Columbus Botanical Garden Photography & Videography Policy
Garden guests are welcome to take photos throughout the Garden without a scheduled session as long as there is not a private event in progress and the photos are for their personal use and enjoyment.
All commercial or profit generating photography sessions do require a professional photography session reservation and fees are charged.
Professional Photography Sessions
A Professional Photographer is defined as someone who is being paid to take photographs on the Columbus Botanical Garden property or using photos for commercial or gallery use. Those who wish to use the grounds are encouraged to join as members of the Garden at the Silver Trowel level of $250. This will eliminate per session fees, and as an added benefit, the photographer’s website will be listed on the CBG website per our discretion. Membership must be current and renewed annually. Upon receipt of membership dues, an ID card with lanyard will be issued and should be worn at all times when working with clients in the Garden. The lost lanyard replacement fee is $10.00.
For a one-time session for non-photography members the fee is $35 for up to 8 persons, including the photographer and assistants, for a maximum of two hours. Should the group be larger than 8, the session would now be scheduled as a private event and users will be charged accordingly. Receipt of payment for a one-time session must be available to show CBG staff at the time of the photography session, should staff request.
Due to demand, sessions must be confirmed with payment in full one week prior to the session. Sessions may be rescheduled but refunds are not permitted.
Reservations are required for professional photography sessions; no walk-up requests are granted.
No unauthorized professional photography sessions are allowed at any time on Garden property. As stated above, a fee is required for all professional photography sessions that are not part of a private event taking place at the Garden. This includes, but is not limited to, homecoming and prom photos, engagement photos, wedding/bridal photos, and family portraits that are not part of an event booked at the Garden. All Columbus Botanical Garden brides are welcomed and encouraged to take photos at the garden free of charge prior to their wedding to include engagement, save the date, and bridal portraits.
The farmhouse may be used for scheduled photography sessions for photos and wardrobe changes; however, this is only available during office hours. Private event rates apply for reserving the home for photography sessions outside of office hours.
Photography during Private Events
Professional Photography sessions are not scheduled during private events. The CBG reserves the right to deny access to the grounds for photography purposes to anyone (including members), if the photography session conflicts with scheduled events. Those renting the grounds for special events receive priority.
Contact the office at 706-327-8400 to schedule a professional photography session. Fees directly support the mission of the Garden to develop gardens, protect woodlands, and provide education programs that stimulate the imagination and deepen our understanding and appreciation of nature.
- Entry into flowerbeds or plant displays is not premised. Please remain on pathways and grassy turf at all times.
- Do not disturb or remove plants, plant labels, or containers.
- Re-location of benches or any outdoor furniture/fixtures is prohibited.
- Do not block entrances, pathways, or Garden areas for use by others in any way.
- Drone photography is priced individually on a case-by-case basis and use of such must be disclosed when scheduling a professional photography session.
- All of the above rules and guidelines are applicable to videography as well as photography.
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