Photography Policy

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a unique and beautiful location for photography. Our Photography Policy is designed to ensure that all guests — those taking photos and those who are not — have a positive experience during their visit.

All photographers and their parties should follow our Garden Etiquette when taking photographs.

The Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel any photography session, without refund, if this policy or the Garden Etiquette is not being respected.

Our Photography Policy is divided into the following sections. Click the links for more information:

  • Portrait Photography: For individuals, families, prom, engagements, weddings, quinceañeras, high school seniors, etc.  This policy includes information about our Annual Photography Permit for professional photographers (November 2016 - January 2017 half price promotion for non-members: Book your session for $50 versus the standard $100 through January 31, 2017. Members receive one free photography session per year.)

  • Personal, Hobby and Class Photography: Photos for personal use by guests, hobbyists or classes

  • Commercial Photography: Photography or video that will be sold for commercial purposes.

  • Media Photography: For members of the media.

Botanical Garden Photography

During a visit, guests may be photographed, filmed and / or videotaped by a Botanical Garden staff member or representative. Guest attendance serves as permission for the use of your image by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.