Photography Policy

We welcome and encourage all visitors to take photographs at the Humboldt Botanical Garden. All photographers are required to accept and follow all HBG Photography Policy General Rules & Etiquette in order to protect the interests of the garden and all of its visitors. Please take a moment to read the General Rules & Etiquette.

General Rules & Etiquette

  • All photographers must register each photo session for approval at the HBG Main Office. Please contact the office at (707)442-5139 or .
  • Photographers, persons associated with photography session and photography equipment must stay on pathways and lawns at all times.
  • Photographers are not allowed to block pathways or visitor access to any area of the garden.
  • Any person or group not abiding by the HBG photography policy on site may be required to leave.
  • Any person or photographer who sells photographs of the Humboldt Botanical Garden without written authorization may be required to pay royalties. See Professional/Commercial Photography Policy.
  • HBG is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to photography and filming equipment.
  • HBG is not responsible for any injury or death to any persons associated with permitted or non-permitted, amateur or commercial photography or filming sessions at the garden.
  • Photographers agree to clearly subtitle all photographs and films of the garden in print, broadcast or online with “Humboldt Botanical Garden, Eureka, California”.
  • For the purposes of the HBG Photography Policy, “film”, “photographic” and “photography”, “filmmaker” and “photographer” may be used interchangeably.
  • All photographers are required to accept and follow all HBG Photography Policy General Rules & Etiquette.

Amateur Photography Policy

  • Amateur photographers are welcome to take photographs of the garden for their own non-commercial use.
  • See Professional/Commercial Photography Policy if you wish to sell your images or use your images commercially.

Wedding & Portrait Photography Policy

  • All professional/commercial photographers must have an annual $150 HBG Photographer Membership at time of photo session.
  • All wedding and portrait photography must be conducted by a professional/commercial photographer.
  • Subject(s) of portraits must have an HBG membership.
  • HBG reserves the right to photograph for the purposes of its own marketing and publicity any photography sessions at the Humboldt Botanical Garden.

Professional/Commercial Photography Policy

  • All professional/commercial photographers must have an annual $150 HBG Photographer Membership at time of photo session.
  • Any professional, commercial or motion picture photography or film projects must be submitted to HBG in writing one week in advance of shoot for approval. Contact HBG for more information at (707)442-5139 or .
  • Any contemplated sales of images of the Humboldt Botanical Garden must be disclosed to HBG at or before time of shoot.
  • An agreement to pay royalties on images of the Humboldt Botanical Garden may be required.
  • Written permission from HBG is required in addition to agreements unique to each project.
  • Deposit and insurance may be required.
  • HBG may refuse any project.

Media Photography Policy

  • No fees are required.