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Photography permits

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The Morton Arboretum is the ideal picture-perfect setting for any portrait.  A permit is required for all posed and formal photography or video recording. 

Permit sales are subject to availability, and the permit must be applied for at least three days prior to the date of photography (a $25 fee is added to last minute transactions).  The last permit on weekends (Fri - Sun) is good until 4 PM. See photo permit request form below for more information on fees and regulations. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. When you decide to hold your event at The Morton Arboretum, we will gladly waive the customary permit fee. All our permits are nonrefundable. However, in case of inclement weather, you can either reschedule or get a credit for another photo opportunity during the year the permit was issued for.

How to purchase a photography permit:

JUNE 1, 2020 UPDATE: We appreciate your interest in securing a photo permit and using the Arboretum to mark a special occasion in your life. While the Arboretum plans to open on a limited basis for the purpose of providing health and wellness benefits, we will not be conducting business as usual. Therefore, we are not accepting reservations for or issuing photography permits at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information, or for general questions on photography permiting, email photography@mortonarb.org.

Commercial photography/videography:

Commercial photography/videography permits are issued for projects that sell, market or advertise certain products using multi-media platform. Additionally, student film projects and music videos fall under this category.

Commercial photography and video recording rates vary. We require three-week notice for all commercial photography permits. Permit fees range from $1,000 - $5,000, depending on several factors such as:

1. Date, time and length of project

2. Nature and location of project

3. Effect on our staff and guests

4. Number of production staff and vehicles coming in the Arboretum

5. Type of equipment used

A Certificate of Insurance will be required for all commercial permit applications. 

For more information, email your questions to photography@mortonarb.org.

NOTE: Smoking, alcohol, and pets are not allowed during photo sessions. Drones, including those used for photography, are not allowed. Please see the Arboretum etiquette page  for more information.  

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