Personal Photographs

Tyler Arboretum is a beautiful location for photography. Visitors are encouraged to take photos at the Arboretum to capture beautiful scenery, colorful flowers or priceless memories. With 650 acres of butterfly-filled gardens, open meadows, towering trees and centuries-old structures, you are sure to find the perfect place to capture many incredible images.

Photographs for personal use may be taken anywhere in the Arboretum. Our guided Photo Walks, which are free with admission, provide wonderful opportunities to join fellow enthusiasts and discover image opportunities that are not readily apparent (see Calendar  for Photo Walk schedule).

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General Photography Guidelines

Please follow our garden etiquette guidelines and rules outlined in the Visitor Guide. The Arboretum will not close or restrict any area to other guests during photo/video sessions—remain respectful of other visitors by not blocking pathways or visitor access to any area of the Arboretum. Additionally:

  • No smoking.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • Please do not walk into beds or otherwise damage plants or wildlife. Do not climb trees.
  • Do not disturb or remove plants, plant labels or containers.
  • Do not block access to the entrance, pathways, or Arboretum areas for use by others.
  • Due to space limitations, tripod or monopod use is limited in the Butterfly House.
  • Photography at Tyler Arboretum cannot be orchestrated or used to imply endorsement by Tyler Arboretum.
  • Guests should come dressed and prepared for their photo session.  There are no changing areas available.
  • It is strictly forbidden to sell or use images taken of Tyler Arboretum, which include, but are not limited to: publishing; marketing; educational materials; products and retail merchandise; general and web advertising; broadcast; or any situation where the photographer is paid for the use of the image, without a permit from the Arboretum.

Bridal Photography

To ensure your special time is not shared by other couples, all wedding photography is scheduled through our catering partner, Jeffrey A. Miller Catering. Photo sessions may be up to one hour in length and are limited to outdoor spaces only. For fees, or to schedule your session, please contact.

Angela DiLella
Jeffrey Miller Catering
610-566-9134 ext. 216

Private Portraiture

We Welcome individual, family, elegant and senior class portraits; and other photography or portraiture intended for personal use only (i.e., not for commercial use). Regular Arboretum admission applies for all individuals, including photographers and assistants.

Commercial Photography

Any use, reuse or reproduction by any means for commercial use without the express written consent of Tyler Arboretum is strictly prohibited. Catalog shoots, commercials, professional videos and the like must be approved by the Executive Director or his/her designee and they reserve the right to refuse any project. Fees are charged for Commercial Photography/Filming (see rates below).

For all promotional, stock and commercial photography – General Photography Guidelines apply. Location approval and tripod approval required.

The Arboretum reviews requests for commercial filming and photography on a case-by-case basis. Because work in the Arboretum by the gardening staff is a year-round necessity and because the Arboretum hosts many events, dates available for commercial shooting may be limited. The Arboretum reserves the right to deny any commercial shoot requests at any time. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application within a reasonable amount of time.

Download photography permit application here.

Please submit full project details to:

Sally Rogers
Special Events Manager
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 193063

Regular Rates

Still Photography Rates: Film/Video Rates:
Full Day $300 Full Day $600
Half Day $150 Half Day $300

Non-profit Rates

Still Photography Rates: Film/Video Rates:
Full Day $200 Full Day $500
Half Day $100 Half Day $250

All applicable admission fees are included in the overall fee stated above.  Additional shoot-specific fees, which are based on the type and length of the shoot, number of people involved, equipment used and demands placed on the Arboretum may apply.

  • Payment: Reservations and fee payment should be made in advance of shoot, including the day of the shoot. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total fees due to Arboretum is required at the time the reservation is made. Make checks payable to Tyler Arboretum.
  • Photo Credit: The Arboretum requires the location credit “Shot on location at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA” in all uses of Arboretum photos in print, on the web, in broadcast and in any other public medium.
  • Use of Tyler Trademarks and Logos: The use of Arboretum’s trademarks and/or logos is expressly prohibited without the Arboretum’s prior written consent. Additional fees may apply.
  • Shooting Location(s): Locations must be pre-approved.
  • Equipment: The Arboretum does not provide any equipment.
  • Accessibility: Please call ahead for information regarding accessibility. All photographers/clients/models must arrive at the Visitor Center on the day of the photo shoot. All photo shoots must occur during the regular hours of operation.
  • Liability: The Arboretum disclaims any responsibility for any personal or property damage or loss during the Photographer’s visit to the Arboretum. Photographer and/or user group shall be responsible for any damage to the Arboretum’s indoor facilities or outdoor premises caused by the photographer or user group, as applicable.

Promotional Photography

Photographers taking photographs which will be used to promote Tyler Arboretum, for instance in travel publications or the like, will not be assessed a fee.

Promotional Photographers please contact:

Laura McPhail
Communications Specialist
(610) 566-9134, ext. 208

Notice to Visitors

Tyler Arboretum may photograph film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Admission to the Arboretum and/or participation in our classes, events, and programs, is implied consent for the use of the holder’s likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes. All rights to the photographs and video belong to Tyler Arboretum. Photographers will be clearly identified. If you do not consent to this policy, please notify the photographer.

For further information, contact:

Laura McPhail
Communications Coordinator
(610) 566-9134, ext. 208


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