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About Mark

Virginia Beach based professional photographer with over 30 years of experience in portraits, sports, photojournalism, and teaching.

Brookelynn’s fashion session in Town Center.

The Virginia Beach newcomer is looking to break into fashion modeling.

Brookelynn has a dream to become a fashion model. She, and her dad, reached out to me to talk about the possibility of doing a session to start building her portfolio. We met at a local bookstore to hash out exactly what she was getting into and what kind of images she would need.

She immediately struck me as someone with the drive to succeed which, as far as I’m concerned, is the most important quality a model can bring to the game. Yes, someone can have the physical attributes to be successful but that simply isn’t enough. If and when the call comes for a shoot, the real model will change their plans to be there. Need to be on the beach at 5am for a sunrise shoot? You need to be there.

I could go on but you get the point. Brookelynn, and her dad, were on time and ready to rock. It was a tad chilly the day of the session but she didn’t voice a word of discomfort the entire time. She didn’t argue when I suggested we take a break for some hot chocolate, but to be honest, I enjoyed a hot beverage myself. Then we were back at it.

She was attentive and very open to suggestions for posing and modeling in general. She was serious but easy to work with and quick with a come back when I said something silly. She more than held her own against the camera which is amazing considering it was her first time with a pro.

I have no doubt that she will go exactly as far as she wants to in this business.

Mark Knopp is, currently, a Virginia Beach- based portrait and fashion photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. He’s moving to Clearwater, Florida soon. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net to book your session today.

A hint of things to come.

I hope everyone had a great Thankgiving.

I’m visiting family and friends in upstate NY until Sunday. I just wanted to share some images from recent sessions that are currently being edited and will be posted soon. Stay safe, enjoy the weekend, and I’ll see you all on the flip side.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach- based portrait and fashion photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net to book your session today.

Anita’s baby bonding photo session with Lilyana.

It is one of the greatest honors and joys to photograph the relationship between a mother and her child.

Ok, this might throw some of you for a curve but I love photographing the relationship between a mother and her baby. There is something so Zen-like about it to me. The lighting is simple, the posing is all natural so no direction is needed. I just move around the pair and photograph those tender, special, sometimes funny, always satisfying moments they share as they strengthen their bond together.

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Yes, there will be soiled diapers. Yes, there will be “woopsies” after a feeding. Doesn’t even phase me. I actually think the faces both make after one of those moments is priceless. It’s all about them and their relationship. The contact, the gazes, the snuggles. The fleeting moments captured and to be cherished forever.

There is something special that happens when a mother feeds her baby. They both share a moment of peace as the little one grabs a finger and catches mom’s eye. Bottle, breast, or a combination of both, feeding time is bonding time. These are moments to savor and moments to preserve.

Anita and her precious four month old allowed me the honor to photograph such moments. For a few moments the world of a new mom was put aside and it was just the two of them enjoying some quiet time.

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This session just felt easy and natural thanks to Mark and the ease he brings to his sessions. These photographs are exactly what I feel in my soul when I tend to my babe… an indescribable, tender love. These images capture that tenderness and the softness of mother and baby bond so perfectly. These sweet moments are so fleeting, and it is so special to me to see them captured so beautifully. They will be treasured forever. – Anita

Mark Knopp is, for now, a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton roads community and beyond. Contact him today at mknopp1(at)cox.net to book your session while he’s still here.

BTS image from 2017 VAFW’s Opening Night.

vafw-2017-opening-night-bts-photoThis image comes from my great friend Naoma Doriguzzi who was stationed behind me during the show Sunday night at Gallery 21. To the right of me is Kevin Higgins, also a great friend, of The Runway Authority and Perimeter Photos.

VAFW 2017 continues with more events Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at various locations in the area. For more information about VAFW click here.

Mark Knopp is, for now, a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton roads community and beyond. Contact him today at mknopp1(at)cox.net to book your session while he’s still here.

The Big Announcement.

Nothing ever stays the same.

Life’s always changing and we must keep up with them, lest we get left behind. As such, after much thought and reflection on several issues, I’ve decided that it’s time to move on.

On December 18th, I will be leaving Virginia and moving to Clearwater/Tampa, Florida. I think this is the best move for a variety of reasons – family, career, and myself.

As such, this is my last month here in Virginia Beach. If you ever thought about booking a session with me, nows the time to do it. Time is very limited. I plan to have all sessions wrapped up by December 4th so that I can have all edited images back to the clients and pack before the big move.

Mark Knopp is, for now, a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton roads community and beyond. Contact him today at mknopp1(at)cox.net to book your session while he’s still here.