As one of the safest, most biodiverse, and friendliest Central American countries, Costa Rica makes an ideal vacation destination for families that want a trip they’ll never forget. But as with anywhere, knowing a few things about where you’re going can help with making sure you have the best time possible, even during a pandemic!
Want to know the dilemma when you’re a photographer? You’re not in the photo because you’re the one behind the camera. Sure, you can use a tripod and set the camera to a timer, but if you really want all those moments captured, you entrust those moments to another photographer.
So when Davina + Daniel, two very talented photographers, emailed me asking if I’d capture lifestyle family photos in Costa Rica for their family of four, I was beyond honored.
First comes photography class, then comes a lifetime of photos together…
Jessie + Tanner’s love story began way back in high school when Jessie was a freshman & Tanner a junior. Because both of their last names started with “W”, they were seated next to each other in photography class. They both had significant others, but there was a spark — they’d innocently flirt, but once that semester ended, they went their separate ways.
You know what they say? Costa Rica is always a good idea. Especially a special 50th birthday vacation in Costa Rica!
And the cherry on top to celebrating your birthday in paradise? A birthday photo shoot of you and your girl squad at one epic villa in Playa Ocotal!
What do you do when the ‘Rona puts the kibash on your wedding in downtown Los Angeles??? You turn your honeymoon into an elopement moon and elope to Tamarindo Costa Rica to exchange your vows with the dreamiest beach views! Ari and Matt met a little over two years ago via the online dating app Hinge, and when they realized they were going to have to postpone their wedding…
The Persinger family have been coming to Costa Rica since their oldest daughter, Shea, was a baby. With the years passing by, and several trips to Pura Vidadise, Catharine and Greg, mom and dad, decided to finally do family photos on the beach in Playa Potrero, their favorite place…
Tamarindo has a special way of bringing people together. Like Laura + Richie, who met each other in this tropical beach town a couple of years ago. I had the pleasure of knowing the two of them before they met each other, and the first time I saw them together, I could feel that they had something special. Fast forward to 2020, with Costa Rica’s borders closed and the whole world on lockdown because of the ‘Rona, COVID brought Laura + Richie even closer together.
The majority of family vacations in Costa Rica typically are for one week. But, there is so much to do and see in Pura Vidadise that the time goes by so fast. My first week long trip to Costa Rica, I definitely felt like I didn’t have enough time, so my second trip I booked for 10 days. And then my third trip…well I ended up packing up my NYC apartment and hopped a flight to Costa Rica for however long I wanted to!!!
The month of November by far is my favorite month in Costa Rica. The earth is super lush and green from six months of rainy season and the temperatures “cooler”, but with the beautiful weather of dry season. And having been away from Pura Vidadise for 8 months thanks to the ‘Rona, it felt good to arrive back during my favorite month. And to top that off, what better way to get back into the photography swing than with some of the most fun clients?!
One of the things I love the most about being a photographer in Savannah, Georgia is that there is so many different, beautiful places to photograph. You can go from historic downtown Savannah, the beach on Tybee Island, majestic Oak lined nature trails, to picturesque marsh views. No wonder the Daughtrey Family had a hard time picking…
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 email@example.com — you can count on me to get back to you within a day!
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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.