Venus Flytrap Trail, Carolina Beach State Park

I’ve always wanted to check out the Venus Flytrap trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Thank you for the opportunity & photo credits. Read the full story about these incredible plants here.
Venus flytraps grow close to the trail at Carolina Beach State Park. PHOTO COURTESY LAUREN DUNCAN – SPECTRUM NEWS 1

What You Need To Know

  • Venus flytraps are only found in the wild within about 70 miles of Wilmington, North Carolina
  • The carnivorous plants are protected by the state and in consideration for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act
  • You can see Venus flytraps in the wild at Carolina Beach State Park, near Wilmington
  • The park gives guided tours along the Flytrap Trail every Saturday from March until early November
Venus flytraps are only found in the wild within about 70 miles of Wilmington, North Carolina. PHOTO COURTESY LAUREN DUNCAN – SPECTRUM NEWS 1

2020, That’s all folks!

2020 was quite a year! I’m happy to report we exceeded our goals and expectations, despite the setbacks all small business owners suffered.

The Numbers Are In:
130 New Listings
  34 Virtual & 3D Tours
More than 500 properties marketed

2020 Instagram Top 9 @GoldStarPhoto
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Real Estate Photography

Special offer to realtors in the Triangle area, announcing our relocation to Durham from Myrtle Beach.

To let my work speak for itself, I am offering new clients $20 off your first listing photography session!

We’ve been in business 5 years and photographed over 500 properties, including 75 virtual 3D tours & video walkthroughs.

Canoeing on the Congaree River


2017 (c) Gold Star Creative
Congaree National Park – Congaree National Park credits Share the Experience, Dot Shiva – Date taken: August 27, 2016

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.

Congaree National Park
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Collector’s Cafe Catches Fire

We had already heard the fire engines from our home, 5 blocks away, when a call from the newsroom came in. That’s never a good sign.

Collectors Cafe & Gallery was damaged in a fire on July 16. Myrtle Beach fire crews worked to battle the blaze near 77th Avenue North. THE SUN NEWS, MYRTLE BEACH – BY PROVIDED BY LAUREN EMPEY
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Why & How we are Working During Covid

After careful consideration, we will remain open and available for hire during this pandemic.

Many photographers in my field did in fact stop working in occupied homes or altogether for their own personal reasons.

I felt it was my duty to help service homeowners and realtors that want or absolutely need to sell their properties.

Staying Safe

It is my policy to wear a mask and gloves at all properties from the moment I arrive until I leave.

Whether I touch a light switch or need to enter through a public space, such as an elevator, I consider this an essential safety measure for my clients and my health.

NAR Survey Finds Nearly 1 in 4 Home Sellers Changed How Their Home is Viewed on the Market Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

News Release – March 12, 2020 – National Association of Realtors®

Silver Linings

During this difficult time, realtors and homeowners can find comfort knowing that our virtual services will provide the highest level of marketing with the lowest level of contact and in-person showings.

By using a 3D virtual tour or video walkthrough on your listing, buyers can visually explore the property at their own pace, from their own home.

I am happy to report we have successfully helped many elderly and 2nd home owners sell their properties quickly, even during this pandemic.

“My house was on the market for 10 days, on the 10th day, I had 4 offers, and I actually sold my house for more money than we had it on the market for… 20,000 dollars more than asking price!”

I’m so happy we could help you Mrs Huggins. Receiving testimonials like this make it all worthwhile!

Click here to view Rita’s 3D virtual home tour.

“Your marketing rocked! I got two calls from the video.”

Lori Lentz-Widner Real Estate
This new listing hit the market with our branded photo & video package, skyrocketing it’s online traffic, producing real results.
In less than 24 hours, the realtor had multiple offers to present and was under contract. Only 14 days later, the homeowners closed and walked away with every penny of their asking price, 200k!
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281 Nature Trail, Little River, SC 29566 – MLS 2001208

Happy 4th Anniversary Gold Star!

2019 was our biggest year yet with more than 100 new listings.
2020 will be even bigger!

404 Listings
  48 Virtual Tour Videos
  40 clients
  20 in first 20 days of 2020

2019 (c) Gold Star Creative
2019 Instagram Top 9 @GoldStarPhoto

Thank you to all our clients and mentors (who are often both at the same time), together we push each other to new heights.

Feature: Myrtle Beach Bounces Back from Dorian

‘What’s Dorian?’: Myrtle Beach back to business as usual after little damage

It was business as usual in Myrtle Beach on Friday following Hurricane Dorian.

Despite the strong winds and flooding the area experienced when Dorian slammed the South Carolina coast on Thursday, residents were out and about on the beach, either soaking up the sun, exercising, seashell hunting or using metal detectors to discover what washed up along the shore.

Photo by Lauren Empey, for The Sun News
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