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.

**New Policy as of May 2020: Anyone holding photo shoots on our property in a non-tourist capacity, (regardless of whether or not your photographer is compensated), is required to pay a nominal fee for an Ashland Grounds Photo Pass.

The fees we collect for photo passes 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. We are not a public park.

While we are closed to the public, please schedule your shoots in advance by calling Business Manager, Kate Heil at 859-266-8581 ex. 204 or by e-mailing her at If you schedule your shoot last minute, please feel free to use the Donate button on the right to pay for your shoot. As we are currently unable to hand out passes in person, please keep your payment receipt to show to staff while on site.

Passes are available by the Day (one shoot, multiple shoots, or wedding party), Monthly, or Annually (see rates below). Enjoy the property, and we thank you for helping us preserve what Henry Clay called his “Promised Land.”

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

Pay for your Shoot Here!

$25/$100/$300–Daily/Wedding/Commercial Pass Rates

In the special instructions to the seller box, please specify ‘photo shoot’ along with the date and the name of your photographer. Thank you!

Image courtesy of Honey Heart Photography
Image courtesy of Melanie Mauer

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

From Left to Right:
Row 1 photos courtesy of Molly Victoria Photography
Row 2 photos courtesy of Melanie Mauer 
Row 3 photos courtesy of Leigh Wilcoxson Photography
Row 4 photos courtesy of Claire & Barrett Photography

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