Hello! My name is Sarah Botta and I am a Wedding and Portrait Photographer. The feel of a 4x6 image in my hands reliving captured memories is what lead to me falling in love with photography when I was only 6! It wasn’t until after I got married in 2013, I turned my love for photography into a business. My style is romantic, elegant, classic portraits full of beautiful light. When I’m not photographing anything you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee either from a local coffee shoppe or on the couch with my husband and daughter, exploring the great outdoors, swimming or skiing. I’m known for smiling a lot, being adventurous, enjoying and adapting to any situation. I adore working with adventurous, head-over-heels in love couples and can’t wait to tell your story.
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Bayah Rose Botta turns 6 today! If you know anything about me, you know that my husband and I adore our fur baby. Bayah Rose Botta turns 6 years old today and I love that I get to share this personal story with you all! I thought I would share how I found her and how much she has meant to me and my hubby these past 6 years.
About 7 years ago, I was in living in Lynchburg, VA in an apartment with my sister and two of my friends. I was finishing up my Bachelor’s degree and I started having this sudden desire to get a dog. If you knew me growing up or even at that moment you would have thought I’d gone crazy. I had always been a cat person! Growing up we had dogs. One of our dogs even had 9 puppies but I never really had a desire to have a dog of my own or knew what “man’s best friend” truly meant. One of my roommates heard me talking about how I wanted a dog. She told me I was too busy for a dog between school and work. I knew she was right so I took her advice and I got myself a low maintenance pet. I got myself a fish, a beta fish. Every time I looked at the fish, I found myself wishing it was a dog. You can’t cuddle with a fish you can only stare at it which I found my roommate doing quite often. Every time I looked at that fish I was mad it wasn’t a dog and I always thought it was dead, it never moved.
A few months had passed and it was now April 2012. I had finished my degree in December and was working in the area. My sister Leah was working at a pet store down the street that I visited often. Leah knew that I still had a desire for a dog and at this point, I despised my fish. One day while she was working, a woman came into the pet store and asked them if they could do anything about her dog that just had puppies. The lady was a chihuahua breeder and her dog had a little rendezvous with the Pomeranian next door. My sister called me immediately and told me the information she knew. As soon as she got off work, we headed to Amherst to this salon. I was so nervous that all the puppies would be gone by the time we got there. I was so anxious because I wanted a puppy so badly!! For almost a year I thought I wanted a Pomeranian. We show up to this little salon and this woman walks about with a puppy. We walk inside and the ladies pointed us to the corner where this laundry basket sits with 2 puppies inside. Oh be still my heart!!! The puppies were about the size of a softball – so very tiny. They were about 4 weeks old and though that is way too young to be given away, the lady wanted nothing to do with the puppies and wanted them gone. My boyfriend, at the time, fell in love with the little girl puppy and we choose to take her home. I believe she was $85 which was a steal deal!! The pet store my sister was working at was currently selling pomchi puppies for $999!!
I walked out of the hair salon with the biggest smile on my face and the smallest dog in my arms. It was chilly so Danny gave me his jacket to wrap her in. We drove to my apartment and played with her on the floor. She was so small she couldn’t play with a tennis ball. She would go up to it, put her paws on it and roll over with it.
Danny and I figured from what the ladies at the salon said and the information Leah got from the woman that came into the pet store that Bayah was born on March 9th.
I have so many memories with Bayah. The first time I took her to my parent’s house, she was so small my mom didn’t even notice her at first! I left for Europe for a month the month after I got her and Danny took such good care of her. We still laugh when we tells me stories about her when I was gone.
Fast forward to today. She gets swaddled every night and tucked into bed with us. She’s very quirky, like she won’t eat out of her bowl on hard wood, only carpet, she is terrified of a lot of things but leaves the room when she sees a fly.
My boyfriend Danny and I got married a year after we got her. We love our fur baby. I am so glad that I got a dog. I know what “a man’s best friend” really means now. Dogs have unconditional love and affection. We both love having her to cuddle with, she’s there for us after a long day, and she has the sweetest big brown eyes that want you to pet her all day long.
Whatever happened to the fish you ask? When our apartment lease was up and we all moved out, I told my roommate she needed to take the fish. They had quite a bond and I knew she needed that fish in her life just like I needed Bayah in mine.
Sarah Botta is a Northern Virginia based newborn and wedding photographer whose work can be described as organic, natural, and timeless. Sarah specializes in capturing people’s stories and building connections with each client to help tell their story. Her residential newborn studio is located in Woodbridge, VA where she photographs newborns and milestone sessions.
Sarah has photographed over 30 weddings across Virginia and Maryland from rustic barn ceremonies to elaborate golf course receptions. Her natural timeless style shines brightest with outdoor locations. Sarah is available for travel and is passport ready.
March 9, 2018