Photography Policy

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No flash please!

Personal Use

We’d love that! A-ok are photos and videos for personal use with existing lighting only (no flash). Also:

  • We ask that you stick to handheld cameras, cell phones, and tablets.
  • Please no tripods, lights, selfie sticks, or other such external equipment.
  • Remember to respect the artwork by staying behind stanchions and maintaining a safe distance from the objects, including our outdoor sculptures.
  • As you’re snapping, remember to be respectful of other visitors’ experience without loud talking, music, or blocking the artwork.

Engagement and Portrait Photography

We love love and looking at you, kid. Due to museum resources, we can only accommodate engagement photos in the exterior of the museum. To schedule your engagement / portrait photos, please fill out this photography request form. In additon to the guidelines for personal use:

  • Please arrive in the wardrobe and makeup you plan to have for the shoot. AVAM is not able to provide a changing or staging area.
  • Prohibited items for your shoot include — but are not limited to — aerosols, sprays, loose powders, and non-service animals.

Media, Commercial / Film Shoots

Thanks for thinking of us! To photograph here, contact us beforehand for approval via the Director of Marketing and Communications, Helen Yuen ( In addition to the guidelines for personal use and engagement photography:

  • Tripods, mics and other external equipment may be permitted on a case-by-case basis and may require a staff to accompany you.
  • Please provide credit to AVAM when possible.
  • In addition to the prohibited items under "Engagement Photography," prohibited inside the galleries include – but are not limited to – live plants and cut flowers.
  • Please provide photo releases if visitors will be in your shot.
  • Any props need to be pre-approved.

Wedding Photography

Due to our busy events schedule, we can only accommodate wedding photography — inside and outside — for those couples that are getting married at AVAM. If you are getting married here, please contact our Director of Facility Rentals at