The UT Gardens in Knoxville provide an excellent backdrop for nature, family, and professional photographs. We would like to clarify the policies for photography taken at the UT Gardens, Knoxville location. Many visitors take nature photographs and other photographs of their visit while here at the UT Gardens. There is no charge for personal photographs taken on your visit to the gardens. In 2011, we did implement a professional photography policy which is described below. ‘Professional Photographer’ is defined as one who charges a fee for their services. We also have many
non-professional photographers taking portraits or family pictures at
the UT Gardens. There is no charge for non-professional photographers.
48 Hours Notice:
We do ask all professional photographers and non-professional photographers to contact us to schedule your session with the UT Gardens 48 hours prior to your visit. As the Garden continues to grow and welcome more visitors each year, it is important that we manage the groups that are using the gardens. The 48 hours notice is to help avoid any conflicts with events or large groups utilizing the gardens. To schedule your session contact Derrick Stowell at email@example.com with your requested photography session time and date. We will attempt to accommodate all requests, however, if there is a conflict with your desired time you will receive an email response letting you know that your session will need to be re-scheduled.
Home Football Games:
The UT Gardens is open during home football games. However, there is no parking access to the Gardens during that time. If you wish to visit the Gardens on a gameday, you are responsible for finding gameday parking and walking to the Gardens. Note that traffic may also be an issue.
Professional Photography Policy:
The UT Gardens in Knoxville are proud to provide an attractive venue and colorful setting that has become a popular location for all types of photography in the East Tennessee region. Considerable materials and labor are required to maintain the Gardens to the high standard that has attracted so many professional photographers to use the Gardens in their work.
As a result, the UT Gardens has implemented the following Professional Photography policy. ‘Professional Photographer’ is defined as one who charges a fee for their services.
Professional photographers who wish to take advantage of the UT Gardens as part of their commercial work are asked to become Friends of the UT Gardens at the $100 level or above (annual membership). These funds will directly support the maintenance and upkeep of the UT Gardens. Please refer to the information on the Membership page.
Photographers taking photos of people are asked to give the UT Gardens 48 hours notice before your photography session.
Photographers who do not wish to become Friends of the UT Gardens at this level may schedule photo shoots on the grounds for a fee of $35 per hour. Non-member (commercial) photographers who bring clients to the UT Gardens without scheduling in advance, or without paying the sitting fee, will be asked to leave the grounds.
Professional Photographers must pay for their photography membership or session prior to arrival at the UT Gardens. You must present your membership card or payment reciept with you to verifiy you have access to take photographs at the UT Gardens.
Please read the entire UT Gardens Professional Photography Policy by clicking here.