Me llamo Kristen – that’s Español for ‘my name is Kristen.’ 😉
I love dancing with waves, chasing sunsets, frolicking with my teeny-tiny Chihuahua named Gidget, laughing my butt off, and capturing genuine emotion & authentic love. I’m beyond blessed to call two beautiful places home, Tamarindo, Costa Rica and Savannah, Georgia.
Can I get a hey y’all?! How about a Pura Vida! Read on for the rest!
My photographic style is authentic, candid, & natural. I keep it light and focus on those precious, candid moments that naturally occur, whether it be his smile when he looks at you because you two are so madly in love, or your little one bursting into laughter. I may help you into a natural pose that highlights some beautiful natural light or an awesome background, but the magic happens when you start moving out of the pose, your personality shining through. This is when I get all giddy behind the camera because magic is unfolding in front of me. Seriously, I probably will be “ooohing and ahhhing”! I promise you that years from now the love, light, and laughter from the day will be so real that you almost will get to relive it all over again.
Natural light is my bread and butter. I love photographing during golden hour in the late afternoon right before sunset – – the natural light is just so golden, magical, and oh-so-perfect for for capturing all of your beautiful moments. And the added bonus? The potential for a gorgeous sunset sky, because photographing you + the stunning sunset sky is the peanut butter to my jelly. Yep, I really did just say PB to my J! 😉
When I am not dreaming under a palm tree or wandering the mossy Savannah squares, most days you can find me surfing beautiful Costa Rican waves, photographing a breathtaking sunset, or playing on the beach with my Chihuahua, Gidget. I’m a natural light photographer, sunset chaser, and a soul surfer. I am passionate about my work and life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
THE DAY I TOOK MY FIRST SURF LESSON OVER FIVE YEARS AGO IS THE DAY I DROPPED BACK INTO LIFE. UNHAPPY WITH MY CORPORATE JOB, IT WAS TIME TO START BEING PASSIONATE ABOUT WORK AND LIFE AGAIN. IT WAS TIME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT – – TO DANCE TO THE RHYTHM OF THE SEA – – TO LIVE, BREATHE, AND EXPERIENCE THIS BEAUTIFUL THING WE CALL LIFE. IT WAS TIME TO
P.S. My favorite color is sunset 🌅.
JUST WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!
some of my favorite things
COME SAMBA WITH ME!
The cutest Chihuahua.
Dancing With Waves
Live, Love, Surf.
Oak Trees & Spanish Moss
So dramatic. So dreamy.
Did I mention I love sunsets? #sunsetchaser
The original camera where the love all started.
Make me happy.
Timeless childhood moments with family.
Radiating southern charm and romance.
Water soothes my soul.
The Sunset Shop
Prints, Pillows, Postcards…oh my!
Oh, you want to know more?
From a very early age I can remember staring at pictures that my parents took on their worldwide travels and being mesmerized. I could not wait to get my hands on one of my parents’ SLRs. When my mom finally let me use her Nikon, I was ecstatic loading the film for the first time and even more elated seeing my first photographs come to life in front of my eyes in the dark room.
That Nikon SLR instantly became one of my best friends, coming along on every jaunt and worldwide adventure. Gone are the film days, and a digital Nikon DSLR is a welcomed addition to best friend status, but my viewpoint when I look through the camera lens is still the same. The world around me is transformed when I look through the viewfinder. I feel beyond blessed to be doing what I love and living my passions.
Why Costa Rica?
I took my first surf lesson in 2011 and it was love at first wipeout. After two trips to Tamarindo, Costa Rica within a couple of months of that first surf lesson, I was sitting on my surfboard in the Pacific Ocean when my heart whispered I needed to be in Tamarindo. I hadn’t felt that alive in years. A year after my first trip to Costa Rica, in September of 2012, I took a leap of faith and left my job at a big bank in New York City. I hopped on a plane to surf in Pura-Vida-dise and to help Mr. Endless Summer, Robert August, with social media and blogging.
Soon after landing in Costa Rica, I started chasing and photographing the oh-so-magical Costa Rican sunsets every night. After seeing one-too-many ugly postcards for sale in Tamarindo, I decided to take matters into my own hands and started selling my own line of 100% recycled postcards, notecards, mini cards using my sunset photographs. Selling my photographs via my cards inspired me to finally pursue my passion for photography full-time. Sunset chasing with my oh-so-adorable Chihuahua Gidget is now a daily ritual – – every afternoon no matter where I am in the world, I close my laptop and head out with Gidget to chase sunsets. Costa Rica and Savannah so far are our two favorite spots to watch Mother Nature’s magic!
enough about me...
I wanna hear from you! I would love to know all about those photographic ideas you have cooking, whether it be playing on the beach with your family, wandering the Spanish Moss Squares in Savannah, hiking up to a beautiful waterfall, or capturing the intimate love at your wedding. I know there are countless other awesome photographers to choose from, so how about we grab a cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee and get to know each other? If the fit is right, I can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones to the Samba to the Sea familia!