South Coast Botanic Garden Photography Policy
South Coast Botanic Garden is a beautiful setting for photos and capturing those special memories. We welcome commercial and non-commercial photography and filming according to the policies and procedures below:
Non-commercial Candid Photography
Guests are welcome to take informal, candid photography for personal use without a fee or special permission. However, additional photography equipment is prohibited (lights, reflectors, props, etc.) without a permit. This type of photography is restricted to the flora and fauna of the Garden. Costume changes and/or models are only allowed with a commercial contract. Amateur photographers may not use their representations of the Garden for any public or commercial purpose unless approved by the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation. Please contact the Guest Services Center at (310) 544-1948 for more information.
Fees for Non-commercial Candid Photography
Non-commercial Portrait Photography
All formal, posed photography and filming at the South Coast Botanic Garden require a location permit. A formal, posed session includes weddings, engagements, family portraits, graduation, proms, quinceaneras, as well as senior portraits or photos taken for portfolios, even if the photographer is not a professional. Costume changes and/or models are only allowed with a commercial contract. Reservations are required to ensure that a location permit is available for the date and time you desire. All props must be pre-approved by the South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation. Please contact the Guest Services Center at (310) 544-1948 to make your reservation.
Fees for non-commercial Portrait Photography
Commercial Filming and Photography
South Coast Botanic Garden welcomes commercial filming and photography. Reservations and permits are required. Please contact Yuri Oda at (310) 544-1948 x300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for rates, procedures, and policies.
Student Filming and Photography
Student projects are permitted. Commercial filming/photography fees will apply. Please contact Yuri Oda at (310) 544-1948 x300 or email@example.com for rates, procedures, and policies.
The South Coast Botanic Garden reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography/filming and/or change its photo policy without advanced notice. The South Coast Botanic Garden reserves the right to all photography site locations at any given time with or without notice. Some sites may not be available the day of your reservation due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that any party that has booked private events in a particular location has an exclusive right to that reserved area.
For additional information, please contact the Guest Services Center at (310) 544-1948.
The many gardens and natural areas at South Coast Botanic Garden provide an ideal landscape for film and TV productions, commercials and print photography.
Some of the more popular areas for filming and photography are:
For additional information, please contact the Special Events Office at (310) 544-1948 ext. 302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.