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Hope Roach’s portrait session at First Landing.

The Norfolk-based model is looking to break into the commercial and editorial market.

It is always a joy to work with someone new to the world of modeling. To watch someone start out on their journey, figure out where they fit in the modeling spectrum, and work hard towards their dream is very inspiring. Hope is on such a journey and it was my honor to work with her during our recent portrait session.

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Lindsey’s fashion photo session in Town Center.

She was visiting from Texas, wanted to reconnect, and get some new images done.

Lindsey and I have been friends since 2008 and we’ve done several sessions over the years. She moved to the Lone Star State a few years ago but we’ve remained in touch and we try to meet up whenever she visits. The stars aligned during her most recent one so we did our thing.

Since she was traveling light we were limited to what she could fit in her overnight bag. She is 100% a country girl so we decided to do a riff on that by shooting in Town Center. Sorta the “country girl in the big city” kinda thing.

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Cassidy Burnett’s Virginia Beach fashion shoot.

Read on to learn about The Model Experience sessions.

Cassie was one of the models who walked the catwalk during the recent Town Center Fashion Show. You can see those images here. We started communicating via social media soon after. She’s just starting out her modeling career and I’m getting back into fashion photography so it made perfect sense to team up.

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Jasmyne’s fashion session in Virginia Beach’s Town Center.

Preparation and planning are paramount to the success of a session.

Jasmyne and her team recently reached out to me in regards to getting her modeling career started. We had long discussions about what genres/areas she wanted to be involved with and what would be involved to get there. We then created a plan to build a photo portfolio showing off those aspects. Of course these things take time to create so we broke it down further to focus on just urban fashion in Town Center for our first session.

She sent me pictures of the outfits she thought would work for such a session and I gave my input. With a plan in place she then set up times with a hair stylist and make-up artist to polish off the total look we were going after. I can’t stress enough how important these things are as they are the icing on the proverbial cake. Every detail has to be in place.

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Throwback Thursday for December 10.

Today we’re going sailing with the beautiful Jessica Magary.

Any time I get a chance to do something different I’ll jump. When the opportunity came up to do a photography class on a sailboat, I practically leaped out of my skin. Having the divine Jessica Magary come aboard was the proverbial icing on my cake.

So, after taking two different kinds of motion sickness pills and chowing down ginger snaps, we all climbed aboard and cast off. The class broke down into smaller groups and worked several different scenarios with me acting as a consultant. They were getting great images.

I had one image in my head that I wanted to try. So, after everyone had their fill, I ventured out to the prow of the boat and laid down. Jessica and fellow model Dameon Rhoades  got into position. Once everything was right, everyone not being used went below deck or ducked so they wouldn’t be in the background.

The result is what you see here. A special shout out goes to Donna DeSteph for allowing a bunch of land lubbers aboard her fine vessel.

Stay tuned as I’ll be posting a new set of images from a recent session tomorrow.



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.