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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.

Our historic house adds 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. The level of Membership is dependent upon the size of the shoot and begins at $1,500. 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
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Wedding, Proposal & Family Photo Shoots

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

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 and Contact Information

Reservations for private photo shoots require a permit, and we ask for two weeks’ advance notice. Dates and times are subject to availability but must take place during open hours. For wedding, proposal, engagement and family photo shoots, please fill out our request form.

Please contact Nancy Kelly at or 718.549.3200 x240 with questions, or for more information.