& Uniquely you.

You’ve been searching for something more.

You’re dreaming of one-of-a-kind imagery and an elopement experience that is effortless. You want images that have depth & are even more beautiful than you could have imagined.

You’ve landed in the right place.   

Tamarindo Costa Rica elopement photographer. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

You bring the love,
& I’ll capture your magic.

I’m about capturing who you really are and making your elopement experience fun from beginning to end. Even if your partner dislikes taking photos, they’ll soon be saying how much fun they’re having. No awkward poses – promise.

So if you’re fueled by sandy toes and salt air, love to laugh your butt off, obsessed with breathtaking sunsets, and always up for an adventure – whether it be hiking to a waterfall, surfing dreamy waves, or climbing up a mountain to exchange your vows, we’re gonna be perfect for each other.

Tell me your love story and let’s create something beautiful together!

Vow Renewal in Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

With over 160 5-Star client reviews, these are just a handful of their
‘making me blush’ reviews.

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

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

Kristen made our elopement absolutely perfect! She had such great suggestions and made everything so easy. She is very talented and sweet. Such a pleasure to meet and work with! She turned our photos around in like 36 hours too! Amazing! Our friends and family who weren’t there for our wedding are blown away by how beautiful our photos are. We will cherish them forever. Thanks, Kristen! You’re the best!

 Deanna + Jerry

Kristen is the best! My elopement pictures were PERFECT. I highly recommend her. When receiving the pictures FAST I cried it was like reliving the moment again.

 Nicole + Andrew


Just you, the love of your life, and an intimate celebration of your love.

Your elopement photos are an investment in preserving those beautiful moments shared between you and your partner on the day you two promise forever. It’s something that will only increase in value over time because these images will be all you have left after your the day you exchange vows that captures those memories & feelings of the start of this new adventure together. 

Elopement photography investment varies depending on hours of coverage and location — contact me and let’s start chatting about your elopement ideas! Elopement packages start at $1,175.  Additional offerings include my white glove print expertise to help you bring home heirloom artwork of your gorgeous photos.

Vow Renewal in Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

elopement portfolio

Discover carefree images full of soul & moments in time captured, forever.

Sunset Beach Elopement in Tamarindo || Jess + Ryan

Sunset Beach Elopement in Tamarindo || Jess + Ryan

What do you do when you don’t like photos, but are eloping to Costa Rica and want the moment captured? You look for a photographer whose personality you jive with…because you shouldn’t feel awkward in front of the camera, especially during those intimate moments!

Family Elopement in Tamarindo Costa Rica || Elam Family

Family Elopement in Tamarindo Costa Rica || Elam Family

Seven years ago Heather and Andrew met. With four girls between them, their lives certainly are busy and full of so much love. As a family, they love traveling to Costa Rica, so while Heather + Andrew started planning their most recent trip to Costa Rica they decided to make the trip extra special + surprise their girls by doing a family elopement!

Honeymoon Elopement in Costa Rica || Ari + Matt

Honeymoon Elopement in Costa Rica || Ari + Matt

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…

Elopement in Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

In their words

My husband and I recently visited Costa Rica to celebrate 10 years of marriage. We wanted to do a private vow renewal and photos on the beach. After searching options Google  we decided that we really liked the emotion and photographic authenticity that we saw in Kristen’s gallery. Since my husband and I also photograph weddings we tent to be a bit picky, but Kristen seemed perfect, both the finished image and how she described her method of working with couples. 

She did not disappoint, before, during or after. Before, she helped me connect with the florist of my choice. During the session, Kristen was totally laid back. We were definitely in sync. She listened to what we wanted and she made sure that we were posed to downplay our imperfections. She was super personable. She joked around with us so that she could capture REAL smiles. As a photographer I am comfortable behind the camera but often hate what I see when I am photographed by others. The finished photos exceeded my expectations. I loved the realness so much that I was not concerned with my imperfections. I was surprised by a sitting pose that she suggested, as I realized it was the perfect mixture of showcasing us naturally while hiding my 43 yr old tummy. Beyond that, this is the first photo session where I could see my smile showing real joy. I will love these photos (and the experience) for my whole life!  

We have already received tons of compliments on our photos, but most importantly to me, when I look at the photos I remember how special the vow renewals were, I see how completely in love my husband and I are after ten years, AND at a time when I feel very self conscious about my aging body I feel beautiful when I see myself in Kristen’s photos. 

Kristen, you were 100% the right choice! Thank you so much! ❤️

 Tiffany + Jason

In their words

My finance and I recently had an elopement shoot with Kristen in April. We’ve been going to Tamarindo for a few years now and so decided that’s the spot to get married at. I went online to search for photographers in CR, and Kristen was one of the recommended photographers. I checked out her reviews, and her portfolio online and contacted her immediately. Kristen was super responsive and very helpful if you need other vendor recommendations / information of CR in general.

We met Kristen on the day of the shoot, she’s friendly, funny and relaxing to work with. We had booked the 1.5 hour photo session and she doesn’t make you feel rushed for time. In fact, she took us to 3 different site locations! We received the photos from Kristen within a few days after the shoot, and the photos looks great! I would highly recommend Kristen and would use her again for future family photo sessions in Tamarindo!

Thank you & Pura Vida Kristen!

 Alice + Ryan

In their words

It was such a pleasure working with Kristen!!! The before was as perfect, as the during and after. She made us feel so comfortable, the communication was very very easy!! I would recommend her to everybody! And the photos…. are Breathtaking!!! Thank you so so much!!!

– Marie-Soleil + Carlos

In their words

Kristen is a wonderful photographer! My husband and I enjoyed every minute of our elopement shoot and she made us feel very comfortable! I loved her attention to detail and how she captured us in the perfect moment. She knew the best spots for pictures at Tamarindo beach and she recommended we drive there to take advantage of the wonderful sunset. This was the best advice she could’ve given us because the beach at our resort did not compare to the one in Tamarindo, it was soooo worth the drive there. Thank you Kristen for these lovely pictures that will let us relive this day forever!

 Priscilla + Kyle

In their words...

Amazing experience. Our elopement wouldn’t have been half as special, easy, stress free if we hadn’t of went with Kristen!

From the very first interaction we knew she was a great choice. Any questions I had were answered so quickly, Her recommendations were on point!

What drew me to Kristen was the way she photographs, her attention to detail was amazing, She truly captures the moment in time.

Such a beautiful person with an amazing talent.

– Michelle + Ian

In their words

Kristen is fun and professional. I found Kristen while browsing some pictures of Costa Rica on Instagram and fell in love with her sunset photography. She was easy to talk to and her presentation of her services was easy to read and professional. Her prices are fair and she makes it easy to pay. She gave advice on places for hair and makeup and helped us to set up a dinner reservation for dinner after our elopement. She took beautiful photos of our elopement and made the process comfortable and fun. I love looking back on that day and I am so glad I hired someone who was able to capture it so perfectly. On one of the most important days of your life you want to be surrounded by people who you vibe with and Kristen was it. Thank you so much for capturing our special day!!!

– Emily + Matt


The little things and those big feelings, like the look of pure happiness on your face when your in their arms. Or your partner wiping away tears rolling down your cheeks while you’re telling them how madly in love you are. I’m all about capturing those real moments and y’all having one heck of an adventure elopement in paradise.

Fill out the contact form or email me at and let’s get to know each other (you can count on me to get back to you within a day). If the fit is right, I can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones to the Samba to the Sea familia!

*Elopement photo session investment starts at $1,175.*

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.

(I'm based in Tamarindo in the Guanacaste region.)

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