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Katya Nova Photography


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5 Star Rating 96%
 
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5 Star Rating (Rated 4.98 stars with 27 reviews)
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Rated #13 of 60 Photographer Reviews on BDW

About:

Hi beautiful!!

We are Katya & Rob, a rocking Canadian-European boutique wedding photography team, crazy about each other and what we do...

Our own love story started at a destination wedding in Mexico - I was a photographer and Rob - a guest! More on that HERE (http://www.Katyanova.com/#/meet-us/). Then, we had a destination wedding of our own - more on that HERE (http://www.katyanovablog.com/punta-cana-bride-jellyfish-dreams-review/)

Together, we work seamlessly and have our art & craft down to a science, there seems to be just the right magic formula contributing to the uniqueness of our style and imagery.

We will show up to your wedding as friends with fancy cameras and make you look & feel like movie stars. It's about YOU and YOUR story, not just about the wedding details!
It's our second year living in Dominican Republic, although we travel & document LOVE all over the world!

Drop us a line, share your story... AND LET US TELL IT BEAUTIFULLY!

LOVE,
K+R 

Member Reviews


  • speckd710 member avatar

    Incredible people, incredible experience, incredible photos! Don't settle for less than K+R

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    Pros: STUNNING WORK, great personalities, full of knowlege about the DR!

    Cons: I wish they could come hang out with me in Hoboken and be my besties :)

    Katya and I had been in contact for over a year prior to our wedding day. Not only did she provide me with information based on her personal experiences in destination wedding planning, but she also helped me to choose a resort, rehearsal dinner space, and was a wonderful sounding board when things were stressing me out, and the proverbial "shit" hit the fan. The day of the wedding Katya and Rob were warm and friendly and managed to be in a million places at one time, while never being in the way. We also chose to do a sunrise session in which they picked us up at our resort at 5:45 AM after leaving our wedding well past 10pm. The entire time they were upbeat and positive and the shoot was incredible and beautiful! We got our photos back WEEKS before we thought we would and were absolutely blown away by what they were able to capture ... especially because I felt like my face was melting off from the heat. From their blog post to their over 1200 photos we were given, we just could not have imagined a better experience. I would recommend these two angels to everyone!” (read more)

  • ericarich member avatar

    Best photographer! Amazing pictures! Great experience! Life time memories captured!

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    Pros: Professional, Kind, and helpful

    My husband and I will never forget the magical sunrise experience that we received from Katya. She went above and beyond to give us the most amazing time together in paradise.  We will cherish the photographs and memories captured by her forever. She made us feel so comfortable from the second we meet her! We are from upstate NY were the weather is hit or miss so we decided to have a beach destination wedding to give not only us but our family and friends an amazing time in paradise soaking up the sun with us.  One of my guest  (my bridesmaid’s brother) is a photographer so we decided to have him take our pictures for our wedding day since he was attending the wedding anyways.   The risk we took was that he was used to the weather in NY not Punta Cana and he had never photographed a beach wedding before. He did our engagement pictures which came out decent so we trusted him. We did not think of the humidity, wind and all the other factors that are present at an outdoor beach wedding. To make a long story short, our wedding day pictures are very blurry and distorted. The best advice I can give future destination brides is: do the research and read th...” (read more)

  • jolenelebar member avatar

    Simply Magical!!

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    Katya and Rob are so amazingly talented!! They make such an amazing team together, by creating a laid back environment where we could really be spontaneous and allowed for creative and unique wedding photos, rather than the typical formal wedding photos. They captured every beautiful aspect of our wedding and from every angle. They asked us to answer questions to get to know us better, and we felt that it was such a special and personal way to become friends rather than just as clients. We never doubted their talent at all, as I had been following their blog for a whole year prior to our wedding. When we finally met them on the day of our wedding it was as if we had reunited with a long lost friend. They were fun, friendly and extremely passionate about their work and ensuring that we were given the best experience and quality photos possible. It was such a relaxing environment with all of our friends and family. When we met up with them the following morning for our Rock the Dress session, it was as if we were just a couple of beach bums hanging out at the beach together. We just got our pictures back in record time, some of our friends had complained previously about not recei...” (read more)

  • futuremrstyler member avatar

    Wonderful experience, very happy

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    Pros: Warm, professional, communicative, creative, two points of view

    Katya and Rob did an incredible job shooting our wedding at Jellyfish in the DR in October 2013. They were extremely personable, have an incredibly artistic eye and made the process of being photographed for hours on end feel effortless and fun The entire group raved about how awesome they were and our photos are even better. We loved the easy digital process of scanning the galleys and downloading our own photos once they were ready. We highly recommend them.” (read more)

  • hollynads member avatar

    The only photographer to use | Nobody comes close

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    Pros: DEEPLY BEAUTIFUL COUPLE; attention to detail and focus on story-telling; easy to work with; flexible;

    Cons: They don't live in Chicago where I do so that we can hang out!

    WORTH EVERY PENNY - DON'T SETTLE FOR THE RESORT PHOTOGRAPHERS WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE KATYA AND ROB TO DOCUMENT AND DIFFERENTIATE YOUR WEDDING When my husband and I decided to have a destination wedding, we began looking at the photographers available at the Hard Rock Punta Cana.  The prices were average and the portfolios were below average.  While budget is important, we knew that photography was just as important as the venue.  From the moment we saw Katya Nova Photography's website, we knew that we had to have them.  The photography spoke to us - By the end of every single wedding or blog post, we needed more.  We were so lucky to book them!  The communication was great all the way up to the wedding day when we finally got to meet the two of them.  Katya and Rob worked within our wedding schedule, which was split into a 2PM ceremony and 6PM cocktail hour/reception.   From the moment Katya showed up to our bridal room, I was immediately at ease about the day.  She worked her butt off in capturing beautiful moments, but also acted as a maid of honor, suggesting ideas and relaxation techniques. Rob stayed...” (read more)

  • sarakjerstin member avatar

    Fabulous find!

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    Pros: Professional, fun, creative.

    Cons: photojournalistic style may not be for you- If it is however, Katya is the person for you.

    Katya and Rob were a delight to have on our big day. As this was a destination wedding we had never met previously but through email correspondence we felt like we knew Katya by the time we met her in person. It was nice as  she took the time to get to know us and our family before the big day; it was a thoughtful gesture that paid off in our photos. Both Katya and Rob are relaxed but  professional (great for a day where nerves are all over the place) and have great suggestions while being  open to what you really want. Katya has a way of being right in the moment without you even seeing her.  Her work is creative and beautiful  and she has a talent for capturing  the moment. He fun loving spirit brings a sense of peace to a hectic day. I can't stress how nice this was to have.    As our wedding ran later than planned Katya and Rob stayed much later than planned to make sure we got just the right shots. This was so appreciated by my husband and I.    Our images are amazing and we are so happy with the whole experience.  Katya has a great eye and we would have no hesitation recommending her to other couples for their sp...” (read more)

  • lsustef member avatar

    Simply amazing!

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    Pros: Everything! Professional, fun, genuine! Stunning pictures.

    Cons: Nothing at all! I will repeat what another said....we can't hang out with them all the time!

    I have no words to express how my husband and I feel about our pictures from Katya and Rob.  Love does not even come close!  I have looked at them no less than 20 times and I cry just about every time!  I still can't believe it is us in these amazing pictures…..they look like they need to be in a fashion magazine! We will never be able to decide which our favorite is; the next one is always our favorite!  Katya and Rob are just as sweet, fun, and genuine in person as they present on the Internet, which is hard to come by these days when you are dealing with wedding vendors or anyone trying to sell you something.  They really took the time to get to know us separately and as a couple and it truly shows in our pictures. From the minute they came up to me at the spa getting my hair and make up done I felt like I was meeting an old friend. You can tell that this is more than just a job for them, it is a passion.  We had the best time with them taking pictures, hanging out, laughing and just generally having a great time!  It was really one of the highlights of our trip.  From the pre-wedding in our hotel room, the ceremony, post ceremony, and...” (read more)

  • cinnagirl member avatar

    Amazing photographers! Wonderful experience!

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    Pros: Attention to detail, personal touches, creativity, experience, professionalism, fast turnaround, stunning results.

    Cons: None!

    One of the best decisions we made was to hire Katya and Rob to document our wedding day. Photography was extremely important for me, and I had fallen in love with Katya's style while searching through numerous destination wedding photographers. I was ecstatic when they were available for our wedding day, and from that initial email contact, we knew we had made the right choice. Katya and Rob take the time to really get to know you as a couple before the wedding day, which we valued since the first time we met them in person was on the wedding day. In turn, they are a great resource for any wedding related questions. Katya was so personal through all of our email communication, that when she showed up in my room on the wedding day and embraced me in a big hug, I felt like I was meeting up with a long time friend.    Katya and Rob were amazing throughout the day. They were enthusiastic, passionate, and creative. Katya had so many amazing ideas for photos and they made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We love how the details we shared with them made their way into our wedding day, such as important songs or comments about the stories we had shared....” (read more)

  • pujbride1 member avatar

    MAGICAL, ENERGETIC TEAM PRODUCES SPECTACULAR PHOTOS

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    Pros: Enthusiastic and fun with an eye for creative shots, quick to get photos back to you, obviously they really love what they do, go above and beyond

    Cons: None!

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Everything about this team is PERFECT. They are extremely enthusiastic, fun to be around and are the most creative, professional photographers. Their talent is limitless. You'd be crazy to pass them up for any other. They made an impressive effort to get to know me and my husband from the get-go. By the time we met, we felt like old friends. They have an indescribable aura of love and creativity. It's obvious they absolutely love what they do. No matter how camera-shy you think you are, they have a magical way of making you feel completely comfortable. Trust me, this is very important. I was worried about how awkward the photos would come out because my husband both are not "photogenic" people. However, I can't even begin to say how completely perfect the shots are that they got! Rob will do whatever it takes to get the best shot. He was literally hanging from the rafters and scaling walls at our dinner reception. It was awesome. We can't even imagine having had our wedding without them. They complimented the event, not just as photographers. They really felt like part of our guests. In fact, all of our 20+ guests commented on how much they loved the photog...” (read more)

  • erijay26 member avatar

    Absolutely wonderful

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    Pros: Personal touches, attention to detail, amazing engery and spirit

    Katya and Rob made our wedding so much more incredible than I could have imagined. From the very start when Katya greeted me with all my bridesmaids getting our hair done, to Rob hanging out with the guys to candidly capture them getting ready, everything felt intimate and special, as if we were long lost friends. Katya and Rob get to know you, your wedding day wishes, your love for your spouse, all ahead of the wedding by asking questions, stories of special memories or photo requests you have, so that they know exactly what you want the day of your wedding and you don't have to worry about anything on your big day.   My pictures couldn't have turned out more beautifully. The best part was that I didn't have to ask for anything, because they already knew what I wanted from previous discussions and they came through on all of it. They were incredibly fun, got all of my wedding party to relax and enjoy the pictures so we got some great candid shots, and they literally captured everything. The photos were amazing, the attention to detail and personal touches to every aspect of our wedding that they captured in their photos were exactly what I had hoped for, and they hav...” (read more)

  • almitelli member avatar

    Katya & Rob are PERFECTION

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    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Nothing

    AWords can't even describe how lucky I feel that I was able to have Katya & Rob document our wedding.  A day that I spent months preparing for felt like it was over in seconds.The way that they captured everything that whole day is just such an amazing gift. The pictures are breathtaking. Now I get to re-live that day over and over again.  They are rock stars! I feel blessed to know them. Not only were they amazing photographers but they were unbelievably helpful in every aspect of my wedding planning.  I could get into specifics but ill just go ahead and say "ditto" to every other positive review on here. Their blog speaks for itself. Thank you SO much katya & rob. You guys are definitely the coolest people I know and I cannot wait till we meet again. XO” (read more)

  • stephaniet member avatar

    Beautiful Photos, Beautiful People!!

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    Pros: Very informative, creative, full of love and joy, and fantastic photos!!

    I don't even know where to start.... I was searching Dominican Republic photographers when I stumbled upon Katya Nova Photography's website. I was immediately impressed by their keen ability to capture life through their images as opposed to a "posed" picture. I emailed right away to inquire and Katya's prompt response made me feel like we'd been best friends for years already. They are both wonderful, fun people who love eachother and love what they do. We wanted engagement photos, so they met us in Banff, Alberta where they were shooting a wedding at the time, and still took time out of their very hectic schedules to meet us and do our photo shoot. We immediately felt welcomed and comfortable with them, as if we'd known them for years, and we had so much fun galavanting through the streets of Banff playing around and making some beautfiul memories. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, Katya and Rob were there to answer any questions we had; they know so much about the ins and outs of the resorts in DR. They reccommended our pastor for our ceremony that we ended up using, and couldn't be happier with their reccomendation. They went above and beyo...” (read more)

  • leah-agnew-joy member avatar

    Beautiful Photos, Even More Beautiful Photographers!

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    Pros: INCREDIBLE photos, they are fun, fast response and turnaround time, beautiful spirit, so loving

    Cons: we can't hang out every weekend!

    Katya Nova Photography is incredible!  Katya and Rob are a beautiful couple, inside and out, whose love and spirit are reflected in their work.  From the first email I received from Katya, I knew I had to have shoot our wedding.  Katya's email response to my initial inquiry was as though we had been long-lost friends; she told me about herself and Rob and asked me about how I met my (then future) husband.  She wanted to know details, and I was utterly impressed when she later referenced these details during our photo shoot. After several emails back and forth in the weeks prior to our wedding it was time to finally meet Katya, she wrote to me: "look for the girl with a smile in the polka dot dress". Her smile is radiant and contageous. Her love for life is overflowing; any photographer can take photos, but Katya and Rob created and captured memories. Katya took the time to get to know us as individuals, as she does each of her brides, as evident by her story-telling with pictures on her blog. Seriously, check out her blog, it is amazing!!!  See our photos here: http://www.katyanova...r-leah-justin/  Looking at my wedding photos reminds me not only how i...” (read more)

  • carori member avatar

    Amazing Photographs, Great and Friendly Photographers!

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    Pros: professional, excellent quality, stunning photographs, friendly

    Katya and Rob photographed our wedding in March 2013 in Punta Cana. Her photographs are just perfect!    We found her after going through lots of websites from photographers that work in Punta Cana and wedding websites. For us the photographs were one of the most important things for the wedding, and we needed to get it right and not just "ok".  After seeing Katya's blog and her photographs from other weddings we were just so impressed! They were so different and stunning, we immediately fell in love and wanted the same for our wedding; this is what we got, our photographs are exactly what we wanted.    In terms of communication, it was always good and timely, her emails were clear and informative, from the beginning it was clear what we would get and what were our options, she is really professional!    Katya and Rob are a great couple, they complement each other and it was great to have two photographers working on our wedding day capturing different points of view. During the wedding it felt that they were part of our great friends. Even when things didn't go perfectly they behaved like friends helping us out through everything, we are...” (read more)

  • ashtooner member avatar

    Fantastic Experience! Brilliant Photography

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    Pros: Beautiful photos, caring photographers

    Choosing Katya Nova Photography for our February 20, 2013 wedding was one of the best choices we made.  Katya and Rob really cared about us and went the extra mile to ensure that they captured all the important moments of our day.  They are an awesome team and we enjoyed having them at our wedding.  Thank you for the amazing photographs - they truly are the most beautiful photos that we have ever had taken of us.” (read more)

  • msmapleleaf member avatar

    Top Notch Destination Wedding Photographers

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    Pros: stunning photos, laid back and fun to work with, familiar with area

    Cons: None

    Katya and Rob photographed my wedding on November 2, 2012 in the Dominican Republic.  I really cannot say enough good things about the experience.  Out of all of the decisions we made for our wedding, hiring this pair was definitely at the top of the list.     We had a small and intimate wedding and Katya and Rob fit in so well and felt like old friends.  They chatted and laughed with our guests all the while capturing beautiful pictures.  I loved having two  photographers who coordinated so well to get different angles of moments like me walking down the aisle or our first dance.  We had a bit of a snafu with the timing with one of our other vendors and Katya and Rob were so understanding and accommodating.  They're really wonderful people.   The next day we did a rock the dress session at a natural lagoon.  The lagoon was hiding in the forest and had crystal clear water -- just beautiful.    Katya and Rob tag teamed to direct and shoot my husband and I underwater!  Not only do we love the pictures, but it also felt like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  We definitely recommend this!   We had high e...” (read more)

  • bittersweetd1 member avatar

    The Absolute Best

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    Pros: communication, quality, professionalism, experience, positive energy

    Cons: NONE

    Katya and Rob recently did the photography for our wedding on November 9, 2012.   I found it extremely difficult deciding whether or not I should fly a photographer from where I live to Punta Cana to capture our wedding day.  Photos were extremely important to us and I was willing to cut corners on other asepcts of our day to ensure that we got the best.  Luckly, while reasearching our venue (Jellyfish Restaurant) I came acress Katya and everything fell into place. Communication from Katya was A+ from day 1.  She takes the time to help you with an questions and is very personable.  She made me feel comfortable from the get go with my decision.  She also helped me with a few details that I was unsure about with planning a wedding in a place that I had never visited. On the day of, Katya and her husband/partner Rob were prompt and professional.  She knew exactly the right things to say, and you can just feel the passion and experience just by being in the same room as her.  Myself and all of my wedding guests loved her positive energy.  The photos were spectacular and we recevied them less than a month after the wedding.....” (read more)

  • eve176 member avatar

    Sweet, intuitive & generous Katya Nova

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      Pictures of my wedding were one of my top priorities.  I did my research and would come up with cheesy photography sites in the DR and felt hopeless.  I guess I had to fly them in from NY which was daunting. One night I stumbled on Katya's website (I think after googling best Dominican wedding photography- lol).  I felt inspired.  I felt love through her pictures- they documented love, as her tagline so appropriately suggests.   Katya was so sweet in answering questions I had about my venue Cap Cana which she has photographed so beautifully many times before.  She was a bride as well & was empathetic with the process.  When I see our pictures it takes me back to our sweet day & I experience the emotions just as I did then.  The photo-booth was the cherry on top!!  Definitely had our guests giddy- I'm so happy we did that.   When people see our pics, they are mesmerized.  "Wow, gorgeous pictures"... Hey- you mean gorgeous wedding right? lol- Thanks Katya for gorgeously documenting our big day!” (read more)

  • ideangelis411 member avatar

    Can't wait for Katya & Rob to shoot our wedding!

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    Pros: Everything

    Cons: Non

    AI booked Katya and Rob to shoot my July 2013 wedding at the hard rock, punta cana. Katya has been so amazing. Not only is she our photographer, but she has been so helpful with answering our questions about the resort. If you are getting married anywhere in the Dominican Republic- Katya and rob are your best bet! They know most of the resorts inside and out. Katya has been more helpful and has answered more questions then my own wedding planner. I'm looking forward to July 2013 ” (read more)

  • pierivk member avatar

    Amazing Photographers

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      It all started with an extensive research for a photographer that will shoot our destination wedding in Punta Cana. We were lucky to find Katya Nova Photography and by looking at their work on their website, we knew this was the kind of style we wanted to have. Then we had the opportunity to skype with Katya and after 2 minutes of chatting with her, we knew they were the ones..    We fell in love with this couple from the first time we saw them. They transmitted such a peaceful and positive vibe from the get go. Katya and Rob are not only extremely professional but they involved themselves to the very maximum to make us feel very comfortable and completely pleasant with their work. They were not only our photographers, they were our guides, motivators and friends.    They went out of their way and beyond to deliver the story of our love in the most important day of our lives.   Despite the fact that we were extremely exhausted after our wedding reception, we were excited to wake up at 5:30am to shoot sunrise thrash the dress session. It was one of the most beautiful settings I've ever experienced, being surrounded by ocean, s...” (read more)