There are seven (7) areas for photographers to bring their clients during each of the designated time slots which are closed to the public. Photographer times are 7:00pm – 9:00pm, seven days a week, while the sunflowers are in bloom. The sunflower blooming time is estimated to be July 16-Junly 26, 2022. THIS IS JUST A GUESS, there are no guarantees. Each two (2) hour slot is $175.00. A $50.00 deposit is required to book a slot, which goes toward the total fee. The balance of $125.00 per slot is due when you arrive at the entrance. Photographers must arrive between the time of 6:15pm and 7:00pm. Cancellation of your booking will be permitted 48 hours* prior to your booked slot along with a refund of the deposit. *Meaning if you booked Monday night at 7:00pm, you must call (and speak with someone by Saturday during our business hours which is 9am-6:00pm to get a refund).
On the day of your booking, after you have paid, you will be given a lanyard and directions to your spot. Each photographer will be allowed to bring one assistant to help with their clients. Only two lanyards will be provided per slot. There is a maximum of 8 clients/groups allowed per 2 hour session per slot. Each area has the sun setting behind field with a grassy area in the front. Each section will have the same amount of rows with a thick “hallway”. This way each photographer has the same amount of space. If you have been here in the past, the setup is very similar to the field we had in 2020. It will be in a long rectangular shape, with the tree line directly behind it.
Photographers are permitted to bring reasonable props to their session. Reasonable items are small to medium sized chairs or blankets. Unreasonable items are things like couches or other large props. In either case, photographers and their guests are to be respectful and careful to not damage the sunflowers or the property. As a photographer, 2 sunflowers will be included in your $175.00. This way you can cut a few flowers as props. Any sunflowers that you decide to cut after the 2 will be $3.00 each. Your guests will be able to cut and purchase a sunflower stem for $3.00 each in the designated areas upon exiting as well. We ask that all the sunflowers that are cut come from the back of the field. We do not want to ruin the front of the field for other photographers. There are no changing rooms. Porta-Potty’s are provided. There could be mud in the field if it has rained. This is an agriculture experience where insects could also be present.
Per our pet policy, pets are welcome at the farm. Animals must be leashed and under control at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste. Pets are not allowed inside the buildings, with the exception of service dogs. Pet owner is responsible for all property damage and or personal injury caused by their pet.
Liability waiver is required. Please download (via link below) and complete the liability waiver including your insurance policy number and signature. You may email the completed form to email@example.com or bring it with you. No entry will be permitted without the completed liability waiver.
The END TIME is a hard stop; all photographers and their guests must be out of the field at the end time. Staff will be monitoring this. In the case of inclement weather, we will close the field. It might be possible to reschedule, based on availability of openings on other days. This will be first-come, first-serve. Unfortunately, if there is no availability, the booking will need to be cancelled. In addition, if the pubic purchases too many of the sunflowers as cut flowers prior to your booking, we will contact photographers to let you know and offer another beautiful location for your shoot. If you decline, we will issue a refund for the deposit.
All photography and video shoots with clients, professional or amateur, that utilize professional equipment require a pass. We offer general full and half day passes (EXCLUDING SUNFLOWERS).
Professional equipment is defined as: the use of a tripod, monopod, lights, umbrellas, diffusers, detachable flash, multiple lenses, large photography bags, reflectors, props, etc
Additionally, shoots that are works for hire, involve client photography, or involve the exchange of money for a service rendered require a pass. Passes can be purchased online BELOW.
NOTE: Photography is only available during our OPEN hours and does NOT include sunflower field.
What if I'm just a guest at Spencer Farm, but I own a SLR or DSLR "professional" camera. Can I bring this camera to photograph my family while visiting the farm?
Download, print and sign waiver. Waivers can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought with you when you check in. Completed waiver forms are required with a purchased pass, You will not be permitted to use the pass if you do not provide a completed form.