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  • At Sara Zarrella Photography we are Photo Novelists telling a story in every picture. A photo novelist is a fusion of techniques practiced in photojournalism along with fashion photography to create a story through your images.

    A Photograph (often shortened to photo) is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface

    A Novelist is an innovator and/or one who create/writes stories

  • "I think the most important thing is to figure out, early on, who you really are as a person and a photographer and don't stray from it. Be very definite and clear about the kind of pictures you are looking to make and be consistent with it. Do it to your best of your ability and keep shooting! Follow me on my blog as I keep on shooting. Live, Love, Laugh and Shoot Often" -Sara Zarrella

  • Here is where it all started --My Favorite Toy; A Cannon Lens Cap :)

Sticky and Sweet Cake Smash with Samiya Mae

Happy Birthday Samiya Mae!

Our Number One favorite model turned one today!
We celebrated the best way we know how…with a Cake Smash!

Cake Smashes are such a fun way to celebrate your baby’s milestone of turning one year old! We were so thrilled to be able to experience it not only as a photographer, but now as a parent. How much fun is it to see your sweet baby dive into a cupcake nearly as big as they are? And the messier the better! We had a blast and it’s clear to see that Samiya enjoyed herself as well.

We styled this Cake Smash Portrait Session with a beautiful handmade cake from Sweet Indulgence in Cranston, RI in sweet and soft pinks, creams, whites, and golds. Taking inspiration from the cake, we chose a backdrop in a complimentary shade of pink and created a collage using paper fans and large golden confetti. All together it created a cute and feminine atmosphere for Samiya to have some fun and dive into that giant cupcake made just for her!

We had so much fun during our Cake Smash Portrait Session we would LOVE to recreate it for your little one! Need ideas? We’ll work together, finding inspiration in colors and textures to create a beautiful setting that will be perfect for your baby’s Cake Smash!


Sara Zarrella Photography is Unveiling a New Logo!

Check out the new face of Sara Zarrella Photography!

After 13 years we are in the process of retiring our old logo as we make way for the future with a brand new logo! And if you haven’t already, grab your copy of 2016 Southern New England Weddings.

You can check out some of our favorite featured weddings from the past year and even see our new logo for yourself in print. You can also find the wedding inspiration you need on some recent blog posts.

Jennifer and Jonathan’s Newport Yacht Club wedding in Newport, Rhode Island

Stephanie and David’s Glen Manor House wedding in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Gerald’s Farm Inspiration


Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of RI – Vote us for Best Wedding Photographer of 2016!

We believe that Every Picture Tells a Story and we told A LOT of amazing stories this past year.

If you were a part of one of those stories (or just want to help us out) would you vote for us at
Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of RI?

Because of how wonderful you are, we have been so fortunate to win
“Statewide Wedding Photographer” in 2014 and 2015!
Every vote counts and believe us when we say that each vote we receive does not go unappreciated.
Telling your stories is what keeps us going and striving to be the best photographer in Rhode Island.
Voting will only take a moment of your time but voting ends April 30th – so please vote soon!
One vote per email address, but please pass along to family and friends.  Thank you so much!  

Follow these steps to enter your ballot successfully:

1. Click this link ( which takes you to Rhode Island Monthly’s webpage

2. Register your email, connect through Facebook, or sign in with a previously registered email from last year and log in

3. Under “Statewide” in blue scroll to “Wedding Photographer”

4. Type in Sara Zarrella Photography and hit Submit at the bottom of the page!

That’s it – you’re done! Thank you so much!


Bliss Celebrations Magazine 2016 is hot off the press – grab a copy today!

Brides, Grooms, and Families too!

Make sure to pick up your copy of the yearly publication Bliss Celebrations Magazine.

It is packed with beautiful weddings at amazing locations from all over New England.

You’ll see creative ideas that will get you excited for all the possibilities as you plan your own amazing event.

And we are so excited to have our photos featured in a gorgeous Fall wedding at Kirkbrae Country Club
as well as in an ad for the Providence Biltmore Hotel!


These lovebirds found their wedding inspiration in the beautiful autumn season that transforms New England each year into a golden paradise. Using deep, rich colors like plum, magenta and saffron throughout, Lyndsy and Joe created a beautiful event at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island to celebrate their special day! If you’d like to see more of Lyndsy’s and Joe’s October wedding to get inspired, check out their blog post here!

Providence Biltmore

We are so thrilled the Providence Biltmore chose one of our pictures to run in their ad in Bliss Celebrations! This is one of our favorite Providence venues to capture. We love the upscale elegance and the history the building provides, and the location is perfect for a downtown Providence wedding! If you want to see some real Providence Biltmore weddings, visit our Venues page or click here!

Thanks Bliss Celebrations!



Feature Fridays: Southern New England Weddings 2016 – Roger Williams Botanical Center

Make sure to pick up a copy of Southern New England Weddings 2016 hot off the press!

Our work features a beautiful table setting set up at the Roger Williams Botanical Center in Providence, Rhode Island created by Pranzi Catering.

Looking for some inspiration for your own wedding? Turn to page 82!


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