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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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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.

Throwback Thursday with fitness model Whitney Lockwood.

The Chesapeake, Virginia-based fitness model was instrumental in forging my fitness vision.

This month marks an anniversary for me. It was 12 months ago this month that I got the idea to combine two of my passions, photography and wellness, into something new. At the time there was virtually no one in the area covering this aspect. There were a sprinkling of photographers in a 100 mile radius that were involved in the scene but their images looked nothing like what I had in mind – combining their hard work with the environment using my set of photography skills.

You see, most of the images generated in the field at this time were ones shot in dark gyms, during a competition, or against paper backdrops. This has its merits, mind you. I have done those kinds of sessions numerous times myself and still do but I wanted more. I wanted to go further. I wanted to get them outside and interact with various environments. Use them in a way that elevates the subject.

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