Photography Permits

Capture your picture-perfect day with a professional photographer.

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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.

Permits are required for professionally conducted formal photography and videography for private personal (i.e. engagement and wedding photos, family portraits, prom pictures, etc)  and commercial events and activities. Permit sales are subject to availability, and permits must be applied for at least three days in advance of photoshoots.

If you are holding a special event and renting facilities at The Morton Arboretum, the permit fee is waived.

Permit sales open online on the first of the month, and are subject to availability. Permits are date and time-specific, and may not be available on days when the Arboretum is holding special events. Available dates and times will be listed in the web store, browse dates and purchase permits for members and guests. Permits are released two months at a time. Please check back later if your desired date is not within the next two months.

Permits are good for one hour. No photography is permitted in the Maze or Children’s Garden or in any Arboretum buildings. The permit does not include access to any Arboretum buildings for the purpose of photography. Access to photo locations may be restricted at the Arboretum’s discretion. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. The Morton Arboretum does reserve the right to restrict access to sections of our grounds for maintenance, Arboretum events, or rentals.

Permits are sold as non-refundable; in case of inclement weather, the photo permit can be rescheduled, up to three days before the date on the permit.

NOTE: Smoking, alcohol, and pets are not allowed during photo sessions. Drones, including those used for photography, are not allowed.