General Visitor Photography and Videography

Photography Policy

We encourage guests to take photos in the gardens, and photography is allowed in most parts of the museum. Photography may be prohibited in temporary/visiting exhibitions—admissions staff will inform you of any limitations during your visit. Tripods, selfie sticks, and flash photography are not permitted in any galleries. The use of drones anywhere on the property is not allowed.

We encourage you to tag the Dixon in photos shared on social media using #discoverthedixon, @dixonmemphis on Instagram, or @DixonGalleryandGardens on Facebook.

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  • All commercial photography and videography is prohibited at Dixon Gallery and Gardens unless scheduled in advance; approval is not guaranteed. Commercial photography and videography at the Dixon is defined as images or video created in or of the Dixon property that any individual or organization intends to use for commercial, professional, and/or promotional purposes, including but not limited to display advertising, commercials, films, music videos, retail products, brochures, websites, stock photography, portfolios, and other industrial, promotional, or advertising projects.

    All portrait photography must be scheduled in advance with the Dixon, form below. Portrait photography at the Dixon is defined as a photography session where a photographer (amateur or professional) has a person or group of people posing for portraits on the Dixon property; this includes, but is not limited to, the following types of photography: family, maternity, wedding and engagement, class/team/club, Prom or other dance functions, quinceañeras and birthdays, and graduation.

    For questions or information about using photographs or video of the Dixon grounds and property for professional use outside of portrait photographs that are for private sale, please contact our Director of Communications, Chantal Drake, at 901-761-5250 ext. 108 or cdrake@dixon.org.

  • The Dixon asks that all photography and video shoots be scheduled at least three (3) days in advance and the Dixon reserves the right to turn down requests and turn away unscheduled groups for any reason. The last available booking time for photography on any day (Tues.-Sun.) is 4pm in order to ensure that photo sessions are completed and that participants are gone by closing time at 5pm. The Dixon does not normally charge a fee for shoots, however, a fee may be assessed for special requests, such as large groups or approved before-or-after hours times; special requests will not necessarily be approved. All photographer and videographer members must submit a signed copy of the Photography & Videography Policy prior to or upon check-in for their shoot.

    Scheduled shoots include the following:

    • Up to two (2) hours of time on property, during regular museum hours, on a single day for a single shoot. Please inform the Dixon if you are interested in scheduling “mini sessions” for a single day.
    • Admission for the photographer/videographer
    • Admission for two photographer/videographer assistants
    • Admission for up to 10 individuals. Larger groups may incur a fee or may be turned down, and no more than 20 total individuals are allowed at a time.

    For general photography and videography inquiries, please fill out the inquiry form below. If you want to include props, changes of clothing, extensive equipment, and/or models or staged items, please note that in the “Additional Information” section of the inquiry form, but please note that requests may not be approved.

    For all questions relating to photography for scheduled rental events at the Dixon, please contact our Venue Rental Coordinator, Sarah Catmur, at scatmur@dixon.org or 901-761-5250 ext. 101.

    For questions or information about using photographs or video of the Dixon grounds and property for professional use (outside of portrait photographs that are for private sale), please contact our Director of Development and Communications, Chantal Drake, at cdrake@dixon.org or 901-761-5250 ext. 108.

Inquiry Form

The Dixon is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm and shoots are scheduled in two (2) hour increments, to take place during regular museum hours.



Type of Shoot *

The Dixon is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm.

The Dixon is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 1pm-5pm and shoots are scheduled in two (2) hour increments, to take place during regular museum hours.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is offering free admission to the museum and gardens through 2024, thanks to the generosity of our members, donors, and friends. With that, we are no longer charging for photography and videography sessions, if they are requested and approved. We hope you will consider joining the Dixon and helping continue our mission of bringing art and horticultural experience to all.