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 Monday-Saturday 7:15-9:15pm. The sunflower blooming time is estimated to be July 14-July 28, 2020. THIS IS JUST A GUESS, there are no guarantees. We will be scheduling photography sessions from July 16-July 26 hoping to give the sunflowers a few days to bloom to proper maturity. Each two (2) hour slot is $175.00. You may book slots by contacting us over the phone at (317)379-4684 or by emailing us at email@example.com. Cancellation of your booking will be permitted 48 hours* prior to your booked slot. *Meaning if you booked Monday night at 7:15, you must call (and speak with someone by Saturday during our business hours which is 10am-6:00pm to get a refund).
When you sign up you will be assigned an area by number (1-7) via separate email. You can communicate with your clients to proceed to the designated spot by number. 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. There is a grass area in front of the field.
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.
The END TIME is a hard stop; all photographers and their guests must be out of the field at the end time. If you are still taking pictures after the end time, you will be charged $10.00 per minute when you exit. 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 public 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.
The sunflower field has moved to a new location on the farm. We have moved the field farther back so that it is away from the street and not easily seen unless you enter Spencer Farm. Last year was our first year and we learned a lot about our new crop. We learned that the sunflowers always face east after blooming, so with our new location there will be a tree line behind the flowers instead of an open field. Unfortunately with the new location the white barn will not be visible.
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.
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.
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.