Filming & Photography

Photography and Videography of any kind, whether for personal use (i.e. family portraits, holiday portraits, wedding/engagement photos, quinceañera, company team photos, maternity photos, graduation photos, etc) or commercial use requires a reservation. We define Professional Photography as: 1) receiving compensation for taking pictures (money or barter), 2) taking images for promotional purposes, 3) portrait or posed photos, 4) professional photography equipment present such as tripods, lights, reflector shields, etc.

If you are interested in using the Mission grounds and gardens as a backdrop, a reservation is required and must be booked one week in advance. However, due to limited, timed slots, we can book up in advance and we recommend booking no less than one week out. Learn more about portrait photography on site.

Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Learn more.

The operation or use of any drones, unmanned aircraft/flying systems, and remotely-controlled or radio-controlled flying machines (whether or not motorized) of all types, shapes, and sizes at any time in the vicinity of or on Mission property is prohibited.

All public areas are subject to closure for preservation projects or events.

Want to use Mission San Juan Capistrano as a stunning backdrop for your photos or next film?  To ensure a positive experience for you, while maintaining a pleasant experience for our many visitors, please be aware of the rules and guidelines first to understand how to obtain permission.  All commercial filming and photography must receive written pre-approval.  Remember that the Mission is a public place where visitors are welcome in all public areas, and that regular business continues during normal operating hours. Some festivals and special events draw exceptionally large crowds.

Please wear appropriate clothing for Mission grounds. Clothes that are revealing or inappropriate are not permitted on church property.

Mission San Juan Capistrano may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. Use of a ticket is implied consent for the use of the holder’s likeness, voice, or video image for marketing purposes.