Ah, I love this time of year. The weather is warm, the sun is bright, and the sessions are often. This is exactly why I moved here nine years ago.
Where I’m from, we get less than three good months of shooting at the beach. There’s still snow on the ground in May. It doesn’t get warm enough to go near the lake until late June. Then the temperatures start to drop right after Labor Day. I mean really drop.
Here in Virginia Beach we can start doing sessions with sand between our toes around mid-April and keep right on to almost Halloween. Even then there’s an occasional day where the temps spike into the low 80’s well into November and off we go.
“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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It was my first time working with Sean but it won’t be my last.
I had the opportunity to work with Sean Facyson thanks to our mutual friend, and fellow fitness buff, Amira Juma. I was talking to her about the fact that I’d like to do a session with a guy. This blog is filled with beautiful women, I told her, but it would be a great change of pace to bring more dudes on board.
Now, I know some of you think I just photograph women and that’s all I want to shoot. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love working with guys, too. It’s just hard to find ones willing to step in front of the camera. It took Amira less than 5 seconds to suggest Sean and put us together. After some messaging back and forth he and I agreed to a time, date and location.