Portrait and Life Event Photography

Cost- Portrait and Life Event Photography session is $20 per person. Please remember to include your photographer(s) in your count when making your reservation. A 60-minute Portrait and Life Event Photography session is available for groups of up to 18 people.

Availability and Reservations- Photographs may be taken in Botanical Garden areas that are open to the public. Sessions are available Tuesdays through Sunday, during regular hours of operation.  Certain locations and times may be unavailable due to closures, scheduled events, or anticipated peak visitation due to special exhibits. A reservation is highly recommended as walk-in sessions are subject to availability. Refunds are not offered, but sessions may be rebooked if the new date and time is available. Portrait and Life Event Photography sessions can be reserved within 6 weeks of requested date. Booking will be available March 21. Please check back for details.

Payment- Payment is taken at the time of reservation or upon arrival for a walk-in session. Groups and individuals who book a Photography session must maintain receipt of purchase while on the grounds. After checking in, a photography permit will be issued at the ticket counter, located in the main lobby.

Parking- Garage parking is available. A parking ticket (issued at arrival) is paid as you exit the garage. Drop-off and pick-up of photography session clients is available at the front entrance. More information on parking can be found here.

Please email Paula Coakley at pcoakley@holdenfg.org to revise your reservation or ask questions about your booked photography session. Time and date of sessions can be modified based on availability.


Please note: The photography policy was created to protect the gardens, property and exhibits, both inside and outdoors and the general public. Additionally, the policy allows the Garden to control the number of photography sessions on the grounds at one time to lessen the disruptions to other guests and scheduled programs. Garden staff members may approach photographers at any time and request to see the photography permit. Gardens staff may approach photographers to discuss alternatives to their session if Gardens maintenance or special events are in progress. Groups without a permit or found violating any of our policies will be asked to leave the property. Fees directly support the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s mission.