longwood gardens photography regulations

New Rules – Longwood Gardens Engagement Photos

Updated Photography Rules and Regulations Coming to Longwood Gardens

Well it seems a more than a few couples and their photographers have gotten a little overboard at one of our favorite engagement photo locations, Longwood Gardens. Our spies tell us the staff at Longwood has just been overwhelmed with managing the sometimes dozens of photo shoots going on each weekend at their gardens while also trying to ensure the thousands of other visitors and not interrupted. In response to the mayhem, management has released new rules for photography sessions and will institute a complete BAN on photography for 5 months starting in 2024. Before we get to the new rules, can we just say to all out couples out there… this is why you hire a solid professional photographer!

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Photo by JJ Studios Photography

From the Longwood Gardens website:

Now through September 30, 2024

Photo shoots are permitted in our outdoor Gardens only. To ensure an extraordinary experience for all of our guests, no indoor photo shoots are allowed. 

October 1, 2024, through February 28, 2025

Photo shoots will not be permitted in our Gardens.

March 1, 2025

The new policy takes effect. Special occasion and contracted photography will take place in our outdoor Gardens after purchasing a photography permit. Permits will be available for most days at specified times. 

The new policy includes the following: 

  • Photo sessions will require a permit for a specific day and time and must be booked in advance. 
  • There will be a fee associated with the permit. Pricing starts at $250 and increases based on the number of guests.
  • The permit fee includes admission to the Gardens for the photographer only. Other guests entering the Gardens in conjunction with a photo session will need to purchase Gardens Admission. 
  • Photography will be permitted in our outdoor gardens only.
  • In accordance with our terms and conditions, Memberships are exclusively for non-commercial use. Photographers with Longwood Memberships may not use their Membership to gain admission for clients to the Gardens as part of a photo session.
  • All photo sessions will have a Longwood staff person accompanying them.
  • Examples of special occasion photography include, but are not limited to: weddings, engagements, maternity, quinceaƱeras, proms, and formals.
  • Commercial photography promoting products and services is not permitted in the Gardens. 

Additional Visiting Guidelines and Policy Changes (effective as of October 1, 2024)

  • Large scale photo or video equipment, carts/wagons, light stands, reflectors are strictly prohibited.
  • Props and/or signs are not permitted. 
  • Wardrobe and/or clothing changes are not permitted and these items will not be permitted to enter the Gardens. Come dressed in the attire you plan to wear for your visit.
  • Longwood does not have a place to store personal belongings. There are other items that are not permitted inside the Gardens. Please review the list prior to visiting to avoid disappointment.
  • Tripods, monopods, and artist easels may be used in the outdoor gardens at any time with exceptions of high-volume attendance days and special events. Tripods, monopods, and easels are not permitted in any indoor space at any time of day. 
  • To protect our horticultural collection from disease, we will no longer allow flowers of any kind to be brought into the Gardens. 

For reference and questions, refer to the Longwood Gardens Website.

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Photo by JJ Studios Photography
longwood gardens photography proposal
Photo by JJ Studios Photography