Last year because of the government shutdown, Nicole and Thomas weren’t able to have their dream wedding at the RiverView at Occoquan. They ended up eloping in southern Virginia and now I’m finding myself enjoying couple’s sessions I have with them this year. This first session was a fun couple’s session and a 30th birthday […]

February 16, 2021

Couple’s Session

In 2019, wedding days looked a lot different for me. Why? I was pregnant! Since then, I’ve had so many photographers asking How to Photograph a Wedding Day Pregnant. The last wedding I photographed pregnant, I was 35 weeks and Ally Grace came 3 days later. A month early! I thought it would be really […]

January 26, 2021

How to Photograph a Wedding Day Pregnant

Instagram is fantastic for so many reasons. Just like brides, wedding professionals also search through Instagram hashtags for local vendors. I had searched high and low to find a wedding planner whose style and vision were similar to mine and I came across Karen Ducketts Events. I was blown away by her style: classic, romantic, and […]

January 12, 2021

3 Day Blush Styled Shoot Collaboration

Last year, when I first went full time as a photographer, I was often asked how I was able to be at home all day. It was definitely a change from commuting 3 hours everyday to my corporate job. I had so much time back in my day! I’d reply that even though I was […]

October 2, 2019

8 Tips For Productively Working From Home

One thing I love about being a wedding photographer is helping my brides with the details of their wedding day. Most brides have never done this before and it can be pretty overwhelming. Part of my job as their photographer is to educate as well as capture every little detail. Before the wedding day, my […]

September 25, 2019

Gathering Your Bridal Details

More than likely you’ve heard the phrase “unplugged ceremony.” What exactly does “unplugged ceremony” mean? A few months ago, we received my cousin’s wedding invitation. On her invitation it read she was requesting an unplugged ceremony. When my husband saw that phrase, he asked what exactly it meant. He thought it meant he would have […]

September 11, 2019

What exactly does “unplugged ceremony” mean?

Hosting My First Workshop That’s a wrap! I can’t believe I hosted my first ever Essential DSLR Basics Workshop! This workshop is something that’s been on my heart and mind the last year or so. After guest speaking at Liberty University this past fall, it gave me the confidence I needed to go for it. […]

June 12, 2019

Sarah Botta Photography Essential DSLR Basics Workshop

My flight from this year’s 2019 Styled Shoots Across America landed last night around midnight and I made it home around 2am! Definitely will be drinking that second cup of coffee today. I’ve lost count how many flights I’ve been on but now that I’ve flown with my gear a few times, I thought share […]

April 10, 2019

Flying with Camera Gear Tips for Photographers

Starting a photography business is not as easy as one may think. Having a camera and calling yourself “John Smith Photography” doesn’t mean you’re in business, yet. Having a camera and a business name is only the beginning. I’ve been asked and have seen this question so many times, how do you start a photography business? […]

February 6, 2019

How to Start a Photography Business

As a wedding photographer, having a second shooter is essential! This post is all about how to be the best second shooter possible! I personally love having 1 or 2 second shooters that work with me throughout the year because I believe this builds trust and friendship. A few benefits from consistently working together is […]

January 16, 2019

How to be the Best Second Shooter

For years, I never wanted to photograph in DC because the thought just gave me so much anxiety! Logistically getting there, traffic, not to mention the permit you had to apply for just to photograph there. In the Spring of 2018, I had so many requests for cherry blossom sessions, I knew I had to […]

December 5, 2018

How to Apply for a DC Photography Permit

This past month has been a blur and filled with really awesome opportunities including being a guest speaker at Liberty University!! An old professor asked me if I would be interested in being a speaking to his advanced photography class and photography club about wedding photography!! Um yes!! I felt SO incredibly honored and I realized […]

November 14, 2018

Guest Speaker at Liberty University

As brides and and groom’s plan their wedding timeline with me and get ready for their wedding day, a few questions often come up. Questions like what side does the boutonnière go on and how do I put it on? A few of these questions I hear at every wedding and others only once or […]

October 12, 2018

7 Commonly Asked Wedding Questions

Photographers, let’s talk about shoes! Wedding days are long and tough on the feet so we know how important it is to find a good shoe! Since we are on our feet for 6-10 hours with a lot of walking, carrying equipment, going outside, walking through grass, etc., we need to find a durable shoe […]

August 22, 2018

Photographers, Let’s Talk About Shoes

There is always a lot of hype and a lot more traffic in the area two weeks around the peak of the blossoms. There really isn’t anything like seeing little pink blossoms all over the trees around the Tidal Basin. After this year’s DC Cherry Blossom Mini Sessions, I wanted to share my experience with […]

May 14, 2018

Tips to See DC Cherry Blossoms