Photo Shoots

Endless photo opportunities.

Acres of natural beauty, the majestic Swan House Gardens, our 1860s Smith Family Farm, and many other unique spaces make us an ideal location for your photo shoot. Atlanta History Center is private property—all photo shoots require a photography permit issued from Atlanta History Center.

To schedule a photo shoot please contact us at 404.814.4090 or at least two weeks prior to the photo shoot date.


A specific commercial photo shoot permit is required for businesses taking pictures for promotional purposes, including but not limited to: clothing, hair, makeup, vehicles, textiles, etc. The commercial photo shoot permit requirements extend to photography for magazines as well.


A personal photo shoot is anyone coming to the property with the sole intention of taking pictures regardless of the camera type, including but not limited to photography for: engagements, maternity, individual head shots, family portrait, quinceañera, anniversary, birthday, proposals, prom, anyone using a tripod including sketching and painting, etc.


If poor weather threatens your photo shoot, you may reschedule to an alternative date so long as you notify the Special Events Department in writing at least three business days in advance of your scheduled photo shoot start time. There is a $60 reschedule fee for rescheduling less than three days in advance for any reason (including weather).

All photography, with the exception of visitors taking tourists snapshots without a tripod, is considered a photo shoot and requires a permit.

To check availability and book please email us at