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 Shoots

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, 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 shoot.

Portrait Photography

Photography and Film at Cheekwood

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. A copy of our signed Cheekwood photography guidelines is required upon arrival day of your shoot. 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. We request 3 days advance notice for all portrait sittings. All portrait sittings include a 3-hour session. Walk-up photo sessions will not be accepted. All photo sessions must be booked 3 days in advance.

Portrait Photography Fee

Cheekwood Members: $200
Non-Members: $300*
After Hours Fee: $100
*Non-members will receive a Family Two 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.
– Indoor dressing room facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
– 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.
– 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. Booking fees are nonrefundable.
– Any shoot that last past 5 pm will incur an additional $100 after hours security fee (sessions booked for 2:01 pm or later will automatically be charged).
– 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 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.

Full Photography Guidelines

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