Smile for the Camera

775_4589421Where’s the most perfect place to take a photo in Myrtle Beach? Depending on the time and weather, the choices are endless. And, with popularity of “selfies,” anywhere and anytime is possible.

At dawn, when the sun begins to creep up over the ocean, the oceanfront makes a beautiful background. At the end of the day when the sun retires is also an excellent time to take an awesome photo on the beachfront. And, at noon, bright sunshine and blue skies will convey the warmth of the day in any photo.

Beautiful places like the lush gardens of Brookgreen Gardens, the historic ruins of Atalaya Castle and the captivating Cherry Grove Inlet are perennial favorites as places to strike a pose. Here are a few more places to smile for the camera: Myrtle Beach Train Depot, Market Common and the new Boardwalk.

Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, the Myrtle Beach Train Depot was built in 1937 and was beautifully restored and re-opened in 2004. The Depot is now a very fashionable place to hold events and gatherings. At the moment of entry, the great hall, with its exposed wood trusses draped in white lighting, glossy plank flooring, brick walls and sliding freight doors, brings back the glory days of train travel. The Depot’s décor is rustic and authentic. Recognizing its photogenic charm, numerous brides have rented the Depot for their special day’s reception.

More than just an upscaled urban village of shops and restaurants, Market Common is a picture takers delight. Its intricate landscaping and impressive curb appeal provided plenty of opportunity to stop and say, “cheese.” Parked benches, rocking chairs, and flower patches strategically placed throughout the complex make picture taking a snap (pardon the pun). Its ample-sized event area where crisp white arbor columns align a grassy strip lend to any photo op.

To capture fun and excitement of your vacation on film, visit the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk that spans more than a mile down the oceanfront. Shops, restaurants, and the big blue ocean are the props for these photos. The south end of the Boardwalk is the lineal park promenade with benches and natural landscaping. This section offers relaxing views of the beach and passive recreational opportunities. Cameramen won’t have to beg for smiles nor urge for looks of glee because laughter and happiness are fixtures on the faces of those who visit the Boardwalk. The waitstaff at any of the Boardwalk bars and restaurants are well-versed on taking pictures to capture vacation memories.