Professional Portrait Lab: Free Student Professional Headshots

Spring 2024 Hours

Spring Semester: January 17 – May 2, 2024

Every Wednesday  | 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. & Thursday | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Brought to you by The Career Center and the Illini Union!

A great headshot ensures you’re making the best impression possible. The Career Center and Illini Union are excited to announce the Professional Portrait Lab, free student professional digital headshots that you can use on LinkedIn, websites, directories, etc.


Illini Union Room 335

(3rd floor, North side of the building, door is next to the vending machines)


Headshots are available twice a week throughout the school year Wednesdays (1:15 - 3:15 p.m.) and Thursdays (12:30 -1:30 p.m.) on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. If the line is long, we will cut it off 20 minutes prior to the end time. Individual headshots will take approximately 5 minutes and are taken using a professional background (1 option, only), lighting, and equipment. You will have the opportunity to review your digital photo before leaving. Once approved, we will upload your headshot to Box and send you an email confirming delivery. You will have 48 hours to download your photo. Note: You may only have one headshot taken each semester.

Student Portrait Examples

These are just a few examples of real student headshots taken in our portrait lab. Get yours taken too, and impress your future employers and coworkers!

Need help deciding what to wear in your photo? Consult our Dress for Success guide!

Simple Tips to Make your Headshot Stand Out

  •  Keep your shoulders down and back to bring the attention to your face.
  • A slight twist of your body will give dimension and depth to your headshot.
  •  Keep your chin and face directly forward for a strong and confident photo.
  • Have an energy or emotion behind your expression and don’t let it get stagnant. Smile!

(Courtesy of Jacob Henss, Space Station Dance Residency Artistic Director, Lecturer/Adjunct Faculty, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.)

photo collage of four student headshots. students are dressed professionally and posed against plain gray background