Photography Policy

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House, Studio and Galleries

Visitors are welcome to take casual photography in the house, studio, galleries, and grounds during public hours from 10am – 5pm.  Please, no flash or tripods inside.  Also, share your photos using #garimelchersbelmont.

Photography Sessions

A $50 fee is charged for commercial photography sessions (for which income is derived) and amateur photography sessions (involving formal portraits of individuals, friends and families, wedding and engagement parties, or making use of models, sets and props).  Photography sessions are limited to public hours from 10 am – 5 pm and may not be scheduled for after hours.

Prom Photography:  Prom photo sessions, whether conducted professionally or simply by mom and dad, need to be scheduled by appointment, require a fee, and must follow all policies.

All professional and amateur photographers are required to make session appointments at least 48 hours in advance of the proposed session.  To make an appointment, email visitor services manager Buffy Knappenberger or call her at 540-654-1843.  Upon arrival, photographers must first check in and pay the fee at the Visitor Center.  Please carry a copy of the photography policy with you during your session.

  • Sessions are restricted to stairways, lawn, and walkways.
  • No standing or walking through flower beds and shrubbery.
  • No climbing or sitting on stone walls, fences, trees, buildings, and farm equipment.
  • Do not move benches, flower pots, chairs, or any other lawn ornament.
  • Please note that models must come dressed for the photo shoot as we do not have a changing area.
  • Photographers and their subjects are responsible for the repair and/or replacement of property damaged by their activities.