professional photographers

Professional Photography at Rhode Island State Parks

Professional Photographers interested in providing services within RI State Parks must become an approved vendor.  Photographers need to become approved vendors if they are charging for their services, which constitutes “doing business” in state parks.
Professional photographers will remain on our list of approved vendors from the first to the last day of the year (1/1/2024-12/31/2024), as long as the Certificate of Insurance (COI) that we have on file for your business, remains up to date.  
Photographers are responsible for the set-up, breakdown and complete removal of all items immediately after use.  Moving or changing any natural or physical elements of the park is prohibited.  RI State Parks has a carry in-carry out policy, which means there are no trash cans for general use.  
Photography at reservable sites, fields or shelters:  Any rentals must be made directly through the Parks Permit Office and paid for in advance of your intended use, regardless of whether you are a professional or hobbyist. 
Props should be limited to handheld items. 
If you are not a professional photographer and you are not charging for your services, you do not need to become an approved vendor for groups of 15 or less, as long as you remain in general use areas and do not infringe on the ability of other patrons to enjoy the park and recreate in general use areas. 
Photo shoots that have more than 15 people, use props, or in any way interferes with normal park activities will require a Special Use Permit in addition to becoming an approved vendor.
Special Use Permits require prior approval from the Regional Park Manager.  Plan ahead!!  Special Use Permit applications must be submitted online, at least 30 days in advance of your intended use of our property.  Submission of an application does not guarantee that your use will be permitted.  Events that require a Special Use Permit typically require the submission of a COI that meets the requirements set by the RI DEM Division of Legal Services.  If you have any questions, contact RI State Parks at 401-667-6200, or email   
Photographers hired for events that require a Special Use Permit from RI State Parks (e.g., wedding, fundraiser), do not need to be approved vendors, as long as the event organizer indicates that there will be a photographer on site, and they take full responsibility for the activity, on their Special Use Permit application. 
You can find contact information for all RI State Parks on our website,   
RI State Parks Approved Professional Photography Vendors 
For a list of approved Professional Photographers go to the RI Parks Events & Rentals-Special Use Policy & Permits Page
How To Apply To Become An Approved Professional Photographer
1. Create your Community Profile with login and password.  Once you're logged in, you can proceed.  Every time you use the site, start by logging in.
2. Go the Photographers Membership Page and click "Enroll."  Complete the profile form. 
3. Submit your Certificate of Insurance (COI).  Email insurance certificates to Erin Rogers at  *See below for insurance requirements.
4. Once your insurance is approved, you will be listed on our website as an Approved Professional Photography Vendor.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Requirements:
  • Your COI must indicate that the State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is "additionally insured on a primary and non-contributory basis".
  • Your COI must indicate a "waiver of subrogation".
  • The Certificate Holder on your COI must be the "State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908".
If you have any questions, contact RI State Parks at 401-667-6200, or email