SO HERE WE ARE!
“All children are born artists; the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up” (Pablo Picasso).
As we mentioned on the front page, my name is Octa, and together with my wife, Tia.
We live in Somersworth, NH, married in 2013. We first met in elementary school back in the 90's and started dating in 2009. Romantic enough?
Now, a little bit about me, enough with this passion thing. I am a wedding photographer, OF COURSE, this is my passion (crazy and stupid if it's not).
I enjoy the most, working with the people who are spontaneous, bubbly, goofy, and dance floor shaker. Why? Because I am slightly on the opposite of that. I'm little reserved, cannot be the center of attention for more than 30 seconds, and can't dance. But you'd be surprised how much you have in common with someone that's completely different from you. Besides, that kind of persona always makes the day brighter don't you think?
Don't worry though! my confidence boosted tenfolds when I am behind the camera. I'm not afraid on arranging a group and family photo during your cocktail hour, that's for sure :)
"They were professional, caring, attentive to detail, and went with the flow of activities as our event progressed" (Andrea).
Tia, on the other hand, grew up in the field. She's a sporty girl and joined the basketball club during her high school. She also has a very strong sense of art, not only in photography but also in handcraft, digital design, typography, illustration, everything.... you name it. Although today, all those skills are not being used to its full potential, since she's a full-time mom with 2 toddlers!
She is cheerful, cute, little awkward (which makes her even cuter), detail oriented and thoughtful. Just make sure keep reminding her to drink some waters when I'm not around.
"Tia is such a sweetheart! She did so much at the wedding to make sure everything looked nice. You guys make a cute couple!" (Karina).
(we will put our super adorable photos of our kids on this page soon)
What do we love in common?
We love our church & community, coffee & tea, cute puppy (though can't afford to have one at the moment), hiking & camping, fairy-tales, debt-free life, traveling, observing different cultures and watch Korean drama.
This photo is so cheesy, I know! We will replace it once we get a new and proper headshot.
You might spend days or weeks on Google to find the best photographer in New Hampshire or even New England -- and you overwhelm with hundreds of photographers around the area. Well, guess what? I wish there's really a formula on how to choose wedding photographers, but it's never that simple.
EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER IS DIFFERENT
Our goal: To make your pupil dilated and your jaw drops when you see your wedding photo gallery, then you will send us e-mail explaining about your pupil and your jaw, while uploading bunch of photos to your Facebook album like... immediately.
Our value: Marriage is sacred. It is a covenant, not merely a promise, nor contract. With that in mind, we really pray that you will have a long healthy life, full of joy and continue respecting each other.
Our style: Modern, romantic, fun and warm. We have 2 different approach that complementing each other.
So, are we the right photographers for you? Check our portfolio and see if our works fit your style.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been in the business?
Our first wedding was in 2012, but I have been a portrait, landscape and journalist photographer since 2002. Tia has been a family, baby and event photographer since 2007. There are still so much to learn and we keep improving our skills in many ways :)
What if I only need 1 photographer?
There will be no difference in our price whether it is one or two photographers. We believe two pairs of eyes are better than one, unless you have a situation where you only need or are allowed to have one photographer, then let us know for sure!
Do you only shot wedding?
No, but wedding is our main market focus.
We shot engagement, senior, portrait, public events and even birthdays in between.
What gear do you use?
We use Canon as our base-system. We don't think you need to know our complete list of equipments, but if you DO, email us! (though we're not sure how it benefits you).
How far will you travel for my wedding?
Our basic coverage includes travel up to 150 miles or 2 hours travel (whichever comes first). There will be travel fees after, and up to 250 miles.
On top of 250 miles, the travel fees will be negotiated based on location and our availability.
What if my hotel, ceremony and reception are at different places?
We do not charge extra fees in most cases. Even if the location for you and your spouse is separated during the preparation, we can work it out together to get both of your preparation covered.
Do I get an engagement session for free?
Yes, we offer up to 90 minutes engagement session for our wedding packages. It is a complimentary, so there will be no discount or cash value if you are opt-out. Engagement session is designed not only as an addition to your personal collections, but to work and know us better in person before your big day.
The location however, is limited to 20 miles from Somersworth, NH. Pretty much NH Seacoast areas, and south of Maine. You may pick your own location, and we can suggest some of our favorite places if you have no clue.
Do I own the full copyright of the image?
Not a full copyright. Copyright is still owned by us, Stovila Photography. You will receive the Print Release to print your pictures for your personal needs. Postcards, posters, canvases, calendars, just to name few, includes sharing the images on your personal social medias with friends & family, as long as they are not for commercial use.
How many pictures should I expect to receive?
Approximately 400-800 pictures, depending on the complexity of your wedding rundown, and the type of guests you have at your wedding :)
Do you have a backup photographers? Are you insured?
We don't have a permanent backup photographers, but we're part of an active local wedding photographer group in New England & NH area, which is a trusted and dependable resource in case of emergency.
And yes, we're fully insured for liability.
How to reserve you guys, and how about the downpayment?
Contact us to check our availability. The reservation is official when the contract is signed, and downpayment is received. Bank / Personal Check is our preferred method of payment so we have a tangible document (aren't we old school?), although Credit / Debit card payment is available with small processing fees.