Are y’all ready for one heck of a good time?

This isn’t gonna be like a painful picture day at school!

#pinkypromise

No awkward family poses and forced smiles, but rather a whole lot of family fun full of those perfectly-imperfect, REAL + beautiful moments.

because I’m all about authentically capturing your family and y’all having a good ‘ole time.

Mom and young son sword fighting during family photos on Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope, GA. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.
Mom and young son sword fighting during family photos on Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope, GA. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

The little things and those big feelings.

Like that spontaneous sword fight with your son on a golden afternoon or your baby girl’s first time at the beach in Costa Rica.

Candid, raw, and authentically your family.

So if your family is fueled by sandy toes + salt air, down to play in the waves and see my little Chihuahua Gidget do her awesome tricks for y’all, and of course love to laugh your butts off, we’ll be fast friends in no time.

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

The photographs Kristen shot were amazing. I regularly have professional family photos done and have used a handful of different photographers over the last 9 years. These photos are hands down the most amazing. Kristen’s knowledge of location and lighting made all the difference. My children had a great time. Photos can sometimes be exhausting for my kids. Kristen put them at ease and they enjoyed themselves and it shows in the photos! My little girl begged to go back the next day to play dress up and take pictures with the “fun girl and little dog”. Looking forward to catching Kristen in Savannah again! – LaCorte Family

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

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

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

Featured Family Sessions

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surf’s up in tamarindo
afternoon sword fight in savannah
green season magic in Playa Conchal
family fun during magic hour
golden hour fun on kiawah island
palm tree fun in playa flamingo

dancing on the beach

golden hour in nosara

Investment

Family photos capture those precious moments in all stages of your family’s life, from your growing beautiful baby bump all the way to a family reunion with your ten adorable grandchildren, ensuring that you will always have beautiful images that document your love as a family.

My approach to working with your family is simple and FUN – – you are allowed to be 100% you! What results are some of the most beautiful, natural, and breathtaking imagery that truly captures your family.

Family Photo Sessions start at $550.

Recent Family Sessions
Beach Vow Renewal in Tamarindo, Costa Rica || Larsen Family

Beach Vow Renewal in Tamarindo, Costa Rica || Larsen Family

Two MBAs, ten years of marriage, multiple international moves, and two beautiful young daughters later, Danielle + Joe decided to do a beach vow renewal in Tamarindo, Costa Rica during their month long Costa Rica family adventure. Danielle had a specific, beautiful vision – a beach boho vow renewal full of love and laughter…

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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!

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Tamarindo Beach Family Photos || Hall Family

Tamarindo Beach Family Photos || Hall Family

As a destination family photographer in Costa Rica, I don’t often have the opportunity to work with families year after year, capturing their family photos. But when I do have the opportunity to work with a returning family client, it melts my heart that they ask me again to capture their precious family moments — and I also love seeing how much the kiddies have grown! Three and a half years ago I had the privilige to photograph six month old Señorita Bryson…

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5 Ways Your Family Can Make the Most of Your Trip to Costa Rica

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!

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Lifestyle Family Photos in Costa Rica || Kudish Family

Lifestyle Family Photos in Costa Rica || Kudish Family

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.

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In their words...

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. She does such beautiful work. I will surely be recommending you to anyone I know visiting Tamarindo and area in Costa Rica ! ❤ – Ayla, Tyler, and Harper

Good Vibes

Our family spent the summer 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

GoodVibes

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

GoodVibes

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

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, or baking a batch of cookies at home. 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.

Tell me all about your family, the better I get to know you, the better I can photograph y'all! What do you love to do together? How many family members will there be for photos? Any hobbies? Got questions? Ask away!

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