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5 Stunning Spots in North Carolina Perfect for a Holiday Pic
December 14, 2020

5 Stunning Spots in North Carolina Perfect for a Holiday Pic

by The CE Shop Team

Snap Your Way Through North Carolina’s Beautiful Bounties This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday photos, every family is different. For some, a smartphone snap in front of an expertly decorated mantle will do. For others, it might as well be a National Geographic excursion to the North Pole. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, though, having a beautiful background will make the photo something you’re proud to send to former and future clients. Luckily, the great state of North Carolina is full of amazing buildings and landscapes that make for epic photographs.

Shoot Like a Pro

Before we share the best backgrounds in North Carolina, let’s take a moment to think about photography itself. Photography is an art that every real estate professional should learn a few things about. Now, you don’t have to be the next Ansel Adams, but learning a few photography basics can dramatically improve your photos.

For instance, a basic framing technique like the rule of thirds and shooting during the golden hour can help give your photos that artistic edge over a basic “‘just snap a pic” approach. The best part? You don’t have to learn any special photography lingo, have any special equipment, or dial in any special settings to enact the aforementioned tips. Try it on your holiday photos, your next property listing, or photographs of friends, and keep practicing! And, if you’re unsure where to start shooting, we have a few Carolina gems in mind.

North Carolina’s Photogenic Places

North Carolina is a state just begging to be photographed. From the ocean to the mountains and everything in between, you can’t go wrong taking a holiday photo in many places around the state, especially these:

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5. The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte

The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte is a must-visit for anyone who has been intrigued by the world-renown evangelist for whom the building is named. The barn, with its large glass cross cutout and Christmas decor, is also the perfect place to snap a Christian-themed card for the holidays.

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4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Carteret County

Want to make your more northerly, landlocked family jealous? Head on down to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse for an epic beach shot. You might even come across some of the 100 wild horses that call the area home while you’re down there.

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3. Umstead State Park, Raleigh

For a more natural shot, give Umstead State Park a try. Here, walking paths provide easy access to wooded areas and lakes that are just sublime for the outdoorsy type looking to add a little nature to their brand. From ADA-accessible paths to more moderate hikes, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for here and get your steps in.

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2. Old Salem Heritage Bridge, Winston-Salem

The bridge is perfect for photographs for a few reasons. To start, it’s covered, giving it an unmistakably classic look. Secondly, it has holiday lights hanging from the roof. Lastly, it’s stunning! Put a unique twist on your card with a shot in the bridge.

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1. The Biltmore

We’d be remiss to not mention the Biltmore. As one of the most elaborate and grandiose pieces of real estate in the world, the Vanderbilt-owned Biltmore is the largest private residence in the country. In all of its holiday decor is a sight to behold, so take a day and head on down to the Biltmore for a bit of sippin’ and shootin’.

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