I’m so excited to share these Seven Oaks Lavender Farm photos with you today! And I’ll admit it: when I see photos of people touring France, taking gorgeous photos in lavender fields, I get jealous. And I believe jealousy points us towards what we want (did Elizabeth Gilbert say that?). So apparently I really wanted to take photos in a lavender field! I even posted a link on FB to images taken in France in an expansive field of lavender, asking who wanted to go and be my model! And the funniest part? I think my friend Grace responded and said she would go…
The universe will bring you what you ask for! Last week Grace asked me if I wanted to go on a photo excursion with her over the weekend (the answer is pretty much always yes) and I told her I would find us a pretty place to go. My friend Alexis suggested we do Seven Oaks Lavender Farm photos, since the lavender was currently in bloom. Yes, yes, and more YES!
As luck would have it, the farm was having a festival over the weekend! Two days of lavender focused fun, including food trucks, baby goats, and a make your own lavender sachet station. We arrived for our Seven Oaks Lavender Farm photos a bit late in the day, so we bypassed all of that and skipped right to learning how to cut our own lavender. We were instructed to cut the stems of French lavender that had 2/3 of the blooms already open. There weren’t that many, so I got bored of that quickly and moved on to taking photos of my built-in model, Grace!
Grace wanted to practice taking photos of people, so I got to play model too! It was fun being on the other side of the camera 🙂 But I must say, I much prefer being behind the camera!
Because the festival was only open until 6PM, I didn’t have the opportunity to take photos during magic hour when I normally like to shoot. This was a fun challenge though: taking photos in harsh sunlight, with very little shade, and still keeping my light + bright look. I think I accomplished it and I love how these photos turned out!
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Hey – I’m Rachel! A wedding, engagements, and headshots photographer in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia. I love taking photos of elegant people who love to laugh, as well as of much in-love couples. If your a dog owner, that’s a plus! I’m currently booking 2018 portrait sessions, as well as 2018 and 2019 weddings.