Photo Passes

Photography Policy & Fees

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is a popular and lovely landscape for photo shoots of all kinds–proposal, engagement, first look, family, prom, graduations, etc. We are delighted that so many people want to use Ashland as the setting for these important milestones. We do require photographers to register and get an Ashland Grounds Photo Pass. The fees we collect for this Pass not only contribute to the maintenance of this park-like environment, they also enable us to preserve this National Historic Landmark for generations to come. Ashland is owned and operated by the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and receives no government funding.

All photographers check-in prior to their shoot in the H. Clay & Co. Museum Store located in the mansion (enter through the side door). You’ll receive a Photo Pass to visually distinguish you as having registered and so that we can facilitate and make sure nothing conflicts with your shoot.  We ask that photographers who are not compensated for their shoot to consider making a $25 donation (though we appreciate any amount). Photographers who are compensated for their shoot must purchase a Pass.  These are available by the Day (one shoot, multiple shoots, or wedding party), Monthly, or Annually. Enjoy the property, and we thank you for helping us preserve what Henry Clay called his “Promised Land.”

Pass Rates

Image courtesy of Rustic White Photography
Image courtesy of Rustic White Photography

Day Pass

One shoot: $25

Mini sessions: $25 per hour

Wedding party: $100

Monthly Pass

Unlimited sessions for one month


Monthly and Yearly passes do not include wedding parties

Yearly Pass

Unlimited sessions for 1 calendar year


Monthly and Yearly passes do not include wedding parties

Call (859) 266-8581, ext. 204 or send a message to Kate at for more information or to schedule a photo session.

For further rules and restrictions, please click on the link to our Photography Contract below.

Click here for a Photography Contract.