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New Photo Studio Offers Picture-Perfect Opportunity

March 5, 2024
New photography studio

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Taking professional, high-quality photos is easier than ever now for Mississippi State University students as the MSU Libraries opened a new photography studio in the MaxxSouth Digital Media Center.

Located in the heart of campus, inside Mitchell Memorial Library, the new photo studio is free to use and is open to MSU students, faculty and staff.

According to MSU Libraries Associate Dean for Community Relations and Strategic Initiatives Stephen Cunetto, the photo studio was created in partnership with the MSU Office of Public Affairs to help meet the demand for professional headshots and photographs by the MSU family. Cunetto said the funding and expertise from OPA was vital to the creation of the space.

“The idea came to us from former OPA photographer (and current copyright and information policy specialist for the Libraries) Megan Bean,” Cunetto said. “She saw a growing demand for this kind of service and believed the library’s central location made us the ideal spot.”

Cunetto and his staff worked with Bean, photographer Beth Wynn, and OPA Senior Associate Director Harriet Laird to secure funding, a location and create a set of helpful hints and guidelines. The photo studio will be available any hour the Digital Media Center is open.

“The university’s strategic plan has placed an emphasis on ‘serving the whole student’ and creating a space where students can quickly take professional self-portraits is a small value-added service to aid them in pursuing their goals,” Laird said. “Whether for a class project, resume or job-search website, students are more often in need of a service like this, and I’m glad we found a way to partner with MSU Libraries to make this happen.”

Thomas La Foe, Technology and Innovation Director for the Libraries, said the space offers three solid backdrops – black, white and green – to allow flexibility, and is equipped with high-quality lighting as well as a stand for a phone, for students who come on their own.

“We believe we have created a space where students can get quality photos with little assistance,” La Foe said. Wynn added that the space has instructions and helpful hints for users.

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