We welcome you to take informal candid vacation style photography for personal use.  Permits, however, are required for posed photography and videography as well as commercial film, video. advertising or photo production.

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 by either professional or non-professionals

You have two options for non-commercial photography at the Arboretum
Walk-in photo session:
No reservations required, check Arboretum hours for availability
Walking only
$50 Location permit in addition to regular admission
$200 Security deposit if more than 5 people (Security deposit will be refunded after evaluation by staff members in the garden and administration within the next week after the photography session.)
Transportation photo session:
Reservations required: Call Lilli Burrow at 626-821-3244 or email lilli.burrow@arboretum.org
Allows for transportation either with limousine and/or Arboretum staffed golf cart that seat up to 5 people
Includes location permit, admission, and no security deposit is required
1-10 people $300
11-20 people $400
21-30 people $500

Location permit allow for a maximum of 3 hours and cannot be prorated for less time.

Clothing 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 lilli.burrow@arboretum.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.

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