We don't start take any reservations for timeslots in our field until sometime AFTER the 4th of July. When we can tell what the schedule will be, we will post about it on our online platforms and then will open booking to everyone a few days later.
The earliest the field is ready for pictures would be mid-July and the latest that it typically still looks nice is mid-august. That is the window of possibility, but it doesn't bloom for that whole time span. The best "full bloom" experience only last about 10-15 days. The hotter the weather the shorter the bloom window. The longest window we have had was just under 3 weeks.
Anyone is welcome to sign up for timeslot, once we open them. We have had everyone in every walk of life book times with us from a mom with a smart phone, to many true, trained professionals. Photographers can snag spots and then offer their services to clients for the time they selected, OR other times individuals grab a time and then hire one of their favorite professionals that can match up the scheduled timeslot.
Basically, if you are purchasing a timeslot, we are expecting that you ARE the photographer or plan to FIND one on your own. Or you would be welcome to walk the field WITHOUT a photographer, just to enjoy the experience. But to be abundantly clear and prevent disappointment later, it is important to note that our team at Half Moon Blooms does not intend to do any photos for you.
As much as we would LOVE to accommodate all photographers by opening up the option to schedule earlier in the summer that is just not feasible and mother nature is not one to be put on a timeline. We wait until we know with certainty that blooms are about to burst forth before opening up bookings. This practice helps us guarantee that we will have a top-quality background for you and not a solid green field nor a crusty brown over ripe view either. This means from when bookings open until the first set of session timeslots can be as few as just a couple days.
Once we know our timeline to open our calendar, the first 24hours of booking will be ONLY available to those that are intending to book a lengthy timeslot of two hours. This is primarily intended for photographers that want to offer back-to-back mini-session style photoshoots to multiple families or clients. We book them first because we cannot squish the larger block in once the evenings are broken up into smaller timeslots. After this 24hour head start has passed, we then open to anyone wanting to book an individual session timeslot. Individual timeslots are intended for one family/client + one photographer. If a photographer would like to book more than one family but less than a big 2-hour block, they are welcome to select multiple timeslots on the calendar. Large groups or special circumstances that don't fit traditional timeslot options will need to be addressed with HMB team PRIOR to booking.
All of these services come at a cost, because our time and the work we do to coordinate timeslots and prepare for you have value. When booking a spot with us you are given full access to an amazing experience that is unlike anything else available. If you look at pictures below from past seasons can see it is truly magical, and well worth the fees to cover our efforts.
We have not set pricing for 22 season yet. Please check back here soon for more details.