Photography – What we offer and why we charge…
We want all visitors to enjoy their visit to Mayfield Lavender. In addition, during open hours, we encourage visitors to walk through the lavender so it can be enjoyed fully. To maintain the farm organically we need to pay a team of hand weeders each season which takes a 3 full weeks of continuous weeding and we need to keep grass between the rows suppressed by mowing it which takes two full days for each cut as it works out about 50 miles of grass so it costs a lot of money in fuel each time we trim the grass. We also try to gap fill the lavender where it has been trampled or damaged and we provide picnic tables to be used where visitors want to relax. So in short we put a lot of time money and energy into creating an attractive venue for visitors. So if you feel that the lavender is attractive enough to want some special photos taken professionally we would ask you to pay a location fee that recognises the cost and effort to make it a place you would like to have a photo taken !
It is also important to note that the farm is private land. While there is a public right of way through the centre of the field, this does not extend to the areas where lavender grows. When the main gate is closed then the invitation to enter our land is also withdrawn and access to our farm is by request only. We have noticed that there are many photography websites encouraging photographers to come early in the morning or late in the evening to get the best light. This is not permitted without permission in advance and you will be asked to pay the appropriate fee if you wish to access the farm to photograph out of normal hours which are 9am to 6pm.
Commercial Photography – Portrait Photography
If you are a professional photographer and you would like to use our lavender as a location for a professional portrait shoot then you must register with us. For a small fee you will be able to use the lavender as a non exclusive backdrop for portrait photo shoots during the lavender season. You will be issued with a registration card which you will simply need to present at the shop as you arrive. This will then be stamped accordingly. You may pay online using the link below or at the field.
The fee for a simple one off model shoot, family or pre-wedding/wedding shoot is £50 or £100 for 3 sessions. Each session is for one photographer with one person/family and for a duration of 1 hour. If you require longer or have another plan please discuss with our staff at our shop before you begin.
Other Commercial Photography
If you would like to use the farm as a location for a fashion shoot, stock photography, filming or other including outside of normal opening hours then you will need to contact us to discuss this on tel 07503 877707 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Photography Payment
1. Daytime Photography Package – 9am to 6pm. £50 or 3 for £100
2. Sunset Photography Package 6pm to 9pm £100 or 3 for £200
Other Professional Uses
We are happy to make our lavender farm available for other uses ranging from carparking in the off season to a location for film or theatrical use when the Lavender is in blossom. Just contact us with your thoughts and we will do our best to provide you with what you require.