Photography and Artist Policies

Professional portrait sessions require a reservation through the Visitor and Nature Center.  For photographers scheduling “mini-sessions,” a fee of $125 will allow you and your clients entry into the arboretum grounds and nature center for the day.  A fee of $30 is also offered for a 2-hour session.  For bridal portraits, a fee of $125 will include 4 hours and the use of a changing room.    Please pre-approve your preferred location with ED or staff to ensure that there are not scheduled reservations in that section of the arboretum.  Please take all props and equipment with you when you leave. 


Please bring your own stool/seat and all supplies. Do not leave your equipment or opened painting supplies unattended.


You are free to choose your location; however certain venues may be unavailable due to a previously scheduled Arboretum or private events, or routine maintenance.  Please contact the office to determine if there will be outdoor events that day.


Please do not set up within garden beds or disturb plant collections, and please avoid blocking main paths and walkways.


The Arboretum is generally irrigated early in the morning, before opening at 9am, so be mindful that shaded areas may remain damp until mid-morning.


Changing clothes for photo sessions in public bathrooms is prohibited.  Brides, quinceaneras and others must come dressed for their photo shoots.  Rooms can be rented inside the visitor center during normal business hours if clothing changes are required.


Personal photography with cell phones are cameras are allowed.