Photography and Videography at The Wharf

Thank you for your interest in filming at The Wharf. We love to host beautiful moments, from engagement photos to commercial productions and movie scenes.

The Wharf is an active neighborhood with year-round public and private events. Before any type of professional filming at The Wharf, you must submit a Photography/Videography Request.

Photos for personal use only (such as an engagement photoshoot)--which utilize minimal equipment and do not disrupt Wharf events, streets, or businesses--require written advance approval, but usually do not require a location contract or payment.

Photos and videos intended for editorial, commercial, television, or movie purposes require permitting, insurance, and payment of location fees. Funds go toward beautification and the year-round free and public events at The Wharf.

At least one week prior to any professional photography at The Wharf, submit a Photography/Videography Request with the following information:

  • date(s) and times,
  • desired location(s),
  • number of crew members and number of people being filmed,
  • intended use, and
  • any other relevant details.

After submitting your request, The Wharf Community Association, which manages all outdoor areas at The Wharf, will process the permit and determine the necessary levels of logistical planning.  Permit processing time may range from a few days to a few weeks. Please be as detailed as possible on the permit application to expedite the review process.

Some shoots may require logistical planning calls before the permit can be approved. In these cases, The Wharf Community Association will contact the applicant to set up the call. If your shoot has an indoor component, The Wharf Community Association can assist with the necessary introductions to businesses.

For commercial or editorial filming, prior to the filming date, The Wharf requires a completed location contract, a certificate of liability insurance naming The Wharf and certain subsidiaries as additional insured, and payment of the filming fee. After submitting your request, The Wharf Community Association will provide the location contract and more details about insurance and invoicing.

Commercial Filming and Photography Fees
Editorial Photographs and Videos: $250 per day

Commercial Photographs and Videos: $500 per hour or $5,000 per day during weekday business hours (9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) and $700 per hour during weekends and weekday non-business hours (prior to 9:00 a.m. and/or after 5:00 p.m.)

TV/Movie Productions: Starting at $10,000 per day


District Wharf reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to film on its premises.

Submit a Photography/Videography Request 

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