The National Park Service passed a new policy effective May
15 that requires permits to shoot at DCa��s monuments. It may cost $50 – $200. So
keep in mind if youa��re planning for a wedding shoot for your wedding day at the
monuments. Let me know what you think. Our studio requires our client to acquire necessary permits. If you’re with a different studio, I suggest you check your contract.
Memorializing Your Union? Priceless, But Not Free
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, May 23, 2006; Page C03
This land is your land — but standing on it in a wedding dress is gonna cost
you. The National Park Service is getting itself a piece of the billion-dollar
bridal-biz: Newlyweds who want photo ops at D.C.’s monuments now have to pay
for the privilege.
So Shaalini Ranasinghe learned when she inquired about permits for wedding-day
pictures at the Jefferson Memorial, one of the most popular sites. Under a new
policy effective May 15, it costs $50 to $250, depending on the size of the
party. (Hey, flower girl! Wait in the car!) "It seems very
arbitrary," says Ranasinghe, an architectural history PhD from Rockville.
who will marry
Brian Stone on Saturday (but maybe not pose in the park). When a busload of
fifth-graders line up on the same famed steps, "I’m sure they’re not
required to get a permit," she points out.
True, says Bill Line , spokesman for the Park Service’s local operations.
"If you’re on a tourist visit and you’re by yourself, there’s no charge
for that." But Congress recently passed a law commanding the NPS to charge
the growing number of commercial ventures that photograph or film in parks all
across the country. Some wedding parties bring in 50 people, and photographers
need lights and electricity for a natural look, says Line. "There’s an
impact on park resources, and ultimately the taxpayer has been paying for
Professional wedding photographer Matt Mendelsohn bristles at the notion that
his photo shoots are "commercial" simply because he’s getting paid.
"There’s no public display, distribution or profit," he says.
"Does this mean that NPS officers have been trained to discern a
professional from a next-door neighbor who happens to be a shutterbug?"
Actually, officers have always checked for permits at photo shoots, even when
those permits were free. "People are surprised when a police officer asks
them to move along."