Despite what the calendar says, location portrait sessions continue.

There is no real “off-season” here in Virginia Beach.

The main reason I moved down here over eight years ago was the nice climate. Where I’m from snow flies before Halloween and lasts until May. Count it out on your fingers – that’s six months that snow could fall. And let me tell you, it falls. My hometown averages 140 inches of the white stuff every year.

Let me repeat that – averages 140 inches. 12 feet of the white stuff. We’d close up shop by late September and wouldn’t poke our heads back outside until at least mid-May.

Here is southeastern Virginia it really doesn’t get cold and it doesn’t stay cold for long. There are spans of time where it might only get to 50 but then, when the conditions line up right, we suddenly get a spat of 70-75 degree days. Thanks to technology we can see those days coming ahead of time and make plans.

Take, for example, Sean here. He reached out to me about doing a fitness session at the beach recently. A quick scan of the local forecasts showed that it would warm up over the coming weekend so we made plans.

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It was, admittedly, a little breezy and there was no chance of getting into the water but it still worked out wonderfully. You couldn’t tell that the images were shot in mid-July or mid-October. The beach is the beach and light is light no matter what date it is on the calendar.

Sean rocked, of course. The images show that.

To take it a step further, I just did a fashion session with an up-and-comer this past weekend at Town Center here in Virginia Beach. It was a little too cold to be at the beach but the sun was warm and the light was amazing in the hub of the city. Keep an eye out for those images soon.

So, if you’re thinking it’s too late to get a session in during this time of year I humbly suggest you might be wrong. There are plenty of things we can do now. Fall is a lovely time of year with endless possibilities for a portrait session. There will also be warm days in winter, I promise. There’s always the option of shooting indoors, too.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community. Contact him today at for your portrait needs or if you would like lessons in photography/modeling.


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