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The Winery at Bull Run

Photography Permit

Photography Permit Agreement & Policy

We are delighted that you are considering The Winery at Bull Run (TWABR) as the location for your photos. The guidelines outlined below are intended for all guests, but a permit is necessary for those who wish to use TWABR as a backdrop for posed or directed photography. We ask all photographers to please help us to maintain the enjoyment of TWABR by honoring these policies.

Guest Photography

Guests are welcome to take snapshot photographs of the winery, individuals, and subjects that capture the events of your visit. TWABR defines a snapshot as an informal photograph that is shot spontaneously and quickly without artistic intent. Guests should still observe our policies under General Photography Guidelines. You may share your photos of TWABR on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Definition of Portrait Photography

TWABR defines portrait photography as all wedding, engagement, quinceañera, family, maternity, portfolio, prom, graduation, and any other posed portraiture of individuals by professional photographers or amateur photographers, whether paid or unpaid. TWABR reserves the right to further define Portrait Photography on a case-by-case basis.

General Photography Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines to make your photography session successful and enjoyable.

  • Flow of visitors and traffic along driveways and pathways must not be blocked at any time.
  • Pets (with the exception of service animals) and outside alcohol are not allowed.
  • Please be mindful that wedding ceremonies and other events may be taking place in close proximity to the allowed photography locations. If members of a photography party are boisterous or unruly they will be asked to leave The Winery at Bull Run and photography and admission fees will not be refunded.
  • Please do not move, alter, or draw on any structures/property.
  • Please take all props or materials with you and leave TWABR as you found it. Glitter and fake snow are prohibited.
  • The use of drones is strictly prohibited.
  • Please check in with the manager on duty in the Tasting Room upon arrival to obtain the official photographer credentials:
    • Lanyard with photographer name, date, and session time
    • Lanyard must be clearly displayed at all times
    • Lanyard must be returned when session is completed
  • TWABR does not provide staff to assist with or monitor photography sessions.
  • Wedding photographers working with a bridal couple who have purchased rental time at TWABR are exempt from purchasing a permit as long as their work is limited to wedding activities for that couple. Wedding photographers must schedule a shoot time no later than 72 hours in advance if the shoot is not scheduled for the couple’s rental time.
  • TWABR reserves the right to deny access to sections of the winery and property due to booked events.
  • Rescheduling must be agreed upon by TWBAR prior to the new shoot date. There are no refunds. In case of inclement weather, call 703-815-2233 to reschedule.
  • Photography policies are subject to change without notice.


A permit is required for all posed formal photography and videography. Permit sales are subject to availability; the number of permits sold for each day is limited. Permits must be purchased in advance online. Permits are booked from 11 am–1 pm, 1-3 pm, and 3-5 pm Monday through Thursday; blackout dates may apply. Two bookings are permitted per time block. A minimum of three (3) business days is required to process the permit; a $25 charge is added to last-minute requests of less than three business days.

One-Time Use Photography Permit = $100

  • This is a one-time use permit for one photographer.


Annual Photography Permit = $500

  • Permit is good for one named photographer for one year.
  • If more than one photographer is associated with a company, additional permits may be purchased for $50 per permit.
  • With purchase of annual photography permit, individual session reservations are still required, but at no additional cost.


The Winery at Bull Run Photography/Videography Permit

Please fill out the following form to apply for a Photography/Videography Permit. By clicking submit, you agree to the Indemnification terms below.

Photography/Videography Permit

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Photographer shall be responsible for and does hereby relieve, release, and indemnify the Winery at Bull Run (TWABR), including its members, staff, volunteers, board members and guests, for all costs, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney fees) by reason of any injury or damage to any person or property upon the premises occupied and used by the Photographer where such injury or damage was caused by or as a result of the acts or failure to act of the Photographer, agents, workers, or employees. TWABR shall not be liable or responsible to the Photographer, the Photographer’s clients or to anyone else by reason of theft, disappearance, or damage sustained by the Photographer or others in connection with the use or storage of items at TWABR.

The signing of a Photographer Permit Agreement and Policy does not stipulate exclusive use of TWABR. TWABR reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography and/or change its Photographer Policy without advance notice.

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