Professional Portrait Photography at Cranbrook Gardens

Portrait photography sessions are only available June through October.

The scenic gardens, iconic artwork, and other natural and tended outdoor spaces at Cranbrook Gardens are now available as an unforgettable backdrop for your next professional portrait photography session! 

Please join our email list and follow us on social media so that we can notify you when the 2023 sessions are available for booking. 

Photograph of a family in the Sunken Garden.

Please note that these sessions are to be reserved by the photographer. Individuals interested in having their photograph taken at Cranbrook should contact their desired photographer to reserve the session. Cranbrook does not provide photographers.

Portrait Photography
As a National Historic Landmark with students and residents on campus, portrait photography is only permitted in select areas, must follow our campus and photography policies, and requires a paid reservation by a professional photographer.   

All portrait photographers must book a photography session to take photographs (including senior, family, engagement, wedding, and other portrait photography) at Cranbrook Gardens. 

Amateur photography is permitted to document your visit to Cranbrook Gardens. Please refrain from photographing special events without a professional photographer and reservation.

Revenue from photography sessions and other special events helps support our nonprofit organization. 

Photography Session Admission 
$300 for 1-2 people being photographed
$500 for 3-12 people being photographed
Sessions may not exceed 12 people (not including the photographer)
Each session is for a 2-hour block of time

Please click the registration links at the bottom of this page to reserve a date and time for your photography session. Registration is required five days in advance. 

If you are a Cranbrook Schools high school senior, CK alumni, Cranbrook employee, or current Cranbrook Schools family, please email for accommodation.

Photograph of someone in a suit sitting on the steps to The Mountain.

Cranbrook Gardens
380 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

You are welcome to photograph on the exterior grounds surrounding Cranbrook House during your session. Popular areas include the Sunken Garden, the Reflecting Pool area, by Turtle Fountain, the Japanese Garden, and the Cranbrook House Courtyard. No indoor areas are available.

Click here for a map

Parking is available in our main lot and on Lone Pine Road. Parking is permitted in marked spaces only. Large vehicles must use the BUS DROP OFF area due to clearance limitations under our bridge.

Cranbrook House & Gardens is a historic facility preserved and maintained as closely as possible to its original design. As such, there are certain natural and artificial surface conditions, such as grass, wood chips, stones, stairs, steep slopes, and uneven terrain which can make walking and use of a wheelchair difficult. Assistance for persons using wheelchairs or walkers is recommended. For more information on accessibility, please click here.

For questions about our photography policies or help with booking a photo session, please contact our Events Department at 248.645.3164 or

Book an Upcoming Photography Session

Terms and Conditions
We may ask for your tax ID and proof of insurance after your online booking to confirm your reservation. 

By registering for this photography session, you agree to the photography, refund, insurance, and other policies stated on our Photography Session Terms and Conditions page.

Registration is required five days in advance of each session.


2023 Portrait Photography Sessions
Portrait photography sessions are only available June through October. Please join our email list and follow us on social media so that we can notify you when the 2023 sessions are available for booking. 

Photo Credits (From Top to Bottom)
Photography by Naturally Photography by Monni.

Photography by Futurewave Images.