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Portraits & PHotography*

For Brides, Families, Seniors or even Corporate Groups, what more beautiful backdrop for photos can be found in Nashville? Cheekwood's Botanical Gardens are expertly tended by a full time talented Botanical Staff that keeps the grounds looking beautiful year round. With a variety of Gardens to choose from there are settings for every taste and talent and occasion!


The rental of Cheekwood spaces for events or portraits is considered a membership benefit which requires the person or group hosting the rental to hold a Cheekwood Dual Household level membership or above.  Click here to see Cheekwood Member benefits and levels.


• Cheekwood Members - $200
• Non-Members - $300*
*For Non-Members, Rate will include a Dual Household membership  good for one (1) year.

Cheekwood charges a sitting fee for any pre-planned or posed photography or videography taken on the Cheekwood grounds including (but not limited to): bridal, engagement, pregnancy, birthday, family, senior or prom pictures, and corporate groups. Regular Cheekwood members and visitors that have paid admission are permitted to take photos for personal use of the gardens. Use of pre-planned or posed photographic equipment such as a tripod, light diffuser, etc. is considered a photography session and does require a prior reservation.

If a photography session is observed with no reservation, guests will be asked to pay and sign the photography guidelines in the Special Events Offices before continuing.


Photography & Videography sessions must be booked with at least a 3 day advance notice via this website with the Special Events Department, please see additional info below or click here to fill out a Portrait Sitting Request Form. Mondays and Saturday unavailable.

Please inquire about indoor dressing room facilities availability. All dressing areas are on a first come, first served basis.

A copy of our signed Cheekwood photography guidelines is required upon arrival day of your shoot.

We offer one (1) complimentary, non-weather related rescheduling for your booked photography shoot. Each additional non-weather related rescheduling is a $20 fee. Weather cancellations/ rescheduling can be made no more than 24 hours in advance.

Brides, families, or other groups who hire photographers for Cheekwood sittings are considered the primary beneficiaries of the site rental and purchased membership. Photographers who are current members and are asked to take photographs of clients are not considered the primary beneficiary, and should direct their clients to Cheekwood Rentals and Catering for payment of membership and sitting fees.

Cheekwood brides/grooms or a person with a signed contract for an event held at Cheekwood (4+ hour corporate events included) qualify for one complimentary professional photography session at Cheekwood within one (1) year of the contracted event in addition to any photographs taken day of the event. All Cheekwood photography guidelines apply. Reservation must be made with Special Events Department.

For any additional questions about photography sessions, please contact the Cheekwood Special Events Department at or 615.354.6377.


Photography or videography to be used for marketing, promotional, or public use, or considered a large scale photoshoot on the grounds or in any buildings requires the written consent of the Cheekwood Marketing Department. Please contact Marketing Director, Mary Brenna Corr, for booking of any large marketing photography sessions at or 615.353.6985.

Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.

This mission and the collections may place constraints on the property which you may not encounter elsewhere. We appreciate your understanding and compliance with these guidelines.

*From November 1st, 2016 through the duration of Holiday LIGHTS in January 2017, photography and portrait sessions are available from the hours of 9:30am until 4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday only. All shoots must be off the property no later than 4pm. No afterhours sessions will be available during this time.

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for photos and event information.








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