Photography Policy

Thanksgiving Point is the perfect backdrop for those family pictures you've been planning, bridals, graduation pictures, or an engagement photo session. Choose the beautiful 55-acre Ashton Gardens complete with the western hemisphere's largest manmade waterfall, thousands of seasonal flowers, and botanical beauty you won't find anywhere else in Utah, or the Reception Gardens at Water Tower Plaza with beautiful rose gardens, a grapevine arbor, fountains, and the beautiful architectural arches of the Loggia. All posed photography on property requires a photo pass. Each photo pass is good for one photography session with your own photographer. 


Monday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm

Reservations are not required, and all spaces are subject to availability.  We recommend you call 801.768.2300 before visiting to make sure your area of interest is not being used for private events such as a wedding.


$100 Venue Photo Pass

Available at Ashton Gardens, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country, or the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  Includes admission for up to three people at time of redemption. Additional participants must pay the regular venue admission
- Please check in and be ready to begin your session no later than 6:30 pm.
- Golf cart rentals are not included with the purchase of a photo pass and are not available for rent after 6:30 pm.

$75 Non-venue Photo Pass

Available for purchase at Guest Information at Water Tower Plaza.  Valid for the reception gardens west of the Water Tower and public spaces at Thanksgiving Point.
- Please check in at the Water Tower Information from 10am to 6pm to purchase your photo pass.


 This is the cost associated for a private shoot. If you are interested in a commercial shoot, click HERE.


Fine Print

Thanksgiving Point requires a sitting fee for all portraiture (professional and non-professional) taken on property. This includes all posed photography taken on property. Please check availability of the Water Tower Plaza reception areas and Ashton Gardens, as all areas may not be available due to private events.

Photographers and guests must check in at the front desk of the Water Tower Plaza Information Center and Ashton Garden Visitor Center to sign the photo policy contract and obtain a pass prior to the photography session. Passes must be worn by the photographer at all times during sessions. Passes are to be purchased at time of photography session and are not available for pre-purchase.

  • Thanksgiving Point Members receive a 25% discount on Photo Passes.
  • Photography sessions are not allowed on Sundays.
  • One photography pass required for each session.
  • There are changing rooms that may be used if they are available. Restrooms may be used if changing rooms are unavailable.
  • Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Water Tower Plaza Information Center. A photo ID must be left in exchange for locker usage.
  • Be aware that the staff may be working in the various garden beds throughout the day. Please be courteous to their work and do not ask them to move.
  • Do not move tables, chairs, or other equipment that are set up for private events.
  • Access to pathways, garden areas, hallways, stairways and rooms may not be blocked.
  • Plant labels or other signs may not be removed or disturbed.
  • Photos will not be allowed during a wedding, reception, or other private events.
  • Do not pick any flowers. Please leave them for others to enjoy.
  • Please stay out of the garden beds.
  • Thanksgiving Point assumes no liability for loss, theft, or damage to equipment.
  • No refunds are available for photography passes.
  • Guests are responsible for damages done to property.
  • Violation of any of the above policies will result in the photographer and guest being asked to leave the property.

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