This category includes individual photographers with minimal equipment, typically just a camera and a possible tripod, who are coming to the Garden to take pictures for their own personal use. Photographers in this category just need to pay standard admission rates to enter the Garden and follow the policies outlined in the below section.
This category includes photographers and their clients who are using the Garden for professional shoots that may include weddings, portraits, engagements and other events. The fee for this category is $15 per group member, including the photographer. The group limit for this category is six people, including the photographer. Groups larger than six are categorized in Commercial Photography (see below). Please notify us at least one week in advance before your shoot at email@example.com. The $15 charge per group member will be administered at the Admission Kiosk. All members of the group must adhere to the policies outlined in the section below.
Commercial use refers to any photography for public distribution and/or sale. It includes but is not limited to: advertising agencies, public relations firms, marketing groups, corporate communications offices, commercial photographers, and other professional groups shooting photography for use in display advertising, television and electronic commercials, feature films, brochures, product literature, annual reports, collateral publications, training videos, other industrial/promotions or advertising projects. CalBG reserves the right to allow filming/videotaping on a case-by-case basis and under such terms and conditions as determined at the sole discretion of the Garden executive director or designee.
INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION
The photographer shall provide a certificate of insurance at least five business days before the scheduled shoot. The certificate shall name California Botanic Garden as an additional insured
for the duration of use of the Garden facilities, and shall include broad form property damage and personal injury coverage with a combined single limit of not less than $500,000 per occurrence. Such insurance shall be primary to, and not contributing with, any other insurance maintained by the Garden. Photographer agrees to indemnify, defend and save harmless California Botanic Garden, its agents, officers and employees from and against any and all liability, expense, including defense costs and legal fees, and claims for damages of any nature whatsoever, including but not limited to, bodily injury, death, personal injury or property damage arising from, or in connection with, the photoshoot or services performed on behalf of photographer or any person pursuant to this agreement. Photographer further agrees to hold California Botanic Garden harmless from any workers’ compensation suits, liability or expense arising from or in connection with the photo shoot or services performed on behalf of photographer or any person pursuant to this agreement. California Botanic Garden is not responsible for lost, mislaid, or stolen property.Students photographing in the Garden for school projects must provide current proof of enrollment.The photographer must agree in writing to these policies at least five working days prior to the date of the intended photo shoot.Specific venues are subject to availability. High use areas, as determined by the department of facility rentals & visitor services, will be available for photo sessions only if such use does not interfere with normal public access and Garden safety rules.Upon receipt of a signed agreement, together with proof of insurance and student status if applicable as required herein, a photo passport will be issued in the name of the client/photographer. The passport must be in possession of the photographer while on Garden premises. Upon arrival at the Garden, the photographer must check in at the admissions kiosk at the main parking lot and present the passport.One-day insurance certificates
are available for purchase through the Garden's insurance broker if you do not have your own.
SIGNED AGREEMENT REQUIRED: PHOTO PASSPORT
Violation of the terms of this agreement may result in cancellation of the photo passport, in which case fees will not be refunded.Particularly egregious violations may result in the denial of future photography privileges.CANCELLATION
In the event of rain, the photographer may choose to reschedule or cancel the shoot. In the event of cancellation due to weather, all fees will be refunded.
In its sole discretion, CalBG reserves the right to cancel any photoshoot reservation in case of emergency or Garden operational situation, as determined by the facilities rentals office. In such case, all fees will be refunded.
The Garden is available only during normal operation hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25, or other days that conflict with scheduled Garden activities, which may include tram tours and private events.The Garden closes at 5 p.m. All participants must exit the Garden by 5 p.m. Arrangements can be made for a session to begin before opening hours or after the Garden closes. Any special arrangements must be made and approved two weeks in advance by the Facilities Rentals Office.
California Botanic Garden reserves the right to refuse permission to any photographer or artist.
Fee schedule for commercial still photography or filming sessions involving:
1-10 people (including photographer) $500/day11-20 people (including photographer) $1,500/day21-30 people (including photographer) $2,500/day30+ people (including photographer) Please inquire
. Any hours that a photoshoot occurs outside of normal Garden hours (8 am - 5 pm) incurs an additional $250/hour. For example, if a photoshoot runs from 8 am until 7 pm, an additional $500 would be billed.A photoshoot may be scheduled to occur on multiple days, successive or otherwise. In this case, Photographer need not complete a separate Agreement for each day. Location fees applicable to professional filming or video taping for commercial use are subject to negotiation and approval by the executive director or designee.Rooms may be available as "green rooms", rented per the Garden's Facility Rental rates and policies
Personal vehicles are not allowed on Garden grounds beyond the parking lot. All photography rentals come with tram service at the beginning of the shoot, driving crew to first location and tram service at the end of the shoot, driving crew to the Garden exit. Tram service throughout the shoot
may be scheduled at a rate of $100 per hour. Tram service is subject to availability and must be arranged at least one week in advance. DISCRETIONARY CLAUSE
Courtesy discounts available to members, volunteers, trustees, overseers, staff, CalBG botany students, and others as determined by Garden executive director or designee.