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Iris professional photo booth

Free professional photos for students and recent graduates, provided by Career and Professional Development

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For students and recent grads

Free professional photos for your LinkedIn profile, your Handshake profile, and other professional purposes.

  • Since fall semester 2022, Career and Professional Development has offered our Iris professional photo booth, a new, improved service of free professional photos for students and alumni who have graduated within the past two years.
  • Available by appointment Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm (summer hours 1-5pm). (Excludes dates/times the university or CPD are closed noted in office hours.)
  • Please read below for complete information.
  • This service is free for Virginia Tech students and alumni.
  • Yes. In order to ensure you have a guaranteed timeslot to use the photo booth, students and recent graduates must schedule an appointment in Handshake; select "Professional Photos."
  • This will be a 15-minute appointment; plan to arrive, ready for your photo session, at least five minutes early.
  • You must schedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If you need to cancel: You must view and cancel your appointment on Handshake, or call us immediately if you cannot cancel on Handshake.  
  • This service is provided as a courtesy to all students. Skipping a scheduled appointment not only deprives other students of that time slot, but is also unprofessional. We reserve the right to block you from making future appointments during the semester if we see a pattern of not showing up for your scheduled time.
  • The Iris photo booth is self-service with a touch screen, high-quality lighting, and camera equipment.
  • Information about getting ready for your photo, on the Iris photo booth website.
  • When your appointment begins, you will enter the Iris booth, sit on the adjustable stool, and follow the prompts on the screen.
  • You will enter your Virginia Tech email address and accept terms to continue.
  • To take and edit your photos, continue to follow the prompts on the screen.
  • Your photos are immediately emailed to you for downloading, and you can then do additional edits.
  • The Iris professional photo booth is self-service and wheelchair accessible. Staff are available to assist you if needed.
  • If you need assistance or accommodation to schedule or use the Iris professional photo booth, please contact Ashley L. Roberts at or 540-231-4974.
  • As little as 20 minutes in Smith Career Center.
  • Arrive, ready and wearing your professional attire, five minutes before the start time of your 15-minute appointment.
  • Once you enter the booth, the process should take about five to seven minutes.
  • Remember to allow extra time before your appointment if you need to change into your professional clothing.
  • The booth will take a series of three photos during your session. You must have all three photos taken during your session in order for the photos to be saved properly in the system.
  • Your photos will be emailed to you immediately after your session.
  • Yes. While you are in the photo booth, you will have the option to retake your photos and/or edit them as needed. Editing includes teeth whitening, blemish removal, skin softening, etc.
  • You can do further edits after your session: Your photos are emailed to you, so you can download and edit them. 
  • There is currently no limit to how many times a student or recent graduate may schedule an appointment to use the Iris professional photo booth.
  • However, at the discretion of Career and Professional Development, and depending on the circumstances, a person who no-shows could be blocked from use for the remainder of the semester. No-showing for a scheduled appointment deprives other students of that time slot, and is unprofessional.
  • Smith Career Center, second floor accessible by stairs or elevator.
  • On arrival on your appointment date, use the Handshake kiosk to swipe your Hokie Passport to check in for your appointment. Signage will direct you where to go.
  • Dress professionally, and be aware the portrait will not include your lower body, so you can dress accordingly.
  • Professional attire generally means a dark-colored suit and solid-colored shirt or blouse.
  • It's fine to wear a white shirt/blouse under a dark jacket. But avoid wearing white as your outer layer (white jacket, or white shirt/blouse without a dark jacket over it). Why? The portrait background is light, so a white outer layer might not give sufficient contrast.
  • For tips, see how to dress for an interview.
  • More about getting ready for your photo, on the Iris photo booth product website.
  • Yes. You can arrive early and use a restroom to change clothing. There are restrooms on the hallway of both the first and second floors of Smith Career Center.
  • Allow sufficient time to do this, so your use of the photo booth starts and ends on time.
  • CPD offers Virginia Tech students the opportunity to shop for free, donated, genty-used, professional attire through our Career Outfitters program, which is also an appointment-based service (offered during fall and spring semesters; not available in summer, because it is staffed by a student intern). Learn more about Career Outfitters.
  • Be aware that the inventory for Career Outfitters is based on donations, so there is no guarantee you will find exactly what you want or need. So, we advise that you not schedule your photo booth appointment until you are sure you have attire that will serve your needs for your professional photo.
  • As stated above, the photo booth is available to alumni who have graduated within the past two years.

Summer appointments for faculty and staff

  • Faculty and staff appointments will be available on weekdays from Monday, May 13, through Friday, August 23, 2024 (excluding dates/times the university or Smith Career Center are closed; see office hours).
  • F/S appointment blocks will be available from 8am-12pm, Monday through Friday. Each appointment is 15 minutes.
  • Use of the iris photo booth is by appointment only.
  • View available times and sign up for an appointment.
    Please note that faculty and staff do not use Handshake to schedule your iris appointment.
  • If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a faculty or staff member from scheduling during the available block, you may contact Ashley L. Roberts at We cannot guarantee appointment times will be available for F/S outside of these hours, but will do our best to accommodate.

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Appointments for iris opened in Handshake on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Appointments are available to currently-enrolled students and alumni within two years after graduation.

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Contact for questions not addressed on this page:

If you have questions or need assistance scheduling or using the Iris professional photo booth, please contact Ashley L. Roberts at or 540-231-4974.