Photography and Video Policy

In an effort to preserve the sanctity of any celebration on the Christ Cathedral Campus – especially the Holy Sacrifice of Mass inside the Cathedral – this policy establishes guidelines concerning how and where photographs and video are taken by those not contracted or commissioned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange or Christ Cathedral.

Visitors and Parishioners

This policy is not directed toward members of the faithful or visitors who intend to take photos/video for their own personal, non-commercial use and whose photographs will not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever. Christ Cathedral and its campus are visually striking and we encourage you to remember your visit with pictures. Tag us on social media at #OCCatholic and #ChristCathedral.

For official media photography requests

Permission to photograph or film cathedral events and services may be given through the Diocese of Orange Office of Communications. For special services, there will be a designated press area. A media pass will be issued and members of the media must confirm their attendance. A designated member of the Office of Communications must accompany all media. For media photography requests, email Bradley Zint at [email protected].


Professional Photography or Filming

Any person wishing to photograph/film on the Christ Cathedral Campus, including inside the Cathedral, must be pre-approved, make a reservation and pay a fee prior to their event. An event will fall into one of two categories: Portrait or Commercial.

Portrait Photography/Filming
Portrait photography/filming generally covers the following – wedding, engagement, maternity, quinceañera, graduation, family, or holiday photos. A portrait reservation entitles photographs/video to be taken on the campus grounds and in the Cathedral Cultural Center main lobby if it is not booked for an event. All other building interiors are not available for portrait photography and if used, the photographer and group will be asked to leave the property.

Reservations and fees are required to shoot professional portraits on the Christ Cathedral Campus. Due to high demand (especially on the weekends), we recommend booking two or more weeks in advance.  Those whose quinceañeras or weddings are celebrated on the Christ Cathedral Campus shall enjoy priority for photo shoots.

Reservations can be made through the Diocese of Orange Hospitality Department by contacting (714) 282-6024 or [email protected].

Commercial Photography/Filming
Cathedral images, which might imply that the Diocese of Orange or Christ Cathedral is endorsing a product or service, are not to be made public until the Diocesan Office of Communications has granted its approval. The Cathedral and its campus buildings are not available as a backdrop for modeling shoots, glamour shots, or any other way that can help sell a product.
• Reservation requests for commercial uses shall be made through the Diocese of Orange Hospitality Department at (714) 282-6024 or [email protected].
• It is recommended that this request be made a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to the requested start date. Typical requests are made at least two months in advance
• Please be prepared to provide the following information as it applies to the project for approval consideration
– Scope of entire project
– Purpose and the extent of the filming requested on the Christ Cathedral Campus
– Script of the film being shot and/or written outline of website, brochure or other communications vehicle
– Any follow-on written, video, or print collateral that will contain references or depictions of the Christ Cathedral Campus.
– Certificate of Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 ($1 million).
Larger scope filming requests with multiple venues and vendors may be required to provide Liability Insurance in the amount of $2,000,000 ($2 million).

All information requested must be submitted prior to any commercial filming and photography dates can be considered and approved. Once the request is completed and approved,  you will be contacted regarding contract and pricing structure. A signed contract and deposit are both required to book your filming/photography dates.

The Christ Cathedral Campus reserves the right to approve final content for anything in which the campus or its properties will appear, either by name or by visual representation. For books, videos, films, or other projects, the Christ Cathedral Campus must receive full details of any dialogue, written content, or other accompanying information for review prior to approval. The Christ Cathedral Campus reserves the right to decline any requests for any reason.

Photographer and Filming Do’s and Don’ts

Send media requests to:
Office of Communications, Pastoral Center
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840-4414
Bradley Zint at