Photo & Video Shoots

At Locust Grove, we welcome the opportunity to be a picture-perfect backdrop or setting for your photography or video shoot.

Advance notification and approval for all photography/videography are required to ensure there are no conflicts with scheduled activities. Please call 502-897-9845 for availability or include the date you wish to use Locust Grove in the “Notes” section when you check out online. 

Photography & Videography Policies

Portrait Photography

Portrait photography taken by professional photographers consists of pictures utilizing Locust Grove as a background, such as graduation, family, wedding, engagement, senior, or similar photos not part of a private event such as a wedding ceremony. Professional photographers are given the option to choose between the following:

Commercial Photography/Video

Photography and video sold for commercial purposes and the use in movies, documentaries, television commercials, brochures, business cards, annual reports, advertising, retail products, websites, model portfolios, promotional projects, music videos or similar profit-making projects must be scheduled in advance and fees will be negotiated independent of the registration. Unless otherwise negotiated, Locust Grove will receive a site recognition in final products.

Coordination for all commercial photography is through Carol Ely, Executive Director, 502-897-9845 or Fees are based on the scope of the project.

Controlled Vehicle (Drone) Policy

The preservation of Locust Grove is our primary concern, but it is also a place for people to connect with nature and the spirit of the people of pioneer Kentucky. For these reasons, Locust Grove prohibits the use of all drones or remote controlled vehicles in the airspace above Locust Grove. Unauthorized use of drones within or above this private land may result in the immediate escort from the property, a potential ban from entry and/or other remedies allowed by law.


  • Advance notification and approval for commercial photography/videography is required to ensure there are no conflicts with scheduled activities.
  • Parking is allowed at designated parking areas only.
  • Photography is not permitted on the porch or near outbuilding doorways during hours of operation, 10:00am to 4:30pm.
  • Grounds, structures, walls, and buildings may not be damaged or altered. Do not attach anything to any site structures.
  • Furniture on the porch, house shutters and doors may not be adjusted or moved.
  • Plants may not be rearranged, cut, moved or handled in any way. Do not attach anything to trees or climb trees.
  • Obey all signs on the site, and avoid disturbing areas marked off for new plantings, wet paint, archaeologic digs etc.
  • Obey all instructions from Locust Grove staff members.
  • Animals must be leashed.
  • Regular site activities, including tours, programs, and rentals must not be interfered with.
  • The photographer/videographer is liable for all damages, expenses and loss.
  • Locust Grove reserves the right to limit access to certain areas.
  • No alcoholic beverages or smoking.
  • Professional photographers and videographers are required to carry their permit at all times.

Locust Grove is a museum and an irreplaceable National Historic Landmark site. People visit from around the world to enjoy and learn about 18th century Kentucky, and your presence should not disturb others’ appreciation or the setting you are using as the background for your own work.

Photography FAQs

  • Can I take my prom photos at Locust Grove?

    Yes, however, please be aware of the following rules:

    • Prom Season falls at the beginning of Wedding Season. Locust Grove is unavailable for photography after 3:00 pm on a date the site has been booked for a private event.   
    •  Prom photography will not be allowed on any date that Locust Grove has a paid public program, such as a concert or the annual Gardeners’ Fair, or on a date vendors set up for an event.  
    •  Please call 502-897-9845 to see if the date of your prom is available or to schedule your group. Unscheduled prom groups will be turned away. 
  • Are dogs allowed onsite?

    • Yes, dogs are allowed outside but must remain leashed.
    • Only Service dogs are permitted inside the visitor center.
  • Are there bathrooms available?

    • Bathrooms are available during regular business hours Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM – 4:30PM.