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Other Site Uses: Photography and Film

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens is a nationally recognized 7.5-acre historic site, and it must be treated as a significant cultural resource. The house is the second oldest dwelling in Southern California and dates from c.1800, while the gardens have national significance because of the people who designed them in the 1920s and 1930s. The barnyard area contains livestock and restored historic agricultural structures. The site is located within a gated residential community, and all users must respect the privacy of the neighborhood and cooperate with the procedures of the residential guard gate.

Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation encourages certain site uses such as painting and photography classes, and horticulture tours. Reservations are required and normally two weeks advance notice is necessary.

Professional wedding, engagement, graduation, prom and other portraiture type photos may be taken at the site by reservation onlySee Photography Policy below.

Commercial photography during public visiting hours without prior arrangement is not permitted. On a very limited basis, the ranch is available for commercial photography, video, and filming.


Single and Group Portrait Photography by Private Individuals -

$20.00 Suggested Donation for groups 5 or less; $5.00 per additional person

Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation welcomes visitors who wish to photograph the gardens and other outside areas. Please respect the site and do not move artifacts, trample plants, or impede other visitors in order to get a good image. Absolutely no photography is allowed inside the Ranch House. Lights and/or light reflectors, large camera equipment/gear, costume changes, balloons, etc. are not allowed on-site. If you have a large group, need assistance, or have any questions, please check with the Rancho Center Reception Desk.

Professional Photography

$135.00 charge per hour with advance reservations

All professional photography sessions are arranged by appointment and must be booked in advance. All Rancho Photography Policies, including the payment of the fees indicated, must be followed.  With your reservation, the Rancho may provide a Photo Concierge for your party. Commercial filming needs to be arranged on a case by case basis with the Foundation; please call (562) 431-3541, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm for information.

As with all guests, it is mandatory that you check in at the Rancho Center Reception Desk upon arrival and complete necessary paperwork. Please check out in the Rancho Center when you have completed your site use.

To preserve and protect the site, please observe and follow the policies and etiquette listed below:

    • No one is allowed in the Ranch House unless accompanied by a docent or staff member.
    • There is absolutely no photography allowed in the Ranch House. In the Rancho Center, no one is allowed to sit on the saddle which is on display.
    • Please do not feed, pet or harass the animals.
    • No large camera equipment, lights or light reflectors are allowed.
    • No costume changes or props, including balloons, are allowed.
    • Please make sure that children are supervised at all times. Do not allow them to run around the site.
    • Please do not climb on the roots of the large Moreton Bay Fig trees on the front lawn.
    • Please do not trample plants or walk in the planted beds but stay on the lawns and pathways.
    • Garden furniture and artifacts should not be handled or moved.
    • Do not tape anything to objects or plaques.
    • No food or drink is allowed, except at the picnic tables located near the parking lot.
    • No smoking is permitted, except in the parking lot area.
    • No pets are allowed.
    • Please respect other visitors and do not block pathways and garden areas.
    • Do not leave any litter. There are trashcans near the parking lot.
    • Please note that some areas of the gardens are not wheelchair accessible.
    • In case of an injury-causing accident, contact a staff member immediately.

Thank you for observing the policies and helping to keep Rancho Los Alamitos in good condition for everyone.

For questions or to schedule your photo shoot, please contact us by email at info@RanchoLosAlamitos.org or by telephone at (562) 431-3541.

DRONES - All drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are prohibited at Rancho Los Alamitos and any unauthorized drone(s) observed over the Rancho will be reported to the FAA and local law enforcement, regardless of its point of origin or operation. Drones may pose a potential safety risk and may violate Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.



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