Arlandra Taylor returns to the beach to celebrate her birthday.

The reasons to do a session with me are as varied as the people I work with.

Arlandra is no stranger to my camera. We have known each other since one faithful sunrise session four years ago. She was part of a group of models that worked with a group of photographers of which I was one. She stood out in my mind and I must have made a favorable impression because we started doing one on one sessions soon after.

She radiates a confidence that is second to none and she can MOVE. She makes it look so effortless as she glides from pose to pose with a million different moments in between. If I were to ever have a model workshop to teach those looking to start a career in the field, she would be on the very short list of people I want there to show the students how it’s done. She just knows how to hold herself and maintain such a strong presence.

Arlandra Taylors sunrise beach fashion beauty portrait session in Virginia Beach by Mark Knopp

This time around was something a little extra special. Her 21st birthday was coming up and she wanted a session as part of her celebration. I never need a reason to work with her and jumped at the opportunity.

People come to me looking for images for a variety of reasons. Of course senior portraits, engagement sessions, couple’s sessions, model sessions, getting images done for that someone special and such are a given.

Of late, however, people want to do sessions as a celebration of birthdays, promotions at work, just got a raise, just achieve a personal fitness goal, just broke up with someone, just got a divorce (what a way to show them, eh? Their loss.), an anniversary of some sort, et cetera.

Heck, I’ve had a couple of people tell me that they did it as a spur of the moment thing just for the hell of it. Life’s too short not to try something you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t for a variety of reasons. One person said she did it just because it was a Tuesday. I had a good laugh at that one.

Perhaps the best reason to do one is just to splurge a little on yourself. You deserve it, you work hard for what you have. Enjoy a special thing just for yourself and have a memento or 2 that you can cherish for years to come. I mean, come on, life is too short not to enjoy something indulgent once in a while.

We can do a beach session or something somewhere else. you tell me what you’re looking for and we come up with a game plan to achieve that. I’m open to all ideas and, of course, have quite a few of my own.

Contact me for your session today and, as always, feel free to comment on the images here.


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