Category Archives: Wedding Photography

Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding at First Landing.

I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I’ve been in the wedding business for about 30 years now. Done the big ones of over 300 guests. Done the small ones that had 12 people total in the whole event. Big churches and small cabins in the woods. Winter, spring, summer, and fall – I’ve done them all. Or so I thought. Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding ceremony was a first and it was an honor to be part of it.

They wanted a Nordic wedding because it went with their beliefs. We went over the details in the pre-wedding consultation so that I knew what was important to capture. I took lots of notes. The couple rented a cabin at First Landing State Park to prep and to hold the Reception. The ceremony was held beach-side.

I could write a book about the ins and outs of the event. For example, there was a High Priest and Priestess. Michael Greth, the Best Man, and current Drighten (Leader) of Eastern Beach Kindred, hallowed the space at the beginning, making it sacred. As Thor is the protector of Midgard, their realm, he did a Hammer Rite to make the area safe.

The couple took three oaths. The weapon oath was where they traded weapons as a way to pledge to protect their home. They also took the ring oath, and a personal oath. When it was over, the party returned to the cabin to celebrate.

This event dovetailed perfectly with my concept of Sincere Weddings which is what I love covering.

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.

Erin’s Trash the Dress photo session – Take Two.

The response to our session has simply been amazing. Also announcing Rebirth sessions and a major safety warning.

I posted images from my recent Trash the Dress photo session with Erin, along with her story, on Sunday. The response has been mind blowing. To put it simply – it has become the most viewed series on this page since it’s inception five years ago. Let me make that clear. It has THE most views/visitors on this page EVER and it’s less than four days old.

I am blown away and humbled deeply. I do not want to come across as bragging. Nor am I diminishing other posts here. Rather, I’m trying to put it into perspective.

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Terri and Steve’s Sincere Wedding.

The couple exchanged vows at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

I don’t promote it but I still do the occasional wedding for the right couple. Terri and Steve were just that. When we met at a local bookstore to talk about their upcoming nuptials, it was instant connection.

They were so easy going and fun to be with. We were on the same wavelength. Three peas in the same pod. I knew within a matter of seconds that it was a definite yes for me. It was not the first time for either one and their entire guest list, including the wedding party, was 24 people. They were going to exchange vows on the beach on a Sunday. The reception was to be held at the convention center during their brunch.

This fit perfectly with my concept of Sincere Weddings which is what I love covering.

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Sarah and Jordan’s engagement session at First Landing.

Keeping it simple and pure when it comes to a couple’s session.

I recently met up with Sarah and Jordan at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach on a warm, breezy May day. It was cold and rainy for almost a week beforehand but it all went away on the day of the session.

I’ve known Sarah for a couple years now but never had the pleasure of meeting Jordan until our consultation day. It was apparent from the moment we all met that it was going to be an epic session. We agreed to a beach session, made plans, and counted the days until go time.

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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)cox.net for all your photographic needs.

Emily and Tim’s reception at The Watermen’s Museum.

Photographing small, intimate events is in my blood.

There was a time, not too long ago, when I made my photographic living covering weddings. Every year I would book about a dozen or so ceremonies in the very short season of upstate New York. I lived the wedding photographer’s life for just over a decade.

I won’t lie, doing them was hard work. You are on your feet six, eight, or more hours. You are constantly “on” as you move about. I often joke that the most important piece of non-photographic equipment a wedding photographer needs is a good pair of shoes because you are going to putting some serious hours in them and miles on them.

Stress is something that I’ve came to terms with a long time ago and made friends with. Stress keeps you on your toes and ready for everything. Bad things are going to happen at the worst time. The key to survival in this game is planning on them and being ready when they do pop up.

Despite all that,  I loved every single one that I covered. I can sit back, even now, and remember moments from every one I’ve done.

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Tis the season.

Very limited available spaces.

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