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Updated January 12, 2021

Great Composites Need Great Photos!

We want you to be included on the graduation photo composite along with your class.  The very best option is to visit SUB Photo for your grad photos, of course - you'll get on the comp and your portraits will look great!  If you're in the Edmonton area and something is making it difficult to visit us, please let us know why and we will try to work out a solution with you.

If you absolutely can't visit our studio, it is possible to submit a photo as long as it meets strict quality standards.  A nice snapshot won't do, unfortunately - to keep your photo consistent with the rest of the class your submission must follow the guidelines below.


• Submit a recent professional studio portrait.
• Include permission from the photographer to use the image.
• Provide a high-quality original image file, not a scan or copy.
• Your photo should look similar to the sample at left.


• Minimum image size: 1200 x 1500 pixels (4x5" at 300dpi)
  Double this size if you are asking us to edit your photo.
• Image format: JPG
• Please inspect closely to ensure sharp focus and good detail.


When you have a photo ready to submit, send it to us by email (or share a download link with us if you prefer): CLICK HERE


As mentioned above, try to match the sample image as closely as possible.  Here are a few highlights to watch for:

  • Use a smooth grey background (paper or similar)
  • Lighting should be soft with a low highlight-to-shadow ratio
  • Main light at camera right.
  • Focus should be sharpest on the eyes; we shoot at f/8 or f/11.
  • Crop with even space around top and sides of subject's head.
  • Subject looking at camera with a natural smile.
  • The submitted image must be free of watermarks.
  • The submitted image should NOT include a graduation cap.


While we do not have affiliate photo studios outside of Alberta, we can offer a few tips to help you search for one.  We can't make any promises about their service or prices so please shop carefully. 

  • The quick-and-easy solution is to find out which company provides graduation photos to your local high school.  They may have a studio available in your area and be able to book you an appointment.  Make sure you ask about sending photos to us to make sure it is possible.
  • Search online for local photographers that specialize in graduation photos or professional headshots.  (Other than the cap & gown, studio business portraits are quite similar to graduation portraits.)  This not only supports a local business, but may also give you more personalized service.
  • Contact your local photography association to see if they can help with a referral.


SUB Photo provides the cap and gown for portraits at our studio, but we have limited inventory so we do not loan or rent them out.  If you are visiting another photographer, they may ask you to provide the grad outfit for your photo session.

The full 'academic costume' is made up of three parts: a gown, a hood or stole, and a mortarboard cap.  Some schools have a set they will loan or rent to students, but many do not; unfortunately the University of Alberta does not offer rentals at this time.  The official supplier for the U of A (and many other schools across Canada) is Gaspard Canada; you can rent or purchase on their website at

You may find some unofficial vendors online as well.  In our experience the the price may be lower, but the quality difference is very noticeable and the results have been disappointing when photographed. (YMMV.)

One last time ... in the photo you submit to us, PLEASE DO NOT WEAR A GRAD CAP.

Thank you for reading through these guidelines!  Please contact us if you have additional questions.


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