This post could probably win an award for most boring blog post ever, but hopefully my clients and my photographer colleagues in Wisconsin find it to be somewhat helpful! Clients, keep reading. Photogs – more info for you at the bottom!
For my Madison-area clients:
Have a popular location in mind? Make sure you schedule your session in advance so that I can obtain the proper permit! (City parks do not require permits – huzzah!)
Here are a few guidelines for minimum booking times and fees:
Olbricht Botanical Gardens – $31.65/session, book two weeks in advance. Does not allow shooting indoors unless part of a wedding.
UW Arboretum – $35/session, book 48-72 hours in advance (minimum)
UW Allen Centenial Garden – $35/session
UW Union Terrace – no fee but pre-registration required – book one week in advance
State Parks and State Recreation Areas – $50 fee, plus daily parking pass ($8-13) unless you have an annual pass. ($50 fee is required even if you have an annual pass.) Book 3 weeks in advance and know specifically which park or area you would like.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list. 🙂
A couple of things to keep in mind:
(NOTE: Photographers, this information is meant to be a compilation of my local research. It is your responsibility to double check to make sure that fees and policies have not changed! I am not responsible for errors in this blog post! To my knowledge, all of this information is accurate as of May 2019.)
BTW: City parks are a great option for sessions – no fee!
Many privately owned properties that are open to the public charge a fee for a professional photography permit. (botanical gardens and touristy destinations in particular.) Most of the time, these permits must be acquired in advance. Be sure to check this out ahead of time and do follow the rules. It’s the right thing to do, and if you get caught, unprofessional much???!!! (Also yes, I have been reprimanded or kicked out of locations – yikes! When I first started my business I didn’t do my research! SOOOO unprofessional!)
Here is a list of Madison, WI area locations that I know require a paid photography permit, along with their websites. Policies vary as far as how far in advance you need them, etc. Obviously this is not an exhaustive list 😉 When in doubt, ask!
Olbricht Botanical Gardens – $31.65/one hour session http://www.olbrich.org/visit/photopolicy.cfm
UW Arboretum – $35/session ($350 annual pass available) https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/facility-use/photography-policy/
UW Allen Centenial Garden – $35/session https://charge.wisc.edu/AllenCentennialGardens/sales.aspx
UW Union Terrace – no fee but registration required ahead of time!!! https://union.wisc.edu/about/contact/photovideo-approval-request/
Overture Center – $50/for most regular sessions in the lobby. http://files-overturecenter.s3.amazonaws.com/8e3b8b4ef3db8390f0d850e07e9c5b88/photoguidelinesupdated72016.pdf
Jensen Trees (Christmas tree farm – find them on Facebook) – $20/session or $100 for a full day of mini sessions. Email them in advance to arrange a session reservation. They do allow sessions before they are officially open for the Christmas season.
State Parks & State Recreation Areas