Photography Policy and Permit Information

Learn about our photography policy and how to obtain a permit for your session.

The landscape here at Cumming Nature Center (CNC) is spectacular, and we welcome professional photographers who are seeking a striking, natural setting for their photo shoot. Professional photographers who would like to shoot at CNC are required to obtain a photo permit for any commercial or portrait photography that falls under the following categories: 

  • The photographer is conducting a paid, professional service for a client
  • The photographer is using photos to promote a business, product, or service

All proceeds from photo permits help preserve this beautiful landscape by supporting environmental education and trail maintenance at CNC.

Rules | Permit Fees | Frequently Asked Questions


Rules

  • Photographers must have a photo permit in order to conduct a paid photography session. Permits can be purchased at the Welcome Desk on the day of the shoot.
  • Sessions must take place during CNC open hours unless groups have prior approval from CNC staff.
  • Photographers must check in at the Welcome Desk before heading to the shoot area.
  • Be respectful of CNC property and other visitors. Photography sessions may not interfere with trail use (i.e. you must let other visitors use trails).
  • Do not go off trail during your photo shoot.
  • Do not disrupt natural habitats by picking flowers or other plants, moving natural elements, or using items like confetti/glitter/etc. as props. Leave no trace of your session!


IMPORTANT: CNC does not reserve specific areas for photography sessions and maintains the right to deny permits if space is needed for nature center programs or events. Please call the nature center before your photo session to avoid known scheduling conflicts (585-374-6160). A staff member can let you know if there are any scheduled events or programs that might interfere with your plans.


Permit Fees

$25 for one-day photo permit (fee includes admission for your group)

Photographers can purchase permits day-of at the Welcome Desk.


Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t purchase a photo permit?

A staff member will likely approach you and ask you to purchase a photo permit before continuing your session. Remember, the cost of the permit helps preserve a landscape worth photographing!

What if I’m not a professional photographer? 

If you are being paid a fee for taking photos or are using the photos to promote a business, product, or service, we ask that you support the nature center by purchasing a photography permit.

Can I purchase a permit on the day of the shoot? 

Yes! You can purchase a permit at the Welcome Desk the day of your shoot. Note that CNC does not reserve spaces for photo shoots, so it is important to call us in advance to see if CNC has anything scheduled on the day of your session that would interfere with your plans. 

What if I’m planning something more intense than the average photo shoot and would like to make a special request? 

Please reach out to Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Communications and Events Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any special requests.

What if I have several groups I’d like to shoot throughout the day? 

A one-day permit will cover however many groups you would like to shoot. We ask that each group check in at the Welcome Desk.

Who is responsible for purchasing the permit? 

It is up to the photographer and client to decide who will purchase the permit. CNC only asks that someone in the party has purchased it.

How do I pay for a permit? 

You can purchase a one-day permit on the day of the shoot at the Welcome Desk using cash or credit card.


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