Photography

The Bob Jones Nature Center, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, offers many opportunities for photographers, young and old, regardless of skill level. Not only are we famous for the beautiful flora and fauna on the trail and in our perennial gardens, but we are the home of the large rustic red barn that so many families have used as a backdrop for children’s portraits, holiday photos and more. BJNC is open for all to enjoy and visitors are welcome to take casual photographs as they please. 

For photographers coming to use any part of the center as a backdrop for photos, you will need to register with our office at admin@bjnc.org or call 817-491-6333 least 24 business hours prior to your session.

We ask that all photographers honor the process noted below – without your support, the Nature Center would not be able to provide free admission to the preserve or upkeep the grounds for photos.

Amateur Photography vs. Professional Photography
Amateur photography includes visitors taking snapshots or shooting video for private, non-commercial use. Professional photography includes individuals taking photos for a paying client, photos to be marketed at some time to a paying client, or to be published or distributed in any way as a means to make money now or anytime in the future. Photographers register and book a 2-hour timeslot for $50 or register for an annual pass at $300, which will allow unlimited sessions at the Nature Center for a period of one year in addition to membership benefits. Those with an annual pass will be given priority in booking and must still make a reservation.

Once registered, you will receive a pass to take photos on the premises – the registered photographer must have this pass on his or her body during the photo session. As a courtesy to all registered professional photographers who have booked a session for the grounds, we will book NO more than three photographers for any given 2-hour timeslot. The Nature Center is making a concerted effort to ensure that all photographers are registered for the timeslot in which they are taking shots. As part of our plan to ensure all are properly registered, security cameras have been installed; registered photographers’ license plate numbers are recorded; BJNC staff is “policing” who is taking photos.

Photographer Guidelines

  • Pets are not allowed. This is for the safety of your clients and their pets – there are wild hogs and other wildlife at the Nature Center which do not interact well with domesticated dogs and cats.
  • Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Do not disturb the wildlife or plants, including flowers.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.
  • Do not block trails or pathways or obstruct access for other visitors when posing for photographs.
  • For safety reasons, do not pose clients in trees (tree climbing is not allowed), on rocks or on other structures. Exterior shots only.
  • Dressing rooms/changing rooms are not available.
  • Stay on marked trails, paths, and mowed areas.
  • No props larger than a chair.
  • Please be considerate of other visitors to the Nature Center.