Top 7 Tips for Taking Insta-Worthy Vacation Photos

With social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you’re looking for a place for some awesome Insta-worthy photos, you won’t be disappointed with what the Outer Banks has to offer! Even if you never post them, it’s nice to have an album chock full of beautiful sights and memories to cherish in years to come. If you’re looking for tips on how to take your vacation photos like a pro, just keep on reading! READ MORE

Great Places To Take Outer Banks Photos

Outer Banks photos

Keep the Camera at the Ready

The beautiful beaches and sea breeze that are so wonderful on the Outer Banks are why so many people visit and come back year after year. And there is a lot to be said for that; we would never disagree that perfect sand and refreshing ocean air makes for a great place to vacation.

At some point though, other interests may crop up. We thought we could help that process along by making some suggestions for other things to do—this time for photographers.

These are just some general ideas about places where good Outer Banks photos may be waiting. They are by no means the only places.

The Obvious

Any BeachThis seems almost too obvious, but it has to be listed.

Depending one how good the camera is, there can be some great action shots on a busy day in the summer; kids body surfing, a mom or dad taking a baby into the water for the first time, skim boarders…the list is pretty much endless.

Most of this type of photography can be done very well with a phone camera. Some of these shots, though, may take some form of telephoto or zoom lens, and that will require a little better camera than typically comes with a cellphone.

However, don’t overlook an early morning visit to the beach to catch a sunrise. There are so many colors and they are so subtly arranged that no painting could ever do it justice.

Or—a full moon over a calm sea is spectacular.

Jockey’s Ridge
Looking for an iconic Outer Banks sunset picture? Go to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.

The top of Jockey’s Ridge provides a 360 degree view of the Outer Banks. To the west, the dune slopes gradually to Roanoke Sound, and the sunsets from the top of the hill are the stuff of legend.

During the day there is plenty to see as well. Jockey’s Ridge is where Kitty Hawk Kites has their hang gliding school and, especially late spring through early fall there is almost always a class on the dune.

Jockey’s Ridge is also one of the finest places in the world to fly a kite. Some great shots are just waiting to be recorded.

Whalehead Club
Looking for an iconic Outer Banks sunset picture? Go to the Whalehed Club in Corolla.

Wait a minute…didn’t we just say that about Jockey’s Ridge? Yes we did, but that’s not the only place to get a great sunset shot.

Nestled along the banks of Currituck Sound, the Whalehead Club is an iconic and beautiful example of art nouveau architecture. The grounds are meticulously maintained and there are a number of places at the site where beautiful shots of the main building, boathouse or footbridge are calling out to be taken.

The Whalehead Club is immediately adjacent to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. A suggestion for a memorable Outer Banks image is to take a picture across the boat basin toward the lighthouse.

The Not So Obvious

Oregon Inlet
Recognizing that not everyone has a 4WD vehicle or wishes to pay the National Park Service beach driving fee, we’re going to recommend the south side of Oregon Inlet. The north side with its dynamic tidal flow, salt flats and hundreds of fishermen is great as well, but the south side is free and not as well known.

The parking lot is just past the south end of the Bonner Bridge on the east side of the road. There is a path at the north end of the parking lot that parallels the waters of the inlet.

The somewhat dilapidated building at the site was at one time the Oregon Inlet Lifesaving Station until the Coast Guard was created and then became part of the USCG. It was in active use until 1988 when the new Oregon Inlet was competed on the north side of Oregon Inlet.

There are some plans to restore the building, built in 1898, but funding is not currently available.

However, the possibilities for photography are endless.

Continue walking east and the beach comes to a clear point where the ocean and inlet meet. There is always a lot of boat traffic through the inlet and some great shots are waiting to be taken.

Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Fish Kiss: Memory Monday August 3, 2015.

Fish Kiss

Special thanks to Rachel Moore or Silver Spring, Maryland who provides us this week’s Memory Monday photo submission!   Rachel and her family stayed with Outer Banks Blue in Nags Head in the Vacation Rental property “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem,” and sends us this adorable picture from one of her crew visiting the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and having an up close experience with one of the fish there.

Thanks Rachel for sharing your photo memories.   We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.

All the best from the beach!
By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Welcome to June!: Memory Monday June 1, 2015.

Welcome to June!

Today we welcome you to June with this week’s Memory Monday.  Today’s photo submission is brought to us by Sara Zucker of Greenlawn, New York who stayed with us at Outer Banks Blue at the property Loonie Dunes, which is now known at “Sunburst” in Nags Head.

Sara delivers several photos to give us an idea of the memories made during her family’s last visit to the OBX!

Thanks Sara for your photo memories.  We look forward to serving you and your family again soon!

All the best from the beach!
By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services