YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
REVISED PERMIT POLICIES FOR WEDDING AND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
2019 REVISED RULES FOR WEDDING AND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Dear Fellow Photographers who are hired to capture couples in Yosemite National Park.
I just got off the phone with the head of Yosemite’s wedding permit department, Catherine, who is responsible for managing all the wedding requests, permits, and licensing in the Park. She was helpful in communicating with me on behalf of all you photographers to clarify some issues that many have had in Yosemite. There has been some confusion I must admit. Some of you have heard that Yosemite has been cracking down on photographers and couples without a permit and that is true. Some of you have been turned around without a permit.
Yosemite is trying to keep track of the weddings in the park while trying to maintain a generous park experience for all.
It is well known that if you are a couple getting married inside Yosemite National Park, you (the couple) must apply for a permit and be approved before having your ceremony. However, now there are revised rules for photographers.
THE REVISED POLICIES FOR WEDDING AND ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHERS:
If you are a photographer hired to photograph a wedding or elopement with 35 or more people in Yosemite National Park, whether it is at the top of Glacier Point or at the Majestic Hotel, you are now required to apply for a PERMIT. That means one permit for the wedding couple and one for the photographer. However, you may apply using the same exact permit application the couple uses. You may apply here: YOSEMITE WEDDING PERMIT (Scroll down to the Wedding section when clicking this link).
If however, you are a photographer hired for a wedding or elopement with LESS THAN 35 people in Yosemite National Park, you as a photographer do not need to apply for a separate permit in the park. The couple will still need a permit in the park to get married.
On the Wedding Permit Application, please write “Wedding Photos Only”.
WEDDING PERMIT VS. COMMERCIAL PERMIT
Wedding photographers may use social media, like blogging, Instagram, and Facebook, to showcase weddings couples in Yosemite, but may not sell them commercially to the general public without a commercial permit. In addition, you may use Yosemite wedding images for your website to showcase your work with those wedding couples, as long as your website does not exclusively showcase Yosemite weddings. If so, you will need to apply for a COMMERCIAL PERMIT. You must have a variety of wedding images other than Yosemite on your website to be considered a non-commercial photographer.
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER PERMIT
If you are applying for a commercial permit, you can apply here:
If you are applying for a wedding couple or photographer permit, you can apply here:
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
If I have a wedding at the Majestic Hotel, do I also need a wedding photographer’s permit?
Answer: If there are more than 35 people in your wedding, then yes. If less than 35, no.
What is the cost for a Yosemite wedding permit?
Answer: The cost right now is $150. More information can be accessed on the Yosemite website below.
I have a Yosemite wedding coming up soon, is it too late to apply?
Answer: No, Catherine has told me she will rush the approval for your wedding if it’s soon.
Where can I read more information about Yosemite Weddings?
Answer: Visit the main Yosemite Website for more info here: YOSEMITE WEDDINGS.
If you have more questions, you can contact the Permit Department here:
CONTACT YOSEMITE PERMIT OFFICE HERE
For wedding permit information contact Catherine by email or by phone 209/379-1858.
Attn: Catherine Carlisle-McMullen
Special Park Uses/Film & Weddings
Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 700
El Portal, CA 95318
If you searching for a wedding photographer for your Yosemite wedding, you may visit here:
Charleton Churchill Photography