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 this was going to be my first real speaking engagement on wedding photography EVER! I wanted to use this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience while also encouraging and inspiring these eager students. I also wanted to use this experience as stepping stone to see if photography education, like a workshop, was something I’d be interested in doing in the near future.

Beginning a photography business isn’t easy but when the passion is there, you enjoy the journey. I began my presentation by giving a little background about myself and how I got into photography, specifically weddings. It’s funny to think where I was in my photography journey 9 years ago and where I am now. 9 years ago, I was the girl who liked to take photos but had no idea how to work the camera, didn’t know editing was a thing, and had zero knowledge about business. Today, I’m running a full time photography business, have multiple people reaching out asking if they can second shoot or assist weddings with me, and others asking if I will ever do a workshop. After this experience, the answer is definitely yes!

Since photography is 90% business and 10% photography, I wanted to share in my experience how that statistic is 100% true and what all that entails. During the presentation I spoke about two things: before the wedding and after the wedding. A lot goes into wedding photography before the wedding, even before you even have a client booked. After the presentation, so many great questions were asked. I’m glad everyone was so engaged throughout the presentation and a few students even stayed after Q&A to chat with me!

Giving this presentation gave me the encouragement I needed to dream big, to start offering workshops and mentoring. I believe if your dreams don’t scare the crap out of you, you’re not aiming high enough. So thankful for this opportunity! Live fearlessly.

Sarah Botta is a Northern Virginia based 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. Sarah has photographed over 30 weddings across Virginia and Maryland from rustic outdoor ceremonies to elaborate estate mansion receptions. Her natural timeless style shines brightest with outdoor locations. Sarah is available for travel and is passport ready.