Reserve a Photography Session

Thank you for your interest in reserving a Photography Session with Mission San Juan Capistrano. If you have not booked a photo shoot with us before, please complete this online form to request a reservation. 

Please note that reservations are required at least one week in advance. However, due to limited photo shoots allowed per hour, we highly recommend booking more than one week out. 

Reservations can be made every day of the week between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This means you may reserve a session even on the days Mission San Juan Capistrano is closed to the public (currently Monday and Tuesday).  

Please be aware that submission of this form does not guaranty a hold for the specified date and time. Once your request is submitted, a staff member from the Bookings Department will follow up with you within 2 working days to confirm availability and/or provide an alternate date choice for your photo shoot. Once we have confirmed that we have a copy of the photographer’s insurance on file, we will then follow up with an invoice to complete your reservation with full payment.

Cost of photography: $80/hour* for up to 5 guests in the photo (or every 5 guests in the photo.) The photographer and one assistant is allowed with each reservation.

Until further notice, the mission is capping the photography group size to 8 guests being photographed due to COVID-19.

*This fee does not include videography, which is a separate fee, rated at the same amount of $80/hour for up to 5 guests. 

*Reduced rate of $50 per hour/for up to 5 guests in the photo when you book with a Mission Preservation Society Photography Member. Please see website for a list of current Photography Members

All payments are non-refundable, however, we would be happy to reschedule a photography reservation without penalty should the photographer or client not be able to arrive as scheduled, even the day of the shoot.


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  • Please be sure to email a copy of the photographer’s certificate of liability ($1 mill. General Liability is required) by attachment to or use the uploader button below.
  • If your photographer does not carry an annual policy, you may provide a “same-day” insurance certificate. We recommend you check availability prior to requesting insurance for the specific day/time.
  • We look forward to working with you!
  • Please note: Special events days may not allow for photography. Additionally, Mission preservation projects or special/private events may take place at any given time, which may exclude access to a particular area on site.