Thank you for your interest in photography, videography, and drone use at Centennial Park. We are excited about the opportunity to work with you.
Please understand the below is how Centennial Park defines commercial vs. non-commercial (personal). The information and fees apply to photographers who are lending their service to a business for commercial promotion. This does not apply to photographers taking photos of clients to be used for that client's personal use. However, if you take photos of a client and then sell that client's photo to a magazine to promote your business that would be considered a commercial use. Please read the policy below.
Film, video, photo production companies, and drone pilots must adhere to the following guidelines when working within the Centennial Park premises and airspace. Please respect and protect the park, its visitors, structures, trees, plants, and grass. The primary purpose of the park is to serve the public. You must always follow the direction of park employees and contractors.
Drone Use. Drones are not permitted at Centennial Park without a permit specifically approved by the Executive Director. Drone permits may require space rental and will require a certificate of Commercial General Liability Coverage that meets Midland Downtown Park Conservancy Requirements. All Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures, policies, and guidelines apply. Applications must be submitted and include licensed drone pilot information including commercial operators. Recreational Use of a drone is prohibited.
A permit is required:
- When there is a commercial purpose for the photography and/or videography. For example, photographs that are sold for publication, feature or commercial film for which tickets are sold or video are to be used in corporate training films.
- When the photography and/or videography requires exclusive use of an area in the park. For example, if you wish to have a wedding photograph taken in front of the fountain, and you do not want members of the general public to appear in the photograph. Please note permit fees for restricted use would be determined by the area requested, timeframe, and number of participants.
A permit does not authorize photography/videography of park patrons. Photographer/videographer MUST have written consent, prior to photographing or recording. Also, please note that any professional or amateur photographer must have the consent of the parent of a minor child, aged 14 or younger, prior to photographing the child.