Susie submits to her sensual side again.

She embraces my concept of what boudoir is all about.

Susie is what I would consider perfect. She is strong, independent, confident, fearless, and gives zero thought to what you think of her. She embraces exactly who she is, mentally and physically, and relishes it. She is a dynamo of sensuality.

When we team up, everything is on the table. She owns the place without hesitation and dares me to keep up. I have a hard time doing so but I try my best. At the end of our sessions I am exhausted, mentally and physically, but I know I have pushed my boundaries past anything I’ve done before.

I am a better photographer and person because of her and people like her.

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Now, before you start thinking she’s some kind of superwoman and that I’m putting her up on some unachievable pedestal, let me point out that she is, indeed, human. She has a life and life is messy. She deals with a lot of issues on a daily, even hourly, basis. Like everyone else.

The thing of it is, all that is left at my front door when she shows up. I never see them nor do I see her struggle. When it’s go time, it’s go time. She sheds the problems and stress of life, along with her street clothes, and morphs into this radiant, new, raw creature that just dominates the viewfinder of my camera.

That’s exactly what my core belief of what boudoir is. To me, boudoir is not about women in her underwear doing suggestive poses with pouty faces. I think boudoir is a place/time where a woman can close the door to the outside world with all its stresses/issues. She can then drop her physical and mental armor and just enjoy being a woman in any way she wants.

That’s my goal for every session. I think that mindset shows up in the images on this site and separates my work from most others out there. That’s why Susie, and people like her, rock my world.

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 and leave him some love in the form of likes and comments. Contact him at mknopp1(at) with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

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