With over 100 5-Star client reviews on Google, these are just some of their ‘making me blush’ reviews…

Not even sure where to begin, but Kristen was an absolute joy to work with! She is very reliable and communicated/coordinated with me for any question or request I had throughout the entire process. I was trying to plan my proposal in a country I had never even been to, so you can imagine how clueless I was, but that was no problem for Kristen! She guided me through everything and even provided me with multiple videos explaining/showing the exact location of my proposal set up. Thanks to her trusty sidekick dog, Gidget, I was easily able to spot Kristen as she was in position and ready to capture one of the most important moments in my life. During our session, she had a perfect variety of ideas for our pictures which helped our awkward selves. My favorite part of our session was how nice and personable Kristen is, there was an instant connection like she was just one of your friends taking pictures of you. The only difference was, Kristen’s photos are above and beyond! We were very pleasantly surprised with the photo quality and editing. Within an hour or so, Kristen already had gone home and gotten a few sneak peak photos ready for us to make our announcement. Getting to review such great pictures of a very special moment made for a memory in itself. I am incredibly blessed to have found such a great person/photographer for this memory of a lifetime! Thank you so much again, Kristen.

Austin + Sarah

Let me begin by saying that I’m a wedding photographer myself so my standards are a little unusual and Kristen is AMAZING! My boyfriend (now fiance!) hired Kristen to capture his surprise proposal to me in Costa Rica and with her help, it was perfect.

Personality – Finding a photographer you feel comfortable with is SO important, no matter what the session is. Kristen is a 1000% for fun, friendly, and being a genuine human being – which in turn makes for an exceptional photographic experience in front of the camera. Seriously – this is super important and not easy to find!

Session – Kristen is more movement based which makes for natural, real emotions and reactions in the photos. She guided us through movements, constantly talking the whole time (so we were comfortable!) and caught the genuine moments and expressions rather than guiding us into stiff poses. Love!!!

Previews – Seeing your pictures is SO exciting and Kristen delivered ASAP – as in, sent over 3 gorgeous previews 2 hours later, and then edited the entire session in a record less than 24 hours!! Ummm man was my mom stoked!!

Images – Gorgeous, and speak for themselves!! Also, I love sun flare and she nailed it! On top of that, she provides the edited, digital files for download (high resolution and web size). Different photographers work in different ways, and I personally always recommend a photographer that provides the digital files and print rights to the images. It’s what I do as a photographer, and what I would look for!

Bonus! Not only did she do an amazing job as our photographer, but she helped my fiance lay out the plan. We aren’t from Costa Rica so her suggestions were immensely helpful to him – AND she assisted in making the restaurant reservation for him (since it would have been tough for him to do with me present!)

Summary: Kristen is a talented photographer with an A+ personality – she goes above and beyond for her clients and I would not hesitate to hire her again for any type of wedding or session! Loved everything about our experience and can’t recommend her enough!!

Frances + Ryan

Engagement photos on the beach in Tamarindo after beach proposal in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen is profoundly talented at her craft. Not only did she provide Conde Nast level photography from our session but she was an absolute joy and pleasure to work with, would highly recommend for any work both personal and professional.

Jamie + Marc

Couple running on the beach in Playa Guiones. Engagement Photos in Nosara Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

I’m not a review writer, but Kristen’s work compelled to me to make an exception. I’m accustomed to leaving photography sessions hoping to have a photo or two that I love. With Kristen, our challenge was to pick out which of the dozens of photos that we loved to print and frame.

She did a fantastic job of keeping our kids engaged, and of changing up the setting, look, and feel of the photos so that they felt fresh and unique. I highly recommend Kristen to anyone looking for fantastic photos in Tamarindo!

– Holmes Family

I just got our photo gallery (<48 hrs after our session!!) and the pictures are stunning! I cannot stop staring at them! I’ve wanted professional, outdoor photos for years and have never found the right time or person to book with. My dream was to have beach pictures and this session met every wish I had!

Kristen was amazing and made us all feel at ease. She picked the perfect location and time of day.

One reason I chose her was the fact her prices were reasonable and we would own the digital copies enabling us to print as many as wanted. I am SO GLAD we have this option because there is no way I could narrow it down to just a few!!

You will not regret scheduling a session with Kristen!

– Welken Family

We set up a photography session with Kristen during our Christmas vacation to Costa Rica last year (2018-19) and were so glad we did! She asked that we set up the session super early (5:30am) so we could be the only ones on the beach at our busy Guanacaste resort (we were!). The sand was untouched for the morning and we got some amazing pictures of the moon and the sunrise. We also have incredible family photos, including some of the best shots of the kids surrounded by the beautiful Costa Rican scenery. Kristen is very kind, accomodating, and great to work with, and the pictures were wonderful!

–  Bissember Family

Trying to hire a photographer in a different country for your wedding day, is really the most stressful part, even when you’re eloping and making things as simple as possible. It is just so important to get exactly what you want.

Kristen was such a pleasure to work with before, during, and even after our photoshoot! She was easy to communicate with, even though we are in Canada and she is in Costa Rica. She always answered emails in a timely manner. Kristen really knows the area well, and knows where the best shots are going to be. She had many suggestions for us, which was helpful having never been there before.

The day of our wedding/photoshoot, Kristen was incredible. I felt very comfortable in front of her camera. She was VERY efficient and in our 90 minutes, I am confident she got every shot possible. There were no overly cheesy poses or anything insincere about it – everything was very organic and very “us.” Kristen was also just super fun to hang out with! Not to mention, her helper Gidget was adorable and full of personality. Just what us dog lovers wanted on our wedding day!

I am just in love with the pictures Kristen did for us. I have gotten SO many compliments on our photos. Seriously – every single person asks us who our photographer was, and where/how we found her. The vibe in the pictures is exactly what I imagined for my wedding day – chill, beachy, and full of real love. She captured every moment just perfectly.

I would highly, HIGHLY recommend Kristen for any sort of photoshoot if you are in Costa Rica.
Kristen, I wish I could give you more than 5 stars in this review. Thank you!!

Jenelle + Brad

Bride and groom kissing in a Toyota Land Cruise J40 after their beach elopement in Samara Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen is wonderful to work with. She was very responsive to my inquiries during the planning phase. She did my daughter’s senior pictures as well as our family pictures. She had great recommendations on the photo backgrounds. We are delighted with the results of the pictures and received many compliments from our friends and family. I highly recommend Kristen and will definitely hire her again to do my other daughter’s senior pictures. Thank you Kristen for capturing our memories that will stay with us forever!

Ma Family

Aerial beach image during family photos in Playa Conchal. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen was WONDERFUL. We did a photo shoot on the beach to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and it was everything we could have wanted. She made us feel immediately comfortable, found beautiful and quiet spots to take the photos, and just made the whole experience fun. The experience was just as enjoyable as the photos we now get to keep forever! We are very picky about photography (not everyone with a camera has photography skills!) but Kristen is seriously talented. I could not recommend her more highly.

– Laura + Etan

We had a great session with Kristen! My friends and I were documenting a birthday celebration and she managed to capture us in so many fun ways! I’m getting so many compliments on the shoot she did at our pool. And she brought her dog!

– Elizabeth King

Working with Kristen + Samba to the Sea was one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. She promptly answered all my questions (before, during, and after the wedding) and even went out of her way to chat with me in Savannah before our Costa Rica wedding. Kristen is an incredible and talented natural-light photographer which immediately drew us to her style. My husband and I aren’t very comfortable in front of a camera, but Kristen made us feel at ease and confident with her direction and professionalism. She was adaptable with less than ideal weather, captured candid and portrait moments, and the photos turned out better than we could have imagined. We are so thankful to have had Kristen document our wedding day and highly recommend her service.

Kate + Matt

Beach wedding in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

I came across Kristen’s work searching for family photographers in Tamarindo on Instagram. Check out her insta, if you’re on the fence! Over a few months I fell in love with the candid look of her shots, and her ability to capture all the beautiful colours of the sun, sand and sky. When we finally met she was prompt, professional and friendly. With a tonne of patience, Kristen was able to direct my 3 year-old and 8 year-old (who wanted to do nothing but play!). The resulting photos were more amazing than I could have imagined. Kristen captured the sentiment and beauty of our family vacay. I highly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography.

Prasad Family

My husband and I recently went to Costa Rica for our one year anniversary. We wanted to have some beautiful pictures of our trip and found Kristen’s page online. We thought her work was so beautiful and contacted her to see if she was available for sunset photos on the beach. She responded back to us very quickly, and it was easy to contact her to set up a time and place to meet. She also helped me set up a dinner reservation on the beach to make our anniversary even more special!

Taking photos with Kristen on the beach was so much fun! She was very professional, but also so down to earth and amazing to work with! We had the best time walking on the beach surrounded by a beautiful sunset and splashing each other in the water. We were all laughing the entire time, enjoying the beautiful sunset and having fun!

The photos turned out more beautiful then we could have ever imagined! They are just absolutely stunning and we have received so many compliments! Kristen is an incredibly talented photographer and it shows in all of her gorgeous photos. If you’re traveling to Costa Rica and want stunning photos of your memories that you will cherish forever…I highly recommend contacting Kristen!

Thank you for everything!!!

Pura Vida,

Emily and Bryan

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

Bride and groom walking on the beach after their Costa Rica elopement. Elope to Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She photographed our wedding at the Langosta Beach Club a few weeks ago and the pictures are more than a dream. Her communication was exceptional before, during and after our wedding. She was super helpful, answered all of our questions and made sure our photos were exactly what we wanted and more. She is fun and personable, our guests really enjoyed interacting with her. My husband and I really enjoyed our photo session after the wedding where she captured pictures with the most perfect lighting. She is very laid back and creative with her shots, AND we got our photos back the very next day! Our friends and family cannot day enough about our photos, some of the best they have ever seen! I could go on for hours but her pictures alone tell her story. I don’t have a favorite, I have about 20 favorites! 🙂 Kristen can make all your photo dreams come true, she did for us!

Brittany + Tom

Bride and groom kissing under palm trees on the beach after their destination beach wedding in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

We went to Costa Rica to renew our wedding vows for our 15 yr anniversary. I chose Kristen because she seemed to capture “moments” and she sure did! She responded to every question before we arrived and the day of the renewal made everything so simple and easy. She knew the perfect place on the beach to capture amazing lighting. Her energy is so calm and peaceful that it was easy for my husband and I to share our vulnerable vows in front of her. She was there capturing the moment and we were able to be lost in each other as husband and wife. Every person I have shared the photos with has been brought to tears as she totally captured the emotions of our family and the immense love we share. I am doing an entire collage wall with these photos because there are so many amazing shots!!! Totally AMAZING photographer!!!

Miller Family

Family walking on the beach after their vow renewal in Samara Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen was so easy to work with. From the first interaction to the last it was easy as could be. There were 10 of us, and getting that many people going the same direction is like herding cats. Needless to say the males in my family were resistant to getting family photos while on vacation. Within minutes she had them relaxed and enjoying the photo shoot. Her style is bright and cheery just like her personality. While still on vacation we got to preview the pictures and download them before we arrived home. When I posted them people could not stop talking about how “beautiful” the photos were. Kristen is a true professional, and I would highly recommend her photography services to anyone!! She has given us the memories of a lifetime, from the most beautiful place in the world-Costa Rica! Pure Vida, my friend. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

– Hayes Family

Kristen’s photography is beautiful and she is so much fun to work with! Even before the session she was always easy to get in touch with, and is a wealth of knowledge about the Tamarindo area and is happy to share insider info to make your trip great! The session was fun and easy and we love the photos she took! Getting photos done on your trip is best souvenir!

– Leach Family

Thank you Kristen!!! For the beautiful photos that look exactly how we wanted, but also for making the photo shoot fun! You made us feel comfortable and I think you can see that on the photos. We love every single one of them! Muchas gracias!

– Dominika + Cedric, Paid to Exist

I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made to have Kristen photograph our engagement! Not only did she deliver unbelievable beautiful work, but she got back the full album of photos to us the DAY AFTER THE PROPOSAL! We booked an hour and that was just the right amount. She does not guarantee delivery as soon as we received ours, but she goes above and beyond for her clients and we couldn’t be more appreciative! Thank you Kristen, for making our special day even more special!

– Amanda + Chloe

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

Couple walking on the beach at sunset after their Tamarindo Costa Rica Elopement at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen was able to help out last minute when our honeymoon photographer had to cancel. She was so accommodating and so much fun to work with!!! We had an absolute blast shooting with her in Tamarindo and she also made reservations for us at an incredible restaurant called Pangas for a sunset dinner afterwards. She sent over the finished photos the next day and they are AMAZING!! If you’re ever in Costa Rica, you definitely need to book Samba to the Sea 🙂

Lacey + Osvaldo

Husband and wife playing in the ocean in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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

My husband and I recently had a destination wedding in Costa Rica and hired Kristen to do our wedding photos. I found her by googling photographers Tamarindo and I am so happy that I found her. From the very first email I received, she was extremely nice and always got back to me quickly. She offered advice when I had questions about what time we should get married and how much photographer time we’d need. I also asked her about who to get for makeup and she recommended a great makeup artist.

The day of the wedding she was very professional and showed up on time. She also fit in with my wedding party and family and didn’t make it feel like we had a stranger in the room. My husband doesn’t like taking photos much but didn’t complain at all on the wedding day because Kristen is so fast and keeps the session natural.

It was only a few days after the wedding that I received notification from Kristen that the photos were ready and honestly, they were so beautiful. Better than I could have imagined. We get so many comments on how beautiful the photos were and how they captured the sunlight and feeling of the day.

Choosing a photographer to capture one of the most important days of your life is very stressful but I couldn’t recommend Kristen more. Do yourself a favor and hire her, you definitely won’t regret it!

Ashley + Kyle

Bride and groom on the beach after their wedding in Playa Ocotal Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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

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

My Husband and I had family photos done with our 6 month old in March! Kristen was fabulous to work with. She was so easy-going and captured the most beautiful family pictures I’ve ever seen. We get so many compliments on her work. Kristen was very flexible to work around times that suited our baby and was great at getting her to smile. She truly captured the joy and love we have for our family and baby girl, in the portraits. The turnaround time was also very prompt, we had our retouched high-resolution images available for download within 48 hours. Look no further for your family photographer in Tamarindo Costa Rica, Kristen is it! I just wish she was available for all our family portraits going forward. I guess we will have to travel to Costa Rica more often!!

Bonner Family

Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica Family Photos. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen was so incredible to work with and she captured all of the love and magic with our family. Not only is she a talented photographer but she was one of the loveliest human beings I’ve ever met and she made us all feel so comfortable right away. It was such a pleasure to spend time with her and we will treasure our photos forever.

McKean Family

Mother playing on the beach with her daughters in Nosara Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Working with Kristen was incredibly easy. She was very quick to respond to all questions and inquiries, incredibly helpful in suggesting locations, and gracious to coordinate with our hotel. The best part of our photo session was the location. It was stunning, and Kristen caught the moments that are now lifelong memories on our wall. Kristen, we can’t thank you enough for being so professional, so personal, and for capturing the most perfect trip in photos!

– Ortega Family

I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made to have Kristen photograph our engagement! Not only did she deliver unbelievable beautiful work, but she got back the full album of photos to us the DAY AFTER THE PROPOSAL! We booked an hour and that was just the right amount. She does not guarantee delivery as soon as we received ours, but she goes above and beyond for her clients and we couldn’t be more appreciative! Thank you Kristen, for making our special day even more special!

– Amanda + Chloe

Kristen shot our maternity photos and we could not be happier. I was a little nervous at first because I get kind of shy in front of the camera, but with her direction and overall fun spirit my husband and I felt totally natural. It felt like we were three friends laughing and playing on the beach. And the photos turned out so beautiful! I can’t wait to do another shoot with her when our little one comes.

Crystal + Antonio

Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

My family came to Costa Rica for my daughters Bat Mitzvah. I found Kristen, I knew nothing about her but liked her work online. Chatted a few times before the service and met her at our hotel the day of the service. She is AWESOME! We are a high maintence family from Dallas who expects great service and she was wonderful. All my pictures were wonderful, they were so beautiful and natural and she captured every moment we could have wanted for our memories. I told her the next time I need an event photographed she would have to fly to Dallas. She’s just as talanted as beautiful…I would recommend her to anyone looking for great pictures!

– Perry Family

I was (and still am!) extremely pleased with Kristen and her professional photography services. Six months ago I decided to go ALL OUT for my 32nd birthday so I gifted myself two designer swimsuits and an international trip to Costa Rica for a photoshoot. I had never been to Costa Rica so the search to find a photographer to capture my dreams was daunting. After a few hours on Google I came across Samba to the Sea and my prayers were answered! Kristen’s timely and detailed correspondence combined with a gallery on the website with a diverse collection of ‘occasions’ (? LOL, idk the industry term) gave me the confidence that I found the one. She picked me up from the resort, drove to the waterfall (which was the perfect location!) and created the most pieces of art. I have never modeled a day in my life but Kristen knew exactly what lighting, angles, and positions to place me in. Within TWO days of the photoshoot she edited all the photos and sent me the link to the gallery. Every photo was PERFECTION. It’s been almost a month since my trip and I’m still on a high.

Bottom Line: Kristen Brown and Samba to the Sea Photography are the BOMB!


I decided to work with Kristen + Samba to the Sea because she had such great reviews and recommendations locally and abroad. Kristen responded immediately to my inquiry and we were able to schedule a time within our vacation window. Kristen was amazing with our boys, even though it was clear taking photos was the last thing they wanted to do on the beach!
I’ve gotten so many compliments from Kristen’s photos- they were such a hit with family and friends. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!

Flores Family

Family splashing in the ocean in Playa Langosta. Tamarindo Costa Rica Family Photography. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Best decision ever!!! Kristen made us feel so relaxed and she knew exactly how to position us. The pictures are amazing – front page magazine quality. If you want to look like a million bucks, go with Kristen.

Cheryce + Lissandro

Costa Rica elopement at Villa Fugata by Playa Flamingo Costa Rica photographer Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen photographed our destination wedding at Pangas Beach Club, and she did an amazing job!! I came across some of her blogs about weddings she had done at Pangas on Pinterest and immediately looked her up and contacted her. I followed her on Instagram also and am still amazed at all the beautiful sunsets she captures! It can be hard planning a wedding from another country, but Kristen made it very easy! She was very quick to respond to emails and was very helpful with tips about the venue in general.

She helped the wedding day run smoothly as well and captured every little detail and moment of our big day! She instructed us on how to pose and what to do, which I appreciated. The poses never felt forced or uncomfortable. We even went out to the tide for a beautiful picture with the sun setting.

She got the photos back to us insanely fast!! It only took her 6 days to get the photos to us, so it was a very exciting surprise to come home and already have our photos back. I immediately showed them to my bridesmaids and they were amazed at how beautiful they were! Its so special to have such beautiful pictures to show all of our friends and family that weren’t able to make it all the way to Costa Rica.

We love all of our pictures and will cherish them forever!! I would highly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography!!

Hannah Kate + Chase

Bride and groom kissing on the beach after their ceremony of tropical wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

First off, Kristen is awesome!!!! She makes it so incredibly easy to relax and embrace the moment. We did a sunset photo shoot and the pictures simply blew us away!!

This trip to Costa Rica was equivalent to our honeymoon and to put your trust into a photographer to capture that once in a lifetime moment is a daunting thought. When we got our pics back, I have to admit there was some trepidation before I opened the email. Once we opened the pics, all the fear vanished immediately!!!! Wow!!! Just wow!!

Kristen, thank you for the amazing gift you gave Brooke and I on this special trip!! These pics will forever decorate our home!

Muchas Gracias y Pura Vida!!

Brooke + Seth

Black and white photo of couple laughing on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen was incredible to work with from the moment I sent my first email requesting more information from her. She was so fast to respond and so excited to talk with me. It was hard to tear my husband away from surf and sunsets for portraits, but Kristen made it so easy. It was like taking a stroll along the beach with a friend who just happened to be a really talented photographer. She made us feel comfortable and the time flew by! I knew the portraits were going to be great because of her ability, but it was one of the windiest days of the year in Tamarindo so I was a little concerned. I was blown away when I opened our gallery! Kristen is so talented and I would absolutely work with her over and over again!

Katelyn + David

Couple sitting next to a beautiful piece of driftwood on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

I am SO thankful we connected with Kristen at Samba to the Sea photography. We wanted to surprise our parents with a memorable anniversary gift and thank you for taking our family to Costa Rica. We started by searching google and found amazing reviews for Samba to the Sea. We fell in love with the portfolio on the website and social media pages. We also reached out to the manager of the house we were renting and he also recommended Kristen. You will NOT regret booking her!!! She coordinated with us weeks in advance and reminded us to remain flexible in the event it were to rain (it was rainy season). To our benefit, the clouds cleared and the sun came out for an amazing sunset photo session. Our pictures are incredible and everyone loved working with Kristen. She kept the atmosphere light and professional to ensure she captured the best photos. Everyone has complimented the amazing quality of the pictures and the scenery couldn’t be more amazing!! If ever in Savannah or Tamarindo again we will absolutely be booking another session! Thank you Kristen for capturing these beautiful memories!!! Pura Vida!

– Beste 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 even called us when we got into town to make sure we had talked prior to our wedding. She was very efficient in her communications throughout- always very clear and in touch via email and whatsapp. The 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

Bride and groom kissing as a white horse runs behind them on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Bride is wearing a Beautiful Adrienna Papell wedding dress. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

We had a wonderful experience with Kristen from Samba to the Sea. She took family photos of us at the beach in Tamarindo. The service was booked from the US several months prior to the actual photo session. She responded promptly to emails and was happy to answer all my questions. The payment process was seamless. She was punctual the day of the photo session and everything ran smoothly. Her demeanor and laugh put us all at ease and we had a lot of fun. The photos arrived by email within 2 weeks and are absolutely beautiful.

– Bermingham Family

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

Bride and groom on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen took the most gorgeous photographs of our three children on the beach at Avellanas. I have followed her beautiful sunset blog for years and she was my only choice for our family photos. She is a beautiful artistic photographer. Her website was easy to navigate and set up our appt, and Kristen was incredibly responsive and a joy to work with before, during and after our session. My children loved Kristen and wanted to spend the rest of the day with her. Her kind demeanor put them at ease which made for natural and beautiful pictures. They had so much fun! Getting the digital proofs was quick and easy and she has been very patient with my schedule and how long it’s taken me to order – although you are able to download images directly and use your own printer too if desired. I have nothing but rave reviews about my experience with Kristen – our pictures are gorgeous and we will treasure the memories she captured forever. Our family and friends love them too! We will be having Kristen do all of our family photos moving forward. Thank you Samba to the Sea Photography!

Boyle Family

Siblings running on the beach in Playa Avellanas Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

My friends who live part-time in Tamarindo recommended Kristen to my family as they have used her services multiple times and are always very pleased. We booked with Kristen about 3 months in advance and she was very responsive, friendly, and professional. It was so easy to book and pay online!

We ran into some crazy rain the day of our shoot and Kristen, who had her eye on the weather throughout the day, made sure we met a little early so we would have less of a chance of being rained out… it worked out perfectly! The pictures were GORGEOUS and I’ve received countless compliments on them. I even ordered the printed pictures from her website and they were great quality. We definitely recommend using Samba to the Sea Photography to anyone!

Perry Family

Brother giving his little sister a piggy back ride on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

We had such an amazing experience having our engagement photos taken by Kristen. We chose Samba to the Sea after scouring the web for Costa Rican photographers, because we wanted photos that really incorporated the environment and hers did a great job of that. We definitely weren’t disappointed; although the weather wasn’t amazing and we weren’t the easiest subjects to take great photos of (we couldn’t stop laughing the entire time), Kristen did an amazing job of giving us photos that both captured our relationship and the beautiful landscape that we were so fortunate to be able to visit. Working with her was a breeze, and she accommodated every silly request we had without hesitation. She got our photos back to us WITHIN TWO DAYS, and the online system she uses is very simple. Overall, we feel like we not only got amazing pictures that we will cherish forever, but we made a friend along the way. We will definitely be booking Kristen again in the future!

Erin + Lee

Couple relaxing in a hammock at the JW Marriott in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

We had an immensely enjoyable experience working with Kristen for our family photo session. We planned it at the last minute and were fortunate that she was available. She responded immediately to our request. We hadn’t even planned outfits for the photo shoot, but Kristen gave us great advice for a local boutique that had great clothes, (Azul Profundo). She even introduced use to a great restaurant (Pangas) for after the photo shoot.

Kristen and along with her chihuahua, Gidget, put us at ease for the session. Our kids had fun running around while she took pictures. Kristen was great at recommending poses and action shots – we even did some Bollywood poses! She sent us the finished product within the week, which were amazing to look at. Our family has commented on how beautiful the pictures were and loved the energy in the photos at the setting of Tamarindo Beach. Highly recommend looking Kristen up if you plan your stay in this part of Costa Rica. 

– Patil Family

Kristen did an amazing job shooting my wedding last weekend. She took absolutely fabulous pictures and eloquently captured the day in a blog post. She was extremely responsive throughout the process and her turnaround time on picture editing and the blog post were absolutely amazing. I loved working with her, and would absolutely recommend her to anyone!

Meera + Chris

Groom spinning his bride under a palm tree grove in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

I’ll start by saying that her timing, both specifically for the shoot and for the return of the actual photos, is AMAZING compared to every single other photographer I’ve ever come across. 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. And hopefully everyone is lucky enough to meet Gidget, her teeny tiny sidekick! If you’re looking for exceptional quality and just a plain ol’ good time, Kristen is definitely your match made in Heaven. We one thousand percent recommend!!!

Sarah + Ian

Wonderful experience- Kristen 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 her services! – Casey Family


I first fell in love with Kristen’s work on my first trip to Costa Rica- I was in a store with my now wife looking at post cards and saw hers. I was instantly drawn to her insane understanding and coordination of light and the softness of her photos. I bought all the cards the store had (and kept some for myself as prized fridge display!)! Several years later and in need of a wedding photographer, we came across an unmistakably recognizable style and I knew instantly that she would be the one for the job. After 4 years of enjoying her work overtime I opened my fridge, I finally got to meet and work with Kristen. In short, working with her is fantastic. She is very laid-back and relaxed, giving everyone a down to earth feel. She sets up her subjects but also gives them free reign and freedom in their positions going with the flow of the shoot. And she brings along her feisty puppy, bonus points in my book. From a professional standpoint, she responds very promptly to emails and thoroughly answers questions; we got our wedding photos back in less than 1 week, and they were all stunning. I could not recommend Kristen more highly for any and all photography needs. – Jessie + Dana


We hired Kristen for a family photo shoot on the beach at sunset. The pictures are amazing! Every single photo is magazine worthy. Kristen took us to the best spots on the beach and captured our family in candid walking photos as well as some posed photos. Kristen’s communication before, after and during the photo shoot was great. Setting up something like this from a different country could have been very nerve racking, but Kristen was on top of every email and question we had. During the shoot she made us feel at ease, which came through in all the pictures. She even got our two year old to smile and look at the camera in every picture. Our favorite picture of us swinging our child above the water is blown up and printed on a canvas that hangs on the wall for everyone to see. The colors, the clarity and the vibe of the picture will take us back to that moment every time we look at it. If you’re reading these reviews to decide on hiring Kristen or not, read no further. You will not regret booking a session with Samba to the Sea Photography. – Rotan + Weihrauch Families


Long story short my boyfriend surprised me with a photoshoot as a gift on vacation and I’m sooo glad he found her. The pictures were AMAZING! I couldn’t have asked for better. She makes you feel so comfortable – – especially if you’re someone who hates getting your picture taken. If you need photos and happen to be Costa Rica or Savannah – – she’s your girl!! – Kirsten + Chris

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

My husband and I did a shoot with Kristen (and sweet pup, Gidget) on the beach at sunset while honeymooning in Costa Rica. Our pictures turned out even better than we ever could’ve imagined! Kristen has an amazing ability to capture beauty and true feelings. We have received countless compliments on our photos and recommend Samba to the Sea for anyone and everyone looking for a comfortable experience with beautiful moments captured in time!! 🙂 – Erin + Nate

Kristen was wonderful to work with. She did a family shoot for us in Costa Rica and we are so happy with the results. She was very patient with my toddler and managed to capture some great memories for us. We would definitely recommend her services!  – Pushka Family

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 


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


Kristen was amazing in every aspect. The pictures turned out great, and communication was above and beyond. We even had a snafu with getting to the location of the photographs as the driver took us to the wrong location at first and she was still there waiting when we finally arrived, even without us having access to a cell or email to contact her as we were in Costa Rica. As someone who does not write reviews, I would not hesitate to recommend Samba to the Sea to anyone looking to capture a special moment. – Mike

Romantic proposal in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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. She even highlighted the pieces we wore from my jewelry line, Indo Love, an added bonus. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives. – Keeley + Steve

Our family spent the summer of 2016 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

Young boy smiling during family portraits in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Kristen is an absolute amazing photographer, she is so easy to work with, and such a great person! My husband in I were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica and my brother surprised us with honeymoon photos on the beach with Kristen! It was a dream! She captured our love of each other, as well as the pure beauty of Costa Rica! We will cherish those photos forever, and we hope to work with her again! My husband is a videographer and photographer so he is hard to please in that area, but he was over the moon about the photos and experience that Samba to the Sea gave us! We also love her dog Gidget 🙂 ! – Lani + Jay-J

Couple watching sunset on the point in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Working with Kristen was an absolute pleasure. I asked her to take some lifestyle head shots for me, as I’m a freelance writer with frequent requests from publications for a photo of myself. As I’m sure is the same for many people, I’m my own harshest critic when it comes to photos of myself and yet somehow Kristen managed to put together a whole folder of photos for me that I’m not only happy with, but actually now excited to send to people when they ask. She was able to give me direction, calm my nerves and make me laugh during our entire session and her ability to do that plus work with the beautiful natural light at the beach truly shine in the end product. I’m hoping to work with her again for some family photos near Christmas time and would highly recommend Samba to the Sea to anyone looking for a highly professional, yet fun, and personalized experience! – Jackie

Kristen is an amazing photographer. She went the extra mile to ensure that Waffles and I had the best photoshoot! One of our photos taken by Kristen in Tamarindo has already captured 20,000 likes on Instagram! Thank you Kristen and Samba to the Sea!!! – Theresa and Waffles

Wow! Kristen took photos of son’s baptism and reception. I figured they’d be good pics because of the location, but my expectations were exceeded by far!! So professional and she got the best out of all her subjects. Would recommend her a million times over!! Thank you, Kristen!!!!! – Frank

My wife and I work in the luxury resort business and are very particular. Samba to the Sea Photography and more particularly Kristen exceeded our expectations at my wife’s 40’s birthday party. The photos of our friends, family and fun turned out wonderfully and are a priceless addition to our family memories. I strongly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography. – Steve and Christine
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
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
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
Kristen was absolutely wonderful to work with! She made us feel relaxed and comfortable – very down to earth and professional, as well! My husband is very anti-posing/anti-getting pictures taken and he ended up having a great time with her and was very relaxed, goofing off, and almost having fun (shhh don’t tell him I wrote that)! We did a trash the dress session after photos on the beach, in went Kristen with her camera and everything! Pretty sure this wasn’t planned on her part since she went in the ocean wearing her clothes to get the perfect shots. It was a blast! Thank you thank you thank you, again! –Brittany + Kyle
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 
Kristen is wonderful! She did such a great job making me and my fiancé feel comfortable and actually have fun taking photos. I was excited to see the end result because I knew they were going to look good, but I was floored when I saw how great they turned out! I would highly recommend Samba to the Sea Photography for your photo needs! – Kelly + Russ
From start to finish, we had a great experience with Kristen. First, it was super easy to set up a family photo shoot with her. She was very quick to respond to emails and flexible about a possible backup date, if one became necessary. On the actual day of the shoot, everything went so smoothly. She showed up early and immediately put our two young boys at ease. Our one son had been having a rough day, so I feared the worst in terms of his behavior. But she was very sweet and let them show off their stuffed animals. She got some great shots of them with “Lambie” and “Bubba”! Before I knew it, we were taking very natural photos as a happy family and the tantrums from earlier in the day were a distant memory. Everyone was smiling and having a great time. After taking some photos at our rental house, Kristen took us to a great “secret” beach with thousands of beautiful seashells and a gorgeous sunset. Kristen continued to take great shots with all sorts of combinations – Dad and kids, Mom and kids, individual shots, etc. Once the shoot was over, Kristen was quick to get us a wonderful preview and the final album came pretty fast too. The final album was so much more than I expected. We got tons of images; more than I’m used to with other professional photographers. Several friends and family have commented on what a good idea it was to do a photo shoot on vacation. I completely agree – the hour spent with Kristen was well worth it and I’m so thankful for all of the great photos that document our time in Costa Rica. – Karen, Sherman Family
Kristen is a brilliant and talented photographer. My fiance hired her to take pictures of our engagement and then have a photo shoot on the beach afterwards, and it was an amazing experience. Kristen was engaging, fun and a pleasure to work with. She also got us our photos so quickly and they are just amazing! – Leila + Milver
My dog Maverick and I had a wonderful sunset photo session with Kristen playing on the beach in Tamarindo. It was so much fun working with her and our photos are beautiful! – Donna & Maverick
Kristen was an amazing photographer, we couldn’t have been happier with our experience. She photographed our wedding on the beach, made everyone feel comfortable, and encouraged shots that turned out beautifully. Her turnaround time was impressive. The editing job was great, and everyone enjoyed the photos. She’s also extremely responsive before, during, and after the wedding day. And finally she’s just cool and funny 🙂 – Señorita Mermaid

Kristen was amazing! She captured our big family of 15 as well as our little individual families so perfectly!! It was quick and easy… and the pictures are perfection! She was absolutely wonderful to work with. I would absolutely recommend her!! 🙂 – Cameron, Pass Family


What a wonderful photo session! Kristen is so comfortable with children, making everyone feel at ease. The pictures are just beautiful and so natural. Thank you for capturing our family. Love, The Cohens
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
Brilliant and artistic photography! I highly recommend if you are looking for a wonderful, artistic and professional photographer. – Mary + John
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. You do beautiful work. I will surely be recommending you to anyone I know visiting Tamarindo and area in Costa Rica ! ❤ – Ayla, Tyler, and Harper
Kristen was so sweet and helpful the day of our wedding! She helped us with our son while taking pictures on the beach, helped me into my wedding dress, and even arranged the lawyer for the legal paperwork. It was a perfect day – the pictures were gorgeous and the price was super reasonable. We loved everything – thanks so much. – Madison & Diesel
Kristen is awesome! She was an absolute pleasure to work with while planning and executing a surprise proposal shoot for my fiance and I in Tamarindo. Kristen helped me plan everything from the time and date of the photos to where I would pop the question. I couldn’t have done it without her. Above that the photos are absolutely beautiful. –Trey & Michelle
We had an amazing photo session with Kristen from Samba to the Sea! My partner Elias and I did a pregnancy photo session at sunset on the beach with Kristen. We are beyond pleased with all of our beautiful photos. Kristen is not only a great photographer, but she is also a great director. We were a little nervous and uncomfortable at the start and she quickly put us at ease. Kristen also found all of the most beautiful spots and the best lighting for our pictures. She is incredibly professional as well, despite the fact that her computer hard drive was broken, Kristen managed to send us all of the amazing, edited photos within a few days! We cannot recommend Samba to the Sea highly enough! Thank you Kristen for such a fun experience and for the beautiful memories that we will cherish for a lifetime! Anne & Elias
Kristen went above and beyond for our maternity session. We had them done in the height of rainy season and day one she was willing to work with us to get the pictures we hoped for. Thankfully we had favor with mother nature that day. Kristen allowed my husband and I to feel relaxed and have fun while doing photos. My husband stated many times how much he enjoyed the experience compared to photo sessions with others. She really is a joy to work with and made the total experience a blast! We could not be more pleased with the pictures. They were above our expectations. We will most definitely be using her again for family pictures. I highly recommend her!Kara & Justin
I could not be more pleased with our experience with Kristen! My fiancé and I came to Costa Rica last month for our ‘elopement-moon’. We were connected with Kristen through our elopement planner.Kristen was so wonderful to work with. She was professional, timely, friendly, fun, and creative. The experience was phenomenal. And the icing on our ‘elopement cake’ are the beautiful photographs she took of us before, during, and after our ceremony. They are amazing and we will cherish them forever! – Kara

Kristen and I did a fitness – lifestyle photoshoot in Tamarindo in July and the results were incredible. She knew exactly which time and locations would work best and also had a keen eye for art direction and complimentary angles – creating a beautiful collection of shots! I would recommend her photography business (Samba to the Sea) to anyone inquiring – whether it’s capturing your little moments or those big adventures – Kristen is your go-to gal for photography! – Christine


“Kristen has a truly incredible gift at pulling out the most magical snap shots from the world and life around her. I am grateful to have such joyful images of my last pregnancy, and to have my older kids participate in recording those moments. Thank you Kristen!” –Leona
Kristen was the first person to truly capture Kiki’s essence on film. That is not easy to do, because it is not something physical that automatically shows up in a photograph. That’s the difference between a good photographer and a great one. Thank you Kristen for capturing a piece of Kiki’s soul on film. -Katherine

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