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photography policy

Amateur photographers are welcome to take photos. We do, however, have some restrictions and guidelines for professionals wishing to use our locations for photo or video shoots.

Looking for a photographer to take pictures at your favorite Natural Lands location? Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of our approved professional photographers.

for fun

Amateur photographers are welcome and encouraged to take photos or videos. (Tag them with #NatLands when posting to social media!) Here are some guidelines and restrictions.

  • Photography must not interfere with the enjoyment of other visitors or create any safety concerns.
  • Lights, dollies, or other equipment is not permitted. Vehicles are not permitted beyond the designated preserve parking area/s.
  • No drones without prior, written permission and FAA Part 107 remote pilot certification.
  • Photographers and subjects¬†must remain on the marked hiking trails. Tree climbing is prohibited.
  • During your visit you may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by a Natural Lands employee, volunteer, or contract photographer. Your entry to the preserve serves as your permission for the use of your image by Natural Lands and its constituents.
  • We invite and encourage you to send us digital copies of your photographs for use in our publications and online! Email us to share your favorite shots.

for the pros

Professionals wishing to use the preserves for paid photo shoots or who sell their work must pay a $1,000 annual usage fee in order to do so. Benefits of this include:

  • Priority access to all of Natural Lands’ preserves for photo shoots.
  • Listing on our website. Individuals who contact us interested in hiring professional photographers will be referred to this listing.
  • Annual listing in our magazine.
  • Annual listing on social media, including on our Facebook page, where we have more than 18,000 followers.
  • Membership to Natural Lands

Sorry, we do not offer one-time-access professional photography permits. Questions? Contact Mae Axelrod, media relations manager.

Click here to learn more and sign up online now!

 

ready for your close up?

Want to use one of our properties as the backdrop for your family portrait, engagement photos, or other special capture-it moment? Professional photography is by permit only.

See below for a listing of professional photographers authorized to conduct shoots at our properties.

Natural Lands Professional Photographers

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