Photographer Mark Sandlin says: “They have wonderful floral displays, masses of flowers. The themed areas—a sunken garden, a magnificent glass conservatory—create interesting visual backdrops. Stay late (crowds disappear as the light gets prettier) or go early—the morning fog adds a moody, ethereal quality.”
Where to shoot: in front of the conservatory
Rules and fees: Professional photo sessions cost $300 for an hour and a half; the fee includes admission for six, and the shoot must be scheduled ahead. Additional subjects or time costs extra. Informal snapshots free.
Mark’s best tip: “Get closer—it’s more personal. Also, put the subject off-center for a more attractive composition.”
1800 Lakeside Avenue; lewisginter.org or 804/262-9887