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 Monday through Wednesday by appointment and during normal business hours only. Specific areas or gardens cannot be reserved.

Portrait 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 x338.

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 x328. 

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.

Guidelines

Cancellations

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 your scheduled appointment. In case of inclement weather, we are happy to reschedule your session.

Transportation

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 here.  Garden staff is not available to accompany groups for photographs. Shuttle service or golf cart rental is not available. Personal vehicles must remain in designated parking areas. Garden maps are available at the Front Desk.

Check-in and Entry

When entering through the Garden Admissions Gate, please identify the name under which the photography session is scheduled and proceeded to the Baker Hall Visitor’s Center Guest Services Desk to check in and complete payment. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Complimentary photography sessions for members require a valid membership card.  The photographer, member or guest who booked the reservation will need to exchange a valid ID, to be returned on departure, 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!