10 Places to Photograph in Nashville, TN!

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RMSP will be in Nashville on February 20th and 21st as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be a fun idea to do a little e-scouting from Montana and give a few suggestions of places to photograph in the area.

To scout from Missoula, we used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed in the area. And don’t forget that you can make any location feel completely new by going at night!

  1. Centennial Park: This is a beautiful 132-acre park with a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens with a 42-foot recreation of the Athena Parthenos statue.
  2. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens:  These gardens are housed on the Cheekwood Estate on the western edge of Nashville. There are 11 specialty gardens including a Japanese garden, herb garden and an award winning wildflower garden. They also have amazing Christmas light displays during the holiday season.
  3. Nashville Zoo: This zoo is unique in that it is on an old historic plantation.You can see over 300 species including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles.
  4. Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge: This is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world at 3,150 feet. A great location to get photos of the Nashville skyline.
  5. Long Hunter State Park: This state park is on the east shore of J. Percy Priest Lake. With over 20 miles of hiking trails on 2,600 acres you’re bound to find some good photo opportunities.
  6. Gateway Boulevard Bridge: This bridge is known for its innovative design. It was built to connect East Nashville with the Downtown area.
  7. Tennessee Waterfalls: Waterfalls are great practice when you’re just learning exposure. Running water and contrasty lighting provide the perfect challenge. There are a few great waterfalls within a couple hours of Nashville listed in the link above.
  8. Radnor Lake: This nature preserve was the first natural area in the state. There are five miles of unpaved trails through the woods around a lake, and if you’re lucky you will get to see some wildlife.
  9. Printers Alley: This alley used to be home to the local publishing industry. It has a lot of character and is now home to some of the best restaurants and bars in Nashville.
  10. Union Station Hotel: Aptly named, this hotel is a former railroad terminal. This is a beautiful place to photograph inside and out. From what I’ve read you can photograph inside as long as the photographs are not for commercial use.

BONUS: Since Nashville’s nickname is ‘Music City’ I think that the bonus has to be to find live music… anywhere you can. There are so many amazing musicians that perform here and live music can be really fun to photograph. This link provides a schedule of music throughout the city.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Nashville that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Nashville, show us your favorites! Post them on our Facebook page, so we can check them out. Make sure to tag the images with “Nashville.”

One thought on “10 Places to Photograph in Nashville, TN!

Jennifer Walker

Thank you for these! I’m a Nashville photographer and I’ve been looking for more places to do portraits.

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