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.
All formal, posed portrait photography and filming at the South Coast Botanic Garden require a location permit, which start at $50, in addition to Garden General Admission. 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. There are limitations on equipment that photographers may bring into the Garden depending on the permit purchased. For VIP photo pass permits, large equipment and props must be preapproved from the Special Events Department before arriving.
- Some sites may not be available on the day of your reservation due to unforeseen circumstances. Any party that has booked a private event in a particular location has an exclusive right to that reserved area.
- A reservation must be made to ensure that your photography session is on our calendar. Payments may be made by credit card. The permit fee may not be prorated for less time.
- No reservations will be accepted for photography on our Garden Free Admission Day (3rd Tuesday of each month)
- Be sure to check out our Plan Your Visit page for Garden rules, guidelines and location closers
Click here for additional non-commercial photography policy restrictions