Engagement, Maternity or Family Photos

Thank you for considering the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum as the location for your celebratory photos! Personal photo shoots, including engagement, maternity and family portraiture are scheduled for 2 – 2 1/2-hour sessions; times vary based on the season. The Museum is located on the historic Eagle’s Nest Estate. All the buildings, the cobblestone roads, the grounds, the gardens, and the courtyard are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Register of Historic Places. As such, all visitors must be respectful of the property, and extra precautions are required to be taken by all users of the property. A Vanderbilt attendant will escort you around the property for the duration of your session. Your group cannot exceed 5 guests.

All photos are to be taken outdoors on the 43-acre estate. You will have access to:

The Courtyard

The Arcade

The Sundial Garden

The Quatrefoil Garden

The T Pool

The Wishing Well Garden

The Rose Garden

The Corinthian Columns

*Please note that depending on the day and time of your photo shoot, certain areas of the property may not be accessible or will be occupied/shared with other patrons

Reservation requests are made by emailing requests to photographs@vanderbiltmuseum.org

Please include session dates/times in order of preference and your phone number.

A site-use team member will respond to your inquiry within 3 business days.

Payment in full is required to hold your reservation; we accept credit cards and personal checks. Once payment is made a Photo Permit will be emailed to you.

If you need to reschedule or cancel your session, for any reason, including inclement weather, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time or you will forfeit your payment.

Please email photographs@vanderbiltmuseum.org

Written permission is required to bring a vehicle, pet, or drone into the courtyard for your photoshoot and an additional $150 will be charged. Please make the request in your reservation request email.


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