Professional Photo Sessions
Professional Photo Sessions
*We are booked solid for June private sessions for photographers.
We still have openings during our open store hours for photography, but must contact us to schedule your photoshoots.
We began taking your reservations March 1st and was a first come first served for photographers. We do not contact photographers ourselves, since we are extremely busy on the farm with our lavender gardens, apiary, shop business, and making products.
Our farm is a miracle: We are one of the few lavender farm (actual only one with as many lavender plants) in the state of Georgia, due to its difficulty to grow in our state. There are some fields in Virginia, and Penn., Washington state, and of course Provence France. So cost is due to our rare ability to grow lavender in the South and its limited time of full bloom. We only let a few photographers to photograph at out farm. When we started our farm back in 2014 we never imagined that it would become such a popular and loved location for photographers and their clients.
We currently have approximately 2,000 lavender plants at various stages of maturity. Typically, there is always something blooming from June through August, depending on the cultivar.Besides our lavender rows, there are plenty of other beautiful areas on the property that would make a lovely backdrop for your photos. Photographers will have use of the farm including the lavender rows, the Herb Garden with dahlias and the Barn with Quilt Squares, Sunflowers and wild flowers, Poppies, and the beautiful Gazebo down by the woods.
Pricing: Red Oak Lavender Farm LLC offer photographers the opportunity to book full or mini photo sessions for your clients! We offer two packages:
A.) Sold Out - A 4 hour Private block a day during our closed hours: either morning (6am - 10 am) or evening (4/5pm - 8/9pm) for $400 for the whole farm. Basically 4 hours before we open store or 4 hours after we close the store. This is so you will have lavender to yourself and not with store customers walking around fields. You may book one client per session or use this reservation time to book multiple mini-sessions. The 4 hours of time is your choice. We will only book 1 photographer per 4 hour slot. You may NOT invite another photographer friend/s to join you and split cost. This is your time in the field and not to have twice as many people in the lavender and cars on the farm. This is to give protection to the lavender.
B.) During our normal open hours (Wednesday - Friday 11-3 pm and Saturday 10-4 pm.) Cost is $100 for a two hour window of time and $60 for each additional hour after that. However remember that the farm is open at this time and visitors to the farm love going out into the fields.
*We have a Photographers Information Package that is emailed out to photographers interested in booking with us in our lavender fields. This package goes over all details.
We require 50% deposit and a signed contract to hold your date (session) on our books at our farm and then the balance is due day of session with cash only. We do not take checks the day of shooting.
We also require you to contact us via email or phone a week before shooting to confirm your date. Any failure to do so will be considered your booking cancelled and you will still owe the balance, since another photographer could have had your booking. Many photographers want to book with us to get photos taken at the farm. We want to be respectful to all.
Best Time to Shoot: June is the prime time to catch the lavender blooming from different varieties - full bloom is usually mid June. Of course afternoon sessions 5-9 pm or 4-8 pm is the best lighting time, but this time books up fast. Mid day is the worst (noon) because the sun blocks out the color of the purple lavender blooms. Mornings have also been very good. Rainy weather happens in June when we have full bloom, so be aware. Many photographers have been here in the rain and waited between showers and have had the best photos. However if it is storming we do try our best to reschedule you, but you must be flexible with the change and please let your clients know they need to be understanding since we cannot control weather.
We cannot predict weather conditions or seasons and their effects on the lavender in the future, so it is important to check out our fields (lavender) before booking and before your photo shoots to have a better idea what to expect and to make sure that this is for you. *Red Oak Lavender is just providing the property location. We expect all photographers to be professionals. Any that disrespect our farm or family owners will be asked to leave our farm without refund and will not be given rights to shoot photographs here again.
Reminder: This is our family home and all photographers and their guests must be respectful to our family and our property. Please do Not pick the lavender, since if you cut the stem too low - it will kill the whole plant. And please be sure not to step on plants. This will also kill the plant. Be watchful of all children that they do not play in the lavender rows. We do have the right to ask people to leave without refunds given. Please tell clients no animals. We appreciate this all very much. We have seen all the above in the past years. This is our lively hood and respect is very important to us. Thank you so much.
*Note: Growing lavender in Georgia is very very difficult, due to our acidic soil and high summer humidity and rains. Lavender prefers dry arid soil. So we must grow in test gardens - not rows and rows, to allow for air flow so our lavender will grow. Lavender intermediate grow 36 inches high and blooms in mid June. English (Angustifolias) grow about 12 to 24 inches in height and begin to bloom the end of May.
Cancellation Policy: All reservations are non-refundable. We have done all we can to assure a field of purple. However if we feel that the lavender is not blooming due to Mother's Nature, we will contact you the first week of June and refund you your deposit. Once reserved, photographers are not allowed to make any alterations in the reservation. Should it become necessary to reschedule a photoshoot due to inclement weather at the farm every effort will be made by ROL Farm to accommodate. *This may have to be a morning or workday reschedule. Rain at your home does not mean it is raining at the farm.
Please ask for our Photography Policy & Helpful Information Sheet. We will be happy to email this to you.
Commercial Shoots: We do require a link/note on all photos of our farm name.
Photographer Responsibility: It is the total responsibility of the photographer to check our farm before booking your session and then to check out the farm just before your session to make sure this is what you want. Your expectations may not be what our farm is. Red Oak Lavender does provide current photos of the farm and lavender on our FB page. We do not alter our photos. *Note: we are not France and do Not have rows and rows of lavender growing, since here in GA lavender is very very difficult to grow due to our humidity and acidic soil, so we must grow in garden sections. It is a miracle we can even grow lavender here at our farm. Please be aware of this when booking. We highly recommend you coming to the farm to make sure this is where you want to take your photos and have your sessions at. Full payment is due one week before session and failure to do so is considered session cancelled and will be removed from our schedule.
General Photography Guidelines: We ask that you honor these policies when using Red Oak Lavender Farm as the backdrop for any photography, artwork or filming product. Guests should come dressed and prepared for their photo session. There are no changing areas available and the public restroom is not to be used to change clothes. Commercial shoots for magazines or film for movies will have use of changing rooms for your models. Be respectful of our plants and gardens. You may not clip, move or modify our lavender or any plant on the farm. Do not place equipment (or people) on top of plants. Electrical power is not available. If you show up without a reservation you will regretfully be turned away.
Additionally: Red Oak Lavender Farm works hard to provide a beautiful farm year round. We are a working farm and cannot guarantee that we won’t have project(s) free from your ‘ideal’ vantage point(s). Since we are a working farm, the photographer is responsible for their own work and quality of pictures. We do not allow the use of our animals in posed positions and cannot guarantee that they are omitted from your shots. However, if you want to take pictures of the wildlife/farmlife, then you are more than welcome to picture them without disturbing them. All photo shoots must take place in the general public area(s) and/or special arrangements may need to be made otherwise. Red Oak Lavender Farm reserves the right to refuse admittance for photography and/or change its photo policy without advanced notice. Some areas of the farm may not be available the day of your reservation due to unforeseen circumstances. Thank you!
Please note: We are not a photographer. If you are looking to get your photos taken on the farm, you must first find a photographer whom will contact us to book your reservation.
Photography with your cell phone and amateur cameras for our regular customers are welcome during our norrmal hours of operation, but be aware that there will be other visitors in the field and may watch or ask questions. During the month of June we only charge admission to farm is (cost 5.00 per adult in June only). We ask that if you get a particularly good shot on the farm, that you share it with us for use on our Facebook page! Now, there is a difference between a camera phone and a professional camera. Our guests are more than welcome to use their professional-style cameras during store hours, however if your innocent photos turn into a photo shoot, we can and will reserve the right to turn you away and charge our normal professional photo session fee of 400. Professional sessions always require a confirmed reservation after store hours.
Special Thank You to:
Kelli Bell with Sweet Life Atl Photography, Melissa Giles Photography,
for allowing us to use some beautiful photos of the farm for our website!