My return to form.

The greatest work of art is the human body and I love honoring it.

When I started my photographic journey one of the genres I was attracted to was using the human body as a landscape. There was, and still is, this pull to explore all the peaks and valleys created by the intersection of a body and  light. The creases and textures just pop.

The best thing is that, since every body is different, each body brings something different to the table. Each of use has a different build and different proportions to be sure. That alone makes each subject unique. A little more here, a little less there equates to endless variations. Add to that the fact that different areas of our bodies provide different textures.

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Miss H’s sensual boudoir session in Virginia Beach.

She wanted something special to give to her husband for their wedding anniversary.

Miss H found herself in a quandary. Her wedding anniversary was coming up and she was struggling for idea on what to get her other half. Nothing was standing out as a clear winner. She wanted something personal, that would mean something, and that her husband would cherish.

Then she hit upon the idea of a boudoir session.

She was intrigued with the idea as it would check off a lot of boxes. It would be personal, from her heart, it would be cherished, and it would be a chance to show off her hard work at the gym.

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Miss F’s recent sensual session.

Exploring the Dark Side further with fine art form.

Oh how this is getting so very exciting.

When I started my photographic journey in earnest decades ago I found myself firmly in the realm of black and white fine art nude and form. My first solo show was heavily weighed towards this genre not to mention my BFA graduation portfolio. An example of that work was awarded the President’s Award and now is part of the permanent collection of SUNY Oswego.

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Return to the Dark Side with Bre.

Stay in this business long enough you’ll find yourself coming back to the starting point.

When I was first dipping my toes into the world of fine art photography over 14 years ago I developed a style that was dramatic, contrasty, and dark. Someone compared my work of the human form to the stylings of Edward Weston. I took that will a large grain of satisfaction.

Over the intervening years I tried my hand at a lot of different styles and genres. When I first started to do boudoir five years ago I defaulted back to the world of dark and contrasty images with an air of mystery. Heavily influenced by Film Noir, in fact. When trying something new it makes sense to go to something you know to ease the transition, I figured. It was one thing I knew so I could spend more energy developing new poses, compositions, et cetera.

Then about two years ago I started working on a new look. Luminous, light, ethereal lighting to envelope the subject. Make them angelic, even. I was very proud of this and it was welcomed by the community.

But the dark side is never, ever far from the surface. It’s in my blood. It sings to me in ways others cant. It’s a siren’s song that pulls at me to come back with open arms. A craving, if I am to be totally open about such things.

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Here’s my availability for the next 12 weeks.

Let’s work together while the weather is wonderful.

Mon – free 1130-230 and after 530
Tues – free after 11 am
Weds – free after 11 am
Thurs – free 1130-230 and after 530
Fri, Sat, and Sun – totally free.
And let’s not forget sunRISE sessions.

Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir/sensual photographer covering the Hampton Roads community and more. Contact him today at mknopp1@cox.net for your photographic needs or if you would like lessons.

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Heads up, Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads.

I’m heading back tomorrow and primed to do more sensual sessions.

Today is my last full day in central NY. Three weeks flew by so fast.

I’m re-energized and inspired to try new ideas. I’ll be back tomorrow and ready to rock out more sensual, boudoir, nudoir, bridal, maternity, baby bonding, nude, form, erotic, bondage, couples, and bdsm, at my place, your place, a suite at a high end hotel, or out on location like downtown, a farm, and more.

I am proud and thrilled to announce the return of the popular sunRISE beach sessions for those looking for something a bit more edgy. No one is around at that time so we can get quite a bit more daring. It’s not for everyone but it is something special for those willing to take a chance.

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The big misconception and the birth of a new concept.

“I’d love to do a session with you but I’m not as pretty as the models on your site.”

I’ve heard that comment more than a few times and it has been on my mind a lot of late. It has gotten to the point of radically shifting the way I work and given birth to a new campaign. Lets talk.

First of all let me just state that 85% of the woman on this site are not professional models. They are regular women, with jobs, and a lot have families of their own. They have never been in front of a professional photographer’s camera. They don’t know what to expect when they initially reach out to me.

Can you go through the images on this site and point out the occasional professional model? Can you find the moms of one, two or more children? Do the grandmas on this page leap out to you?

Even better. Can you point out the ones that have concerns about their current body style/shape? The ones that wish they were 10, 15, 20+ pounds lighter? The ones that are worried about their stretch marks showing? That wished these were bigger and that was smaller? The ones that lament the fact that they were 5’1 and not 5’10? Too many freckles? Scars? Wrinkles around their eyes and mouth? A Romanesque nose that stood out when they were in profile? A crooked, lopsided smile? Ears that stick out? The ones who were decades past their 18th birthday?

No? Well, that was a bit of a trick question because they all had one or more of those concerns. Every single person that I’ve worked with in my 25-plus years as a photographer have had concerns about their appearance. Every. Single. One. Let that sink in for a moment.

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