General Questions

What’s the difference between BruinLife Photo Studio and Campus Photo Studio?

There are 2 studios on campus. However, we are not affiliated with each other.

BruinLife Photo Studio is by students, for students! We are directly affiliated with UCLA Student Media, the publishers of the UCLA Bruin Life yearbook.

As a non-profit photo studio our revenue goes to fund the several enriching journalism programs that UCLA Student Media has to offer.

Please note that both studios use same gowns and backgrounds so you can rest assure that your photos will come out to your liking.


UCLA Students: If I take my picture with UCLA BruinLife Photo Studio, will my picture go in the yearbook?

If you are a UCLA student, you must take your photo before the deadline established by the yearbook staff to be included by the yearbook. The deadline is updated at the top of the appointments page.

After receiving your proofs, you will have 1 week to select a pose you want included in the book. The yearbook staff reserves the right to select a pose or exclude a portrait for individuals who fail to choose a pose for the book by the deadline.


I’m not a UCLA student, but can I take my photos with you?

Yes. We welcome students from high schools and other universities to take your grad photos with us. All of our services are available to everyone.

We have the USC and CSUN generic sash for students needing them.

With the deluxe sessions, we recommend you bring any props you would like to use in your photos.


How long is processing time for my order?

Processing time at the moment is 15-20 business days for print products and 5-7 business days for digital only orders.

If you need your order by a specific date, please upgrade the processing time and shipping method during checkout.

Photo Sessions

Do you provide the latin/college honor cord?

Yes, we provide the latin/college honors cord for you to wear for your sitting. Please make sure to remind your photographer the day of your sitting that you are a recipient of either one.

Qualifications for Latin/College Honors can be found here: https://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Registration-Classes/Graduation/Final-Degree-Audit/Honors


What do you provide for my photo session?

For graduation photos, we provide the cap, gown and tassel that has been assigned to your college/major.

For UCLA Students, in addition to the cap, gown and tassel we also provide the UCLA “Class of 202X” sash. In addition, we provide various UCLA props for those upgrading to the deluxe session.

Other schools: We provide the USC and CSUN sash which don’t have specific years on them for your session. Customers wishing to have a “Class of 201x” sash from their respective schools must provide them themselves.


Do you offer props?

Yes! However, our studio props are reserved for deluxe and designer sessions only.

For customers with designer sessions we highly encourage you to bring any personal props to be able to customize your photo sessions.


How do I prepare for my photo session?

We’ve made quick video on how to better prepare for this: https://studio.bruinlife.com/preparing-for-your-portrait-sitting/


Can I cancel/reschedule my appointment?

Yes, any cancellations/rescheduling must be done 48 hours in advance and can be done via the link sent in your confirmation email.

Cancellations done after the 48 hour window will forfeit the sitting fee.

Reschedules done after the 48 hours window will incur a $10 rescheduling fee.


What happens if I show up late on the day of my appointment?

We have a STRICT 2 minute late policy for customers with standard sessions before their appointment is cancelled.

Our time is as important as yours so please respect ours by showing up early and not showing up late. Showing up late is unfair to your fellow peers who have appointments after yours and show up on time.

Rain, traffic, etc are not legitimate excuses for showing up late. It is your responsibility to accommodate extra time for weather and traffic that can be foreseen.

On the day of your appointment, if you realize you will be late, please give our office a call to reschedule to a later appointment (same day if available) or for another date. A $10 rescheduling fee will be incurred for rescheduling.

Pricing

Can I buy prints from my sitting?

Yes. We offer prints by “units.”  A unit is any size print that is made from an 8×10 photo sheet.

  • The “unit” sizes we offer are (1 Pose):
    • 1 –  8×10
    • 2 – 5×7
    • 2 – 4×6
    • 8 wallets

Can you explain the pricing of photo prints?

As mentioned above, we offer prints by “units.” This allows our customers to build their own photo package with just the right amount of units they need.

The most basic package you can purchase is a 1 unit package made of any of the sizes mentioned above.

The more “units” you purchase the more you save. For example, your first unit will cost $80, the 2nd unit costs $60, the 3rd unit costs $30, and the 4th unit costs $15. Any unit after your 4th is $15.

Any package you build out of the units you want are intended for 1 pose. A $5 fee will be incurred for each pose you swap out within a package you build.


Do you offer any promotions on photo prints?

Yes! We offer limited timed promotions on photo prints. The day of your appointment you will receive a coupon worth 20% OFF photo prints that is valid for up to 48 HOURS.

We highly encourage you to take advantage of the coupon within the valid period as to get the most for your buck.


Do you offer any promotions on the yearbook?

Yes. The regular price for the yearbook is $150.

However, if you purchase your yearbook at the same time as you place a photo order, you can get your yearbook for only $85 which includes FREE shipping.


Do you provide other products other than photo prints?

We offer more than just prints. We offer graduation announcements, frames, t-shirts, and the UCLA yearbook among many of our products.

You can buy any of our products by going to the “Shop” tab on our website.


Is the sitting fee refundable?

The sitting fee is used to secure your reservation and $15 from any session is non-refundable if not cancelled within 48 hours of your reservation. When you pay the sitting fee, you are only paying for the “time” of the session and not to be confused with placing a photo order.

As a student based organization, once an appointment is made we have to schedule a photographer to be available for that time. It is because of this reason that cancellations not done 48 hours in advance will forfeit the sitting fee all together.

We understand that your time is precious, so please respect our time by making the necessary changes in advance.