Miss K’s embraces her dark side.

It didn’t go as planned. Thank god.

Miss K is a good friend of mine and wanted to get a session in with me before I leave. I couldn’t say yes fast enough and we immediately set a date and time for our boudoir session. We made plans for images that we thought would show her off.  Good thing I don’t stick with them.

It became apparent that the session wasn’t firing on all eight cylinders. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, mind you, it was just that nothing made either of us go “ohhh” when we looked at the images on the back of my camera. We were doing the light and airy kind of images that I call “Light Side” boudoir. They were nice and all but there just wasn’t a connection to the style and the subject.

Even Miss K said she just wasn’t feeling it. So, I called a time out. We sat down, right in the middle of the set, and had a heart to heart. It was then that Miss K voiced her inner demon. She said she just didn’t feel as though she was pretty enough recently. I won’t go into the whole backstory here but that was the essence.

I looked at her, I mean I really looked hard at her and realized something. I saw this dark, sensual beast that would just eat alive one of the standard “Light Side” subjects. I told her this. She wasn’t soft, I said. She was a savage. I asked her if she felt that, deep down. She said yes. I said “Then let’s use it in the time we have left.”

Her reaction when I showed her the very next shot changed everything. “I look hot!!!!”, she exclaimed. Yes, yes she did. The transformation was swift and amazing. Suddenly there was this amazing, sultry, seductress that just pulled my camera in and wouldn’t let go.

The moral of this story? Don’t go against your inner self. Embrace who you are and let it shine for all the world to see or, at the very least, my camera. You will never, ever be disappointed.

Mark Knopp is, for now, a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton roads community and beyond. He will be moving to Clearwater, Florida soon. Contact him today at mark(at)sensualphotosbymarkk.com to book your session.

 

A very quick post today.

Time to start thinking about booking a holiday boudoir session.

Time is tight for me today but I wanted to get it out there ASAP. Here’s a picture of my high tech planner. Availability is going to get tight as the holidays get closer so book your boudoir session now so you can relax and enjoy the season.

The days with squares around them? I’ll explain those in the coming days.

More to come very soon.

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Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mark(at)sensualphotosbymarkk.com with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

Miss B’s Virginia Beach Boudoir session.

It was her first time doing one and she had concerns. Everyone does at first.

Miss B had never done a boudoir session before so she had a lot of questions and doubts. She was unsure of herself and didn’t know what to expect. Because of this she was a bit nervous about doing one.

Sound familiar? It should as 75% of the people I work with have never had a professional photography session before, much less a boudoir session. Talk about going from a full stop to a sprint with no warm up in between.

There area slew of questions to be answered and fears to be calmed. That’s where a true professional photographer steps in. They answer all your questions without hesitation. They even answer the ones you haven’t thought of yet. They assure you with their portfolio, presence, and demeanor. They set up a plan with you to create art that flatters and inspire.

I have given several reasons why someone should consider doing a boudoir session in previous posts. As I move along in my own journey of being a boudoir photographer I’m learning that it all boils down to two main reasons:

Do it for you. Do it because it’s fun.

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All the other reasons I can think of are derivatives of those two.

Miss B did. Within 10 minutes of starting she had visibly relaxed and truly began to enjoy herself. Several times during the session the camera was a foot away from her face and she didn’t even blink. Her power and confidence just flowed through the entire session. I’ll end this entry with her own words.

“I had an amazing experience! Mark gave me overall control on how I wanted the shoot to go and what happened to the images after. I felt completely comfortable and relaxed during our session. He gave me helpful tips and tricks for outfits, poses, and expressions. I definitely would shoot again with Mark.”

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Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and beyond. Contact him at mark(at)sensualphotosbymarkk.com with any questions you might have or to book your session today.

Shawna updated her own boudoir photography blog.

We did a sensual session when she was here visiting family recently.

Shawna is a Byron, Georgia-based boudoir photographer who wanted to experience what it was like being the subject of a sensual session as well as celebrate recent life changes. Go to her blog here to read what she has to say about the experience and her message to others thinking about doing a boudoir session.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir 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.

Shawna’s Virginia Beach boudoir session.

“Doing a boudoir session should be something you choose to do for yourself.” – Shawna.

Every boudoir photography site I’ve seen always starts out with the premise that you should do a boudoir session “for that special someone.” Well, you know what? I’m going to buck against that. You know what I think? I think the most important reason why a woman should consider doing a boudoir session is to do it for themselves.

You DO matter, you ARE worth it, and you ABSOLUTELY deserve it. Empower yourself.

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More images after the break.

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Miss M’s first boudoir session.

She wanted a pick-me-up after a breakup but I ended up being humbled by the experience.

I’ve known Miss M for a while on social media. We started chatting online one day after she made a post about women and cars that I agreed with and we started a conversation. That discussion opened the door to another photo session that should be coming along shortly. Stay tuned for that.

During one chat she said she loved my boudoir work and was thinking of doing a session. She came out of a relationship recently and wanted to do something that would raise her spirits. Doing this would help her out.

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The fine art form work continues.

The dance between light and structure, tones and tension, goes on.

“I have…a terrible need…shall I say the word?…of religion. Then I go out at night and paint the stars.” – Vincent van Gogh.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Carl Sagan.

Those words are in the first book I’ve ever cherished – Sagan’s Cosmos. I’ve read that book several times and still have the original volume given to me as a birthday gift back in 1980. I was 12.

I identify with them when it comes to certain aspects of my personal photography – projects I do just for me. Things I look for when I have a need of religion. Fine art form, flowers, and a few other things. Images that are created for no other reason than to feed my soul.

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