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Photography for personal enjoyment is encouraged at the Mission.  Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only. Learn more about portrait photography on site.
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 at Mission San Juan Capistrano for private, noncommercial use. Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or used commercially in any manner.  The use of flash photography is permitted unless otherwise stated.

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.

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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.

Reservation slots are limited and special events days may not allow for photography. Please call in advance for availability.