Professional Photography  Policy

We have worked very hard over the last five years to create a beautiful place to come and relax. We have spent years hand planting, hand weeding and caring for our lavender fields. Our lavender plants are in their 5th growing season and have created a beautiful atmosphere. As such, many professional photographers have requested the use of our land, and the scenery that we have worked so hard to create, for photography sessions. We ask that all photographers adhere to our polices and respect our land for your purposes.
 
While we welcome anyone to come and enjoy our land, these policies are geared towards the "Professional" photographer. We must take a moment to define "professional" as we get many questions about whether or not an individual is considered professional.  "Professional" photography is any person who takes pictures of clients or their own children/family, for their own photography business OR for any advertising purposes of their own business/professional blog & media site. Professional photography means use of a camera lens that is higher than your cell phones and/or use of props. If you have a higher pixel lens camera to use for personal use or just to remember your day at the lavender farm, that is not considered "professional." It becomes professional when you intend to use pictures taken on our land for any advertising purposes of your own business or taking pictures for clients/families, pets, for your own profit. If you charge your clients a session fee, you are considered professional. If you have a website, blog, or any other form of social media geared towards your travel or photography business and gain financially from your photography/blog/media sites,  but are "taking pictures of your kids or friends" and intend to use those photos for your advertising purposes, you are considered professional and a reservation/fee needs to be arranged.  If you intend to use our property for senior pictures, wedding parties, or any such events, these would be considered professional purposes and a reservation/fee would need to be arranged.
1: Photography Sessions must be pre-booked and pre-paid prior to your arrival. We will be releasing soon a reservation system online where sessions can be booked and prepaid. Once a session is booked, you will be emailed a link that contains a contract that will need to be signed as well as a map of our farm, directing you to where you will be allowed to go as well as areas that are restricted. Until our online reservation system is released, all sessions will be booked via email at info@newlifelavender.com and prepaid over the phone. 
2: Photography Session fees are $75/session or $300 for a Season Pass. A season pass will give you unlimited number of sessions during our 2020 calendar year. (All sessions will still need a verbal clearance if a Season Pass was purchased). We charge session fees because we have spent 5 years and hundreds of hours in manual labor, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars creating an atmosphere worthy of a backdrop for your benefit, enjoyment and profit. We do not pro-rate Seasonal Passes. For example, if a Season Photographers Permit is purchased in April, it will be $300. If a Seasonal Photographers Permit is purchased in September, it will be $300. The permit runs from April 1- October 31, 2020. 
3: Photography Sessions must be booked during our open hours this season 2020. Our open hours are 10 am- 5 pm. Sessions can only be booked Tuesdays - Fridays. Please DO NOT request weekend sessions or request after or before hour sessions. These will be the only available times to come for professional photography, so you understand that there may be others out in the lavender fields, but with our open areas and 40 acres, there will be plenty of open field space.  There are usually hours between 3-5 pm  that we are slower, so less people may be outside. All photographers and their clients must be off premises by 5:00 pm. We will charge $75 for every half hour that you or your clients are on our property after hours.
 
4: Any photography or groups of people taking pictures for professional purposes, including senior pictures, bridal parties, professional pictures of your children or clients' children, or family photos on our land without a reservation or on our land after hours or days when we are closed would be considered trespassing, and will be fined $350. No exceptions.
5: Photographers and their clients agree not to deviate from our designated areas. We request that all photos be taken on pathways, or on grassy areas in front of the lavender, not in the lavender plants themselves. If you need a more surround shot of lavender, going 1-2 rows into the lavender will be permitted, but please do not step on or smash down the lavender plants, spikes, or any other part of the plant. We ask that your clients, families, pets and children do not run through the rows of lavender. No family pets will be allowed in our lavender fields. Please keep all pets and children off the lavender plants. This is to help ensure the protection of our plants from any breakage which causes permanent damage or death of a plant. If we deem that any persons are not adhering to this policy, we reserve the rights to dismiss and end your session, with no refunds. 
6: Cancellation Policies: Any photography session that is booked, paid for and canceled 10 days or more of a booked session will receive a full refund. There will be NO REFUNDS for any cancellations, including no-shows,  less than 10 days from a booked session & will require a non refundable $35 fee to re-book. We will work with you to reschedule a date/time in the case of inclement weather. This is to help ensure the protection of our time, and our ability to reschedule your reserved time slot to a different photographer.

Pets on the Farm  Policy

We love animals on our farm! We understand as our guests are traveling, and stopping to visit our farm, this means traveling with all family members, including family pets.  Here are a few guidelines we ask that you observe if you have a family pet in tow. 

1: We allow pets (within reason, and limited to dogs/cats), on our farm property. Howerever, all cats/dogs must be on a leash at all times.

2: Pet owners must keep their pets off our lavender plants, no exceptions. Pets will only be allowed on grassy areas. This is to help protect our plants from incurring any permanent damage from breakage or stomping down of our plants. 

 

3: Pet owners must clean up and bag any waste on our property. No waste will be permitted in our trash receptacles. 

3. Pets are not allowed inside our farm store, as we have a commercial kitchen. Only certified support dogs will be allowed indoors. 

4: Pets must be attended by their owners at all times. If pets become disruptive to the atmosphere or to other guests, we ask that you take your pet elsewhere.

5: Under no circumstances will your pet be allowed to go down by our farm animals. This is to protect all animals. 

6: We do not allow pets on our farm tours. No exceptions. 

Thank you for helping us make our farm a comfortable place for everyone. 

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