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Garden Photographer Membership

The Portland Japanese Garden is pleased to offer our Photographer Benefits program that can be added to any level of membership for professional and amateur photographers. This special program provides benefits created specifically for photographers. To learn more about this membership and its benefits please ask at the Admission Gate or visit our Photographer Membership page.

Please note Photographer Memberships are available for individuals and their families only. Other entities wishing to shoot still or video photography for commercial use must submit a Photography and Video Shoot Application.

General Policies for all Photographers

In addition to the rules for all visitors, we ask all photographers to please honor these policies when photographing in the Garden:

  • The Garden does not allow portrait photography.
  • Please do not climb trees, enter waterfall areas, or step into raked sand gardens. Keep yourself and your equipment (including tripods) on pathways at all times.
  • Gardeners and Garden volunteers maintain the aesthetics and beauty of the Garden, please do not disrupt their work or ask them to move for your photography shot.
  • Visitors from all over the state, country, and the world come to enjoy the Garden. We ask that you do not block views of or pathways through the Garden for extended periods of time.
  • Please do not ask visitors to move out of your photograph.
  • Please do not touch or move plant life. Do not hang backpacks or props on trees or plants.
  • There is a $5.00/person charge for using a tripod for anyone who is not a Garden Member.
  • The Garden assumes no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to equipment. Take valuables with you when you park your car. Do not leave equipment unattended.

The Portland Japanese Garden maintains the right to adjust these policies, in specific instances, in the best interests of the Garden and the general public.

Definition of Portrait Photography

The Portland Japanese Garden defines portrait photography as all family portraits, wedding, senior, and engagement portraits, and any other posed portraiture of individuals by professional photographers or amateur photographers acting as professionals. The Portland Japanese Garden reserves the right to further define Portrait Photography on a case-by-case basis.

Non-Professional Photography

You are welcome to take photographs of the Garden for your own use and enjoyment, but please observe the rules in our General Photography Policies. Photographers intending to sell their images must follow the rules regarding Photographer Membership fees or Photography and Video Shoots. Photographers not intending to sell their images will be asked to sign a waiver to that effect.

Tripod Fee

There is a $5.00 per-person fee for all non-members entering the Garden with a tripod.

Photo Credit

The Portland Japanese Garden requires the location credit “Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR” in all uses of Garden photos in print, on the web, in broadcast, and in any other public medium.

Photo Rights & Usage

The Portland Japanese Garden allows promotional usage of photos taken in the Garden by its current Photographer Members. The Portland Japanese Garden uses the images of a small group of sanctioned photographers for their marketing materials. The Garden at times also requests from Photographer Members Garden images for promoting, marketing, and advertising the Garden. We welcome the submission of Portland Japanese Garden images from all Photographer Members at any time. Please contact marketing for information about uploading photos for review.

Using and Selling Photos of the Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden is a not-for-profit organization and asks any photographer wishing to use images of the Portland Japanese Garden for commercial, advertising, promotional purposes, and/or any situation where the photographer is paid for the use of the images to purchase a Garden Membership with Photographer Benefits starting at $155 or submit a Photography and Video Shoot Application. This application process is required for any photography being done for or on behalf of a commercial entity. It is strictly forbidden to sell or use the Portland Japanese Garden logo for commercial or promotional activities.

Photography and Video Shoots

The Portland Japanese Garden reviews requests for photography and video shoots on a case-by-case basis. Because work in the Garden by the gardening staff is a year-round necessity and because the Garden hosts many events, dates available for shooting are extremely limited. Learn more about Photography and Video Shoots

Respecting Garden Photo Policies

When on the Garden’s premises, we ask that you honor our photo policies which reflect our commitment to protecting the aesthetics, beauty, and delicate nature of our Garden. Those who do not comply will be asked to leave without a refund of their fee. The Garden maintains the right to adjust these policies in specific instances to protect the best interests of the Garden.