Engagement Photography


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 to provide further information on how to gain necessary approvals for various photography needs.

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.

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

Portrait Photography Fees:

  • Reservations are required. Reservations must be made at least 2 working days in advance.
  • A nonrefundable $25 deposit is required for all reservations for nonmember reservations at the time of reservation booking. Deposits are applied to final payment and are transferable due to rescheduled reservations.
  • $50 per hour for Mission Preservation Society Photography Members non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Mission Preservation Society Photography Members receive a reduced fee.
    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.
  • $150 per hour for non-reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Applies to both member and nonmember photographers.

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 bookings@missionsjc.com. Waivers in lieu of the insurance requirement are available with an additional fee.
  • Schedule through Group Bookings Department by calling (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.

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