Category Archives: Model Experience

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.

Leslie’s headshot photo session in downtown Norfolk.

She knows the importance of a professional headshot.

People often link headshots with movie stars and models. However, professional headshots are also commonly used for business marketing and social media platforms. It’s important to have a visual brand that presents you in the best light, with an up-to-date look.

Heck, even I bit the bullet recently and sat in front of someone else’s camera for my new headshot.

Leslie needed an updated headshot. She also knew that an image from a cellphone camera or a friend’s point and shoot just wouldn’t cut it. So she reached out to me to do a session in downtown Norfolk.

Why should you have a professional headshot done?

It gives your business a personal touch. People want to see a photo of the person with whom they’re doing business.

It enhances your biography page on your social media. Because your biography or “about” page usually gets the most web traffic, it’s critical that it includes a headshot. When people log on to a bio page, they want to connect a business with a face.

It’s useful for market and branding. Branding is much more than just a catchy logo or tagline. It’s also an emotional tie that you make with your customers. In other words, your face is your company brand.

Here are some pointers for you when planning your headshot session:

– Hire a professional makeup artist/hair stylist before the session. You might know how to do makeup/hair but a pro knows how to do it for a photo session.

– If you need to tweak your style, hire a professional stylist to go shopping with you to pick out a few outfits that would be flattering in a headshot.

– Select one or two looks to be photographed.

– Plan on 30-45 minutes for the session.

– Know what kind of look you are going for. Business? Casual? Artistic? In a studio? On location? Plan it out with the photographer before the day of the session.

– It’s never one and done. People change over time. They get older, lose weight, change hairstyles, get glasses/contacts, grow/shave beards, et cetera. Headshots should be done once a year or two years to keep up with the changes.

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Invest in a new headshot today; it could do wonders for your business/social media.

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

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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Mrs. C’s Virginia Beach fitness portrait session.

Mother Nature provided the background, Mrs. C. was the storm. Read about what got her into fitness.

Mrs. C. is a force of nature. She exudes confidence and strength. I knew I wanted to capture that essence but also the fact that she’s a beautiful woman during our recent beach portrait session on a cloudy, windy day at First Landing State Park.

My intent with every session I do is to make it all about the person in front of the lens. I want to capture their inner essence, them being them. We will set up the shot with the outfit, lighting, and such but then I pause before putting the camera to my face and ask them a question or give them a thought to work on. Then I let them loose to interpret that idea or thought.

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“You do you.” is what I tell them. Then we go.

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Carrie’s farm portrait session in Virginia Beach.

“Hey Mark, I have an idea” are my favorite words to hear.

It’s been far too long since I had the honor of working with Carrie so when she reached out to me recently with an idea to do a fashion session on a local farm I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.

You see, I’m a farm boy born and raised so this was a homecoming of sorts.

I know I’m known for sessions at the beach as well as in urban environments. However, when the world is your backdrop anything and everything becomes an option. All we need is an idea and we are off to the races.

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Jessica Magary’s recent beach portrait session in Virginia Beach.

Two milestones achieved in one epic session.

When one gets a new camera and wants to kick off version 3.0 of your photographic career the right way, there was only one logical choice for a subject and location. Jessica Magary on the beach. It’s almost impossible to match up schedules, but when we do, it’s glorious.

As one famous movie character once said “We goes along like peas and carrots.” You can see images from several previous sessions on this page by using the search feature.

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