Fort Novosel MVISC Photography Services provides in-studio services for DA photos.

Photography service also provides scanning and printing services in small and large formats. We utilize the latest in digital imaging technology to provide the best possible products to our customers.

Our facility is fully digital. The final product will be images saved to CD, emailed and/or printed.

Standard photographic prints sizes range from 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14", 11" x 17” and 16” x 20”. Please note that these type of products may be limited based on size and quantity being requested.

Submit your request in VIOS at Call (334) 255-2116 or (334) 255-2950 for assistance or if you have additional questions concerning your request submission.

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Studio Photography

Studio photography includes official DA and Head & Shoulder photographs. To schedule an appointment in the studio, please login into the VIOS website at

This VI activity actively participates in the Department of Army Photo Management Information System (DAPMIS), the Army's digital repository for official promotion photos. Review and accept or reject the photograph within three days using DAPMIS or via AKO.

Please be prepared to provide a memo from your commander if requesting a reshoot because of an error that was not caused by the photographer. Click here to see a sample memo for reshoots. Call (334) 255-2116 to request an administrative error be corrected (e.g. wrong SSN, name misspelled, bad date). For Soldier responsibilities, see AR 640-30.

For your convenience, the DA Photo Lab is equipped with dressing rooms.

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments can be made any time by logging onto VIOS ( For further information and instructions on VIOS go to Customer Service. If you find you will not be able to make your appointment, please be sure to call. This will ensure your slot is made available to other Soldiers. To cancel appointments, please call (334) 255-2116, (334) 255-3449 or (334) 255-2950.

General Information

All Soldiers requiring photographs for special packets and soldier actions (e.g. Officer Candidate School, Green to Gold, Warrant Officer Application, Recruiting, Soldier/NCO of the Month/Qtr. Boards, etc.) should provide further instructions within the comments section of their VIOS work request (e.g. if prints or digital files are needed, or what specific type of packet submission/justification their photo will fulfill).

DA PHOTO guide

The DA Photo begins with the Soldier. The first step in creating a good DA photo is to take the time to ensure your uniform is properly fitted and reflects only the awards and citations annotated on your ERB/ORB. Our photographers and staff can assist you by inspecting your uniform and pointing out obvious flaws (e.g. improper fit, damage), but it is YOUR responsibility to ensure awards, decorations, unit crests and badges are worn correctly and match your ERB/ORB.

Army Regulation 640-30 states that officer and NCO photos shall be updated at a minimum per the following schedule:

  • General officers every third year; and
  • Officers and NCOs every fifth year.

Policy allows Soldiers to update their photo when they are awarded an Army Commendation Medal or higher. New unit patches, service stripes or awards lower than an ARCOM are not justifiable reasons for a new photo.

Only authorized Visual Information activities may take official DA Photographs, as required by AR 640-30. Digital versions of official DA photos WILL NOT be issued to the customer.

Photographers will take reshoots only when there is an error caused by the photographer or the equipment. Reshoots may be completed upon receipt of a digitally signed email or written request signed by the company commander or equivalent in the Soldier’s chain of command. Click here to download a sample memorandum.

Photographers, Soldiers or anyone providing assistance to the Soldier while taking the official photograph will not stuff, clip, or otherwise change or alter the appearance of the uniform to make it fit properly. Pockets, lapels and the front of the jacket may be taped.

Photographers will not alter the photograph, to include adding new rank, ribbons, stars or erasing waistlines or wrinkles by using photo imaging software such as cloning or healing tools.

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