WICKED TULIPS PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDELINES

Wicked Tulips Flower Farm provides a stunning backdrop for professional, amateur, and smartphone photographers alike. All are welcome, but we do require a site fee for professional photo-shoots or anything for monetary gain. These include engagement, wedding, pet, family, senior portraits etc.  

Our goal: make it easier for everyone!

We have made some changes to some of our prior years’ policies. Photography seems to cost us the most “customer service hours”. We receive an exorbitant number of calls and emails on a daily basis regarding photo shoots. Of course we are thrilled that you all like the tulips so much, and we want you to have the opportunity to photograph in our tulip fields, but we also want to streamline everything and make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone!

Policy Updates

  • You need a “Site Fee Ticket” plus an entrance ticket for your client(s) and assistant(s) to enter the field unless you are a Preferred Photographer.  
  • Preferred Photographers pay a flat seasonal site fee which includes the photographer’s and photo assistant’s tickets and also includes a number of other benefits. See details below.  
  • We will accept 20 photographers to be the exclusive on-site photographers, aka, Preferred Photographers. If you are interested in becoming one of our Preferred Photographers you can apply below. 
  • This year, site fee tickets for non Preferred Photographers include entry for the Photographer. Assistants still need separate tickets.
  • We will be open seven days a week from 10am- 7pm. Unless you are a Preferred Photographer, you and your clients must be prepared to leave at 7pm. Preferred Photographers are allowed to stay 30-45 minutes after we close and enter the field 30 minutes before we open.
  • Please note all adult tickets will be sold with 10 tulips, making ticket prices $15. Kids tickets are $3 and do not come with tulips. Please make sure you take this into consideration when you are pricing your service.

 Photography Policy for Non-Preferred Photographer 

  • A site fee ticket is required in addition to entrance tickets for your client(s) and assistants. Choose to pay $50 per session or $150 for “one day” unlimited sessions. Your site fee includes entrance for you the photographer only.
  • You are required to purchase entrance tickets for your client(s) and assistant(s). It is the photographer’s responsibility to email or print the entrance tickets for their clients for admission to Wicked Tulips.  WTFF staff will not hold tickets at the door for them. Clients cannot enter the tulip field without their ticket.
  • Site fee tickets do not sell out. Site fee tickets are non refundable. They can be used any day we are open during regular business hours.  After you have purchased a "Site Fee Ticket", you will receive a confirmation email containing a special link and personal password allowing you to purchase entrance tickets your clients.
  • Entrance tickets purchased using the link and password provided do not sell out but are non-refundable. They are required for all members of the party, including assistant(s).  
  • Entrance ticket prices: Adults age 17+ $15, Age 4-17 $3, age 3 and under free
  • You have access to the field during business hours only.
  • We open at 10am and close at 7pm, seven days a week.
  • No photography equipment except camera bag/lenses and tripods. No props, ie., reflectors, light stands, etc.
  • If you want to do a shoot on one of our Early Bird mornings, you would need to purchase your site fee, plus your Early Bird (special event) tickets for your client(s) and assistant(s). Early Bird tickets sell out quickly and are only good for that day. Early Bird dates are not announced until one week before we open.

Photography Policy for our “Preferred Photographers”

WTFF will accept 20 photographers to be the exclusive on-site photographers, aka, Preferred Photographers. If you are interested in becoming one of our Preferred Photographers, please fill in the application form. (UPDATE 3/21/19 ALL PREFERRED PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTS ARE FILLED)

  • You pay a one-time Seasonal Site Fee of just $300. (This is down from $600 in 2018). For the price of two all day passes you have unlimited shoots.
  • You may come anytime during business hours and during limited before and after hours throughout the season with an unlimited  number of photo sessions.
  • You are required to purchase entrance tickets for your client(s). It is the photographer’s responsibility to email or print the entrance tickets for their clients for admission to Wicked Tulips.  WTFF staff will not hold tickets at the door for them. Clients cannot enter the tulip field without their ticket.
  • Please note all adult tickets will be sold with 10 tulips, making ticket prices $15. Kids tickets are $3 and do not come with tulips. Please make sure you take this into consideration when you are pricing your service.
  • You can schedule photo shoots during our business hours of 10am to 7pm in addition to limited before and after hours. In addition, at 6pm, we will cordon off an area for you in the u-pick tulips where you can hold photo shoots. We cannot guarantee our other visitors won’t wander in.  If it becomes more of a problem than can be managed, we may need to discontinue it and you will need to work with having some folks in the field. The site fee has been reduced accordingly.
  • You can use approved props after 6pm and before hours.
  • Before hours shoots can be scheduled as early as 9:30am. We will allow you to come in 30 minutes before we open while we are setting up. Please note that if we have an Early Bird morning and yoga class going on you can come in earlier than 9:30 am, but there could be about 250 people in the field. Yoga and Early Bird are weather dependent and are not guaranteed. Early Bird dates are not announced until one week before we open.
  • After hours shoots: You and your clients will be allowed to stay in the field after 7pm until around 7:30 or 7:45 while we close up and get our regular customers to move towards the cashiers tent. As many of you remember from last year, this a lot like herding cats;) We will not be able to offer change after 7:15. If your client only picks the tulips that come with their tickets, checking out will be very simple. They will need to wrap up their flowers and turn in their token. We suggest doing this before the shoot.
  • You, the photographer, will NOT be required to purchase a ticket for yourself or for one photo assistant. Lanyards will be provided.
  • Tickets purchased for your clients with our special link can be used “any day” and allow you and your clients to reschedule your sessions if you choose to because of bad weather, personal conflicts, etc.  
  • You, the photographer, will purchase tickets for clients through a special link. These come from a separate pool of tickets- not the general entrance tickets.  You will email the tickets directly to your clients. This will also make it easier for clients to check in without you being present at the entrance- less stress for you, your clients, and Wicked Tulips.
  • Preferred Photographers are the only photographers who can offer pet photo shoots which are allowed after 7pm. No before hours.  Pets must have an up to date rabies vaccine (copy must be sent/given to WTFF’s staff no later than the day of shoot), be well-behaved, leashed, and picked up after. Photographers are responsible for paying for (or making sure their clients do) any tulips that are damaged during any photo shoot.  
  • We are excited to support other local businesses.  Our goal is to help our Preferred Photographers make money and grow their business each year.
  • Wicked Tulips will promote our Preferred Photographers on wickedtulips.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Wicked Tulips will include your business and contact information on wickedtulips.com so potential clients can contact you directly.
  • Wicked Tulips will provide a coaching session by a professional Business Coach prior to opening day.  Any and all Preferred Photographers and their assistants are welcome to participate.