Bridal portrait on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Uniquely You.

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, we’re gonna be perfect for each other. Whether it be a surprise proposal, engagement, anniversary, honeymoon, maternity, birthday, or just because, I promise you’re gonna have one heck of a fun time…promise. 

Because I’m not about awkward poses, but rather Those real moments and you simply being you.

The little things and those big feelings, like you radiating with pure happiness or your babe wiping away tears rolling down your cheeks because you two are laughing so hard.

The big moments, the loud ones and the quiet ones, the in-betweens, the ones you don’t think anyone else is watching.

I’m about capturing who you really are and making this experience fun from beginning to end. Yep, even if you think you’re not photogenic (spoiler alert – models even have to practice being photogenic!) or if your significant other dislikes taking photos, they’ll soon be saying how much fun they’re having — promise. 

So if don’t mind getting your clothes a little sandy and maybe hopping in ocean, tell me what you’d like captured and let’s create something beautiful together!

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In their words…


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



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!)


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

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

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

Let's chat!

Want to hike up to a beautiful waterfall? Let’s do it! Or are you proposing to the love of your life? I may be six feet tall, but I am really good at going incognito and capturing that moment when she says yes! How about wandering around downtown Savannah and exploring all of its nooks and crannies? Done and DONE! I can’t wait to hear what photographic ideas you have cooking! 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 — 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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