The Hudson Gardens & Event Center is a popular destination for personal and professional photography in Littleton and the surrounding Denver area. We oversee thirty acres of picturesque gardens and natural terrain which provide a variety of backdrops for family photos, engagement photos, quinceanera photos, graduation photos and more. Popular backdrops include lily ponds, bridges inspired by French Impressionist paintings, a garden of roses, and a rustic barn.

Guests may photograph the grounds without a permit if the photos are solely for personal use and enjoyment. Professional and commercial photographers are required to purchase a permit. We ask that all personal and professional photographers review our policies.

Why Join the Hudson Gardens Photography Permit Program?

Permit fees contributes directly to the maintenance and beautification of Hudson Gardens, so photographers and clients can feel good knowing they support a treasured, community resource. Professional advantages include:

  • Access to thirty acres of beautifully maintained gardens.
  • Free, ample parking.
  • An unlimited number of sessions per day.
  • An unlimited number of clients per session.
  • Flexible reservation policies that accommodate your work schedule (reservations can be made as late as 48 hours in advance).

Types of Permits

A toad sits on a Victoria Water Lilly at Hudson Gardens.

Annual Photography Permit | $250

  • Provides sunrise-sunset access for one named photographer and one assistant for one year following the month of purchase.
  • Permits for additional studio employees are available for $50 per permit.
  • This permit can be purchased online or in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Replacing a lost Annual Permit incurs a fee of $50 per permit for each occurrence.
The back side of a Victoria Water Lily

One-Time Use Photography Permit | $50

  • Provides access for one photographer and one assistant for one day.
  • This permit must be purchased in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Cancellations caused by weather are non-refundable, but Hudson Gardens will attempt to reschedule photo shoots within reason. Hudson Gardens must agree to any rescheduled dates and times prior to the shoot.
A bride reveals her wedding dress to her groom for the first time in front of a log cabin venue.

One-Time Use Wedding Photography Permit | $150

  • Provides access for one photographer and one assistant for one day.
  • This permit must be purchased in person from the Guest Services Department located in the Welcome Center.
  • Wedding photographers working with a bridal couple who have purchased rental time at Hudson Gardens are exempt provided their work is limited to the couple’s wedding activities. If the shoot is not during the rental time, it must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.