It’s not everyday you have a couple that has access to a dock and boat and says, “there is this private island near our house we could do our engagement photos but it’s only accessible by boat. Would that work for our engagement photos?” Um what!? Yes! I had the opportunity to photograph Sarah and Jon’s Hart Miller Island Engagement Session in Essex, Maryland. We had a gorgeous Friday night and it took all I had in me not to jump into the enticing water.

We first started their engagement session taking a few photos in front of their new home! They closed on their home just 3 days prior! That whole area is so special to them because they grew up in that area together. They have known each other since they were 10 but didn’t start dating until their 20’s. It must have been so neat growing up with your soul mate and of course not even knowing it.

Jon’s parents picked us up in the boat off the dock and took us over to the island. It was about a 10 minute ride and Jon followed us on a jet ski. Well, he didn’t “follow” us, he definitely just jetted on over, haha. Jon was on the jet ski because the island had no dock. Jon took me and Sarah on over to the island one at a time then we began the rest of the session on the island.

This engagement session was so neat and adventurous! I love that none of us wore shoes through the entire session and the fact we were on an island is just super cool.

We headed back to their house towards the end of the session, talked about wedding plans a bit on the boat and ended the night with a few photos of them on the boat. Engagement photos on a boat was on my dream list of engagement sessions to photograph. Check! What a great, fun experience.

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Sarah Botta Photography

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 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.