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The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a popular destination for personal and professional photography in Littleton and the surrounding Denver area. We oversee thirty acres of beautifully maintained gardens which provide a variety of backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, quinceanera photos, and more. Popular backdrops include waterfalls that roll through our Wetlands, lily ponds, bridges inspired by French Impressionist paintings, a garden of roses, and a rustic barn. Hudson Gardens offers artistic inspiration and unique photo opportunities at every turn! 


Guests may photograph the grounds without a permit if the photos are solely for personal use and enjoyment. Professional and commercial photographers are required to purchase a permit. We ask that all personal and professional photographers review our policies.


Why Join the Hudson Gardens Photography Permit Program?

Permit fees contributes directly to the maintenance and beautification of Hudson Gardens, so photographers and clients can feel good knowing they support a treasured, community resource. Professional advantages include:

  • Access to thirty acres of beautifully maintained gardens.
  • Free, ample parking. 
  • An unlimited number of sessions per day. 
  • An unlimited number of clients per session.
  • Flexible reservation policies that accommodate your work schedule (reservations can be made as late as 48 hours in advance). 


Types of Permits 


Annual Photography Permit | $250

  • Provides sunrise-sunset access for one named photographer and one assistant for one year following the month of purchase.
  • Permits for additional studio employees are available for $50 per permit.
  • This permit can be purchased online or in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Replacing a lost Annual Permit incurs a fee of $50 per permit for each occurrence. 

One-Time Use Photography Permit | $50

  • Provides access for one photographer and one assistant for one day.
  • This permit must be purchased in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Cancellations caused by weather are non-refundable, but Hudson Gardens will attempt to reschedule photo shoots within reason. Hudson Gardens must agree to any rescheduled dates and times prior to the shoot. 

One-Time Use Wedding Photography Permit | $150

  • Provides access for one photographer and one assistant for one day.
  • This permit must be purchased in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Wedding photographers working with a bridal couple who have purchased rental time at Hudson Gardens are exempt provided their work is limited to the couple's wedding activities. If the shoot is not during the rental time, it must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.


Permit Terms and Conditions of Use 

  • All photography permits allow the permit holder, one assistant, and the permit holder's clients to use Hudson Gardens as a studio, excluding areas reserved for public and private events.
  • Public and private events take precedence regarding availability and access to certain areas. Hudson Gardens reserves the right to deny access to sections of the Gardens because of public and private events.
  • To avoid conflicts with public and private events, all professional/commercial photography sessions must be coordinated through the Guest Services Department at least 48 hours before the desired shoot time. To schedule a session, please call Guest Services at (303) 797-8565 ext. 389. We reserve the right to deny access to photographers who have not booked in advance. 
  • Photographers must check in with the Guest Services Department in the Welcome Center upon arrival.
  • Photographers must display their permits.
  • Hudson Gardens must agree to any rescheduled sessions prior to the new shoot date and time. 


General Photography Policies

  • A photography permit must be purchased prior to any photo shoot.
  • Hudson Gardens must authorize any photo shoot that takes place before 9:00 AM or after 5:00 PM.
  • With the exception of service animals, no pets or animals of any kind are permitted.
  • Clients/models must be fully and appropriately clothed. No nudity, swimsuits, lingerie, etc.
  • Clients/models must arrive camera-ready. Restrooms cannot be used as dressing rooms, and storage space is unavailable.
  • No smoking of any kind.
  • Do not disrupt visitor access and pedestrian flow.
  • Do not move or disturb Hudson Gardens' property such as barricades, signs, etc.
  • Do not cut, pick, or step on plant material.
  • Do not disrupt events, weddings, garden guests, Hudson Gardens' operations, or Hudson Gardens' staff.
  • Do not climb trees, walls, fences, bridges, statuary, or other structures or encourage others to do so. 
  • Do not enter, set up equipment, or encourage your clients to enter plant beds or water features.
  • Motorized and non-motorized vehicles (e.g., bikes, scooters, skateboards) are prohibited. 
  • Professional photography is prohibited at Hudson Gardens' special events. These include, but are not limited to, the Summer Concert Series and A Hudson Christmas. 
  • Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Photography policies are subject to change without notice.  


Special Promotion for a Hudson Gardens Membership! 


To promote our new membership program, we are offering those who purchase new or renewing Annual Photography Permits 50% off our Friend or Supporter Level Memberships. 


Core Membership Benefits
  • The knowledge that you are contributing to the ongoing preservation of a treasured community resource.
  • Reduced pricing on classes and programs.
  • Discounts on merchandise in the Welcome Center Gift Shop.
  • Discounts from local retail partners
  • Subscription to the Hudson Gardens' printed newsletter.
  • Reduced pricing for tickets to A Hudson Christmas light display and other special events.
  • Advanced purchasing for VIP tickets to Brews & Views.
  • Exclusive access to members-only events, promotions, and offers.
  • Admission privileges and discounts at nearly three-hundred participating gardens and arboreta through the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.

Applicable Membership Levels
Friend | $20 with discount (originally $40) Water Lily_150x150
  • Core membership benefits for one individual.
  • Summer Concert Series benefits: 10% off one ticket per concert and advance purchasing for tickets.



Supporter | $30 with discount (originally $60) Black Eyed Susans_150x150

  • Core membership benefits for two individuals.
  • Summer Concert Series benefits: 10% off up to two tickets per concert and advance purchasing for tickets.

 
 
 
 

Discount valid for new memberships only. Discounted membership must be purchased at the time of the Annual Photography Permit purchase. If the Annual Photography Permit is purchased online, the discounted membership must be purchased at the time you pick up the Annual Permit. Memberships are non-transferable and cannot be refunded or exchanged. Offer valid from March 1, 2018-August 31, 2018. 


Contact Us.


(303) 797-8565

Info@hudsongardens.org


We're happy to discuss commercial and professional photography opportunities during regular business hours.

Guest Services Department

6115 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, Colorado 80120

November-March: Open daily 10:00 AM-3:00 PM 
April-October: Open daily 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
 
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