Filming & Photography

Mission San Juan Capistrano welcomes visitors, professional and commercial photographers as well as members of the media on our grounds according to the policies and procedures outlined below.

“Vacation-style” or impromptu photography/videography is permitted throughout the grounds without a reservation.

  • No flash photography or tripods, monopods, or selfie sticks in buildings; they may be used in the gardens but may not be placed in plant beds, benches or blocking pathways.
  • Additional photographic equipment such as lights, reflectors, props, costumes, models are prohibited, except under permit or commercial contract.
  • Drones are not permitted.
  • No climbing on the walls, arcades, ruins, or any physical and historic structure that makes up the Mission

All posed photography, both commercial and non-commercial, require a permit in advance. Walk-ins are not permitted.

  • Non-commercial, posed, photography includes, but is not limited to: maternity and family portraits, wedding and engagement photography, graduation and prom portraits, quinceañeras and company team photos.
  • Permit fees and insurance are required in advance. To apply for a photography permit and reserve a session time, book online or contact the Group Bookings Department at bookings@missionsjc.com or (949) -234-1306.
  • Commercial filming and photography are permitted by appointment only. Location fees, permits, and insurance are required, certain restrictions may apply. Learn more or contact the Group Bookings Department at bookings@missionsjc.com or (949) 234-1306.

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.