  • Relax! We'll do our best to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera
portrait of Akash Jani in lab coat in hospital room

Non-studio portraits

Portraits in non-studio locations, including group portraits. We specialize in unique concepts that go beyond what you'll see in a standard individual or group photo.

Pricing Information

  • $50 per person/group OR
  • $60 per person/group after 5 p.m. or on weekends
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portrait of Megan Hart and Ryan Holmes in chemistry lab
portrait of Cara Nordengren standing outside in front of greenery
group portrait of Academic Support and Mentoring staff

Additional Services

Some projects require extra attention, and we're happy to help. The following services are available at $50 per hour.

Scouting and Testing

Some photography requires location research to ensure high-quality images.


Includes any time the photographer must take to get to the location, outside of the time already scheduled.


All MCOM images are subject to basic editing before delivery. Additional retouching may include an additional charge.

Policies and Forms

Ready to book? Review the sections below about what goes on after the final shutter click.

Release Forms

Please have any person who is recognizable in our photographs sign a photo release (PDF). Photos of minors (under the age of 18) require a release signed by a parent or legal guardian (PDF). If no single person is the dominant feature (i.e. group and crowd photos), a photo release is not required.


All images remain the copyright of UMKC Strategic Marketing and Communications. Commissioned images are yours to publish, print and distribute. MCOM retains the right to use images as licensable stock or in other marketing materials for UMKC and its academic units.

Photo archives

MCOM maintains an archive of all photography, which is available to members of the University of Missouri System for use in print, web and social media ($50/hour retrieval fee).

Image Delivery

Photos are delivered online via Box and hosted on our Zenfolio site for easy viewing and sharing. Within 30 days, you should download and archive images for future use.

Discs and drives are available – contact MCOM for pricing options.

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