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Due to current regulations for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accommodate Special Event Photography.

Photography Policy and Site Etiquette

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.


Special Event Photography- $135.00 per hour- Due to current regulations for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accommodate Special Event Photography. Thank you for your understanding.

Specific locations at the Rancho may be used for photography sessions, such as family photos, portraits, birthdays, graduations, engagements, wedding portraits, and formal or dance portraits.

  • Advance reservations are required and depend upon site availability.
  • Photo reservations are Wednesday-Sunday between 10AM to 1PM.
  • A Rancho photo concierge will be provided to photo groups and must escort your party around the grounds.
  • A signed Site Use Contract and full payment must be made prior to the photography date.
  • All visitors must check in at the Rancho Center before entering the site.
  • Site use etiquette must always be followed.
  • Fees may be paid in the RLAF office or Gift Shop.

    To make reservations, please email info@RanchoLosAlamitos.org or call (562) 431-3541.

    Photography for Personal Use

  • Visitors are welcome to take photographs around the grounds as long as they do not disrupt the flow of tours, other visitors, or block pathways.
  • For staged photography such as group photos, portraits, graduations, weddings, etc. please refer to our “Special Event Photography” policy (above).
  • Donations are welcome and appreciated.

    Commercial photography and filming may be available on a case-by-case basis and must be arranged in advance with Foundation staff.

    Photography Fees help support the operations and maintenance of Rancho Los Alamitos.

    Please respect this Historic Site

  • 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 need assistance or have any questions, please check with the reception desk or gift shop.
  • NO GLITTER in Gardens or Barns areas! Glitter is harmful to the Historic Barns and Gardens, as well as dangerous for the animals who live here. This includes glitter on clothing.


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 historic ranch house.
  • Please make sure that children are supervised at all times. Do not allow them to wander or run around the site without adult supervision.
  • 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.
  • Garden furniture and artifacts should not be handled or moved. Nothing may be taped or tied 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 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.
  • Public restrooms are downstairs in the Rancho Center.
  • 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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