Photo Guidelines

Photos are an important way to showcase the impact of your service and civic engagement. Here are a few tips to get started:

1. What makes a good photo?

  • Group photos that illustrate the context of your work
  • Impact pictures that illustrate how you do what you do and the impact it has
  • Action shots that capture you and the community in action

2. Think before you snap
Before taking photos during your service experience it’s important to:

  • Check with your community partner to make sure it’s OK to take photos
  • Ask if your community partner has a photography policy or code of conduct
  • Ask the person or persons you are photographing if it’s OK to take their picture and to have that picture used by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement
  • Avoid taking photos of children (18 and under) facing the camera
  • If you must take photos of children, you must have signed parental permission to do so either through your Pace Center program or community partner. Contact Communications Coordinator Gwen McNamara to determine the best course of action.
  • Ask yourself how others will interpret the photo you are taking. What are the different ways people might view it? What will be the impact? Does it convey something that you aren’t intending to?

3. Share your photos with the Pace Center!
The Pace Center is always looking for new photos to represent the amazing variety of ways our students engage. Be sure to share your photos with Communications Coordinator Gwen McNamara via email (, or post via Google Drive or Dropbox, identifying who took the photos and any important caption information.