Portrait photography is defined as, but not limited to: senior, engagement, head shots, family, graduation, wedding, etc. Also including photos taken to be sold or exhibited as art. NO BRIDAL PARTIES are to be photographed at The Gardens at Elm Bank unless you have a wedding booked here. All who wish to use The Gardens at Elm Bank as a backdrop/setting for portrait photography, even if the photographer is NOT a professional, must be pre-arranged with the Guest Experience department.
A $75 session fee is required for each session booked.* It includes up to 4 people and is for 90 minutes. Additional guests (if a large family or group) are $10 per person. Photographers or their clients must make a reservation before each session. Sessions are only available during the operating hours of The Gardens at Elm Bank and cannot occur when private events are taking place on the property. Last entry time is 5:30pm.
*Our Photography Policy has been updated as of 2/1/22, Please reach out to us if you hold a valid photography membership from the previous season.
Payment can be made online prior to your reservation or at the Admissions Building located at the main entrance to the garden. Please bring a copy of your invoice with you when paying onsite.
There is no penalty for a cancellation or reschedule prior to the date. In the case of inclement weather, we are happy to reschedule your session.
Thank you for your courtesy to Garden guests and our plantings. Please review Garden Rules & Etiquette in advance.
Balloons and pets are not permitted. Elopements, weddings, and vow renewals require a private event reservation. Parties not in compliance will be asked to leave immediately.
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 the Garden at Elm Bank for your portrait session!
Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.