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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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Carrie’s fashion session in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Taking it to the streets.

I often get asked if I do more than beach sessions. The short answer is yes, yes I do. The possibilities are endless, really.

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Just a quick note about the lack of new work this week.

I’m moving this weekend.

Sorry, I won’t have a whole new set to post today as I’m currently surrounded by bins and boxes waiting for the movers. After everything is done and the dust settles I’ll start posting new work again. Until then here’s a sneak peek from my recent session with Carrie Ellis in the back alleys of downtown Norfolk.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community. Contact him at mknopp1@cox.net to book your portrait session today.


Carrie Ellis in the alleys of downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

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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A preview from my beach session with Carrie Ellis and a farwell to Summer 2015.

There’s still time to get in a session at the beach.

I wanted to take a moment to post this awesome image from my recent session with newcomer Carrie Ellis. She’s a Virginia-beach based model who participates in pageants, et cetera. She’s one to watch, imho. Stay tuned for more images from this amazing session.


An image from my recent beach session with Carrie Ellis

Well, it’s the last day of summer according to the calendar. It was a great season of great images of wonderful people. My only regret is that I didn’t get everyone in that I wanted to.

The good news is that there’s still time to get a beach session in.

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