Professional Photo Sessions
Professional Photo Sessions
We can begin taking your reservations on March 1st and not until then. The reason for this later date is because weather in Georgia has a lot to play in how well lavender grows. Ice and a lot of rain can kill lavender. We do all we can to insure its growth and well being. We cover baby lavender plants in November to protect their tender shoots from ice and cold temperatures and also use fungicide to protect it from too much rain causing root rot. However sometimes all we do can still cause problems. We wait till March to be sure how our fields will be this summer and to make the best guess that we will have enough lavender blooms to ensure a good photo session for you.
Pricing: Red Oak Lavender Farm offers you the opportunity to book full or mini photo sessions for your clients! We offer a - 4 hour block a day, morning (6am - 11am) & evening (4pm - 8pm) for $400 per 4 hours block of time for the whole farm. 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. We do not book anyone for smaller slots. You may invite another photographer friend to join you and split coast, but this is up to you. We require $200. deposit and a signed contract to hold your date (session) on our books at our farm and then the balance of $200. is due day of session with cc or cash. We do not take checks.
We also require you to contact use via email or phone a week before shooting to confirm your date. Any failure to do so will be considered your booking cancelled. Reason for this is that we have had photographers not show up and then another photographer has lots opportunity to get photos taken at the farm.We want to be respectful to all.
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 North Carolina, 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.
Best Time to Shoot: June is the prime time to catch the lavender blooming from different varieties - full bloom is usually mid June. 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. We have the right to ask people to leave without refunds given. Photographers- please make sure children to not damage plants or animals your clients bring to farm urinate on lavender. We appreciate this very 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. Once reserved, photographers are not allowed to make any alterations in the reservation without contacting Red Oak Lavender Farm in writing/email 1 week before shoot, so we can research availability and a confirmation back from us. The only alterations in reservations we may consider is due to inclement weather the time of session. *Note – inclement weather in your area does not necessarily mean there is inclement weather at the farm. As long as there is no inclement weather at the farm, all reservations will still proceed as planned. Every effort will be made to reschedule due to inclement weather., but we fill up fast and may not have any openings available. Any cancellation notifications other than inclement weather rescheduling, will not be accepted. We require you to contact us via email or phone to confirm your booking a week before your booked date or will considered it cancelled and will have to take you off our books. Payment is photographers responsibility to Red Oak Lavender Farm.
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 by customers is welcome during our regular hours of operation! 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, 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.
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!