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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 offer scenic locations for portrait and professional photography just right for engagements, weddings, anniversaries, senior portraits, and family keepsakes.

Choose from a rich variety of landscapes and architectural backdrops to set the mood for your photographs. There are lakefronts, gardens, farm, and historic venues that span the centuries from colonial to modern.

All professional photographers are required to obtain a professional photography permit. With the permit you will have a scheduled use of the park area, avoiding conflicts with other groups and events.

How to Apply for a Photography Permit

  1. form Complete the Photography Permit Application. Submit the completed application by email or fax.
  2. For permits at Green Spring Gardens, download the Green Spring Gardens Photography Guidelines, and then sign and submit with your photography permit application. Additional guidelines for other park sites may apply and will be coordinated by the Public Information Office.
  3. Your request will be reviewed for approval and you will be notified to forward applicable fees.
  4. Payment must be received prior to issuance of the permit. Payments may be made by check or credit card by mail, or in person at the Public Information Office during regular business hours. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone. Please do not email credit card information.
  5. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email that will serve as your permit. Please bring your confirmation email with you to your photo session.

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

    A basic two-hour session is $100. Each additional hour is $50.

    Purchase an annual permit for $500 and receive access to all Fairfax County parks and facilities for one year. Please request your desired dates and locations using the standard permit form for each session.

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

    Other park use permits for shelters, business activity licenses, and more may be obtained at Park Use Permits.

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

email Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-324-8702 or 703-324-8662

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

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