Category Archives: Black and White

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.

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.

Hope Roach’s portrait session at First Landing.

The Norfolk-based model is looking to break into the commercial and editorial market.

It is always a joy to work with someone new to the world of modeling. To watch someone start out on their journey, figure out where they fit in the modeling spectrum, and work hard towards their dream is very inspiring. Hope is on such a journey and it was my honor to work with her during our recent portrait session.

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Cassidy Burnett’s Virginia Beach fashion shoot.

Read on to learn about The Model Experience sessions.

Cassie was one of the models who walked the catwalk during the recent Town Center Fashion Show. You can see those images here. We started communicating via social media soon after. She’s just starting out her modeling career and I’m getting back into fashion photography so it made perfect sense to team up.

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Eileen is my Throwback Thursday with a twist.

Also – there’s still plenty of nice days for beach portrait sessions left in the season.

Before I get into Eileen’s inspirational story I want to take a moment to point out that there’s still time to book a outdoor portrait session. As I write this, the forecast for the day is calling for highs in the upper 80’s with the next seven days in the lower 80’s. So, if you are thinking about a portrait session outside like at the beach, contact me today.

Ok, so a little backstory about this series. Eileen and I teamed up for a beach sunrise session back in the summer of 2014. She was, and still is, a fitness enthusiast and wanted images done to document her hard work and effort. We met up one morning and created what I thought were amazing images.

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Severine Bertret’s newest Virginia Beach fitness session.

We joined forces at First Landing State Park after her most recent competition.

Severine is no stranger to this page. We’ve teamed up several times in the past to document her hard work training for, and participating in, bikini fitness competitions. This dynamo of determination doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she wants to do and I am privileged to work with her.

This time she had just placed 3rd in the Open Division of the Carolina Fitness Festival, made the drive to Virginia Beach, and stepped in front of my lens while still in peak condition the next day.

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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.

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