Photography at Filoli

Photography is a wonderful way to remember your visit at Filoli. For your own enjoyment, visitors are welcome to take photographs and videos during their visit. Handheld cameras and camera phones are welcome. Flash photography in the historic House is prohibited. Guests should always observe our policy, Filoli Photography Policy. For guests wanting to take Portrait Sessions, Professional Photography, or Commercial Photography, please see the information below.

Photography must be conducted without disruption to Filoli operations or limitation to the accessibility of other guests, including doorways, pathways, and high traffic areas.

Filoli reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permissions to photograph or videotape on its premises, if it is a disruption and/or is perceived that it might endanger garden beds, garden objects, or other visitors.

Interested photographers—please download, sign, and deliver to before your reservation.

Filoli Photography Policy

Portrait Sessions

Filoli defines portrait photography as: engagement, quinceanera, family, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture of individuals by professional or amateur photographers, whether PAID/commercial or UNPAID/non-commercial. The interior of the historic House may NOT be used for photographs in the portrait sessions; such pictures would require a professional commercial package.

Portrait Sessions are available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis. There are limited spots available per day at Filoli. Guests participating in a Portrait Session must have purchased admission for that day with an additional Portrait Session Fee of $75. The session fee is good for up to 90-minutes. The designated group photographer will be responsible for signing the policy agreement and will receive an identification badge to be worn while photographing.

For more information on Portrait Sessions, please call us at (650) 364-8300, press 1  or email us at

Professional Photography

Professional Photography includes: commercial photography, large photo equipment (supplemental flashes, larger tripods, shades, reflectors, free standing lighting, carrying bags for equipment), wardrobe changes, and the use of Filoli staff to organize photo locations.

To arrange a Professional or Commercial Photography Session please contact the Rental and Events Department at (650) 364-8300 ext. 221 or