Throwback/Thoughtful Thursday October 22, 2015.

Reaching back to 2003/4 to revisit Emilie Hart and black and white photography.

Today I’m going back to the days when I had an in-house studio in an unused bedroom. It was small but I loved it. I could shoot in there anytime and then, when we were done, I just closed the door and went on with the day. No hauling gear everywhere, setting it up, tearing it down and lugging it back home. It was always Plan B in the summer in case the weather wasn’t in our favor. Obviously, it was Plan A for those long, cold central New York winter months

I miss it terribly. I still have the lights and backdrop stands. When I get a place with a separate bedroom I believe I’m going to resurrect it.

This is Emily. We got together on a cold day and played. She had an inner glow that I wanted to bring out. These images are a successful capture of that concept.

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There was a day when I thought black and white was king. I was a strong advocate of it. There’s an added sense of depth and gravitas imbedded in a black and white image, in my humble opinion. Over the years color has taken over in my images as it seems to get the most interest and demand from viewers/clients.

Of late I’ve been yearning to return to those days. You may have noted some examples creeping into these updates recently. The inner voice is slowly overtaking the desire to conform with the majority. In today’s sea of oversaturated eye candy of color, a strong black and white image stands out as a quiet note of grace and elegance. Maybe someday I’ll completely convert back to my true, deepest, love.

What do you think? Which version of these images draws your attention more? Which do you prefer?

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community. Contact him today at for your portrait – both color and black and white – needs.


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