If you enjoy photography, DuPage forest preserves offer scenic landscapes and abundant plants and animals to capture that perfect shot for amateur photographers. Commercial and “for profit” photography require a valid still portrait photography permit in your possession.



To purchase a photography permit, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You are required to carry proof of insurance and must complete and return the still portrait photography permit application (PDF). Please allow three to five business days for processing. 



Annual permits are valid January – December only.

DuPage resident
Annual      $150
Daily          $45 (three-hour shoot time)

Annual      $200
Daily          $65 (three-hour shoot time)


Still Portrait Rules & Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations.

  • To take “for profit” photographs in a DuPage County forest preserve, you must have a valid still portrait photography permit in your possession.
  • Notify Visitor Services of any photo shoot at least three business days in advance. The Forest Preserve District may deny a request if the shoot has the potential to conflict with previously scheduled activities, damage property, affect other forest preserve visitors or use restricted areas. The Forest Preserve District may also restrict the number of individuals in your shoot or your use of models, sets or props.
  • Notify Visitor Services before your photo shoot if you’ve changed your original application.
  • Provide any additional information or documentation regarding your photo shoot that the Forest Preserve District requests. The Forest Preserve District may deny your permit if you fail to do so.
  • Only schedule photo shoots during regular forest preserve hours: one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. If you wish to schedule one at another time, you must get permission in advance through Visitor Services. Additional fees apply.
  • Do not block any roads or parking lots or prevent other forest preserve visitors from accessing any areas. Your permit does not grant you exclusive use of any area.
  • Do not disrupt any Forest Preserve District employees or ask them to deviate from their normal duties to accommodate your photo shoot.
  • Submit requests to shoot at Danada Equestrian Center, Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, Kline Creek Farm, Mayslake Peabody Estate, St. James Farm and Willowbrook Wildlife Center through Visitor Services in advance. Additional rental and permit fees apply.
  • Only photograph contracted participants; do not photograph other forest preserve visitors or Forest Preserve District employees or vehicles.
  • Do not solicit, advertise or collect fees on Forest Preserve District property.
  • Follow all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders. The Forest Preserve District may modify its still portrait photography rules and regulations at any time.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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