Botanical Garden Photo Shoots

The New Orleans Botanical Garden offers a spectacular backdrop to any photo shoot - wedding or commercial photography, fashion spreads, family portraits, plant/garden photography portfolio work and more. 

Commercial Filming/Photography Policy in the New Orleans Botanical Garden and New Orleans City Park:

The purpose of this policy is to protect New Orleans City Park’s historic, financial, and ethical interests relative to the sale, use, and distribution of photographs and/or other images of New Orleans City Park property and possessions.

The safety and enjoyment of New Orleans City Park visitors and the protection of it’s property is paramount.

Commercial Filming/Photography:
Commercial filming and photography is defined by the activity involved in the digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience. This includes recordings such as those used for a documentary, educational program, television or feature film, social media, or similar project.

All requests must be sent to the Director of Special Events, Julie LaCour at Requests should include the exact location(s) requested, the equipment and number of person(s) involved, date and rain date, activities to be filmed and the estimated time required.  For base camp request, the number and type of vehicles to be parked. Insurance information may also need to be shown.

Fees are due upon approval of the permit. Checks must be payable to New Orleans City Park.

*Family/Bridal/Individual permit fee does not apply to the above.

Family/Bridal/Individual Photography:
New Orleans City Park is a public park and may be used as a backdrop for photography whether professional, planned, formal or staged. All commercial family/bridal/individual photography must obtain a New Orleans City Park permit. The cost of the permit is $50 per session and is valid for one day (if inclement weather prohibits your session, a rain date can be rescheduled within 30 days of the issued date). Payment must be made in advance of session and once payment is received, permit will be issued.

How to purchase your Family/Bridal/Individual Photography Permit:
In Person

City Park Administration Building
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Oscar J. Tolmas Center
5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124                    504-483-9402
Open Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm - Thursday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Please contact Natalie Weiss at or 504-483-9417 to purchase permit via email or phone.

Family/Bridal/Individual Photography Permit Guidelines:
New Orleans City Park does not provide a designated area to change clothing.
Photography within the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland, Popp Fountain is prohibited.
City Park reserves the right to close a venue/street/area on any given day at any time.
Last entry into the New Orleans Botanical Garden is 4:30pm daily with everyone exiting by 5pm.
Admission into the New Orleans Botanical Garden is not included with photo permit.

Permit fee is non-refundable.

Please note: a New Orleans City Park photography permit does not extend to the use of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden or the insode or front portico/steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Please contact the New Orleans Museum of Art for this permit.

Questions call Natalie Weiss at 504-483-9417.



The Peristyle, a magnificent Neo-Classical pavilion with Ionic columns, is one of City Park's oldest structures. It was built in 1907 and originally designed as a platform for dancing.