photography AND filming AT Vizcaya

a picture-perfect Location

Vizcaya’s enchanting gardens, vine-covered gazebos, water-front terraces, and impressive architecture offers a memorable and intimate backdrop for photography and filming.

Watch the video to explore some of the different locations available onsite for photoshoots. Learn more about each permit option:

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Portrait still photography

Teen girl in red dress standing in the tea house
Photo by Claudia Rios Photography

(COVID-19 NOTE: Because Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 20-20  remains in effect at this time and requires that all persons (except those exempted) wear face coverings inside and outside throughout Miami-Dade County, we must put a hold on all Portrait Photography Permits at Vizcaya and suspend taking new reservations.) 

Portrait and Special Occasion still photography is permitted outside only, in our gardens and grounds. A permit is necessary for those who wish to use Vizcaya Museum and Gardens as a backdrop for posed or directed still photography.

Portrait and Special Occasion photography is defined as any one of the following situations, or any combination thereof:

  • Anyone having a portrait taken at Vizcaya, including quinceañera, wedding, engagement, birthday, family, communion, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture.
  • Posed portraiture of individuals, camera-ready or changing outfits, where a photographer (amateur, semi-pro, pro-am, student or professional, whether paid or unpaid) has a subject(s) posing for a posed or directed portrait with Vizcaya as the backdrop.
  • Any visit to Vizcaya involving photography, where the main purpose is posed or directed portrait or special occasion photography, rather than a recreational visit to the Main House and gardens.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens reserves the right to further define Portrait and Special Occasion photography on a case-by-case basis.

It is important that you review our Permit Rules and Regulations prior to your visit and bring your completed copy with you to the Admissions Booth on the day of your photo shoot.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us at vizcayainformation@vizcaya.org.

Teen girl in red ball gown standing in a balcony
Photo by Sunlife Photography

Fee

Vizcaya allows photo permits Thursday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in accordance with Vizcaya’s revised temporary schedule.

Photo permits are not timed so that you can take as much time as you need while the gardens are open until 5:30 p.m.

Portrait Still photography fees are as follows plus tax:

  • Monday, Thursday, and Friday: $250
  • Saturdays and Sundays: $350

Reservations

(COVID-19 NOTE: Because Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 20-20  remains in effect at this time and requires that all persons (except those exempted) wear face coverings inside and outside throughout Miami-Dade County, we must put a hold on all Portrait Photography Permits at Vizcaya and suspend taking new reservations.) 

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens allows up to 10 Portrait Still Photography Permit reservations daily. No walk-ins are permitted for the month of June.

Advanced reservation requires full payment of all fees. Fees are non-refundable, and permits are issued “rain or shine”.

Additional guests must purchase their online admission tickets separately. Only individuals with pre-purchased online tickets can visit. Groups of 10 or more are not permitted at this time. Please present proof of purchase at the Admissions Booth.

As a reservation holder, the Portrait Still Photography Permit entitles you to the following:

  • 2 free admission passes for a future date (not to be used for photography).
  • Faster check-in on visit date.

It is important that you review our Permit Rules and Regulations prior to your visit. While purchasing your reservation, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations and that you have forwarded it to your photographer.

IMPORTANT: We have limited capacity and dates may sell out. If you are unable to make your original reservation, please contact us for a new date as soon as possible to ensure we will have capacity. All dates are first come first serve.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us.

Rescheduling

Vizcaya will temporarily will offer a one-time-only date transfer to another date within 30 days of your original date, so long as the party has not yet entered the estate and checked-in with Admissions. Upon entering, fees are no longer refundable or transferable. To transfer your date, please email us.

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Reservations-not available at this time

It is important that you review our Permit Rules and Regulations prior to your visit. While purchasing your reservation, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Rules and Regulations and that you have forwarded it to your photographer.

In addition to the PDF linked above, the following regulations apply in accordance with Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 23-20:

  • Bring your mask. Every individual must wear a facial covering when entering at Admissions, and when using the restrooms. Facial coverings are strongly recommended in the gardens and required in areas where social distancing of 6′ or more is difficult. Those without a mask will not be permitted entry.
  • Visitors must maintain a distance of at least 6′ from staff and other visitors, except for family members.
  • Restroom use is limited to one person or up to two family members at a time.
  • Visitors who do not comply with these County requirements may be asked to leave the property.
  • Wagons or any luggage or wheeled carriers are not permitted. During the month of June 2020, re-entry will be permitted to allow access to vehicles on an as-needed basis. Individuals must inform Admissions of their intent to return.

For more information about Portrait Photography at Vizcaya, please call (305) 250-9133 or email us.

Couple on the stairs of the Garden Mound.
Couple on the stairs of the Garden Mound. Photo by Emma Anne Photo

What if I forgot to make a reservation or they’re all booked. Can I still come?

Reservations are currently required and are limited to 10 per day. You can purchase the reservation day-of from our website, but since there is a limit that we are allowing each day you may want to get the permit in advance. The daily limit of 10 per day is temporary, and to ensure social distancing and the safety of all our visitors.

What if I also want to visit the Main House after our photo shoot?

Great! We would love for you to visit the Main House as well, however, the permit only covers entry to the gardens. Once you have put your props, equipment, and additional outfits back into your vehicle, you can purchase General Admission tickets at the Admission Booth for entry into the Main House. Just note that for the safety of the collection and the enjoyment of other guests, there is no posed photography allowed inside the Main House.

Why can’t I bring a wagon/cart/makeup case on wheels?

In 2019 Vizcaya changed the photo permit policy to include wagons available for loan by reservation. By limiting the amount and type of wagons, we have been able to reduce the amount of damage done to the property. Due to the current pandemic, it was decided to temporarily suspend wheeled carriers until we can develop sanitization methods to ensure the health and safety of the individuals using the wagons.

Can I also film with the same permit?

No, filming would require a different permit. Currently we only have one filming permit option, which starts at $20,000 + tax. For more information about filming, scroll down on this page to the Movie, Television and Video Filming section.

Why is the fee now $250 or $350 online?

The payment for the permit must be paid in full online so that we do not have staff and visitors using shared touch surfaces. This is to ensure the safety of our staff, and visitors as well. In addition to requiring the full payment for the month of June we are also offering a one-time transfer date to another date within 30 days of the original date, in the case of rain or another emergency comes up. Email us to transfer the date of your reservation.

Do I need to wear a mask for my pictures?

Not in your picture. Masks are required at Admissions, restrooms, and in any areas where social distancing of 6’ is difficult (tight pathways). But while in the gardens, masks are still recommended, but not required.

How long will these changes be in place?

We don’t know. We have opened reservations through June only, and are closely following the guidance of the county for social distancing, sanitizing, masks, group gatherings, etc. Follow our social media, and website for updates.

I don’t see my future date on the calendar. When can I purchase my reservation?

We have opened reservations through June only so that we can closely monitor and follow the guidance of the county. We hope to be able to open up future dates as soon as we are able and will post updates to social media or our website.

Can I come for just one hour and pay a different rate?

Our Portrait Photography Permits are not timed so that you can take as much time as you need. The rate is the same whether you come for one hour or the entire day.

Can I also film with the same permit?

No, filming would require a different permit. Currently we only have one filming permit option, which starts at $20,000 + tax. For more information about filming, scroll down on this page to the Movie, Television and Video Filming section.

What if I have more or less than 5 people in my party?

The Portrait Photography Permit covers up to 5 people (including your photographer, makeup artists, and any assistants). Any less than 5 people and the fee remains the same for the permit. Any more than 5 people and you will be asked to pay the General Admission rates for each additional person. Please note that we are currently unable to allow access to the property for groups of 10 or more.

How can I arrange a surprise proposal without paying day-of?

How exciting! We’re so happy to be a part of this big day with you. If you intend to have a photographer with you to capture the moment, you will need to purchase a Portrait Photography Permit rather than just pay General Admission rates. For any additional help keeping this a surprise, email us.

What form of payment do you accept?

Currently we accept credit card payments for online purchases only.

What type of props are allowed on the grounds?

We get all sorts of requests so it’s really best if you email us if you have any unusual props that you aren’t sure about. Remember that we are also open to the public, so we only allow things that are not going to be dangerous or disruptive to other guests.

What if I also want to visit the Main House after our photo shoot?

Great! We would love for you to visit the Main House as well, however, the permit only covers entry to the gardens. Once you have put your props, equipment, and additional outfits back into your vehicle, you can purchase General Admission tickets at the Admission Booth for entry into the Main House. Just note that for the safety of the collection and the enjoyment of other guests, there is no posed photography allowed inside the Main House.

Commercial Still photography

video camera

(COVID-19 NOTE: Because Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 20-20  remains in effect at this time and requires that all persons (except those exempted) wear face coverings inside and outside throughout Miami-Dade County, we can only accept Commercial Still Photography requests for product shoots with no people, and where the crew uses facial coverings and is in pods of under 10 people.) 

Commercial Still Photography includes, but is not limited to, still photography shoots for commercial products, services or entities.

If filming also occurs during the commercial still photography shoot for any purpose, a Filming Permit is required.

Commercial Still Photography Day Rate (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • Small-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 20 talent/crew & limited to no more than 1 trailer/related vehicle): $2,500 + tax
  • Medium-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 40 talent/crew & limited to no more than 2 trailers/related vehicles): $5,000 + tax
  • Large-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 60 talent/crew & limited to no more than 3 trailers/related vehicles): $7,500 + tax
  • Extra Large-scale Commercial Still Photography (up to 80 talent/crew & limited to no more than 4 trailers/related vehicles): $10,000 + tax

Commercial Still Photography (any size)

  • Each additional hour between 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: $500 + tax

Fees are taxable and non-refundable. All fees must be paid at least one day prior to arrival. Both checks and credit cards are accepted.

Certificate of Insurance

We require a Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance in the minimum amount of $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage, naming Miami-Dade County and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129, as additionally insured. Please fax this documentation to 305-285-2004 or email to your booking contact.

Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

Review, sign and return the Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations.

Marine Garden reflecting pool
The North side of Vizcaya's Main House, which sits directly across from the Orchidarium. Photo shows the steps and balcony with three closed glass doors that lead to the basement.

To coordinate your shoot, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted regarding the availability on your requested date. Your request is not confirmed until all required documents and payments are received and Vizcaya staff confirms the date in writing.

Vizcaya reserves the right to refuse any photography request. Photography clients are subject to all rules, regulations and guidelines of Vizcya Museum and Gardens and may be asked to leave at any time without refund of fees if client is in violation.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Movie, Television and Video Filming

clap board roadside

(COVID-19 NOTE: All emergency orders and Miami-Dade County’s New Normal guidelines must be observed. These change often. Review them before sending a request at MiamiDade.gov. Because Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 20-20  remains in effect at this time and requires that all persons (except those exempted) wear face coverings inside and outside throughout Miami-Dade County, we can only consider Film, Television and Video Filming requests where the crew and talent uses facial coverings at all times, including when being filmed, and is in pods of under 10 people.) 

Filming of any kind including for commercial products or entities includes, but is not limited to, movies, television, videos, social media and other motion-media require a commerical filming permit.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and an accredited museum open to the public. Therefore, there is limited availability for filming at the estate, and requests must be received a minimum of 30 days in advance.

Filming is permitted outside only in the estate’s gardens and grounds and on the terraces surrounding the Main House.

Filming requires a detailed written request a minimum of 30 days in advance. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Fees

  • Commercial Film Day Rate (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)    $20,000 + tax.
  • Each additional hour between 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.    $1,500 + tax.

There may be additional costs for security, staffing or other items depending on the scope of the proposal.

Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance

Vizcaya requires a Certificate of Insurance for Public Liability Insurance in the minimum amount of $1 million combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage, naming Miami-Dade County and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc., 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129, as additionally insured.

Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations

Review, sign and return the Commercial Film and Photography Permit Rules and Regulations.

View from the Secret Garden through the archway to the Gazebo.
Oak trees on the Garden Mound

Vizcaya has long been recognized as an ideal setting for film shoots. The estate provides a diversity of settings that evoke the glamour of the Jazz Age, the history of the Mediterranean and the passion of the tropics.

Requests in writing must be made a minimum of 30 days in advance and are approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests must include the following information:

  1. Dates and times requested for filming.
  2. Contact name, email and cell phone number.
  3. Locations of estate requested for filming.
  4. Summary of content of film project.
  5. Number of crew and talent.
  6. Description of equipment, lighting, props, etc.
  7. Number and description of vehicles.
  8. Film project’s plan for catering.
  9. Any use of tents.
  10. Will client provide their own security? If so, which firm and how many?
  11. Are any documents or location releases required to be signed? If so, documents must be included in the written request.

Written requests and questions should be emailed to marketing@vizcaya.org.

Vizcaya reserves the right to refuse any filming request. Film clients are subject to all rules, regulations and guidelines of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and may be asked to leave at any time without refund of fees if client is in violation.