Education Photography FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Our creative team is based in San Francisco and Oakland, California. We regularly photograph projects for clients throughout the USA and all over the world. Have Cameras + Will Travel. Everywhere on Earth.

Drew Bird and our creative team have more than ten years experience photographing for school and education clients all over the world. We understand how to seamlessly blend into the school community in order to create images that communicate the genuine and unique quality of your students, teachers, faculty, and staff.

The director of marketing for one of our regular independent school clients put it this way, “Our brand has flourished. We have noticed that more families understand who we are as a community and they are drawn to us — this is in large part thanks to Drew Bird’s photography style. Through his photos, we continually see the truest, best versions of ourselves.

View our client list below. We’ve worked with dozens of independent schools, private schools, public schools, universities, foundations, and education organizations.

We do photograph for independent schools, private schools, public schools, universities, colleges, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and education companies. And, we also have a completely separate website and photography brand for commercial and editorial photography. You can view that website here. Our commercial and editorial clients include brands, corporations, magazines, news agencies, yoga studios, motion picture studios, outdoor adventure clothing brands, boutique coffee roasters, NBA Franchises, advertising agencies, branding firms, non-profit organizations, record labels, book publishers, and business in search of powerful and unique photography. In addition, we also have a wedding photojournalism brand that can be viewed here.

The foundation of our style is rooted in a natural and journalistic approach that will produce genuine photographs of your school community. The bulk of our photo story will be a day-in-the-life of your school including dynamic interactions with students, teachers, collaborative learning in the classroom, play and recess, special events, sports, and extracurricular activities. We will identify and capture the idiosyncrasies that make your school special. We also create artistic images of architecture, campus details, art work, and other projects created by your students. In addition we can also provide professional headshots and portraits for your administrators, teachers, and staff. The end result is a comprehensive photo story that captures the authenticity of your school. Authentic images communicate powerfully by creating a strong emotional connection with your target audience. We’ve developed a process and approach that is guaranteed to result in captivating images. The images we create together will elevate your brand and distinguish your school community in a competitive marketplace.

Yes. Here’s a link to a private gallery with a collection of recent school and education marketing projects that we’ve produced. When you get to the gallery, use your own email address to gain access.

Most of our independent school, private school, and university projects include two to five days of on campus photography. Of course, this can be fully customized to meet your needs. Generally, if your student body includes k-12 and between 300 and 1000 students, three days of photography is usually the right fit. That being said, every project is unique. After our initial consultation, we’ll be better able to give you our suggestion for the ideal number of photography days for your project.

For most school projects, one photographer is sufficient. For bigger schools with larger student bodies and multiple campus locations, adding additional photographers can often be the best solution. Multiple photographers will enable our creative team to be in different locations at the same time, so we can photograph more diversity in any one day.

In addition, if you want to add in headshots or professional portraits for your teachers and administrators, oftentimes including a second photographer is a great way to accomplish both the journalistic education marketing portion of the project and the headshots/portraits portion of the project in less time.

That being said, every project is unique. After our initial consultation, we’ll be better able to give you our suggestion for the ideal number of photographers for your project.

Yes, we offer video storytelling services. We are primarily a still photography company. We can provide video storytelling to accommodate most requests, as long as we are already doing a still photo project for you. Video services, including videography, drone aerial footage, and video editing are an add-on service that will have a separate cost as a separate line item.
Every project is unique. Get in touch with us for a custom quote.  We’ll set up a complimentary consultation in order to better understand your project and to put together a custom proposal.

Yes. Absolutely. We have resumed a full photo schedule and we have developed some very comprehensive safety protocols based on the guidelines provided by the best available science from The State of California, The Centers For Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Some of these guidelines include:

Pre-screening of all participants prior to the photo date(s)
Everyone must wear facemasks at all times when on site (exceptions made for those being photographed, of course)
Practice social distancing at all times whenever possible
Frequent hand sanitizing and washing
Frequent disinfecting of all surfaces on site
Air purifiers and ventilation for any indoor projects
Limiting the number of people inside the same room at any one time
Please ask us for the full list of protocols (there are more)

Included with every project are multiple pre-planning meetings to help identify your school’s aesthetic and goals and to plan the photo project. We have photographed dozens of school projects for clients all over the world. Our experience and expertise are a powerful asset. We can also include a pre-visit to campus during the planning process if needed for your project. We will work with you to co-create an itinerary for each day of photography.
Yes. Site visits to your campus during pre-production and/or arriving a day early for pre-planning can be added into any project.


Standard turn around time for most education marketing photography projects is 4 to 7 weeks. This really depends on the size and scale of your project.

We do offer same day instant delivery of images, which requires an on-site digital editor as part of our team.

We also offer premium rush delivery options for both 3 days after the project and 1 week after the project. Both of these include a rush ‘best of’ selection of edited and delivered images.

Final edited images are nearly always delivered via a digital download link sent to you via email.

Culling, editing, and optimizing of RAW files into final deliverable JPGs is a huge part of the creative storytelling process and is also very time intensive. For most projects, we will spend roughly 2 hours in post-production for every 1 hour of active photography time. So, a project that involved 10 hours of photography time will require roughly 20 hours of computer time to finish the photo story.

Editing and delivery timelines are customized based on the needs of your project. If you choose standard delivery: most education marketing projects have a turn around time of approximately 4 to 7 weeks. But this does depend on the scale of the project.

We also offer rush delivery options as a premium add-on to any photo package. These include options for 3 days after your project and 1 week after your project.

If you choose our Instant Same Day delivery and include an on-site editor, we’ll be able to deliver a best-of selection of finished images to you in near real-time during each day of photography. 

After the photography portion is complete: we will cull, edit, and optimize the final images.

Generally, we deliver about 100 final hi-res JPGs for every day that we photograph. The total number of images can be customized for any project. If you need or want a higher quantity of images, we can definitely accommodate. Images are delivered with marketing/advertising use rights for your school.

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A group of girls in lacrosse uniforms sit on top of jungle gym on campus at the Charles River School in Boston. San Francisco education marketing photographer Drew Bird. San Jose school branding photographer.