My first session with Athena won’t be my last.

The best boudoir sessions happen when the client is just being themselves.

First – a little business. I’ve set aside next Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for last minute Valentine’s sessions. After that there will won’t be enough time to get the finished product back before the big day. Most spots are filled but there are a couple openings left for those looking to get one in

Now onto the fun stuff.

I had the great honor of working with Athena recently. She has a powerful presence that I just adore. She can flip from sweet and cute to “whoa, momma” and everything in between in a heartbeat. We talked about a session where, as it was the first time we’ve worked together, we could explore more of the softer side as a way to introduce ourselves to each other. If it went well, then we could explore further later on.

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When someone asks me what are my limits, my reply is always the same. I can and have shot it all but I always work within the limits of the client so what we shoot is always up to them. They set the tone of the session and I play within those boundaries. So, when Athena set the tone, I gladly accepted it without hesitation.

My aim for any session is to provide beautiful images that reflect the person or persons in them. I find that if you try to force someone to play a role they aren’t familiar with, the images lack authenticity and sincerity. My goal is to provide an environment where the person can relax, open up, and just be their honest, true self.

What you see here are not people pretending. If a certain set-up or outfit makes them feel a certain way, we try to portray that feeling. If they feel sexy, then lets light and pose it to show it off. If they are feeling playful, then we go there. If they are feeling flirty, bold, whimsical, dangerous, et cetera, then that’s where we go.

The one thing I don’t want to show is shyness. It has always been my intent to show women that are confident, strong, in control. Never unsure. That’s why I always start a session with someone new in a pretty neutral environment. It gives them a chance to get used to being in front of the camera and relax. To open up and just be themselves. It usually only takes a few minutes for them to warm up and then it’s off to other things.

Needless to say, it didn’t take Athena long to get into the groove. The hardest part for me was trying to keep up with her as she just kept pulling off amazing looks. I think it took a total of 10 minutes for us to agree there would be a next time.

I’ll leave you today with a few words from her.

“Working with Mark was unlike anyone I had worked with. His concepts and the way he coaches were all different from others I’ve worked with. I learned a lot and had a blast. When I saw the finished product, I could not believe my eyes. They were amazing. I’ve already booked another session with him.”

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Make sure to like this page so you’ll get alerts when it gets updated and leave him some love in the form of a comment. Contact him at mknopp1@cox.net with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

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