professional photographers

Patron Information: Professional Photography at RI State Parks

Are you interested in hiring a professional photographer for a photo shoot at a Rhode Island State Park? The Approved Professional Photographers listed below have completed the registration process to use state parks for professional photo shoots.
 
If the photographer you wish to use is not listed, direct them to the information below on becoming an Approved Professional Photographer. Or, you can contact the park you're interested in using to request a one-day Special Use Permit. Any photo shoot that has more than 15 people, uses props, or in any way interferes with normal park activities will require a Special Use Permit in addition to a photography permit.
 
If your photo shoot involves a site rental, please contact the park you wish to visit to reserve and pay for any site rentals. You can find contact information for all RI State Parks at RIParks.com.
 
If you are seeking photography for an event that requires a special use permit from RI State Parks (e.g., wedding, fundraiser), it is not necessary for the photographer to obtain their own permit, as long as you indicate on the special use application that there will be a photographer on site and you take full responsibility for that activity.  
 
Approved Professional Photographers 
 
Christina Zemke Photography, LLC
Email or call 914-960-0763
 
Pose and Post Phototainment, LLC
Email or call 860-884-7377 
 
Sara Anne-Schmidt Photography
Email or call 401-219-6041 
 
Do I Need a Professional Photography Permit?
You will need a Professional Photography Permit if you are charging for your services, which constitutes “doing business” in state parks. You can get an Annual Professional Photography Permit ($100) or apply for a one-day Small Business Special Use Permit ($25).

In both cases, you need to complete an online application and provide the required insurance. Applications for a one-day Special Use Permit must be submitted 30 days in advance of your intended use of our property. Whereas, an annual Photography Permits can often be processed more quickly and renewed at the beginning of each year.

If you’re not a professional photographer and you’re not charging for your services, you don’t need a photography permit for groups of 10 or less as long as you remain in general use areas and don’t infringe on the ability of other patrons to enjoy the park and recreate in general use areas.

If you want to take photos at a reservable site, you need to rent the site from the park office in advance, regardless of whether you are a professional or hobbyist.

 
Professional Photography Permit for RI State Parks
 
Are you a professional photographer who would like to use Rhode Island State Parks as a backdrop for your next photo shoot? Approved Professional Photographers may bring up to 15 people to general use areas in RI State Parks for a photo shoot, as long as it does not disturb the normal activity of the park.
 
You are responsible for leaving the area clean and you may not move or change any natural or physical elements of the park. Props should be limited to handheld items.
 
If your photo shoot involves a site rental, please contact the park you wish to visit to reserve and pay for any site rentals. You can find contact information for all RI State Parks at RIParks.com.
 
The annual permit costs $100 and requires you to upload insurance, as indicated below. Approved Professional Photographers will be listed on this page. 
 
If you don't wish to obtain an annual permit but would like to use state parks on an occasional basis for professional photography, contact the park you are interested in using to request a one-day special use permit. The cost is $25/day.
 
If you are providing photography for an event that is seeking a special use permit from RI State Parks (e.g., wedding, fundraiser), it is not necessary to obtain a permit as long as the event organizer indicates that there will be a photographer on site and takes full responsibility for that activity. 
 
Here's how to apply for an annual photography permit:
 
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. You will be asked to upload a Certificate of Insurance. Please have this ready to upload before you begin.
  • The Certificate of Insurance must indicate "The State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is named as additionally insured on a primary and non-contributory basis and subrogation is waived for the additional insured."
  • The Certificate Holder is The State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908.
  • Share this Low-Risk Certificate of Insurance with your insurance agent so they can prepare it accurately. It shows all the required coverage and the language required.
3. You'll receive an email confirmation and invoice for your permit from RI State Parks when your registration has been approved.
 
Questions?
 
Call 401-667-6200 or email RI Parks