The return of Gwen for a sunrise session at Virginia Beach.

This woman always amazes me and why I prefer sunrise sessions.

What’s it like to work with Gwen? Well, as the line goes in the movie – “We’s like peas and carrots.” She and I compliment each other when it comes to all things photographic. Every time we get together it’s like reuniting with my other creative half. We are always on the same plane. In short – it’s like a homecoming.

Anyone strong enough to put up with my craziness for as long as she had deserves a medal. Not only has she but she keeps coming back for more. Gotta love her for that.

gwen cruz virginia beach sunrise session with mark knopp 4

People ask me what it’s like to do a sunrise session and my response is “Awesome.” All the benefits of a sunset session with the added benefits of a lot less people around to contend with. The winds tend to be quieter, there’s no traffic to contend with, and it’s the coolest part of the day. What’s not to love?

Granted, I know it’s not for everyone. Let’s say that the sun is set to rise at 5:30. This means we have to meet at, say, 4:30. We have to get on site, go through outfits, set up the gear, and start shooting warm-up shots.

The whole point of this is to be ready with the best possible outfits ready to go and the posing is on point so we are ready for when the big show happens. After the sun rises the lighting actually gets worse. We keep on shooting but the clock is really ticking now. It’s like the Daytona 500 – it’s the biggest show for Nascar but it’s at the start of the racing season. After that, interest drops off.

Typically we are done shooting by 7-ish.

Because of the compressed time issue at the start of the sunrise session I like working with someone I’ve worked with before. They know what I expect, how to move, what to watch for, et cetera. If someone that is new to me wants to give it a try I would suggest a more typical sunset session first. There I can show them the posing tips and tricks, figure out what looks best on them, teach them about lighting, and such. After that session then they get green-lighted for a sunrise session.

Here are more examples from my latest session with the amazing Gwen. She rocks sunrise and sunset sessions. Actually, she just rocks.


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