Brace Yourself: Lavender Season Is Coming

Are you ready to photograph some lavenders? Do you know when and where to go? Here is the answer and everything else you would like to know.

Personally I like videos with a huge amount of practical information on photography locations. That is why I made this video on photographing lavenders.

Last summer I went on a fantastic but fast tour down through Europe with the goal of photographing some lavenders in Southern France. Our tour took us through some absolutely breathtaking landscapes, which in themselves could have been our goal. We did however land in Provence after four days on the road. The sight that met us was actually very surprising considered I had already seen several photos from the lavender fields of Valensole. Valensole is a small town in Provence and the surrounding landscapes are full of the characteristic fields of lavenders, which makes for some very simple, yet strong photos.

In this video I’ll show you several locations to photograph the lavenders in the region, as for you to be prepared. There are many other locations and compositions to be had in the area besides those I show. It is just about exploring!

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19 Comments

Kai Hornung's picture

I hate you. Because I just returned from a one week photo trip from the great island of Madeira. And now you make me want to head right off again to shoot lavender fields.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Haha thank you and you're welcome, Kai! Looking forward to seeing what you brought home!

Hey again Mads Peter! Because of your video and help, we will be heading to the place you suggested to shoot the lavender in 4 weeks! Thanks again for the help and the awesome video.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

You're most welcome Idan! Remember to spend some more time in the area exploring other locations. I know Elia Locardi has some incredible lavender photos from Valensole too, but from another location :)

Aritz Atela's picture

Another very inspiring and educational video. This time from this unique area on earth. Been last year and returning this June again. I looked for another spots. Hope they come out fine on photo. There’s something about this place that keeps wanting me to go back. Very helpful article and video Mads ;)

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

You're most welcome, Aritz! Yes, it is indeed a special place. Would love to return too!

Hans Aslaksen's picture

Another great and inspiring article Mads!!

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thank you very much, Hans :)

Mads, are there any access issues for these farms? Guides? Fees? If it were my field, I'd be concerned with so many photographers tramping around my field.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

From my observations no, there's a little "by the road" shop with lavender stuff next to that main location I show and I'd recommend buying something, but for all, I could see there are no problems entering the fields. They are however not happy about the drones.

Yes, those killer drones! Thanks for this video. I'm shooting a lavender farm here in Utah in July. This got me excited to go shoot it.

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Haha yeah, apparently France seem to be a bit strict on the drones...

Stefano Chiarelli's picture

Maybe we crossed each other somewhere there ;) great video

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thanks a lot! We might have :)

Scott Spencer-White's picture

Boom! What a shot! Can't wait - good heads up!

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

Thanks a lot and you're welcome :)

fred lefeuvre's picture

A tip from a southern french man : dear tourist, do not miss the Gorges du Verdon, an amazing canyon with deep turquoise water, 10 kilometers (do the math for miles) from the lavender fields. IMO is it even better

Mads Peter Iversen's picture

That's a great tip! I've heard about flamingos in the area too?

fred lefeuvre's picture

You can find some in Hyeres or in Camargue maybe, that's not that close, not to far neither