(Closed) Photos at the Getty

posted 11 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have not yet had my session there, but I will in a few weeks! I called the Getty Villa to see if they would allow photogpraphy, and the guy I spoke to said YES, they do, as long as there are no tripods and no photography taken inside the buildings/exhibits. He made is sound that as long as a "spectacle" wasn’t going to be created, it would be just fine. So I’ll be crossing my fingers!

Post # 5
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

No problem, I will let you know how it turns out! Out of curiosity, where did you hear about people being kicked out?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not sure about this particular place as I’m from out of state but I’m a photographer and I kow of a few places around here that fees you have to pay if you plan to take profesional photos in. Others simply want you to go around as if there’s nothing different from your photos and the ones the tourists are taking. Once you draw attention to yourself in anyway – they boot you because your not supposed to be the center of attention. Also, moving people out of the way or preventing them form coming near something while your setting up a shot, people don’t like that either and I’ve run into it before. Often you set up a shot and shoot it from several different angles, a lot of my engagement shots took 5-10 minutes in each area…..

 

Personally I think it’s a bit over the top – I mean it’s just photos – but I supose they have the right with it being historical or incredibly popular. 

Just try to stay low key, and dodge anyone wearing a name badge or blazer…;-)

 

Amber 

Post # 9
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Wannabee

hi there!

i worked at the Getty Villa last year and this is my perspective: while taking engagement/ wedding photos at the Getty Center or Getty Villa isn’t allowed (even through asking), the people who work there – both security personnel and administrative museum employees – are pretty laid back. that said, i have heard of people getting caught in the act of taking photos (one was wearing her wedding dress under a long coat!) and them being asked to stop, but not to leave. your best bet is to make your picture-taking look as touristy and casual as possible. good luck!

Post # 10
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Okay, I’m back with my report! I went on Sunday to the Getty Villa to take engagement pictures, and it took 1 1/2 hours for the staff to ask us to stop.

We started outside, in the gardens, and had no problems (probably because there were a lot less guards out there!). Truthfully, I didn’t think we were doing anything "wrong", especially because when I called ahead to ask if this was permitted, they said it was fine as long as it wasn’t for professional use and wouldn’t create a spectacle.

It was only after we made our way inside the musuem and were taking pictures close by some statues (without a flash, per their requirements) that a guard came over and made some snarky comments about professional photography not being allowed. I explained that it was for personal use and we continued doing our thing. After a few more minutes, the guard was back and told us that we needed to stop because this looked to her like it was professional photography, and there was no exceptions to this.

So we went back outside, found a quiet corner, and went back to taking pictures. Well, I think the guard from inside must’ve gotten on her radio and let the other guards know to watch out for us, because less than 5 minutes later, another guard found us and told us we needed to stop.

At that point, we already had a ton of shots, and the museum was getting ready to close down early due to the fire in Malibu, so we gave up the fight and called it a day.

So….I would recommend that if you try to take pics at the Getty, to do so as inconspicuously as possible! And stay away from the inside exhibits, because there are 3 times as many guards inside than out. If you stay in the gardens and around the outside of the buildings, you have a good chance to get a bunch of shots in. Just don’t expect to get endless hours of shooting in, and stay as far away from the guards as possible! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m lucky cuz I’m in Orange County and just have to deal with the smoke and ash…

 Also, we were really lucky to have a free e-pic session with a photographer who is trying to build her wedding portfolio (found her on Craigslist)! So we got close to 200 shots taken before we left.  I’m sure if I wanted to, I could have asked that we move onto the beach, which was right across the street, but both my fiance and I felt like we had enough pics for one day. We’ll see how these turn out, and if we need to, we can go back for another session.

Free Craigslist photographers might not be the most experienced, but as long as we get at least a few good shots, I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

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