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

Picking up from where I left off and pushing further with this proof of concept session.

I’ve been doing this photography thing for a while. How long, you ask? Well, lets just say that I launched my business the same year Fox and Mulder started exploring their “X-Files.”

I’ve covered a lot of ground over the years. I’ve worked with color, black and white, and infra-red film before crossing over to the digital age. I’ve shot fashion, wedding, beauty (which was called glamour when I started), photojournalism, portrait, boudoir, landscape, sports, automotive, and much more. This is extended to every technique/fad like shallow depth of field portraits, cross-processing film/filters, editing image files, et cetera.

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Arlandra Taylor returns to the beach to celebrate her birthday.

The reasons to do a session with me are as varied as the people I work with.

Arlandra is no stranger to my camera. We have known each other since one faithful sunrise session four years ago. She was part of a group of models that worked with a group of photographers of which I was one. She stood out in my mind and I must have made a favorable impression because we started doing one on one sessions soon after.

She radiates a confidence that is second to none and she can MOVE. She makes it look so effortless as she glides from pose to pose with a million different moments in between. If I were to ever have a model workshop to teach those looking to start a career in the field, she would be on the very short list of people I want there to show the students how it’s done. She just knows how to hold herself and maintain such a strong presence.

Arlandra Taylors sunrise beach fashion beauty portrait session in Virginia Beach by Mark Knopp

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Virginia Beach Town Center fashion session.

I never pass up a chance to work with iconic local model Diana Ramos.

Diana reached out to me recently with a session request. Of course I agreed to do it before she even told me what she wanted to do. There are some people that always raise your game and Diane is one of those people so I always jump at the chance to work with her.

After agreeing to working with her she told me that she wanted to do a photo session showing off recent creations from some of her favorite designers. She showed me the outfits in question which were stunning. We agreed that Town Center in Virginia Beach would be a good match for the vibe of the outfits. We set the go-time for early in the morning when traffic was non-existent and would give us the most freedom.

The biggest trick to these sessions is having a game plan going in. We knew exactly what we wanted for the look. The model knew exactly how to show off the outfits in the best way. I knew how to light it  to show off the features in the best light. If you do this right the actual shooting goes pretty quick. Case in point – we were done within 30 minutes from meeting each other.

The black dress and the black shirt come from the mind of Thomas Ruffin. The print dress and green shirt are the creations of Willie Hall.