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Sunrise session with Whitney Lockwood at Hillier Ignite Fitness Park.

My first time shooting at the Virginia Beach-based outdoor park at the Oceanfront.

Normally I hold my beach sunrise sessions somewhere other than at the resort area of our great city. All those hotel patrons coming out to the beach or watching from the patio of their rooms really adds to the pressure of someone trying to relax and get comfortable posing. I’ve had beach goers literally try to get in the picture with the clients, try to ask me photography questions when the lighting is peaking, or just stand there five feet away, ignore the sunrise, and stare at us.

But then there’s Whitney. Whitney is fearless. She’s a powerhouse of confidence and strength in a compact frame. She’s a powerlifter, personal trainer, and a fitness bikini competitor. So, she walks the walk and talks the talk. She would be just fine.

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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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Today I say good bye and thank you to an old friend.

It was a fabulous five year run with my Nikon D7000. Now let’s say hello to the D750.

Way back in June of 2012 I bought a Nikon D7000 to replace my aging D70. That camera went on to a new life with a great friend. Not one to enter into a new thing timidly, I immediately put the new camera to the test by shooting another great friend’s wedding the next week.

Talk about a trial by fire.

Well, here we are, 186,176 shutter actuations later which averages out to over 700 images a week, by the way. That’s a remarkable amount of pictures.

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Danielle’s Fitness Session in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

She was in final prep for a local fitness competition plus she wanted to honor her mom.

Danielle was the second person involved in my latest duo super session, along with her friend Shelley. These are her images and story.

I love helping people see themselves in a new light. I truly believe we are our own worst enemies when it comes to our self image. When we look at ourselves in the bathroom mirror at 7 am all we see are the “flaws” and “issues.” We never see the truth, the good.

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Shelley’s fitness super session in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

She was in final prep for a fitness competition.

Shelley was part of a duo session. She and her friend Danielle teamed up to do a super session as part of their work-up for a local fitness competition. Danielle’s images will be posted later. This is all about Shelley.

Therefore I’m going to let her talk first.

“I was absolutely blown away by Mark’s professionalism and amazing photography skills. We did the shoot one week prior to a bodybuilding competition that I competed in and it was the greatest confidence boost that I needed right before stepping on stage. Mark truly captured the rough and hard beauty for the fitness photos and then we ended our session at First Landing with the most unique sunset I have ever seen. I have never felt so beautiful, confident, and feminine. Mark is truly an amazing photographer and I would recommend him to anyone. I have already started to plan my next shoot with Mark!”

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A peek of what’s in the works.

Stay tuned for more from this session and others.

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

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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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