Updated 10/21/20

The Mount is a lovely place to take pictures. We encourage you to take recreational pictures and share them with friends and family. While we try to extend every consideration to individuals and groups wishing to photograph at The Mount, these activities must not interfere with normal operations.

For recreational photographs or video, you do not need to check in with the Ticketbooth prior to taking pictures. Please note, no flash photography is allowed in the Main House.

Drones are allowed on the exterior grounds of The Mount with written permission. Permission must be obtained 24 hours in advance. Drone operators must be licensed as required by the FAA and must inform the proper authorities as appropriate about operational plans. We request that drone operators do not hover their device over people and that any photographs and/or video is limited to the grounds and buildings. We reserve the right to alter flight patterns or stop any drone photography at any time. All commercial drone photography must follow the steps/guidelines noted below.

Commercial, Professional, Portrait, and Artistic photographers (film and video) are required to obtain permission prior to entering the grounds and before capturing any images. Photographic activity inside the Main House is limited and by appointment only. Photography may not begin until any associated fees are paid in full.

The Mount reserves all rights for photographic reproduction of Edith Wharton Restoration (EWR) property.

To schedule a photography session or to request additional information regarding photography policies and fees, contact Kelsi Polk at 413-551-5116 or kpolk@edithwharton.org.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WEDDING AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY:

Engagement shoot – Purchase a dual membership or a donation in the same amount ($130). Afterhours preferred.

Elopement – Purchase a dual membership or a donation in the same amount ($130). Afterhours preferred.

Wedding party shoot – Starting at $200 for gardens only.  After-hours only.

Family photo shoots – Starting at $200 for gardens only.  After-hours only.

Senior class photos or prom pictures – No charge. After-hours only.

Please contact Kelsi Polk at 413-551-5116 or kpolk@edithwharton.org to schedule and arrange payments. Please note: fees are subject to change based on the requirements of any shoot.

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM AND VIDEO)

Commercial photography is defined as any photography produced for publication or promotional use. The Mount specifically reserves all rights for photographic reproduction of EWR property. Requests by individuals will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Commercial photography requires written permission of the Executive Director or Communications Director and is by appointment only. The Mount reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which The Mount or its properties will appear, either by name or by visual representation. Upon approval of request, fee and scheduling will be determined.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM AND VIDEO)

Professional photography is defined as any photography for which income is derived. Professional photography may be conducted in designated areas by appointment only. All photographers are required to obtain permission to shoot before entering the grounds and before capturing any images. The Mount considers portraiture of any kind to be professional photography, even if income is not derived.

ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM AND VIDEO)

Artistic photography is defined as photography conducted by an amateur or professional for use as an art form. Artistic photography for public display, reproduction, or sale may be conducted only with the written approval of the Executive Director or Communications Director. All photographers are required to obtain permission to shoot before entering the grounds and before capturing any image. Use of props and/or excessive equipment requires written permission of the Executive Director.

RECREATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (FILM AND VIDEO)

Recreational photography may be conducted in designated areas without an appointment and free of charge. During normal operating hours, we do ask that photographers check in at the Ticketbooth upon entering the grounds and before capturing any images. A courtesy call is requested if groups or classes plan to visit.

THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MOUNT:

  • Photography cannot impose on or restrict visitors.
  • Flow of visitors along driveway and pathways must not be blocked at any time.
  • Guests, photographers, and their equipment must stay on pathways – walking in plant beds or behind plant beds or placing equipment in beds is prohibited.
  • Plants and planted containers may not be moved, rearranged, or handled in any way. Blooms may not be picked.
  • Visitors may not climb or hang from trees or architectural features.
  • Climbing, sitting, standing, or walking on walls, fences, structures, or water features is strictly forbidden.
  • Original artwork and sculpture on exhibit at The Mount is protected by artist’s copyright and may not be photographed for the purposes of reproduction or copying in any way without permission of the artist.

If any individual does not comply with the above conditions, The Mount reserves the right to deny permission to photograph and may request that the individual leave the premises.

To schedule a photography session or to request additional information regarding photography policies and fees, contact Kelsi Polk at 413-551-5116 or kpolk@edithwharton.org.