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Photography & Film

General Visitor Photography

Photography and Film at Cheekwood

Photography is allowed in all locations at Cheekwood. Temporary exhibitions may limit photography privileges. Tripods and flash photography are not permitted in the Historic Mansion & Museum. The use of drones and selfie sticks are prohibited in all areas.

Commercial Photography & Film

Photography and Film at Cheekwood

Commercial photography at Cheekwood is defined as images created in or of the Cheekwood property that any individual or organization intends to use for commercial, professional, advertising, or promotional purposes, including but not limited to film or television, advertising, retail merchandising, marketing, portfolio, styled shoot, educational or published material, or any purpose for which the photographer is paid for the use of the image or video. Fees for commercial photography and filming are determined on an individual basis. For more information, contact Cheekwood at 615-354-6377 or specialevents@cheekwood.org at least five days before your desired session date.

Portrait Photography

Photography and Film at Cheekwood

Cheekwood charges a session 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. A copy of our signed Cheekwood photography guidelines is required prior to your session date. Please choose a date and time, including a backup choice, when requesting a photography session. Our hours of operation should be referenced when choosing a date. Any session booked afterhours will incur an afterhours fee. We request three days advance notice for all portrait sessions. All portrait sessions include a 3-hour session. Walk-up photo sessions will not be accepted.

Portrait Photography Fee

Cheekwood Members: $200
Non-Members: $300*
After Hours Fee: $100
*Non-members will receive a dual Cheekwood membership good for one year with their photography session.

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Additional Information about Portrait Photography

– Portrait photography sessions must be booked at least three days in advance. Walk-up photo sessions will not be accepted.
– Indoor dressing room facilities are available on a first come, first-serve basis.
– The portrait photography booking fee includes admission for up to 6 guests’
– We offer one complimentary, non-weather-related rescheduling for your booked photography session. Each additional non-weather-related
– Any session that lasts past 5 pm will incur an additional $100 afterhours security fee (sessions booked for 2:01 pm or later will automatically be charged). During the months of November – January, any session booked past 4 pm will incur an afterhours fee
– The client(s) who hire photographers for Cheekwood sessions are considered the primary beneficiaries of the session/booking and complimentary 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 the Special Events Department for payment of membership and session fees

– The photographer is not permitted to gain membership for these sessions or use personal membership when booking a photography session
– Any client with a signed contract for an afterhours, private event held at Cheekwood qualifies for one complimentary professional photography session at Cheekwood within one year of the contracted event in addition to any photographs taken day of the event.  Reservation must be made with Special Events Department.
-Cheekwood does not have an onsite photographer. Please reach out to the Special Events Department if photographer recommendations are needed. All Cheekwood photography guidelines apply. Reservations must be made with the Special Events Department.
-Cheekwood does not have an onsite photographer. Please reach out to the Special Events Department if photographer recommendations are needed.

Full Photography Guidelines

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