Favorite Nashville Locations for Family Portraits | Nashville Family Photographer Dolly DeLong Photography

Favorite Nashville Locations for Family Portraits | Nashville Family Photographer Dolly DeLong Photography 

One of the most common questions I get when planning family portrait sessions is where our portraits should be. Honestly, the best locations are the ones most meaningful to you and your family… but I always have a list of some of my favorite spots in Nashville for portraits. From fun neighborhoods to college campuses or beautiful gardens, there’s something for everyone! Here are a few of my favorite Nashville locations for family portraits!  

Classic Nashville Locations for Family Portraits


For a classic and elegant option, consider Sevier Park or some of the local college campuses like Vanderbilt University. With gorgeous architecture to explore and bring some texture to your portraits, you’ll love these spots in Nashville. You could also consider The Graduate Hotel and The Nashville Pinky AirBnB for somewhere different, too! East Nashville is one of my favorite spots for family photos because it just provides so many unique spots. If you’re looking for somewhere to elevate your family portraits while still feeling like Nashville, I have three great options. The first is the War Memorial. I also love Ravenswood Mansion and Cheekwood Estate. All three give you SUCH classic vibes. 


Looking for some pops of bright and bold colors for your family photos? Consider Downtown Nashville around the murals and 12th South. They’re so much fun and a great way to infuse some extra color into your photos. I also love the East Nashville Greenhouse. Between the green plants and bright décor, it’s perfect for a bright but relaxed vibe for your portraits. 


If your family loves time in the outdoors, you might want to consider a more rural look. Some of my favorite farms around Nashville are great for active families. I love visiting Harlinsdale Farm, Menkveld Lavender Farms, Country Cove Christmas Farm, and Ellington Ag Center.  These locations will provide us with stunning views at golden hour – and are always fun to let kids run around during our session. We can also check out Arrington Vineyards for another rural option, too!  

When it comes time to choose your portrait location, consider what makes your family unique. Ask yourself what you enjoy doing together and how you spend your time. This will definitely help you narrow down the location options available! If you don’t see something on this list that makes you excited, that’s okay! I always love exploring new options that are meaningful to you and your family! 

Note: Some locations mentioned in this list may require permits to photograph your session there. Please let me know where you’re interested in having portraits upon booking so we can prepare accordingly!

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Meet Your Friendly Nashville Family Photographer & Systems + Workflow Educator

a dad mom and toddler son are all smiling at eachother at a lavender farm by Erin Fox photography in Nashville

Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & branding photographer and a creative business owner who educates other family photographers on how to best streamline their family photography business by using powerful automation tools in order to find the JOY in workflows and systems.  Dolly loves serving families, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography.  And, she also loves educating other creative business owners on how to set up systems and workflows that will ultimately help them save time in their business-she does this by producing weekly blog posts and weekly podcast episodes on The Systems & Workflow Magic Podcast. 

She has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Dubsado, Email Marketing, and Business Systems with new creative business owners & family photographers in an encouraging and supportive way because she believes that anyone can find joy in automation! Plus BONUS: Systems is where the MAGIC happens!

Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.

Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), loves eating way too many sweets, and listens to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, fill out her contact form here.

Interested in learning how to best automate a part of your business but you have no clue where to begin? Check out www.dollydelongphotography.com/automate to begin your automation journey today!

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