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Professional Photography in the Parks


Fairfax County Park Authority
Public Information Office
The Herrity Building, 9th Floor
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 927
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone: 703-324-8702 or 703-324-8662
Fax: 703-324-3974

Fairfax County parks are a great location for all types of photographs including headshots, senior portraits, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and multi-generational family keepsakes.

It is required to obtain a professional photography permit so that site staff is aware of events happening at the location and to avoid disappointment if there is a conflict with a previously scheduled event.

Permits are issued by the Public Information Office (PIO). Please allow five business days to process the application and fees.

Submitting a Photography Permit Application

  1. Fill out the Photography Permit Application and forward by email or fax.
  2. If applying to photograph at Green Spring Gardens, download the Green Spring Gardens Photography Guidelines, sign, and include with your permit application.
  3. Once your application is reviewed and site availability verified, you will be notified to forward applicable fees.
  4. Payment must be received prior to issuance of the permit. Checks can be mailed to the Public Information Office or dropped off at the office during business hours. Credit card information can be provided via phone or in person at the Public Information Office. Please do not email credit card information.

    Fees are $100 for a two-hour shoot. Longer photography sessions may be requested. Costs are $50 per additional hour.

    Professional photographers may wish to consider applying for an annual permit that allows the use of all FCPA-owned parks, with advance notice, for $500.

    Note:All professional photographers conducting business on FCPA property or in FCPA facilities must obtain a photography permit and submit appropriate fees in advance.

  5. Visit Park Use Permits for guidelines regarding use of parkland and to determine if your activity requires any other park use permits.
  6. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that will serve as your permit

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at:

Phone: 703-324-8702 or 703-324-8662

FCPA does not provide staff to open the spaces in off hours or monitor the shoot which must take place during site operation hours.

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