About 1.5 hours outside of LA lies a beautiful lavender farm that is part of Highland Springs Ranch in Cherry Valley California. I’ll share more on the rest of the farm in another post but for now I’d like to focus on the Lavender field. I’ve always wanted to visit one and see the rows and rows of beautiful lavender always set in front of the most gorgeous backdrops and Highland Springs Ranch was the closest one I found to LA despite it still being a decent drive away.
We left early so we could arrive right when they open at 10am and it was perfect because we were literally the first people there and though people started trickling in while we were shooting, it was nice to have to field to ourselves for a little to get some open shots. I’m going to digress a little to let you know that there will be bees everywhere if you plan to shoot there, it is a flower field after all. I’m talking 1000’s of bees. I have never seen so many in my life and I really faced my fears that day. I didn’t go into the field as much as I wanted because of it but if you’re not scared of bees by all means you can get right there. If you are allergic I wouldn’t recommend going at all depending on the severity of your allergy. Ok back to the deets:
The fields are really beautiful and totally worth the drive in my opinion. The best part is there are other things to do around the farm so you can really make a day of it. The staff is pretty hands off so you won’t have any problems shooting there but NOTE you are not allowed to pick the lavender. They say the best time to visit a lavender farm is mid June to August but we went at the end of June and a lot of the lavender had still not bloomed so I would recommend mid July if you want more lavender blooms. We were still able to find nice pockets around though. I dreamed of shooting at a lavender field for years now so I’m so happy we made it happen and it was even better having London there with me.
Check out my post on the other attractions on the farm HERE