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Photo & Film Shoots

A Natural Setting

A bucolic oasis in an urban setting, Wave Hill is a wonderful option for commercial shoots—large and small film and video shoots, as well as still photography. No matter the season, our gardens and environs are among the most beautiful settings in New York City.

Two historic houses, one recently restored, add to the options for filming. Spacious vistas of the Hudson River and Palisades; exquisite flowering gardens; rustic stone walls; and period interiors all provide diverse backdrops for your film or photo shoot.

Corporate membership is a requirement for commercial shoots. Wave Hill is closed to the public on Mondays, making it an ideal day for shoots of all sizes, but filming can be arranged during weekdays.

Contact Information

Carolyn Liv

Director of Corporate Partnerships & Conferences

Wedding & Family Photo Shoots

Wave Hill offers a unique and unforgettable backdrop for wedding photos, family portraits, engagement photos and other private-event photography. Photo shoots require a permit and membership at Wave Hill.

Indoor shoots, including in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, are not available. Please also note that while tripods and easels may be used on the grounds, they are not permitted in the Flower Garden, Wild Garden, Dry & Herb Gardens or Alpine House.

Wave Hill offers many picturesque areas for photographs, each with its particular ambiance and character. Focus on one area for multiple photos, or combine views. These include Wave Hill’s expansive Lower Lawn and Elliptical Garden, with breathtaking panoramas of the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge; the stately lawn in front of the main entrance of Glyndor Gallery with a copper beech forming a magnificent backdrop; and the secluded setting of the Aquatic Garden.


Reservations for private photo shoots require a permit, and we ask for two weeks advance notice. Dates and times are subject to availability. For wedding, engagement and family photo shoots, please fill out our request form.