Photographs are a wonderful way to remember your visit to Lavender Pond Farm. We encourage visitors to take pictures of their visit for their own personal use and especially if you tag us on Facebook as we love seeing how others see our farm. But, if you are coming to the farm for the purpose of taking posed photos of people, then you need a photo permit.
The Photography Guidelines outlined here are intended for all our guests, but a permit is necessary for those who wish to use Lavender Pond Farm as the backdrop for posed photography. This would include wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, senior photos or the like. It is not relevant if the photographer is a professional or not.
Wedding ceremonies, receptions or other special occasions scheduled at Lavender Pond Farm are welcome to take photographs during their rental time at no additional fee. As always, the General Photography Guidelines apply.
Catalog shoots, shoots requiring props, additional lighting or multiple costumes, commercials, professional videos and the like are subject to certain terms, restrictions and fees based upon the nature of the production request. Please Contact Us for more information.
Plein Air Artists
There is no charge for canvas artists or plein air artists to use the fields, however we do request that you follow the same General Photography Guidelines as our visiting photographers.
Drone use is strictly prohibited.
Photos taken as stock photography for websites, publications, greeting cards, calendars, etc. Photographers are asked to pay a one-time, lifetime fee of $40. Arrangements must be made in advance. Please Contact Us for more information.
Photos used to promote Lavender Pond Farm, such as travel and lifestyle websites, blogs and publications will not be subject to a fee. Arrangements must be made in advance. Please Contact Us for more information.
Formal, Posed Photography
Posed photography includes wedding, family, engagement, prom, graduation, senior photos or the like. The photographer doesn’t need to be a professional. Posed photos may be taken outdoors only and we ask that you do not photograph our private residence.
Advance, paid reservations are required and can be booked here. In all cases, the photography session must be scheduled in advance and begin and end within the allotted time. There are no refunds for "no-shows" of a photography session at Lavender Pond Farm. However, sessions may be rescheduled by contacting us in advance or in the event of inclement weather.
The Photography Permit Fee is $25 for the first hour and $20 for each additional consecutive hour. Payment is due at time of booking. CT Sales Tax is collected.
General Photography Guidelines
We ask that you honor these policies when using Lavender Pond Farm as the backdrop for any photography, artwork or filming.
- 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. You may inquire about a room rental if a changing area is needed.
- Be respectful of our plants and gardens. You may not clip, move or modify our lavender. Do not place equipment (or people) on top of plants.
- Electrical power is not available unless arranged in advance for an additional fee.
- Keep pathways free. When shooting during our open hours please allow safe and easy passage for our visitors.
- Sessions MUST be booked in advance. If you show up without a reservation you will regretfully be turned away.
The Fine Print
Lavender Pond 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. Please note that any party that has booked private events in a particular location has an exclusive right to that reserved area.