Mission San Juan Capistrano reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its Collections. Policies have been outlined below to provide further information on how to gain necessary approvals for various photography needs.



Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Photography is not permitted in certain special exhibitions or any areas designated "No Photography." Personal video cameras are permitted,unless otherwise stated and use is subject to the terms above.



Engagement, Wedding, Family Portrait Photography Fees:
Mission Preservation Society Photography Members Reduced Fees - $50 per hour for non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Reservations are recommended.
Click here to see photography member benefits and purchase a Photography Membership.
$75 per hour for reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
$100 per hour for non-reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed.

You must:

  • Obtain proof of $1,000,000 ($1 million) liability insurance policy before booking date and time.
    This can be faxed to (949) 481-9895 or emailed to kwitkowski@missionsjc.com
  • Schedule through Group Bookings Department by calling (949) 234-1306.


Subject to prior approval, members of the press may photograph or film within designated areas of the Museum for the purpose of news coverage that includes Mission San Juan Capistrano as the subject. All members of the press must contact the media contact prior to arrival at the Mission. To make arrangements, call (714) 841-9600. Please try to schedule press visits at least one business day in advance to ensure availability.


Mission San Juan Capistrano charges site fees for all filming and photography intended for commercial purposes. Funds go towards the future preservation of the historic Mission. Site fees are also charged for using the Mission as a setting for other projects that are not considered personal snapshots or editorial coverage by the press. Site fees vary based on the details of each project.

Commercial Photography and Filming Fees:
$250 per hour or $2,000 per day during business hours (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.)
$500 per hour during non-business hours (prior to 9:00 a.m. and/or after 5:00 p.m.)

You must:

  • Obtain proof of $1,000,000 ($1 million) liability insurance policy before booking date and time.
    Submit proof of insurance by email
  • Complete the application (pdf) and email our media contact: Christina Haakenson, JUVE Creative, Inc. (714) 841-9600 for filming.

A contract and 50% non-refundable deposit are required before any special photography and filming arrangements will be approved.

Commercial and special photography arrangements must be made at least four weeks in advance through the media contact:
JUVE Creative, Inc. calling (714) 841-9600 or email

Location scout visits can be arranged by contacting media contact:
JUVE Creative, Inc., calling (714) 841-9600 or email

The Mission reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which the Mission or its properties will appear, either by name or by visual representation. For books, videos, films or other projects, Mission San Juan Capistrano must receive full details of any dialogue, written content or other accompanying information for review prior to approval. Mission San Juan Capistrano reserves the right to decline any request for any reason.