Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend or yourself?

How about the gift of photography lessons?

Tis the season, my friends. People scrambling around, fighting traffic, standing in long lines at the check-out lines, et cetera. All for something that might not fit or they might already have two or three of.

Might I offer up a suggestion that would never be returned and can be used for a lifetime? I’m talking about the gift of photography lessons. I am a professional photographer with almost 30 years of experience in most fields of photography. I’m also a college photography instructor with over nine years of teaching experience at two and four year institutions. I also offer private, one-on-one lessons.

I teach everything from how to get better images from your cell phone, intro to photography, photo composition, gear, basic lighting, et cetera. We then move up the scale up through special topics like working on location, sports/action, wedding, nature/ladscape photography, portraits, advanced lighting techniques, food, table-top product, working with models, off-camera flash, and such.


As you know photography isn’t just about getting a picture to come out right. I also have classes on improving your photo editing skills, using social media, marketing strategies, polishing your portfolio and such.

In all, I teach 23 different college level-photography classes so I know I can help out someone who is just beginning their photographic journey, someone already on the path, and those that have been in the game for a while and just want a refresher or learn a new technique.

So, if you know Santa will be leaving a new camera/cell phone under the tree this year or someone you know is passionate about photography, consider getting them a gift certificate for private photography lessons.

I also offer discounts for small group lessons and workshops.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia-Beach-based portrait photographer and teacher that covers the Hampton Roads community. Contact him today at for all your photographic needs.


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