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Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding at First Landing.

I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I’ve been in the wedding business for about 30 years now. Done the big ones of over 300 guests. Done the small ones that had 12 people total in the whole event. Big churches and small cabins in the woods. Winter, spring, summer, and fall – I’ve done them all. Or so I thought. Von and Robert’s Nordic wedding ceremony was a first and it was an honor to be part of it.

They wanted a Nordic wedding because it went with their beliefs. We went over the details in the pre-wedding consultation so that I knew what was important to capture. I took lots of notes. The couple rented a cabin at First Landing State Park to prep and to hold the Reception. The ceremony was held beach-side.

I could write a book about the ins and outs of the event. For example, there was a High Priest and Priestess. Michael Greth, the Best Man, and current Drighten (Leader) of Eastern Beach Kindred, hallowed the space at the beginning, making it sacred. As Thor is the protector of Midgard, their realm, he did a Hammer Rite to make the area safe.

The couple took three oaths. The weapon oath was where they traded weapons as a way to pledge to protect their home. They also took the ring oath, and a personal oath. When it was over, the party returned to the cabin to celebrate.

This event dovetailed perfectly with my concept of Sincere Weddings which is what I love covering.

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.

I’d like to make an announcement

So what’s all the hoopla this past week been about?

Well, I’m proud to announce that Photos by Mark K. is changing and expanding.

1. I am in the process of tweaking the site. As some of you may have noticed I’m changing things up slowly for easier reading, etc.

2 I’m expanding the site to include “how-to” tutorials in the very near future to help out those on the quest for more knowledge. I’m a teacher and I say that with pride. I’m always willing to help out those that want to learn. For those that are more serious about photo education I am always available for one-on-one and group classes/workshops.

3. I’m updating my style of shooting. While continuing to work in the off-camera flash style I’m known for, I have been working on a new look – I’m thinking of calling it along the lines of radiant portraits. They are softer lit with emphasis on the subject’s face. The recent work reflects this new paradigm. Work will continue as it develops further. I’m very excited where this is going.

4. While continuing to do outstanding portrait work I am adding couples and wedding photography to my repertoire.

Wait, what did I just say? As many of you know, I pretty much retired from wedding photography. Let me explain why and why the change back.

There was a time that I was doing weddings as a major part of my career as a photographer. The couples were awesome to work with and I loved the rush of capturing a once in a lifetime event for them.

Then life stepped in with a full-time job that required working weekends and I had to cut back on them. It was a tough call but the promise of a stable job with benefits and retirement plans beat out artistic voice. What can I say, I was young and foolish.

But, to be honest, I never really gave up weddings. To this day I still average 2-3 weddings a year even though I don’t outwardly advertise this as an option. I do them for family and friends, mind you, and they are small, more intimate, events. They were done for fun more than anything else. I got to flex my artistic and photojournalist muscles which fed my artistic desires.

But, again if I’m being honest, I’m still drawn to weddings. The issues in capturing those once in a lifetime moments of exhilaration and happiness, the emotions that well up in me when I get a great shot and seeing the joy in the couple’s faces when they see it is truly priceless. It’s an addictive drug and the cravings never go away.

So, after a lot of soul searching I’ve decided to dive back into them officially but on my terms.

I’d like to introduce everyone to my Sincere Wedding Photography concept.

Definition of sincere – adjective. Free from pretense; proceeding from genuine feelings.

Synonyms include candid, honest, pure, uncomplicated, down-to-earth, heartfelt, earnest, and true.

Sincere Wedding Photography is all about reconnecting to what’s important, what’s true, heartfelt and down to earth. It’s also about being there to capture something for people that aren’t about the show but are about the essence. It’s also about making real connections and not about being couple #19 of 24 this year that some photographers have adapted.

Let’s make some things very clear:

– I am not a discount, bargain-basement photographer. If all you’re looking for is the cheapest photographer in town then I will suggest you look elsewhere as that’s not me.

– I am not someone just starting out but rather someone who’s been in, sorta out, and now back in the business for the past 20-plus years.

– While I might not have been fully involved in wedding photography lately I am very current with the latest styles and techniques. I’m a college photography teacher so I have to stay on top of trends and skills that are in demand for today’s clients.

– I’m not interested in haggling for more hours or less pay.

– You will receive my absolute best work effort and product. I promise you this.

This concept is designed for small weddings with 30 or less guests in Virginia Beach. It’s ideal for getaway weddings, elopements, destination weddings, backyard weddings, beach weddings, or just intimate weddings with a few family and friends in attendance.

It includes 2 hours of coverage before, during and after the ceremony I’ll start photographing the last minute preparations, the venue, the ceremony, some shots with family members (if present) and, finally, images of the couple at or around the venue. The couple will receive copies of the best images optimized for web viewing.