Category Archives: Fashion

It’s almost time.

The return of sunrise sessions in Virginia Beach.

I was walking my dog just now and realized that, for the first time this year, it would have been a glorious morning for a sunrise session. The air was warm and the sky was dynamic. I love working at the beach but I simply am crazy about sunrise sessions.

Now, you know me. I love doing portrait sessions at the beach. There are so many different “looks” we can achieve there. Then we cap off the session by using the sunset as a background for some truly stunning portraits.

So what’s the difference between a sunset portrait session and a sunrise portrait session? Let me explain.


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Welcoming Spring back to Virginia Beach.

It’s been far too long since we last met. Here’s what’s in the works for the upcoming season.

In celebration of the death of Winter I’m posting some of the greatest hits from last year’s sessions. It is only a matter of time before we can head back outside and create even more magical images. I am not the same photographer that I was last season. I’ve grown skill-wise and want to stretch and use the new photographic muscles

On a personal level, I’m celebrating the impending arrival of a studio backdrop and other equipment in an effort to rebuild a small studio space at my place. I used to have one when I lived in upstate NY but it got destroyed in the move.

Having this small studio will allow me to create more fine art style images as well as fitness images, headshots, fashion and such. Recent forays into short video has shown a potential new route for me to take and this space will help with that. It also will become a default “Plan B” in case bad weather ruins a location session.

So, the future is looking bright. I hope you join me as I explore and grow.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia-Beach-based portrait photographer and teacher that covers the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him today at mknopp1(at) for all your photographic needs.

Yep, I’m still kicking. Here’s an update of what’s in the works.

I’ve just been busy with the other side of the business during the cold months.

Life is about balance. The ebb and flow. Doing the best you can with what you’ve got. Go with the flow. To this end I split my business between portraits and other endeavors. I do the portraits when the weather cooperates as they’re done outside on location. When the temps drop, I head inside to do other things.

I always keep an eye on the weather forecast, though. If I see a day or two that creep up above 65 I start lining up sessions outside so there will be some new images coming down the line, I promise.

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Tis the season.

Very limited available spaces.

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Senior Portrait Session in Chesapeake

Brandy Gaede’s country-themed photo session

Any time I can work on a farm, I’m there. I was born and raised next to my grandfather’s dairy farm so I’m a country boy at heart. Doing a session on one is like coming home. So, when Brandy said she wanted to do a country-themed senior session that included horses and a lifted truck, I wholeheartedly agreed to it without hesitation.

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Sneak peek of Whitney’s urban fashion session.

A small part of our larger fashion/gym session in downtown Norfolk.

More to come soon

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The clock’s ticking

Ladies and gents – as you know Labor Day weekend is just days away. While we here in Virginia are blessed with warm temps for a while after the “end” of summer the days for a beach session are dwindling. Now’s the time to contact me to set something up while we still can :-).

The image below is from a session with the wonderful Jessica Magary earlier this summer. More images from that session and others will be posted soon.

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