Tag Archives: Norfolk

Leslie’s headshot photo session in downtown Norfolk.

She knows the importance of a professional headshot.

People often link headshots with movie stars and models. However, professional headshots are also commonly used for business marketing and social media platforms. It’s important to have a visual brand that presents you in the best light, with an up-to-date look.

Heck, even I bit the bullet recently and sat in front of someone else’s camera for my new headshot.

Leslie needed an updated headshot. She also knew that an image from a cellphone camera or a friend’s point and shoot just wouldn’t cut it. So she reached out to me to do a session in downtown Norfolk.

Why should you have a professional headshot done?

It gives your business a personal touch. People want to see a photo of the person with whom they’re doing business.

It enhances your biography page on your social media. Because your biography or “about” page usually gets the most web traffic, it’s critical that it includes a headshot. When people log on to a bio page, they want to connect a business with a face.

It’s useful for market and branding. Branding is much more than just a catchy logo or tagline. It’s also an emotional tie that you make with your customers. In other words, your face is your company brand.

Here are some pointers for you when planning your headshot session:

– Hire a professional makeup artist/hair stylist before the session. You might know how to do makeup/hair but a pro knows how to do it for a photo session.

– If you need to tweak your style, hire a professional stylist to go shopping with you to pick out a few outfits that would be flattering in a headshot.

– Select one or two looks to be photographed.

– Plan on 30-45 minutes for the session.

– Know what kind of look you are going for. Business? Casual? Artistic? In a studio? On location? Plan it out with the photographer before the day of the session.

– It’s never one and done. People change over time. They get older, lose weight, change hairstyles, get glasses/contacts, grow/shave beards, et cetera. Headshots should be done once a year or two years to keep up with the changes.

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Invest in a new headshot today; it could do wonders for your business/social media.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based portrait photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mknopp1(at)cox.net with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

Leslie’s recent fashion session in downtown Norfolk.

My journey back into fashion photography continues.

Per Wikipedia:
Fashion: 1. a popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior. synonyms: vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, fad.
2. a manner of doing something.

There has always been a pull to shoot fashion. The entire topic fascinates me. It’s ever changing and evolving. I’ve studied it and the photographers that have done well with it. I grew up pouring over images from Penn, Ritts, Newton, Avedon, Meisel, and others.

I’ve always thought of fashion in the manner that it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. Jeans have been jeans for over a century. But they have changed over the years. Bell bottoms, boot cut, designer, cut/torn, acid wash, stone wash, skinny and, of late a trend back towards designer.

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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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Shelley’s fitness super session in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

She was in final prep for a fitness competition.

Shelley was part of a duo session. She and her friend Danielle teamed up to do a super session as part of their work-up for a local fitness competition. Danielle’s images will be posted later. This is all about Shelley.

Therefore I’m going to let her talk first.

“I was absolutely blown away by Mark’s professionalism and amazing photography skills. We did the shoot one week prior to a bodybuilding competition that I competed in and it was the greatest confidence boost that I needed right before stepping on stage. Mark truly captured the rough and hard beauty for the fitness photos and then we ended our session at First Landing with the most unique sunset I have ever seen. I have never felt so beautiful, confident, and feminine. Mark is truly an amazing photographer and I would recommend him to anyone. I have already started to plan my next shoot with Mark!”

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Severine’s recent fitness and beach session.

She is proof that female fitness enthusiasts are badass and feminine.

Severine is no stranger to this page. She is an avid Bikram yoga instructor and bikini competitor – not to mention sublimely beautiful. She carries herself with amazing grace and has a quick smile that is genuine. So when she told me she was going to be in town the day after her most recent bikini competition I cleared the calendar.

When I get the chance to work with someone as fit as her I think about bricks and grit. The juxtaposition of smooth skin and tight muscles plays well against the rough textures and edginess of an urban environment. This leads me to the back alleys of downtown Norfolk.

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Lexi’s recent fitness session in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

She was primed for her first fitness competition at the Norfolk Grand Prix.

Lexi should not be a stranger to the regular readers of this blog. She is, without a doubt, one of my favorite people to work with. Period. We have joined forces several times in the past and the images are always one of the most viewed on here. When she dropped me a line saying she was going to be in the area for a fitness competition and wanted images done before the big show I literally said “Oh hell yes” out loud before typing my response.

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Whitney and Angelo’s fitness session at The Gym Downtown in Norfolk, Virginia.

The couple that works out together gets fit together

I recently had a fitness photo session with Whitney and her beau Angelo at The Gym Downtown in Norfolk. The couple met while working out 6 months ago and share a passion for fitness and health. They spend time together working on fitness skills and meal prepping while supporting each other in competitions. It’s gotten to the point where they are about to start a couple’s training class.

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