All formal posed photography and videography at the Arboretum require a location permit. A formal posed session includes weddings, engagements, family portraits, graduation, proms, quinceaneras, as well as senior portraits or 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.
Walk-in photo session:
$50 Location fee in addition to regular admission
$200 Security deposit if more than 5 people†
1-10 people $300
11-20 people $400
21-30 people $500
*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.) without a permit. Costume changes and models are only allowed with a commercial contract. Photography outside the Arboretum on our front lawns is always free.
The 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 are available with a reserved permit only. Please contact Nadia Balaz at 626-821-3204 for more information.