Photography at the Arboretum
Effective November 1st
All formal posed photography and videography require a location permit. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden considers a formal posed session to include Wedding, Engagement, Family, Pregnancy, Graduation, Prom, Quinceanera, as well as senior portraits or those photos taken for portfolios, even if the photographer is not a professional. Reservations are suggested to ensure that a location permit is available for the date you desire. Please call Lilli Burrow at 626-821-3244 to make your reservation.
1-10 people $300
11-20 people $400
21-30 people $500
$50 Location fee in addition to regular admission
$200 Security deposit if more than 5 people†
*Reservations required for transportation and cannot be provided on a walk-in basis. Transportation includes hired limousines or Arboretum staffed golf carts that seat up to 5 guests.
†Security deposit will be refunded after evaluation by staff members in the garden and administration within the next week after the photography session.
Location fees allow for a maximum of 3 hours and cannot be prorated for less time.
We welcome you to take informal candid vacation style photography for personal use without a fee or special permission however additional photography equipment is prohibited (lights, reflectors, props, etc.) except with a permit. Costume changes and models are only allowed with a commercial contract. Photography outside the Arboretum on our front lawns is always free.
Student filming projects are permitted however standard fees and restrictions apply. No discounts are available. For additional information call Nadia Balaz at 626-821-3204.
Commercial Filming and Photography and site rental is available with a reserved permit only. Please contact for more information.
The Los Angeles County Arboretum reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography/videography and/or change its photo policy without advanced notice. The Arboretum reserves the right to all photography site locations at any given time with or without notice. Some sites may not be available the day of your reservation due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that any party that has booked private events in a particular location has an exclusive right to that reserved area. Please contact Lilli Burrow at 626-821-3244 for more information.