Photography

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, Philbrook photography guidelines and session information have changed. Please contact photography@philbrook.org or 918-748-5300 for more information.


Unless otherwise indicated, general admission visitors may take personal-use snapshots while touring the Museum and Gardens, provided that flash and photography equipment (tripods, monopods, selfie sticks) are not used. Photographers wishing to conduct posed photography sessions are required to become Photography Members or pay a one-time user fee. FAQs, Visitor Photography Guidelines, and Photography Membership details can be found below. Questions? Contact us at 918-748-5300 for more information.

FAQs

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Can I take photos at Philbrook?

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All museum visitors are welcome to take non-flash, personal use photography of the Museum, Collection (unless otherwise posted), and Gardens, during their visit using handheld still or video cameras, under the Visitor Photography Guidelines.

Posed photography shoots, both personal and professional, are only permitted in the Gardens with the purchase of an Open-Hour Permit or After-Hours session. If you wish to conduct a posed photography session (portrait, group, prom, etc.), please contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347.

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What is considered a Photography Shoot/Session?

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Shoots that are works for hire, involve client photography, involve the exchange of money for service rendered, and/or involve posing individual or groups require a permit. The use of a tripod, monopod, lights, umbrellas, diffusers, detachable flash, multiple lenses, large bags, reflectors, props, etc. constitute professional equipment and are not permitted during regular operating hours.

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I am an amateur photographer, do I have to pay a fee?

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Amateur photographers conducting a posed photography session must purchase either an Open-Hour Photography Permit (starting at $50/hour) or pay an After-Hour Photography Session fee (starting at $250). Please review our Visitor Photography Guidelines. or contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 for more information.

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How do I book a session?

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It is suggested that photography sessions are booked with at least two (2) weeks’ advance notice. All Sessions are non-exclusive and subject to availability. To check availability or to book your session, contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347.

Permits and Session fees are non-refundable. In the case of inclement weather or other conflicts, we are happy to assist you with rescheduling your session.

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Does Philbrook have photographers to choose from or should I come with my own?

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Philbrook has a wonderful selection of Professional Photography Members who pay an annual fee to utilize our Gardens for photography sessions all year long.

Guests are also welcome to use their own photographer. Contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 for more information and to book your photography session today!

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What can I bring with me for my Photography Session?

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Open-Hour Permit: One (1) tripod or monopod, one (1) reflecting screen, and one (1) camera with bag. Prop and changes of clothing are not permitted. View our Visitor Photography Guidelines. for full details.

After-Hour Session: Tripods/monopods, reflecting screens, lighting equipment, etc. All equipment and props must be disclosed and approved during the booking process.

For questions or to book a session, contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 or email photography@philbrook.org.

Photography Guidelines

Philbrook encourages visitors to take personal-use snapshots during their museum visit. Please be mindful of the guidelines.

Visitor Photography

All paying guests and Philbrook Members are welcome to take photographs of the Museum, the collection and Gardens, using handheld still or video cameras, under the following guidelines:

  • No flash photography, please.
  • Visitors may photograph artworks and objects, unless otherwise posted.
  • Images are for personal use only and must not be reproduced for commercial purposes. Additional policies for professional and non-professional posed photography or videography can be found in the Open-Hour Photography Permit guidelines below.
  • Photography must not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.
  • Philbrook Museum of Art and its employees are not responsible for loss or damages to cameras or similar items.
  • Posed sessions are permitted in the Gardens during open hours with the purchase of an Open-Hours Photography Permit. See Open-Hour Photography Permit for details. Indoor photo sessions are not permitted during regular operating hours
  • Dressing rooms are not available and restrooms may not be used for changes of clothes.

To preserve the art, grounds, facility and for visitor safety:

  • Props are not allowed, including but not limited to: flowers, balloons, signage costume masks and pets.
  • Moving or rearranging furniture, artwork, fixtures or planted material is not allowed.
  • Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, and miscellaneous camera equipment are not allowed.
  • Be considerate of other guests. Access to pathways and garden areas should not be blocked.
  • Please do not climb on the stonework, rocks, walls, fountains, trees, sculptures, the cultivated hillsides, planted embankments or into the creek.
  • Please stay on the designated paths in the formal gardens for your own safety.
  • Philbrook reserves the right to limit access to areas of the Museum and Gardens.

Student Photography

Philbrook will consider all student photography and filming projects. Visitor Photography Guidelines also apply to student projects, unless otherwise arranged. In addition:

  • A written proposal should be submitted at least 10 days prior to the proposed photography or filming date. Proposals may be emailed to photography@philbrook.org.
  • Proposal should include at least the following details: school name, how many students will be participating, all equipment, anticipated amount of time needed, and what the project is.
  • A valid student ID is required at check-in.

Open-Hour Photography Permit

Visitors wishing to conduct posed photography sessions (portrait, prom, group, proposal, etc.) in the Gardens during regular museum hours may do so with the purchase of an Open-Hours Photography Permit.

  • Permits are available to groups of up to 10 people (includes photographers) for $50/hour. If the 1-hour timeframe is exceeded, guests may incur additional fees at check-out.
  • Permits are intended for non-professional photographers. For more information about professional photography options, please contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Coordinator at (918) 748-5347.
  • A single tripod or monopod and a single reflecting screen are permitted in addition to a camera and camera bag. Additional equipment and changes of clothing are not permitted.
  • Permits are non-exclusive and contingent on availability. Philbrook reserves the right to limit the number of photographers and limit access to certain areas of the Gardens and grounds at any time during a session.
  • Photography sessions are not permitted in the Galleries. The Terrace is accessed via the Gardens. Visitors are welcome to tour; General Admission fees apply.
    Groups of 10+ should call in advance to schedule and may be asked to schedule an After-Hours Photography Session. For more information about large group photography and for After-Hours Photography Session pricing, please contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Coordinator at (918) 748-5347.
  • Visitors may take photos, free of charge, on the Museum’s Front Lawn during regular business hours.
  • Last permit will be sold one hour before close.
  • All sales are final. In the event of weather, special events, garden maintenance or facility repairs, Philbrook reserves the right to reschedule any session at a mutually convenient time.

After-Hours Photography Session

Professional photographers wishing to conduct posed photo sessions at Philbrook should obtain an annual Photography Membership or book an After-Hours Photography Session. After-Hours Sessions are also available to non-professional photographers. Full policies and guidelines are provided during the booking process.

  • After-Hours sessions are $250 for up to 2 hours of access to the gardens only. All fees are non-refundable and must be paid in full before the scheduled session. In the event of inclement weather or other conflicts, sessions may be rescheduled upon request.
  • In order to book a session, the client or photographer must complete the After-Hours Session Photography Agreement Form and photographers must submit proof of coverage of liability insurance. Please contact the Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at photography@philbrook.org for the required documents.
  • Sessions are limited to Morning Sessions (7am-9am, Wednesday through Sunday) and Evening Sessions (5pm-Dusk, Wednesday through Sunday and excluding Friday).
  • Sessions are non-exclusive and contingent on availability.
  • Pre-approved photography equipment, props and changes of clothes are permitted.

For more information or to book an After-Hours Session, please contact Philbrook’s Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 or by email at photography@philbrook.org. Sessions should be booked at least two-weeks in advance.

Photography Membership

Philbrook Photography Memberships provide the perfect way to utilize the Gardens all year around. To inquire about Photography Memberships or become a Photography Member, please contact the Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 or photography@philbrook.org.

Proposals at Philbrook

Philbrook’s beautiful Gardens are the perfect place for a proposal. Proposals should be scheduled 7-10 days in advance and are subject to availability. For questions or to book a session, contact the Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 or email photography@philbrook.org.

General Admission Proposal

General Admission provides access to the Galleries and Gardens during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-9pm). With this option, only the ring is permitted. Posed photo sessions, a photographer, camera equipment and props are not allowed. All guests in the group must pay General Admission.

Open-Hour Permit Proposal

If you would like to take posed photographs during or after the proposal, the purchase of an Open-Hour Permit is required. The Open-Hour Permit allows you to take photos in the Gardens for one hour with up to 10 guests, including the photographer. If anyone would like to tour the museum before or after, they must purchase General Admission before doing so.

Permits are available Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-9pm (last permits sold at 4pm and 8pm). Permits are non-exclusive and contingent on availability. To schedule a session, contact the Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347.

Some restrictions apply. Please see the Visitor Photography Guidelines for additional details.

After-Hours Session Proposal

After-Hours Sessions provide more privacy and flexibility for your proposal and are generally available Wednesday-Sunday, 5pm-dusk (excluding Fridays). Restrictions do apply.

Please call the Guest Experience Projects Coordinator at 918-748-5347 for additional details.

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