University Communications Photography team's daily work includes representing major strategic initiatives for the university through the highest quality photography.

Professional headshots

Headshots are available for faculty and staff only. Students should check with the Career Development Center for headshots.

To ensure everyone has an opportunity for this service, headshots are limited to no more than two per semester.

Proofs: All images will be emailed to you via digital proof and each image will be labeled with a number. Please pick your preferred shot, email us the number and we will send you a high-resolution digital image.

Boone campus drop-in headshot days

Drop-in headshot days are usually held once a month at 143U Anne Belk Hall. No appointment is necessary.

Upcoming dates:

  • July 31, 2024, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hickory campus drop-in headshot day

Drop-in headshot day will be held in the Atrium. No appointment is necessary.

Upcoming dates:

  • TBD

Photo catalog

University Communications has a database of hundreds of photos available for download. These images were taken by our university photographers, and are the property of Appalachian State University. They may be used for any official university communications. We do not provide access to a commercial stock photography platform.

Photography resouces

Often, specialized photography is needed for specific recruitment, advancement, alumni or other customized information representing the university. We will work with you to develop a shot list and schedule for these purposes.

Please note that we make every effort to meet the photography needs on campus, but we employ only two full-time photographers. Our university photographers attend major events and shoot photos for release to the press, as well as for general publicity purposes. For more specialized events, photography can often be handled by staff or students attending the events. Cameras may be checked out through Information Technology Services. If you require a professional photographer for an event for which we aren’t available, contact us for a list of recommended freelance photographers.

Occasionally, we get requests for photos for office decoration. The university’s interior designer, Jacki McGuire (, is tasked with office decoration and has a limited number of photographs that are available in large format for framing.

Are you recording video, taking photos or recording soundbytes for promotional purposes?

Please download the release form, have it signed by the participants in your project (or by the appropriate parents/guardians if they are minors), and keep the release on file with your project records. We recommend that you keep the originals or a digital copy for 3 years.