About Me

I don’t work with just models. I work to make people feel like models.

My Goal

Photography by Mark, based in Virginia Beach and covering the Hampton Roads community, specializes in unique, stylized portraiture. I live to create portraits that capture unique perspectives of someone. For whatever reason you may want a session – a celebration of an achieved goal, a promotion at work, graduation, reaching a milestone in your life, images for a modeling portfolio, a headshot for work, or just because you want something different for you or that special someone – I want to be the one you reach out to. Thank you for taking the time to look over my site.


My name is Mark Knopp and I am passionate about everything photography. I live and breath it both as an active member in the community and as an instructor of it. As you can see from my work here I specialize in portraits – Fitness, Senior, Couples, Engagement, Environmental, Beauty, Model Portfolios, Headshots, Spots/Action, Fashion, et cetera.

While I love taking pictures in general I get greater satisfaction while working with someone in front of my camera. It is one of my biggest thrills to show someone an image we captured and seeing their reactions.

I still get excited for every shoot I do no matter what it is I’m doing. I figure the day that I don’t will be the day I hang up my camera for good.

While I love studio work I’m absolutely at home out on location – whether it’s the beach, a farm, a museum or anywhere else for that matter. On location offers unique challenges that are never the same thing twice. It keeps me thinking and on my toes.

I live with my Mini Great Dane – aka Dachshund – Oscar.

This blog serves as a platform to share my photographs and photographic-based thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to look over my work. Let me know what you think.


– BFA in Photography from SUNY at Oswego

– 45 credits from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY towards my MFA.

I’ve been teaching photography for the past 8+ years in the Williamsburg/Tidewater areas of Virginia. Currently I’m teaching all aspects of photography at a four year art college.

I have over 7 years of experience working as a photojournalist for local newspapers in upstate New York.


I was born and raised in Oswego, NY but moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in July of 2008. I relocated to Virginia Beach in July of 2013. Right now my life is divided into teaching, shooting and taking care of Oscar.

All images on this site were taken by Mark Knopp unless otherwise credited.

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