Samantha’s first sensual session.

Getting into the grove of working in the new place and letting your true self come out.

So the transition continues as I get used to the new space and what it has to offer – especially now that the holidays are over and all the decorations have been put away. Now I have unfettered access to the large windows and the light they provides plus I have an empty wall to work with. I can finally try to work in my antique couch and chaise. The more I shoot here the more excited I get.

Before I forget, let me remind you that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I’m offering a special deal to those that read this blog. Drop me an email, mention this blog, and I’ll offer a package deal that can’t be found anywhere else – even on this blog. Hurry, though, as the deal disappears on January 24th.

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Samantha and I came together for a session recently. During our time together we discussed what we wanted to show, what we didn’t want to show, et cetera. In other words typical session chat. One of the things I fell instantly in love with was her smile. It could be flirty, sensual, naughty, alluring, subtle, and such. The best one, though, was the flat out honest, genuine smile that lit up the room.

Interestingly enough, she wasn’t so sure of it. She was cautious about using it for a couple of reasons which lead to a discussion of just what it was that we were after. It’s a conversation I’d like to bring up here for everyone to read.

A lot of people come to the session thinking they have deliver an over-the-top sex kitten persona all the time. They’ve seen images on-line or in magazines where the subject have this smokey, half-closed eyes, come hither expressions on their face and think that’s what they have to do with me.

Nothing could be further than the truth.

What I’m looking for is an honest reflection of what that person is feeling at the moment. If they want to be quiet, then that’s what we aim for. If they want to be alluring, then there we go. However, if they are having fun and enjoying the moment then a smile is more than welcomed by me. I fully encourage it. Please let it come out and let it be captured.

I want them to be them, not what they think they should be. Nowhere in my book does it call for sex-goddess all the time, every time. Sure, we can get those shots but that’s just one facet of the jewel that you are.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based photographer covering the Hampton Roads community. Contact him at to book your sensual session today.

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