Photography plays a crucial role in bringing our brand to life.


Our photographic style can be applied to portraits and is the preferred approach for communications and marketing. For example, in faculty profile pages, news stories and social media.

Editorial portrait used for print ad
Subject engaged in conversation
Subject engaged in research

Formal portraits

For formal portraits for identification purposes:

  • Use a light-to-medium gray background with eyes to the camera
  • Use the visual style in the example below
  • Landscape orientation allows photos to be easily cropped to square, and used in wide applications such as horizontal banners

Formal studio portraits

Our formal studio portraits are consistent and versatile, and can be obtained through Communications & Marketing or a contract photographer.

Formal portrait for identification purposes

Contract photographers

Refer to our photography guidelines for direction on style and tips while hiring a contract photographer. SFU faculty and staff can book the Communications & Marketing Studio (Education Building 7628) for portraits by SFU faculty and staff at no cost. To book the studio or request referrals for contract photographers, please contact

Note: contract photographers can also be engaged for outdoor and on-location portraits.

SFU Communications & Marketing photo days

SFU Communications & Marketing contracts the external vendor Artona for faculty, staff and graduate student portraits on prescheduled dates. Artona specializes in volume portraiture (“Photo Days”) for the secondary and post-secondary market and is familiar with SFU through annual convocation headshot sessions. SFU Communications & Marketing covers the cost for this service.

C&M Photo Days are intended for professional applications such as a website faculty listing and not intended for standard identification such as passport photos or ID cards. For standard identification please use alternate suppliers such as London Drugs.

Next photo days

Date: postponed until Fall 2024

  • Location: Surrey
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Date: postponed until Fall 2024

  • Location: Vancouver
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Instructions for coordinators

  1. Book your time on the Artona scheduling calendar. The booking calendar opens four weeks before Photo Day. If the booking calendar is full, add your name to this waitlist and Artona will contact you if a spot becomes available.
  2. Artona will email instructions within seven days to privately and securely upload a spreadsheet of all your photo subjects' names
  3. Within 10 business days prior to Photo Day, submit a spreadsheet of names and details using this template. Please name the file as indicated.
  4. You will receive high-resolution photos within 10-14 days following the photoshoot via file download
  5. Distribute the files as appropriate

Instructions for subjects

  1. Get the date, time and location from your Coordinator
  2. Search in the SFU Snap App Room Finder. Directional signage will be posted.
  3. Important: arrive at the location at your scheduled time
  4. Select a pre-printed ticket on the table with your name and hand it to the photographer when it's your turn to be photographed
  5. The photographer will take three-to-four photos. You will be able to select up to three photos prior to leaving.

Important notice

  • Due to our full Artona Photography schedule, please ensure that each person arrives at their individual scheduled timeslot. Early or late arrivals may not be accommodated
  • Inform each person of their date, five-minute timeslot, location and steps listed under "Instructions for Subjects"
  • Individuals who arrive late cannot be guaranteed that their photo can be taken and may need to book a timeslot in the next available session
  • Each person must confirm whether they can attend the session. If they cannot attend, please let Artona know when you receive their confirmation email. (No-shows may take away opportunities for others.)


For support related to a scheduled Photo Day, please contact Artona customer service:

  • Email: (average response time within 24 hours)
  • Live chat: (8 am to 10 pm PST seven days a week; average response time is within two minutes)

For support related to a future or unscheduled Photo Day contact us at