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.

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.

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