Portrait Photography Policy

Welcome to Norfolk Botanical Garden, the most beautiful setting in Hampton Roads for your portraits!

Wedding portrait by Rose Garden Bridge by Beard PhotographyTo ensure the perfect experience for your portrait session, advanced reservations are required for all engagement, wedding/bridal, business, graduation, prom, formal and informal family portraits. Norfolk Botanical Garden does not provide a photographer.

Sessions are available by appointment only. Reservations are available Monday- Friday  between 9am-5 pm or between 9am-12pm on weekends. Specific areas or gardens cannot be reserved.

Portrait Session Fees

Photography Session: $100

This includes a two-hour session at Norfolk Botanical Garden and admission for up to ten people, including the photographer. Photography sessions do not include private dressing rooms, however you are welcome to use any of our public restrooms to prepare for your shoot.

Complimentary photography sessions are extended to Norfolk Botanical Garden members. Photographers and photographic studios cannot extend their membership benefit to clients.

Advanced reservations are required. To book this photography session please contact our Group Sales Office (757)441-5830 x311.

Bridal Suite & Photography Session: $150

This includes a private bridal suite/dressing room, a two-hour session at Norfolk Botanical Garden and admission for up to ten people, including the photographer. Complimentary Member Sessions do not apply to Bridal Suite Photography Sessions. Advanced reservations are required. To reserve the Bridal Suite and a Photography Session, please contact our Wedding Office (757)441-5830 x318. 

Getting married at Norfolk Botanical Garden? Your photography session may be included in your wedding package.  To learn more about NBG’s Wedding Packages click here.



Engagement photo by Cati Cleveland of Catie's PhotographyThere is no penalty for cancellation. As a courtesy, please notify us if you have to cancel or rescheduled your appointment. In the case of inclement weather, we are happy to reschedule your session.


Garden public trams make designated stops on a set schedule and all guests are welcome to ride. Schedules are located on the Garden map and can be picked up at the Visitor’s Center Front Desk. Garden staff is not available to accompany groups during photography sessions. Shuttle services and golf cart rentals are not available. Personal vehicles must remain in designated parking areas.

Payment and Check-in Procedures

Payment is due upon arrival at the Admissions Gate and can be made by cash, check or credit card. Complimentary photography sessions for members require a valid membership card. Please proceed to the Baker Hall Visitor’s Center Front Desk to check in and exchange a valid ID, for a dated Photography Session Authorization Badge which must be prominently displayed during your session

Garden Etiquette

Thank you for your courtesy to Garden guests and our stunning collection of plants. Please review the Garden’s rules in advance.

All fees from photo sessions directly support the mission of the Garden.

Photographers not abiding by any portion of this policy will be asked to leave the Garden.

Thank you for choosing Norfolk Botanical Garden for your portrait session!