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sunset dreamers + wild at heart.

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With over one hundred 5-Star client reviews, these are just some of their ‘making me blush’ reviews…

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. If you’re looking for exceptional quality and just a plain ole’ good time, Kristen is definitely your match made in Heaven. – Sarah + Ian

I don’t even know where to begin with Kristen + Samba to the Sea. I found her while searching blogs on weddings in Costa Rica, and immediately knew I had to have her. I didn’t care about the venue, the music, the decor- only that we HAD to use Samba to the Sea for our photographs! Kristen has a unique, creative style and knows how to capture each and every perfect moment. My husband (I can say that, now!) and I were not the traditional bride and groom and Kristen fit our ‘off the beaten path’ needs, to the fullest. And I must add, she genuinely had fun photographing our wedding, and brought such a positive, energetic energy that was contagious. She is definitely someone you want to have around on your wedding day! I am beyond grateful to have these beautiful photos of our wedding to look back on forever! Thank you Kristen, we love you! – Rhiannon + Calvin

We had such a wonderful experience with Kristen. She 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! – Casey Family

Working with Kristen was one of the best choices we made in planning our wedding. She was able to really capture the love surrounding our wedding, and we were so happy to have found her. She was very communicative and her turnaround time was AMAZING! We had the photos to look at while on our honeymoon right after the wedding which was a big plus!! We felt like Kristen was a guest at our wedding rather than hired, she felt like a friend immediately and knew exactly how to capture our day. She knew of specific places to take us on the beach during our portraits which was so nice, and made us feel at ease the entire time. If there is one thing you do, book Kristen now, as you will not be disappointed! Gracias Kristen!! – Gina + Mark

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. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives. – Keeley + Steve

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Are you ready for one heck of a good time?

Real talk…having your photo taken doesn’t have to be like going to the dentist.

#finally

What if it were as fun as an afternoon spent with your loved ones – – laughing your butts off + forgetting the camera was even there?

Because I’m not about awkward poses, but rather those perfectly-imperfect, REAL moments.

I’m about capturing who you really are.

The little things and those big feelings, like the look of pure joy on your face because you’re having an awesome time.

So if you’re fueled by sandy toes & salt air, down to play in the waves + see my little Chihuahua Gidget do tricks for ya, obsessed with breathtaking sunsets, and value your experience over perfectly posed photographs, we’ll be fast friends in no time.

Let’s capture those moments!

¡Hola holA!

Not too many moons ago I retired from the hustle and bustle of the NYC corporate banking world, trading in my heels for a surfboard and camera in Costa Rica. I’m a lifestyle photographer, a wave dancer, and a sunset chaser, splitting time between the surf town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica and the Oak lined squares of Savannah, Georgia. You bring the love + happiness, and I’ll capture your everyday magic.

Whether it be your Wedding, Family Session, Elopement, to any of those Beautiful Lifestyle Moments In-Between, I can’t wait to welcome you to the Samba to the Sea familia!

*pura vida Kristen*

Portrait of photographer Kristen M. Brown in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Surf portrait of Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Featured Work

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family fun during magic hour

exploring secret beach paths

Good Vibes

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. If you’re looking for exceptional quality and just a plain ole’ good time, Kristen is definitely your match made in Heaven. – Sarah + Ian

Good Vibes

We had such a wonderful experience with Kristen. She 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! – Casey Family

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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

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Working with Kristen was one of the best choices we made in planning our wedding. She was able to really capture the love surrounding our wedding, and we were so happy to have found her. She was very communicative and her turnaround time was AMAZING! We had the photos to look at while on our honeymoon right after the wedding which was a big plus!! We felt like Kristen was a guest at our wedding rather than hired, she felt like a friend immediately and knew exactly how to capture our day. She knew of specific places to take us on the beach during our portraits which was so nice, and made us feel at ease the entire time. If there is one thing you do, book Kristen now, as you will not be disappointed! Gracias Kristen!! – Gina + Mark

Good Vibes

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. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives. – Keeley + Steve

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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

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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

Let's chat!

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! Fill out the contact form or email me at hola@sambatothesea.com — you can count on me to get back to you within a day!

P.S. my clients love working with me as much as I love working with them; be sure to read their beautiful words of praise!

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Samba to the Sea Photography is an internationally published photographer for the adventure loving sunset dreamers & wild at heart. Based in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
& Savannah, Georgia.

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