Ralph Ellis
January 17, 2011

Professional photographers have used Roswell’s historic houses as backdrops for family portraits, wedding photos and group shots of youth athletic teams, but that practice could have new restrictions.

The photo shooting sometimes has gotten out of hand, Historic and Cultural Affairs Manager Morgan Timmis said. Unsupervised children have disrupted tours. Photographers have rearranged porch furniture without asking. A photographer set up an “Alice in Wonderland” scene in a garden. A window was broken.

Roswell wants to tighten the rules on photographers using city-owned property, and its city council will vote on new rules Tuesday night when it revises fees and policies for film production companies and still photographers.

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