Before you rush out of the house for your National Park pictures for your wedding day or elopement day, make sure you do your research to ensure you’re not breaking any rules! Did you know that most national parks require a permit to photograph on their property? It can be extremely difficult to know if and when you need a photographer permit for your National Park pictures. The official national park websites can be confusing and you might find conflicting information depending on where you go. Lets jump into things so I can try to make your life a little easier when shooting at a National Park!
Most National Parks require you to have a permit to photograph there because they want to make sure that these resources can be there for years to come. Permits are used to make sure that these iconic lands are preserved and around for a very very long time! They want everyone to respect the land using the leave no trace guidelines. Another reason is SAFETY! These parks want to make sure that photographers are insured. The last thing they want is to get sued by someone if they get injured on national property.
These permits also cost money! Because they don’t want people profiting off the land without paying some sort of contribution towards conservation. Another reason you may need a permit for your National Park pictures is to control the number of people that are in the park at one time. If people are having a ceremony somewhere that requires a permit they can only give out 1 for that time slot on that date and these permits help regulate this.
Overall, I think the permits needed for your National Park pictures are a great thing. Yeah, it may be a pain but it’s protecting the amazing land all over the world! So, make sure you do your research to find out if the national park you are going to requires a photography permit. You can head over to the National Park Service site HERE for more information regarding photography permits at National Parks!
If you have any questions or feel confused I am here to help! I can help you obtain a National Park permit for specific locations that you are interested in eloping or wedding day at! I am here to help you obtain and acquire said permit easily and seamlessly! Being an experienced National Park photographer I can make sure all necessary steps are taken care of! Then, we can ensure a fun and perfect elopement or adventure session!
Are you ready to plan your National Park wedding or elopement?! I would be absolutely honored if I was able to capture your special day! Whether it is a couples session, an engagement photoshoot, or a wedding/elopement, I would LOVE to be involved! Head over to my contact form and we can get planning! Can’t wait to hear from you soon!