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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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Carrie Ellis’s first beach session at First Landing – Part II.

Why you should know about “The Basic 6” before a session.

Well, here it is – the much anticipated second half of images from my recent session with the stellar Carrie Ellis. The session went so well that I had to break the set up into two parts to give it justice. I honestly can’t wait to go again as her and I hit it off so well.

In the previous entry I talked about how outfits can make or break a session. In that one I talked about how pre-planning helped immensely as I knew exactly what she was bringing and could plan for certain shots beforehand. Here I want to broach another area of outfits. I call them The Basic 6.

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Carrie Ellis’s first beach session at First Landing – Part I.

Communication and outfits are key elements to the success of a session.

Carrie Ellis is a Virginia Beach-based newcomer to the world of modeling. She contacted me recently to do a portfolio-building session. As I love working with those in the modeling scene I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

As meeting up prior to the session would be impossible we communicated through texting and social media. I can’t tell you how glad I am that we live in this day and age where this is a viable option. While I much prefer a face-to-face for several reasons, I’m glad to have this option as an alternative. The more we communicate before a session, the clearer the vision of the session becomes, and the more successful the final results will be.

The first thing I always establish with someone looking to do a session is that, while I shoot most everything, I always work within the client’s comfort zone. What we shoot is really up to them. They are in control of everything. They decide what we shoot, where we shoot, when we shoot, who sees the final images, et cetera. They are always in control and have the final say in everything.


Carrie Ellis sporting a white bikini in the dune grass of First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.

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