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Towns to Photograph: Manteo, NC

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Marshes Light: Manteo, NC photo by Allison Parrish

I will admit, I’m a little biased towards this town. I’ve been going to this town every year since I was probably about 5 or 6. My grandparents live there and it is the quintessential small town. Manteo is a small town on the coast of North Carolina. It’s considered part of the Outer Banks. If you know your history, then you know that Manteo is located on Roanoke Island and that Roanoke Island is home to the Lost Colony. Now, you’re wondering, what does this have to do with photography? Well, Manteo is very suited for photography, with so much history and sitting right on the water, there are many backgrounds and interesting sites to photograph. Hey, even the tourists are fun to photograph during the summer months. During the summer, Manteo is streaming with tourists (and those of us regulars) who walk around taking in the sites and history. The architecture of Manteo is unique in that you have your basic beach structures with elevated buildings (you know just in case a hurricane happens to pop in) to buildings that are remodeled after the Elizabethan era (such as The Pioneer Theatre). There is a dock that surrounds the waterfront of Manteo that is perfect for taking pictures of loved ones as they look out towards Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills (you can even see Jockey’s Ridge from certain areas). Manteo is even a sought out place for weddings.

With so much history and just a touch of quirkiness and small town homey-ness, Manteo is a perfect place to photograph for travel, fun, or even something special such as engagements or weddings. The locals are so nice (I should know, I’m related to a couple of them) that it really would be a trip worth taking and remembering.


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