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| p.1 #15 · Is it better to get permission or ask for forgiveness |
The Ca State Parks system is really easy to work with and the permits are very affordable. Anywhere else in Southern Ca. it's hit or miss. It all depends on what the authority is for that area, and since it's Southern Ca., they often assume every shoot is a commercial film shoot where $800 isn't even pocket change. We've had great luck shooting in county parks and recreation areas, but they are not the beach.
The bottom line is, that if you do get kicked out for shooting without a permit, they will probably just make you leave, but it's a huge professional embarrassment to you and it's a waste of time for everyone, your clients included.
One of the worst beaches for unpermitted shoots and one of the best beaches to shoot at is El Matador State Beach north of Malibu. I shot there permitted about a year ago and there must have been ten different wedding photographers there shooting the sunset. The advantage of having the permit is that, not only are you legal, you also have the legal right to ask non permitted parties to move if you need that spot.