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For Brides, Families, Seniors or even Corporate Groups, what more beautiful backdrop for photos can be found in Nashville? Cheekwood 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!

Cheekwood Photography Policies
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.

Sitting Fees
• Non-Member $230
• Single Member $185
• Dual Member $170
• Single Household $160
• Dual Household Members and Higher $150
*For Non-Members, Rate will include a Dual Household membership ($80)

Cheekwood charges a sitting fee for any professional photography or videography taken on the Cheekwood grounds; including bridal, pregnancy, family, senior pictures, and corporate groups. Regular Cheekwood Members and Visitors that have paid admission are permitted to take photos for personal use. Use of professional photographic equipment such as a Tripod, Light Diffuser, etc. is considered Professional Photography and does require reservation. If professional photography is observed with no reservation guest will be escorted off premises. Photography or videography to be used for Promotional or Public Use requires the written consent of the Cheekwood Marketing Department.

Photography & Videography sessions must be booked in advance with the Special Events Department, please see additional info below or click here to fill out a Portrait Sitting Request Form.

All photography sessions are in outside venues only and must be booked through the Rentals Department using attached portrait sitting request form. For an additional fee the client may use indoor facilities to change in but this must be booked through the Rentals Department.
We offer one complimentary, non-weather related rescheduling. Each additional non-weather 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. Photographers who hold memberships and take professional 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 with a signed contract are entitled to One complimentary professional photography session at Cheekwood. It can be used up to 6 months before or after the Wedding takes place; all other regulations and guidelines apply. Reservation must be made with Special Events Department.

Contact the Cheekwood Special Events Department at or 615.353.6377 or

Click here to fill out a Portrait Sitting Request Form.

Photography Guidelines
We appreciate your understanding that Cheekwood is first and foremost a cultural arts center and a botanical garden which exists for the benefit of the public. This mission may place constraints on the property which you may not normally encounter. We appreciate your understanding of the extra care and occasional extra cost involved to ensure our properties continue to be available for public enjoyment.

Please be courteous of Cheekwood visitors. The client may not monopolize a site or inhibit access to a site.

Photography session hours are generally from 9:30 AM-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. Availability is contingent on Cheekwood’s schedule of events. Fridays and Saturdays generally tend to be unavailable due to wedding ceremonies.

Cheekwood is closed on Mondays.

The client has use of the grounds for exterior photos only. Any client or photographer attempting to take photos in a building will be removed from the premises by Cheekwood Security. Any payments made to Cheekwood will not be refunded.

No plants, art, or other exhibit items may be removed, moved, or covered for any reason. Cheekwood cannot be held responsible for any exhibits which may occur during your event.

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