Photography Policy

To ensure a positive experience for both photographers and visitors, we ask that the following rules and guidelines be observed.

Tulsa Botanic Garden Photo Policy 

* Please note that these photo fees do not include admission. You must also pay admission for each person in your party.

Photos allowed under general admission:

  • Casual photos such as selfies or candid photos of people in your party, etc.
  • Photos (casual or professional) of the landscape, plants, insects and animals, or other natural aspects of the gardens

Regular Garden Hours Permits: 

Photos that require an individual permit ($10)

  • Posed/portrait photos taken with a cell phone camera or non-professional camera (polaroid, “point-and-shoot”, etc)
  • Including but not limited to photos for graduation, seniors, quinceaneras, engagements, bridal photos, family photos, maternity photos, baby photos, and prom photos.
  • DSLR cameras, tripods, reflectors, flash bulbs, and other photography equipment not permitted at this level.
  • Outfit changes are not permitted at this level. For multiple outfits, see our After Hours option below.


Photos that require a professional permit ($50 per hour), Advanced Notice Required:

  • Posed/portrait photos taken with a DSLR or other professional camera or any photography equipment such as tripods, reflectors, flash bulbs, etc.
  • Photos with any camera that are used for commercial purposes (such as photos to market and sell products or services, portfolio photos, social media brand deals, etc)
  • Due to extremely limited restroom space, outfit changes are not permitted at this level. For multiple outfits, see our After Hours option below.


After Hours Sessions ($175 for 1 hour) advanced notice required:

  • Exclusive access to the Garden outside of normal operating hours
  • Use of restrooms for clothing/costume changes
  • Subject to availability
  • Receive 5% off if you release your photos to us for marketing use!

Activities that are not allowed in any circumstance:

  • Photos of guests outside your party without consent
  • Obstructing other guests by blocking pathways 
  • Using props larger than 15 pounds or selfie sticks.
  • Drone photography at any time.
  • Walking into or through beds or displays
  • Picking or removing flowers/plants in any way
  • Clothing/costume changes during normal operating hours
  • Please read our general visitor policies which apply to all. No ceremonies or private events are allowed during photo sessions.  

Contact Kate Wilson to schedule a photo session in advance. Tulsa Botanic Garden reserves the right to deny any photography requests at employees’ discretion.