Cranbrook House & Gardens Portrait Photography Session Terms and Conditions

Types of Photography
This session is for portrait photography only (such as family, senior, proposal, engagement, wedding and other select special occasions). Homecoming/prom photography is only permitted for Cranbrook Schools students. 

Any other professional photography (e.g., landscape, still life, fashion, product, commercial, etc.) is not permitted without prior approval. 

Please contact our Events Department at to inquire about commercial photography. 

For media photography, please contact Cranbrook House & Gardens PR Manager Eric Franchy at

Cranbrook Gardens Rules

  • Drones are not permitted at Cranbrook.
  • Pets must be leashed and are not permitted in the Sunken Garden or Japanese Garden. Service animals are always welcome. 
  • Do not touch the sculptures, fountains, artifacts, or other artwork.
  • Do not climb into or sit on any sculptures, fountains, trees or walls. 
  • Do not feed or disturb the wildlife.
  • Do not touch the plant life or stand in garden beds. 
  • Do not enter any fountains, pools, streams, ponds or lakes.
  • Do not move planters, statues, or benches. 
  • Play any music or other audio through headphones only.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  • Please supervise children at all times.
  • Yelling and use of vulgar language is prohibited.
  • Outside food or drink is not permitted.
  • No alcohol may be brought onto the premises.
  • Smoking, e-cigarettes, or similar devices are not permitted.

Photography Session Rules

  • Please follow the instructions sent to you upon booking to check in on the date of your session.
  • Please bring verification of your scheduled session to present to Cranbrook Security or other staff upon request. 
  • A session is no more than 2 hours. Please adhere to your agreed time slot.
  • Entire party is limited to the outdoor areas designated on your agreement.
  • Groups may not exceed your reservation amount. Our maximum group size is 16 people (not including photographer).
  • Due to bridge clearance, buses/shuttles must unload passengers and remain in the parking lot.
  • Tripods and extra lighting/décor are not permitted at Cranbrook Gardens. 
  • Please arrive dressed for your session. We do not offer an area for outfit changes.
  • Use of props (e.g., candles, fireworks, sparklers, lanterns, fog machines, smoke bombs, balloons, rice, confetti, glitter, flower petals, etc.) are not permitted. Other props must be handheld.
  • Drones are not permitted on campus.
  • Photographers may unload equipment in the Cranbrook House Courtyard, but all vehicles must be relocated to designated parking areas. 
  • Please ensure photography equipment does not block public pathways. The public may be touring Cranbrook House & Gardens during your session.
  • Please leave your photoshoot area(s) clean and free of trash.
  • Explicit photos and attire are prohibited. 
  • Posing in roadways or other vehicle thoroughfares is prohibited. 
  • Photography is not permitted on school grounds or other areas beyond Cranbrook Gardens without proper permission.
  • Photographs must not include any Cranbrook students, faculty, staff, residents, or other guests outside of your group without their express permission. 
  • Cranbrook reserves the right to relocate a session to another area on campus if necessary.

Public restrooms are located at the Welcome Center at the main entrance to Cranbrook House & Gardens off Lone Pine Road. The restrooms are typically open late April through September, from 7:00am to 7:00pm daily. We do not offer an area for outfit changes.

Refund Policy
In case of severe inclement weather, session must be rescheduled at a date and time determined by Cranbrook. No indoor areas may be used. If you need to reschedule your session for severe weather, please notify us prior to the session time via email at Due to the to the limited availability of these sessions, reservations are non-refundable.  

Cranbrook Educational Community is hereby expressly released and discharged from any and all liability for any loss or damage to Photographer, guests’ or visitors’ personal property on the premises.

Risk of Loss
Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) does not assume responsibility for damage or loss of any equipment, merchandise, or personal articles left on the premises prior to, during, or following your photography session or event. 

Insurance and/or Idemnification
In using Cranbrook House & Gardens for your photoshoot, you agree to assume complete financial liability and responsibility for any damage or loss of property, including plant material, belonging to Cranbrook House and Gardens and for any personal injury incurred during or as a result of such use. 

Disruption of Programming
Photographer and client understands taking of photographs must not disrupt the educational and cultural programs of the Cranbrook Educational Community. If a disruption does occur, Cranbrook reserves the right to terminate the photography shoot. Cranbrook reserves the right to terminate the photography session if the conduct of Photographer and other involved parties is inappropriate or disruptive. 

Patrol Verification
During routine patrol, Cranbrook Security officers will verify that the photo shoot activities are being conducted in accordance with the information provided. Any variance such as location, number of participants or other related activities will be documented in a Field Incident Report. Client may be billed for more participants than reserved or property damage.

Visitors participating in portrait sessions without a reservation will be asked to leave the property. 

Use of Images
Photos/videos taken at Cranbrook are intended for personal purposes only and photographer and client agree the photos/videos will not be used for commercial purposes or publication without the express written consent of Cranbrook Educational Community.