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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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Kristin Bauer is my WCW for today.

You know the saying about the right people will show up in your life exactly when you need them? Kristin is one of those people.

We are going back to the beginning of my portrait career for this one. I won’t mention how long we’ve known each other but it’s been a while. I was a newbie to the game, a babe in the woods. I didn’t know what I wanted or how to do a thing. I just knew I wanted to be a portrait photographer.

She was a known NYC runway and fashion model who, from what I can tell, took pity on me as I had nothing to offer her in terms of quality images. She was born and raised in my area and would come home to visit from time to time. We linked up whenever she did.


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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.

Tis the season.

Very limited available spaces.

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Krystal’s portrait session in a field somewhere in Sterling, NY.

Connecting to a location is a key element to the success of a session and think about prints for gifts.

During my recent visit home to central New York I had a chance to re-connect with a dear friend, and amazing model, Krystal. As it usually happens, life got in the way there for a bit between us, but there was never a doubt that we would work together again some day. It was just a matter of the stars aligning themselves.

I always told her that, if she ever wanted to do a session, I would move heaven and earth to make it happen. Some people are so great at what they do that you have to make the time to work with them whenever it comes up. So, when she texted me one afternoon asking if I had some free time for her, I didn’t hesitate. She also mentioned that she was a bit rusty as she hadn’t been very active in the modeling world for a bit.

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The (almost) lost fashion session with Miss Merrick.

Have you ever said to yourself that you should do something, plan the whole thing out in your head, and then actually forgot to do it? So, this is what happened here. I was going though my hard drive yesterday getting ready to move things off the main computer onto an external when I came across a folder of images I shot while I was in upstate New York this past July.

I had sent the images to Miss Merrick months ago. She’s actually posted some of them on her social media pages. I made plans to make a blog entry, had the images picked out, knew what I was going to write about, and was ready to roll. Then my computer died. The folder of images was lost in the shuffle to get a new computer, get it up and running, and catch up on the backlog of images. As I had done it several times in my head, somehow “You must do this” got switched to “You did this.”

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