Jennifer Pascual’s first beach portrait session.

Time’s starting to run out for your beach portrait session.

I know some of you are wondering what’s up as I never post new work on a Monday afternoon. Well, truth be told, I’ve been slacking on publishing new work lately as this is my busy season with photo sessions, teaching classes at college, and various other reasons. For this I humbly apologize and offer up this rare treat to correct this.

Another reason literally hit me in my face when I took Oscar out for his first walk this morning. As soon as I stepped out I could feel a distinct change in the air. It was significantly cooler than the past month or so and a lot less humid. I was, to be honest, a little chilled.

A quick look at the calendar pointed out the obvious – it’s late august. Labor Day is just two weeks away.


Holy crap.


Now granted the weather in Virginia Beach stays warm for a bit after Labor Day but still. Of course actual Labor Day weekend is the worst time to try and work on a beach anywhere in the country – with the possible exception of the Artic Circle – so that already knocks one whole weekend off the availability list. The countdown of usable days at the beach is in full swing.

If you’ve been thinking about booking a session for yourself or with your significant other now is the time to do it. I can’t stop time or add a couple extra spots to a finite amount of days.

Jennifer Pascual did contact me recently for a beach session. She wants to become a model but needed to build a portfolio. When she decided to add a beach component to her book, she reached out to me.

Now, granted, she IS a model, but that’s not the only group I work with. I have had  women, men, moms, fitness enthusiasts, senior portraits, couples, and engagement sessions at various beaches in the community. As a matter of fact I recently completed a beach session, swimsuit included, with a stunning 50 year old women who had never done one before but it was on her bucket list. She was amazing.

The point is, anyone can and should do it. There’s a pre-session consult where we go over what kind of images you’re looking for, what to bring, et cetera. Hair and make-up will be provided so you’ll get the full model experience.

I make the sessions fun and informative. I will teach you how to pose to show you off in the best ways. I will capture those moments that are magical and unique. It goes without saying you will receive images that are art portfolio level which will make your family and friends slightly envious when they compare their cookie cutter images to yours.

Like Jenn’s images here and throughout the site. We hit it off so well we immediately booked another session to expand on what we got here. Those images will be shown at a later date.

But that’s the thing with these sessions. Mot people can’t stop at just one. Once they’ve done it once, they want to go again. And again.

Fair warning – these sessions are addictive.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him today at for your portrait needs, if you’d like to lean more about photography, or modeling.

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