Photography Guidelines

Photography at the Shrine

The principal purpose of the Shrine is a place of prayer, pilgrimage and worship.

We understand that you may want to take photographs of many of the beautiful areas of the Shrine, including the Church.  The photography, however, must respect the personal “space” and privacy of other pilgrims.  For example, including a photo of a pilgrim in prayer and posting that photo on social media is inappropriate unless he/she gives prior permission. Please be considerate of others.

Photos inside the Shrine Church are permitted.  However, please turn off the flash.

Tripods are not permitted in the Shrine Church without prior permission from the Manager on Duty or a staff member.  Tripods can damage the marble floor.  Thus, if you arrive at the Shrine with a tripod, expect to be asked about where the tripod will be used.

ALL COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS FORBIDDEN WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL.

If you arrive with extensive photo gear and/or a tripod, expect to be asked your intentions. We realize there are enthusiasts who bring such gear for personal photography, but many more come to shoot images commercially and consider the Shrine merely a prop or background.

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT PERMITTED:

  • Engagement photos;
  • Wedding photos;
  • Fashion shoots;
  • Photos showing disrespect;
  • ANY “professional” photos inside the Church;
  • Photos intended for resale (due to copyright violations).

PRIOR APPROVAL REQUIRED:

  • Student assignments;
  • Senior portraits.

These same rules apply for video use.

 

June 24, 2013

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