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How To Handle Location Permits As A Denver Photographer

July 31, 2023

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There is NOTHING worse as a pro photographer than showing up to a location and getting kicked out because you don’t have a permit. It is embarrassing! You might be wondering how to handle location permits, because it’s stressful and often confusing. Let me share my expertise in this as a Denver photographer…and how you can avoid feel unprepared and embarrassed.

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1. Check With The Location To See If There Is A Permit Needed

Your first order of business is to check the location where you plan to shoot. Let your fingers do the walking. Often you can find this information online, but it doesn’t hurt to call as well. Some locations don’t update their website as quickly as they change policies. You may be surprised by the locations that require permits, so always check ahead! For example, here in Colorado most open spaces require permits (and they have rangers that are around the areas checking for permits)

2. Charge The Client For The Location Permits Fee 

If there’s a permit fee for photography, you might be tempted to absorb the cost as part of your business as a Denver photographer. But actually, it is better to charge the client for the the location permits. If they really want the location, they will be willing to pay!

Make sure you are clear with your clients and you let them know about the costs up front so they aren’t taken by surprise. The client should choose the shooting location, but you can always add your input and suggestions!

3. Be Sure To Bring The Proper Paperwork With You 

Some locations may have different permits depending on the type of photography you plan on doing. Ensure that you print and bring the permit, fee payment, and any other paperwork that is required by the business or site location. Walking in with all the right stuff makes you look like the expert and gives a TON of credibility to your professionalism!! 

4.Some Places In Denver That Require Location Permits

A little extra heads up for my other Denver photographers: here are some common photography spots where you DO need a permit. All State Parks, National Parks, Jeffco Open Space, Denver Botanic Gardens, Littleton Museum, and Boulder County (Flat Irons).

In addition, these two sessions took place at Denver Botanical Gardens. Check out this blog for more on this location! Want your senior pictures at one of these locations? Click here to find out more info on how to book your senior pictures in an EPIC location!

Follow these tips and you’re sure to avoid these embarrassing location permits situations! You’ll walk right in with all your paperwork and everyone will be impressed…and give you reviews that will pull in even more business! 

Budding photographer? Check out my Photography 101 course for other great tips to help you make photography your full-time gig!

How To Handle Location Permits As A Denver Photographer

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