Christina’s Virginia Beach fashion session.

Things don’t always go as planned and we’re both good with that.

Christina is no stranger to my camera. We play well together as she’s a natural. She is a beauty in the classic Hollywood starlet way and can go from fishy face to smoldering in a heartbeat. She also has curves for days which I absolutely love. You can see images from our previous session on my boudoir site here.

We recently got together again here in Virginia Beach to create more images the same vein, but, as the title suggests, things didn’t go as planned.

I wanted to get a couple headshots for practice so we started with two lights and a black background. She, as the Madonna song goes, gives great face. I then backed up and started getting half and three quarters body shots. And then we were off to the races.

We had a blast. So much so that we lost track of time and the original plan went out the window. It was near the very end of the session when we realized we never actually did a single “boudoir” image. Yes, she wore lingerie, but the lighting and set up really wasn’t the standard boudoir style.

It turned out to be a fashion session which we were both pleased with. Which is why I’m posting these images here this morning. I’ve always said you need a plan going into a session but should remain flexible to changes if something better comes up. This right here is a great case in point. We had a plan for boudoir but then ended up doing fashion.

Gotta go with the flow and see where it takes you.

Which is why, during a portrait session, I always suggest bringing a lot of outfits in all styles. At the very least there should be six outfit styles brought to a session:

– Jeans/White shirt

– Business

– Dressed up. Like going out on a Saturday night dressed up.

– Casual. Not sweatpants and sweatshirt level – khakis and polo short level casual.

– Seasonal

– Outfits for the shoot we are planning to do.

This way we are ready for anything. Heading to the beach for a beach session but see wonderful light in that corn field? Put on the jeans and the shirt and lets go. See something special in Town Center? Put on the business or dress up outfit and lets rock. See how it works?

Granted, planning on boudoir and jumping to fashion is a bit extreme but that’s why people like Christine are so special. They can make the jump look effortless. I can’t wait to team up with her again and see where we go next.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait, fitness, commercial, and boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mknopp1(at) with any questions you might have or to book your session today.


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