When researching photo locations for your portrait session or wedding day, one of the most important things to find out is whether or not you need a photo permit in order to have your shoot there.
The short answer is that most city-owned spots and indoor locations do require permits!
But public streets and certain landmarks may be feasible without one.
Keep reading for details - ft teasers of our couple Jaspreet & Sarah!
Having 10+ years of experience as wedding photography/video studio, we have learned of a selct spots that do not require a permit and couples have the option of letting us choose a spot for them in the case where they are not "picky" on the location.
It's important to keep in mind:
1. If you want to use a location with zero risk of being asked to leave, you need to get a permit!
2. If you leave it up to chance, you risk ruining your entire photo session - especially on the wedding day!
The sample photos in this blog were taken at Port Credit, one of our go to locations that do not require a permit for a casual walk along the public sidewalks and piers.
This location is great for architecture, the lighthouse, and hues of red & blue in your backdrops 👍
How much does a photography permit cost?
The price of a photo permit can really vary, we have found some to be as low as $100, all the way up to $800 for a limited time on the premise. Some properties may offer the permit free of charge if you attend during a specific time frame or have your wedding ceremony and/or reception already on the grounds.
Overall, if you are looking for a very specific look in your images and had your heart set on a property that requires a permit we absolutely think you should get one.
If it is not in your budget to pay for the permit or you do not care for a specific locaton then we are more than happy to bring you to a permit free area!
INFORMATION ON CITY PARK PERMITS:
The following section includes a few links for general permit information related to City owned parks. Please note that these are not comprehensive lists, some locations and buildings may be privately managed. Please double check with site management for the most up to date information.