Playa Grande Costa Rica Photographer

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Playa Grande Costa Rica Photographer – Shawna + Jorge Familia –

Oh, the fire red Malinches! After almost six months of no rain during dry season here in the province of Guanacaste, the Malinche trees go into full and glorious bloom right around the beginning of rainy season. Some years the Malinche blooms before the rain arrives and thus the green foliage on the tree has not started to grow back. However, this year the Malinche bloomed a tad bit late, resulting in a fire red tree with bright green, new foliage. This tree is so stunning to photograph by itself, so when Shawna told me her idea to do family photos under a gorgeous, blooming Malinche in Playa Grande Costa Rica, I was ecstatic. To top it all off, the Malinche tree that Shawna had her eye on was the same one where she said her I-Dos last November. Insert photographer happy dance!

Father and son with beautiful Malinche trees in full bloom in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Red Malinche tree petals on the grass in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Then Shawna and I waited for just the right day where this Malinche would be in peak, full bloom. We also crossed all of our fingers and toes that an afternoon rain shower would hold off on the day we selected for the family photo session. The days leading up to the planned date down poured. But thankfully, we must have pleased the sun gods enough as the sunshine fought its way through the grey rain clouds and kept the rain at bay.  With a dramatic and stormy sky, what resulted last week during this family photo shoot was pure magic. On top of that, throughout the session green parrots were flying in and out of this beautiful Malinche tree!

Family photo with a fire red Malinche tree in full bloom in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Beautiful family photo with two green parrots flying out of this blooming Malinche tree!

Husband and wife kissing under a Malinche tree in full bloom in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Two brothers playing during a family photo session in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

I first met Shawna almost five years ago while booking my first trip to Costa Rica at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp (WRSC). As the sales manager and awesome head of the reservations team at WRSC, Shawna made booking my trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica a piece of cake, answering ALL of my questions. A year after my first trip I moved down to Tamarindo and Shawna was one of the first smiling faces I remember seeing welcoming me to town. In fact, I have yet to meet one person who knows Shawna that does not describe her as being utterly awesome!  So when I found out she was marrying another awesome person, Jorge, I was over the moon happy for her. Shawna radiates a genuine happiness and it flows into her beautiful family, Jorge, her husband, and her two sons, Lucas and Noah.

Family photo under a fire red Malinche tree in full bloom. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Toddler running around his family during family photo session in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Young toddler and his mom under a blooming Malinche tree in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Noah is 15 months old and is such a ham. He recently learned to walk, and during the whole session this little cutie was full of curiosity, walking around exploring. Noah loved looking at the camera and then just busting out in a wide-grinned smile. His big brother Lucas was amazing, playing with Noah and making him laugh. Noah loved chasing Lucas around!

Young toddler fooling around during family photo session in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Young toddler smiling at the camera during family photos in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Father and sons in front of a blooming Malinche tree in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

 

Pura Vida,
Kristen

P.S. Love this family photo session? Check out my Family Photography!

Boy climbing a Malinche tree in full bloom. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

 

Parents observing their children running around playing during a family photo session in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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