I have had a camera in my hand since 2006, and I am very passionate about capturing the magic of your family's current season at a Nashville Staple location:  Cheekwood Gardens. This stunning location provides the perfect backdrop for preserving cherished memories in photos.

Let's capture your little ones' smiles, big family bear hugs, Dad jokes, and the joy of being together amidst Cheekwood's picturesque gardens and landscapes.

No matter the time of year, Cheekwood offers a beautiful and unique setting for your family portraits.

Every family deserves quality photos, and I would be honored to work with you to create timeless images at this incredible venue.

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Family Photos at Cheekwood Gardens with Nashville Family Photographer Dolly DeLong


"Dolly captured beautiful images that I will cherish forever. She also was able to capture some of my father's last photos with my son, and I will truly cherish those in my memories. Thank you Dolly!"

Sanders Family

"Dolly was amazing to work with, so understanding and great with kids. The photos turned out beautiful! Her package that includes hair and makeup is a lifesaver and made me feel so much more confident in our photos (even 1 week postpartum)."

Farmer Family

"Dolly is a fantastic photographer and wonderful to work with. I've been trusting her with our family photos for years now, and I never walk away disappointed.  I used to feel very uncomfortable having my picture taken, but Dolly makes each session so genuinely FUN that the smiles come naturally. I can't recommend her highly enough!"

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What You Need Is Less Stress About Family Photos & More Joy About The Family Photography Experience!
Sound good?

For some of you, the idea of hiring hair and makeup for yourself for your photography experience seems a little extravagant...it's not. 

As a mom, I know all too well the time, effort, planning, troubleshooting and fire extinguishing that goes into everyday life...let alone family pictures. I've seen many family session where everyone is polished, happy, and ready to roll. Then I look up and see mom scrambling to slap on some makeup and desperately trying to fix her hair in the visor mirror. 

Imagine being able to nurse your little one while your hair is being gently styled. Or letting Dad run point on the kids in the comfort of your own home, while someone is attending to you. What if you could show up to family photos relaxed, confident, and beaming? Not just "managing". 

This is why I want to serve mamas with the extra convenience of bringing hair and makeup. It's okay for someone to tend to you for a few minutes with the same love and intention you lavish on your family. 

Lady, you are already gorgeous, but I want to indulge you with a little self-care before your Cheekwood session!

Hey mama, can we like chat for a minute?
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Yes, I want this!
Coming soon!
cheekwood in the spring
An extended family session at Cheekwood in the Summer!
cheekwood in summer
A family of four session at Cheekwood!
cheekwood in the fall

Would you like a sneak peek as to what some of my most favorite Cheekwood family sessions & extended family sessions look like? Click on the images below to be taken to the specific blog posts! (Plus, it will give you a good idea as to what sessions look like visually so you can plan out your own Cheekwood Garden Session)!

Check out some of my favorite Cheekwood Sessions on The Blog

Sams Family

"Dolly is simply amazing to work with! We have nothing but good things to say about her professionalism, communication, output, and everything in between. Highly recommend to any family looking for pictures in the Middle TN area!"


"Dolly is a true professional! You will not regret hiring her. She is communicative, great with kids, super knowledgeable and gets your images to you quickly. We have loved her work-- we've used her for our last 4 family photo sessions and I can't imagine using anyone else."

Taylor Family

"Dolly is one of the kindest photographers I’ve ever worked with! She was so patient with my family (including my 6 children 🤣), and of course her work is just beautiful!"

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This is the initial get-to-know-you process where you fill out my contact form, you let me know what type of family photography service you are wanting (maternity, family, or newborn session) and then we begin the process of figuring out which package is best for you!

Step 1: 


After your initial contact form has been processed, we will discuss which package is the best fit for you and your family's milestone portraits. 
I'll send over a contract with two dates (a backup date in the event of a rain day), I will also send a free gift to help you style your family session! No matter what type of session you want there is a $400 permit fee to shoot at Cheekwood.

Step 2: 


This is when we get to plan out your family session with your loved ones! I will be sending you a free family style guide for best inspiration for how to dress for these timeless, radiant, and milestone portraits! If you are needing a professional stylist, I have an amazing Stylist in Nashville I work with so I will pass along her info to you!

Step 3: 


It's time to take your family portraits! I will be sure to send over a "check-list" of items to pack so that the little ones will have a fun experience! 
Also, if you decide on a package which includes a Hair and Makeup Artist, we will arrange a time for them to do your hair and makeup at least 2 hours before the session!

Step 4: 


After your session, I will send over a small sneak peek and will work on editing your gallery. The editing process takes up to 3 weeks since I tend to book out 1-2 months in advance. I have a process down for my family photography clients and I want to ensure that everyone receives their portraits in a timely (and realistic) manner.

Step 5: 


If you are ready to work with me, please fill out the contact form below so that we can start planning your family portrait session at Cheekwood Gardens!
Note: There is a $400 shooting fee to cover the permit at Cheekwood (it will be added on top of your final bill) 

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About the Cheekwood family experience

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For investment details and availability, please send a message using the contact form. I accept a very limited number of family sessions each month and Cheekwood sessions begin at $975
(*yes, this includes the $400 permit fee)

I offer three different family photography packages and you can check them out as soon as you fill out my contact form to start the inquiry process! 

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Let's plan out a polished, elevated & joyful family photo session at Cheekwood!

Inquire about your session today!