Blackacre welcomes photographers to capture the natural beauty at our Historic Homestead.   We have nearly 300 acres of fields, streams, meadows and historic structures to enjoy. In order to maintain the integrity and beauty of our grounds, we do require permits.

Photography and Video Permits

  1. Portrait Photography ($75)

Portrait photography taken by a photographer utilizing Blackacre as a background such as graduation, family, wedding, engagement, prom, senior or similar photos which are not part of a Blackacre private event.

2.  Commercial Photography / Video (fees vary based on project scope)

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, Blackacre will receive a site recognition in final products.

Fees are based on the scope of the project.  Inquiries at 502-266-9802.

Note: Professional photography and videography at receptions, wedding ceremonies and other private events scheduled through Blackacre are permitted at no additional fee.


-  Blackacre photographer permits must be visible at all times.

-  Photography is not permitted when the Homestead is closed for a private event. Refer website calendar for these dates or call the office.

-   Blackacre’s whiskey barrels, wagons and straw bales may be used for props. Please use with care and be sure to put them back to keep them protected from the weather elements.

-   Enjoy the open hayfields for photo sessions; however, animal pastures are off-limits.



-   Obey all instructions from Blackacre staff members.

-   Regular site activities, including tours, programs, and rentals must not be interfered with. For the safety of students, weekday photography during the school year is restricted to after 2:30 p.m.

-   The photographer/videographer is liable for all damages, expenses and loss.

-   Blackacre reserves the right to limit access to certain areas.

-   Advance notification and approval for commercial photography/videography required to ensure there are no conflicts with scheduled activities.

-   Photographers who wish to reserve a location for the day or bring a vehicle (or large prop) for use on the property must first get permission through Blackacre office personnel (depending on the request, you are potential subject to additional cost).

-   Grounds, structures, walls, and buildings may not be damaged or altered. Do not attach anything to any site structures.

Controlled Vehicle (Drone) Policy

The preservation of Blackacre 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, Blackacre prohibits the use of all drones or remote-controlled vehicles in the airspace above Blackacre.  Exemptions may be considered for sessions where the homestead is closed for filming or a private event.

Blackacre is a National Historic Landmark and Nature Preserve. People visit from around the world to enjoy and learn about 18th century Kentucky. Please take care of our place so it can be enjoyed for years to come. Thank you in advance for picking up and disposing of trash.

If you are already registered as a photographer with Blackacre,

a new permit will automatically be issued upon receipt of your recurring Paypal payment.  If you cancelled the automated payment and wish to renew, call the office at 266-9802

To register and pay for a permit, click on the button below: