The formula for a sucessful session is 5 percent looks and 95 percent attitude/spirit.

Christina was the make-up artist for another boudoir client. She liked what she saw so much she decided to have her own session.

Christina and I have known of each other for a bit. We were friends on Facebook as she is a make-up artist and local model but we never met face to face.

We started chatting more seriously when she was hired to do a client’s make-up for a boudoir session. We compared notes and shared ideas to make sure the client shined for her session. Needless to say that shoot went off without a hitch and the images were stunning thanks, in part, to Christina.

Our conversations shifted after that. She voiced a desire to have her own session which I was all for. She has a classic Hollywood look and she could pull off fun one moment and switch to smoldering immediately after that. I’ve always said that the formula for a successful session is 5% looks and 95% attitude/spirit. She has an abundance of both.

christinas-virginia-beach-boudoir-session 1

The issue of who was going to do her hair and make-up was already set so we were able to get right to it.

One of the things I truly love is when someone allows me to “play” with new ideas. If you’ve worked with me enough times, you know when something happens in front of me that gets me excited artistically. Everything comes to a stop until I get it right.

For example, the main image above and first three images below were taken when I was under the “Princess Tent” shooting through it with Christina at the window. Typically I photograph the client when they are under the tent. Something in me said I should reverse the arraignment and see what would happen. The effect was that she was framed by lace which put more emphasis on her. I like the effect so much that I’m going to experiment more with it.

There are other examples here like using the red Victorian couch and showing off Christina’s lovely legs at the window. It’s very satisfying when I can sit back and see new things in my work and have them spark even more ideas generated from them.

It goes without saying that talks for a second session are already happening. It’s true what they say – once you do a boudoir session, you’ll want to do more. They’re addicting like that.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Make sure to follow this page for alerts when it gets updated. Leave him some love in the form of likes and a comment. Contact him at mknopp1(at) with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

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