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. Please always observe the policies detailed below. If you have questions, please send inquiries to

Portrait Sessions

Portrait Sessions are not available during open hours. Filoli defines portrait photography as: engagement, quinceañera, 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.

To purchase a Portrait Session please call us at (650) 364-8300, press 1 Monday through Friday 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