I’ll start by saying that her timing, both specifically for the shoot and for the return of the actual photos, is AMAZING compared to every single other photographer I’ve ever come across. Kristen really has, what they call “the whole package.” Not only does she instantly feel like a friend, she’s also extremely helpful loosening up a newbie in front of the camera. She gives the best advice when it comes to posture and posing. And hopefully everyone is lucky enough to meet Gidget, her teeny tiny sidekick! If you’re looking for exceptional quality and just a plain ol’ good time, Kristen is definitely your match made in Heaven. We one thousand percent recommend!!! – Sarah + Ian

Wonderful experience- Kristen made our session so relaxed. She is fun, energetic and easy to be with. The photos were incredible and we have used other professional photographers before with the kids. Kristen has the talent to catch truly genuine moments – nothing is super “posed” about the portraits….you will bring home the type of creative, beautiful photos you see on Pinterest and wish you could have in your home! Highly recommend her services! – Casey Family

 

Long story short my boyfriend surprised me with a photoshoot as a gift on vacation and I’m sooo glad he found her. The pictures were AMAZING! I couldn’t have asked for better. She makes you feel so comfortable – – especially if you’re someone who hates getting your picture taken. If you need photos and happen to be Costa Rica or Savannah – – she’s your girl!! – Kirsten + Chris

Kristen was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her sense of angles and lighting are the keys to her beautiful photographs. She took her time and worked with me and my family to not only capture gorgeous photos but also captured who we are. These pictures are my most treasured and I truly look forward to using her again in the future. – Solana Family

My husband and I did a shoot with Kristen (and sweet pup, Gidget) on the beach at sunset while honeymooning in Costa Rica. Our pictures turned out even better than we ever could’ve imagined! Kristen has an amazing ability to capture beauty and true feelings. We have received countless compliments on our photos and recommend Samba to the Sea for anyone and everyone looking for a comfortable experience with beautiful moments captured in time!! 🙂 – Erin + Nate

Kristen was wonderful to work with. She did a family shoot for us in Costa Rica and we are so happy with the results. She was very patient with my toddler and managed to capture some great memories for us. We would definitely recommend her services!  – Pushka Family

Kristen was amazing. For our elopement at the Westin she knew all the cool spots for pictures. She went the extra mile to make sure the background looked amazing, clearing things that may have obstructed the view. Being such a kind and positive soul, she really made us feel relaxed in front of the camera. My friends have told me they have never seen me look so happy in pictures! I know it’s all because Kristen was so skilled at capturing the special moments. She had a very quick turn around for the pictures, which was nice because we couldn’t wait to share them. I totally recommend her services if you are ever in need of a photographer. – Sarah + Andrew 

 

Where do I start. Kristen is not amazing, she is extraordinary. She truly goes above and beyond for her clients. She has done two sessions for us now. The first was a maternity which was better than I hoped. Fast forward a year later and she did a family shoot with our our daughter and grand parents. The pictures she captures are just amazing. She has this ability of seeing things you wouldn’t think to tell her and she captures that. Every single picture we have is a favorite. That is no lie. She and her assistant, Gidget, were amazing with our 8 month old. They kept her interested and laughing the entire time. She is our top pic for photography. She is also truly a great person and cares for her clients. Last thing, we did not get many pics with my mother and I forgot to ask her to get a sunset shot. We ended up seeing her outside at sunset a few days later. Without asking she offered to take a few sunset shots of my mother and daughter. Not only were they amazing and special but, what photographer does that?! We love her. You can’t go wrong picking Samba to the Sea. She is a blessing 🙂 – Kara

 

Kristen was amazing in every aspect. The pictures turned out great, and communication was above and beyond. We even had a snafu with getting to the location of the photographs as the driver took us to the wrong location at first and she was still there waiting when we finally arrived, even without us having access to a cell or email to contact her as we were in Costa Rica. As someone who does not write reviews, I would not hesitate to recommend Samba to the Sea to anyone looking to capture a special moment. – Mike

Romantic proposal in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Samba to the Sea Photography was exactly what my husband and I were looking for to capture our wedding day in Costa Rica. From the emails leading up, I could tell that Kristen genuinely cared about what we wanted. She was quick to respond with questions, and on the wedding day, she was professional, friendly and intuitive. This is huge when you have so many things going on, so many little decisions to make. We needed our photographer to take the reigns, creatively guiding us, effortlessly. Kristen did just that, creating some of the most beautiful photos of us. She even highlighted the pieces we wore from my jewelry line, Indo Love, an added bonus. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives. – Keeley + Steve

Our family spent the summer of 2016 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Before we left we decided to hire a photographer to take some photos to help commemorate our wonderful trip. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Kristen. The photos were stunning! We have two young kids who were quite the handful and she was just so good with them. Getting the cutest shots by asking them to tell each other a secret or whisper a joke to each other. Her photos are so creative and we will forever be grateful for these memories that she captured for us. If you are considering a photographer in Tamarindo, Samba to the Sea will not disappoint! – Kalik Family

Young boy smiling during family portraits in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen is an absolute amazing photographer, she is so easy to work with, and such a great person! My husband in I were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica and my brother surprised us with honeymoon photos on the beach with Kristen! It was a dream! She captured our love of each other, as well as the pure beauty of Costa Rica! We will cherish those photos forever, and we hope to work with her again! My husband is a videographer and photographer so he is hard to please in that area, but he was over the moon about the photos and experience that Samba to the Sea gave us! We also love her dog Gidget 🙂 ! – Lani + Jay-J

Couple watching sunset on the point in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Working with Kristen was an absolute pleasure. I asked her to take some lifestyle head shots for me, as I’m a freelance writer with frequent requests from publications for a photo of myself. As I’m sure is the same for many people, I’m my own harshest critic when it comes to photos of myself and yet somehow Kristen managed to put together a whole folder of photos for me that I’m not only happy with, but actually now excited to send to people when they ask. She was able to give me direction, calm my nerves and make me laugh during our entire session and her ability to do that plus work with the beautiful natural light at the beach truly shine in the end product. I’m hoping to work with her again for some family photos near Christmas time and would highly recommend Samba to the Sea to anyone looking for a highly professional, yet fun, and personalized experience! – Jackie

Kristen is an amazing photographer. She went the extra mile to ensure that Waffles and I had the best photoshoot! One of our photos taken by Kristen in Tamarindo has already captured 20,000 likes on Instagram! Thank you Kristen and Samba to the Sea!!! – Theresa and Waffles

Wow! Kristen took photos of son’s baptism and reception. I figured they’d be good pics because of the location, but my expectations were exceeded by far!! So professional and she got the best out of all her subjects. Would recommend her a million times over!! Thank you, Kristen!!!!! – Frank

My wife and I work in the luxury resort business and are very particular. Samba to the Sea Photography and more particularly Kristen exceeded our expectations at my wife’s 40’s birthday party. The photos of our friends, family and fun turned out wonderfully and are a priceless addition to our family memories. I strongly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography. – Steve and Christine
Kristen is fabulous to work with and her results are stunning. She captured our recent family reunion/50th Wedding Anniversary celebration in Tamarindo with elegance and a touch of humor. Prior to our arrival, Kristen was responsive via email and once we were on Costa Rica soil, extremely helpful and knowledge about the area and where we might be able to capture the flavor of the country and our vacation experience. I highly recommend Kristen for any photographic needs and as a wonderful ambassador to Costa Rica. – Verrue Family
I’m lucky enough to have worked with Kristen on a few occasions while spending time in Costa Rica and each time I’m blown away by what she captures in her photos. She truly has such a talented eye for creating a photo and is VERY skilled at making me giggle and ‘naturally’ emote as I’m not always so comfy in front of the lens. 🙂 She has such natural talent to set up a scene with the BEST lighting and atmosphere and can respond quickly to disruptions or changes in weather (rain!). I treasure my photos! And she has a pretty cute assistant (aka Gidget her lil chihuahua!) – Kim
Kristen is such a talented photographer and very easy to work with. We changed the ceremony time a couple of times leading up to our beach wedding due to rain storms and she always remained upbeat and flexible. A picture truly is worth a thousand words, and so many times we were left speechless with her quality of work and her ability to really capture the moment and the feeling. We highly recommend her for your next special event that you want captured! – Rich and Shani
Kristen was absolutely wonderful to work with! She made us feel relaxed and comfortable – very down to earth and professional, as well! My husband is very anti-posing/anti-getting pictures taken and he ended up having a great time with her and was very relaxed, goofing off, and almost having fun (shhh don’t tell him I wrote that)! We did a trash the dress session after photos on the beach, in went Kristen with her camera and everything! Pretty sure this wasn’t planned on her part since she went in the ocean wearing her clothes to get the perfect shots. It was a blast! Thank you thank you thank you, again! –Brittany + Kyle
Samba to the Sea was the perfect find for our family photo session. Kristen was always very responsive to our requests, professional & extremely easy to work with. Even with the rain in the forecast, she waited until the last minute watching the report to make sure the shoot was going to be just perfect! I wish I could go back to November and had chosen her to do our wedding photos but these are beautiful & we have gorgeous treasured memories of our growing family now. Thanks Kristen & Samba to the Sea! – Shawna 
Kristen is wonderful! She did such a great job making me and my fiancé feel comfortable and actually have fun taking photos. I was excited to see the end result because I knew they were going to look good, but I was floored when I saw how great they turned out! I would highly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography for your photo needs! – Kelly + Russ
From start to finish, we had a great experience with Kristen. First, it was super easy to set up a family photo shoot with her. She was very quick to respond to emails and flexible about a possible backup date, if one became necessary. On the actual day of the shoot, everything went so smoothly. She showed up early and immediately put our two young boys at ease. Our one son had been having a rough day, so I feared the worst in terms of his behavior. But she was very sweet and let them show off their stuffed animals. She got some great shots of them with “Lambie” and “Bubba”! Before I knew it, we were taking very natural photos as a happy family and the tantrums from earlier in the day were a distant memory. Everyone was smiling and having a great time. After taking some photos at our rental house, Kristen took us to a great “secret” beach with thousands of beautiful seashells and a gorgeous sunset. Kristen continued to take great shots with all sorts of combinations – Dad and kids, Mom and kids, individual shots, etc. Once the shoot was over, Kristen was quick to get us a wonderful preview and the final album came pretty fast too. The final album was so much more than I expected. We got tons of images; more than I’m used to with other professional photographers. Several friends and family have commented on what a good idea it was to do a photo shoot on vacation. I completely agree – the hour spent with Kristen was well worth it and I’m so thankful for all of the great photos that document our time in Costa Rica. – Karen, Sherman Family
Kristen is a brilliant and talented photographer. My fiance hired her to take pictures of our engagement and then have a photo shoot on the beach afterwards, and it was an amazing experience. Kristen was engaging, fun and a pleasure to work with. She also got us our photos so quickly and they are just amazing! – Leila + Milver
My dog Maverick and I had a wonderful sunset photo session with Kristen playing on the beach in Tamarindo. It was so much fun working with her and our photos are beautiful! – Donna & Maverick
Kristen was an amazing photographer, we couldn’t have been happier with our experience. She photographed our wedding on the beach, made everyone feel comfortable, and encouraged shots that turned out beautifully. Her turnaround time was impressive. The editing job was great, and everyone enjoyed the photos. She’s also extremely responsive before, during, and after the wedding day. And finally she’s just cool and funny 🙂 – Señorita Mermaid

Kristen was amazing! She captured our big family of 15 as well as our little individual families so perfectly!! It was quick and easy… and the pictures are perfection! She was absolutely wonderful to work with. I would absolutely recommend her!! 🙂 – Cameron, Pass Family

 

What a wonderful photo session! Kristen is so comfortable with children, making everyone feel at ease. The pictures are just beautiful and so natural. Thank you for capturing our family. Love, The Cohens
Kristen was everything we wanted in terms of photos for our wedding vow/elopement on the beach in Costa Rica. She made us feel relaxed and comfortable and she did an amazing job of capturing the beautiful evening light that surrounded us. It was a special day for us and we were happy to have here there to document it. We highly recommend her for pics if you’re in the area. We LOVE our wedding pics so much! Thank you Kristen! XO – Jacinta + Ryan
Brilliant and artistic photography! I highly recommend if you are looking for a wonderful, artistic and professional photographer. – Mary + John
I just finished viewing my photos, with tears in my eyes. They definitely captured the joy and love we share as a family. These are treasures we will hold on to forever. We really couldn’t wait to see these photos, and appreciate the quick delivery (5 days). Kristen was wonderful and accommodated us with really short notice. You do beautiful work. I will surely be recommending you to anyone I know visiting Tamarindo and area in Costa Rica ! ❤ – Ayla, Tyler, and Harper
Kristen was so sweet and helpful the day of our wedding! She helped us with our son while taking pictures on the beach, helped me into my wedding dress, and even arranged the lawyer for the legal paperwork. It was a perfect day – the pictures were gorgeous and the price was super reasonable. We loved everything – thanks so much. – Madison & Diesel
Kristen is awesome! She was an absolute pleasure to work with while planning and executing a surprise proposal shoot for my fiance and I in Tamarindo. Kristen helped me plan everything from the time and date of the photos to where I would pop the question. I couldn’t have done it without her. Above that the photos are absolutely beautiful. –Trey & Michelle
We had an amazing photo session with Kristen from Samba to the Sea! My partner Elias and I did a pregnancy photo session at sunset on the beach with Kristen. We are beyond pleased with all of our beautiful photos. Kristen is not only a great photographer, but she is also a great director. We were a little nervous and uncomfortable at the start and she quickly put us at ease. Kristen also found all of the most beautiful spots and the best lighting for our pictures. She is incredibly professional as well, despite the fact that her computer hard drive was broken, Kristen managed to send us all of the amazing, edited photos within a few days! We cannot recommend Samba to the Sea highly enough! Thank you Kristen for such a fun experience and for the beautiful memories that we will cherish for a lifetime! Anne & Elias
Kristen went above and beyond for our maternity session. We had them done in the height of rainy season and day one she was willing to work with us to get the pictures we hoped for. Thankfully we had favor with mother nature that day. Kristen allowed my husband and I to feel relaxed and have fun while doing photos. My husband stated many times how much he enjoyed the experience compared to photo sessions with others. She really is a joy to work with and made the total experience a blast! We could not be more pleased with the pictures. They were above our expectations. We will most definitely be using her again for family pictures. I highly recommend her!Kara & Justin
I could not be more pleased with our experience with Kristen! My fiancé and I came to Costa Rica last month for our ‘elopement-moon’. We were connected with Kristen through our elopement planner.Kristen was so wonderful to work with. She was professional, timely, friendly, fun, and creative. The experience was phenomenal. And the icing on our ‘elopement cake’ are the beautiful photographs she took of us before, during, and after our ceremony. They are amazing and we will cherish them forever! – Kara

Kristen and I did a fitness – lifestyle photoshoot in Tamarindo in July and the results were incredible. She knew exactly which time and locations would work best and also had a keen eye for art direction and complimentary angles – creating a beautiful collection of shots! I would recommend her photography business (Samba to the Sea) to anyone inquiring – whether it’s capturing your little moments or those big adventures – Kristen is your go-to gal for photography! – Christine

 

“Kristen has a truly incredible gift at pulling out the most magical snap shots from the world and life around her. I am grateful to have such joyful images of my last pregnancy, and to have my older kids participate in recording those moments. Thank you Kristen!” –Leona
Kristen was the first person to truly capture Kiki’s essence on film. That is not easy to do, because it is not something physical that automatically shows up in a photograph. That’s the difference between a good photographer and a great one. Thank you Kristen for capturing a piece of Kiki’s soul on film. -Katherine

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I would love to hear what 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!

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