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, we require a scheduled appointment for all portrait photo sessions prior to your visit. This includes business, engagement, wedding/bridal, graduation, formal and family portraits. Norfolk Botanical Garden does not provide a photographer. Photography sessions may be scheduled through our facility rental office (757-441-5830 ext. 320).  Sessions must take place Monday through Friday during normal business hours:

  • October 16th – March 31st     9:00am – 5:00pm
  • April 1st – October 15th         9:00am – 7:00pm

Portrait Fees

Photography session fees apply to all portrait sessions including business, engagement, wedding/bridal, graduation, formal and informal family portraits. The only exception is for clients contracted to have their wedding at Norfolk Botanical Garden, in which case the portrait session is included in their contract.

Engagement/Bridal/Graduation Portraits: $85

This includes a two-hour session at Norfolk Botanical Garden and admission for four people, including the photographer. All others must pay regular Garden admission.

Family/Group Photos: $120

This includes a two-hour session at Norfolk Botanical Garden and admission for ten people, including the photographer. All others must pay regular Garden admission.


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

Contact the Facility Rental Office at 757-441-5830 ext. 320

to schedule a portrait photography session.



Engagement photo by Cati Cleveland of Catie's PhotographyThe Facility Rental office is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at 757-441-5830 ext. 320 to schedule your photo session. Please schedule your appointment at least 2 weeks in advance. In case of inclement weather, we are happy to reschedule your visit. Portrait sessions may be scheduled during normal business hours only. Sessions are not scheduled when the Garden is closed or during certain private events. Specific areas or gardens cannot be reserved. Only scheduled photography sessions are permitted.


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.

Changing Areas

The Garden does not provide private dressing rooms, however you are welcome to use any of our public restrooms to prepare for your shoot.

Check-in and Entry

When entering through the Tollbooth, please identify the name under which the photography session is scheduled. The tollbooth will collect payment by credit card, check or cash.  If the photography session is scheduled as part of a Garden membership, please show your membership card.  At the tollbooth, the photographer will need to exchange a valid ID or business card, to be returned on departure, for a dated, Photography Session Authorization which is to be prominently displayed while in the Garden.  Failure to display a properly dated, Photography Session Authorization may delay the photography session while proper authorization is acquired.

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!