Salman Proposal + Engagement Photos

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

May 2023

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You’ve been searching for something more.

You’re dreaming of one-of-a-kind imagery and a photo session 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. 

Are you ready for
photography
as unique
as you two?

the

experience

1.

You and your soon to be fiancé enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the beach while I capture your proposal and then photograph with you two, as easy as that!

My clients love how much fun my photo sessions are — this is definitely not school picture day when we were kids.

No need to worry about what to do with your hands or feeling awkward in front of the camera, because that’s why you’re working with me.

With over 130 five star reviews on Google, I love working with my clients as much as they love working with me!

2.

A gallery of images that tell a story of you two + your relationship with each other, capturing all of those beautiful natural moments — the candid, the joy, the intimate, and of course, the proposal!

The beautiful result is a gallery full of priceless images that you won’t have to worry about only having a couple of photos that you like from your session — you’ll love them all!

Lifestyle couples photos in Tamarindo Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

3.

Super fast turnaround. I’m known to deliver an edited session in 2-3 days AND I can send you a sneak peek that night so you can share the news with family + friends! 

In other words, you don’t have to wait months to receive your photos like typical photography sessions turnaround time.

You’ll be able to cherish those memories of your proposal right away AND you’ll be able to share these proposal-engagement photos with your family + friends so they can experience a piece of it with you!

 

4.

Smooth and timely communication from inquiry to delivery — because your time is valuable. I’m here to answer any questions you may have via your preferred method of communication.

 

 

5.

My white glove printing expertise to help you get your photos from your session printed easily and efficiently via your online gallery print store.

You’re investing in having your proposal and engagement captured  here in Costa Rica — not to stay hidden on a hard drive or buried amongst the thousands of photos on your phone – – but rather to be proudly displayed as heirloom artwork in your home.

In other words, there is no need to use your precious time to navigate the printing process yourself, only to delay months (or years) to finally get your photos printed or made into an album, because I’m here for you.

Framed couple's photos from Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

in their words

“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

the

investment

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

Mini Sessions

Buenas vibras
– Good vibes

30 minute photography session with:

    • Your pick of your favorite 20 edited images for high resolution download,
    • $50 online gallery store gift card to create gorgeous heirloom artwork with your photos for your home (and perfect to give as gifts to the grandparents!),
    • and my white glove printing experience to help you print your photos after your gallery is delivered.

Images are delivered in a beautiful, user friendly online gallery. Within the gallery you can directly download your selected favorite 20 images, share the gallery with family + friends, as well as easily use your $50 store gift card to place a print order for any image(s) shown in your gallery (not just your favorite 20) directly in your online gallery with the help of my white glove print expertise.

Your selected 20 images come with personal printing rights, which means you can print those images with the photo lab of your choice as much as you’d like. Heck yes to printing your photos!

Typically ~60 images will be edited + available in the gallery for you to pick your favorite 20.

$675

Buenas vibras
– Good vibes plus

30 minute photography session with:

    • All edited images in your gallery for high resolution download (no need to pick your favorite 20),

       

    • $250 online gallery store gift card to create gorgeous heirloom artwork with your photos for your home (and perfect to give as gifts to your parents or grandparents — they love displaying photos!),

       

    • and my white glove printing experience to help you print your photos after your gallery is delivered.

Images are delivered in a beautiful, user friendly online gallery. Within the gallery you can directly download all of your images, share the gallery with family + friends, as well as easily use your $250 store gift card to place a print order directly in your online gallery with the help of my white glove print expertise. 

You can also print any and all your images yourself with the photo lab of your choice as your images come with personal printing rights. Heck yes to printing your photos!

Typically ~60 images will be edited + available in the gallery for you to easily download.

$875

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

Full Sessions

pura vida
– pure life

One hour photography session with:

    • Your pick of your favorite 30 edited images for high resolution download,
    • $50 online gallery store gift card to create gorgeous heirloom artwork with your photos for your home (and perfect to give as gifts to the grandparents!),
    • and my white glove printing experience to help you print your photos after your gallery is delivered.

Images are delivered in a beautiful, user friendly online gallery. Within the gallery you can directly download your selected favorite 30 images, share the gallery with family + friends, as well as easily use your $50 store gift card to place a print order for any image(s) shown in your gallery (not just your favorite 30) directly in your online gallery with the help of my white glove print expertise.

Your selected 30 images come with personal printing rights, which means you can print those images with the photo lab of your choice as much as you’d like. Heck yes to printing your photos!

Typically 90-100+ images will be edited + available in the gallery for you to pick your favorite 30.

$850

pura vida
– pure life plus

One hour photography session with:

    • All edited images in your gallery for high resolution download (no need to pick your favorite 30),

    • $250 online gallery store gift card to create gorgeous heirloom artwork with your photos for your home (and perfect to give as gifts to your parents or grandparents — they love displaying photos!),

    • and my white glove printing experience to help you print your photos after your gallery is delivered.

Images are delivered in a beautiful, user friendly online gallery. Within the gallery you can directly download all of your images, share the gallery with family + friends, as well as easily use your $250 store gift card to place a print order directly in your online gallery with the help of my white glove print expertise. 

You can also print any and all your images yourself with the photo lab of your choice as your images come with personal printing rights. Heck yes to printing your photos!

Typically 90-100+ images will be edited + available in the gallery for you to easily download.

$1,050

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

For the moments that don’t seem like anything, 
but mean everything.

heirloom artwork

Real talk. You don’t go to a fancy restaurant and expect to have to cook your own meal.

So why would you invest your time and money in having your memories captured by a photographer, only to then have to spend your time navigating a printing & design process that can be daunting and time consuming all by yourself?

Or worse, you realize years later that you never even printed your photos because it kept getting pushed down on your to-do list?

At the end of the day, you simply want to relax and spend time together, not be back on the computer figuring out where to buy quality prints, in which sizes & how to crop for those sizes, what format is best, which images to print, where to hang or display prints, etc. Talk about analysis paralysis! 

That’s why you’re investing in a professional photographer.

When you work with me, in addition to an effortless photo session experience and photos even more beautiful than you could’ve imagined, you also receive my white glove printing experience after your session.

My printing expertise helps you to easily turn your beautiful engagement photos into heirloom artwork to display in your home, and meant to last to pass down to your next generation.

 

*You can also always handle printing your selected images included in your package with the photo lab of your choice as your images come with a personal printing rights license.*

Framed couple's photos from Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

white glove printing

How it works:

Your memories deserve to be printed and displayed in your home on your walls and coffee table, and with my white glove printing experience that will happen with ease because I’ll be your print-fairy godmother. 

I work with you to make this process smooth, efficient, and fun. After a quick chat about your favorite images in the gallery, your home decor, wall space, as well as potential gift ideas for family members (parents & grandparents LOVE prints and albums!), I’ll suggest the best printing options that works best for you & your home. 

From there, all you need to do is approve and/or make minimal changes, and then we can submit your order (including using your $50 or $250 print gift card) to get your photos printed.

In other words, there is no need to use your precious time to navigate this printing process yourself, only to delay months (or years) to finally get your photos printed, because I’m here for you to make sure you do! 

Framed engagement photos from Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

In their words

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. 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

Tamarindo Costa Rica photographer Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea running on the beach to the ocean with her surfboard.
Gidget the Chihuahua on the beach in Tamarindo Costa Rica, photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea.

¡hola hola!

I'm Kristen & it's nice to connect with you!

10+ ago I retired from the hustle and bustle of the NYC corporate banking world, trading in my heels for a surfboard and camera in Costa Rica. My photography work has been featured & published internationally in Harper’s Bazaar, Coastal Living, American Express, and Real Simple, to name a few (eek!).

I love dancing with waves, chasing sunsets, beach strolls with my sassy pants Chihuahua named Gidget, laughing my butt off, and giving you one heck of a fun photo session experience.

I’m a photographer for the adventure loVing suNset dreamers & wild at heaRt.

So if you’re fueled by sandy toes and salt air, down to getting a ‘lil wet playing in the waves and wanna see my little Chihuahua Gidget do tricks for ya, obsessed with breathtaking sunsets, value your experience over perfectly posed photographs, and cherish photography with substance, depth, and story we’re gonna have one heck of a good time!

next steps

To book your photo session I require a $250 non-refundable deposit (as once you book, I’m turning away other clients in order to serve you on your date) and a signed photography agreement, both of which can be easily completed electronically. 

If you have any questions, simply reply back to your inquiry email. If you know exactly which package you’d like, let me know via your inquiry email and from there we’ll chat about the best date for your photo session given your available dates to officially get you on my calendar. 

If you’re unsure about which package is best for you, we can schedule time to chat — I promise, no awkward sales pitches, just what is best for you two. There is always the option to add more time to your session after you book and before your session, as well as upgrade to the PLUS package after your gallery is delivered.

I can’t wait to welcome you and your loved one to the Samba to the Sea familia!

Engagement photos from Tamarindo Costa Rica photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea Photography.

In their words

“All I can say is “WOW!!” Kristen Brown did an absolute amazing job capturing the biggest surprise, EVER, our proposal!! I have no idea how she pulled everything off so perfect. I had absolutely no idea we were being followed and how, on a beach with very few people right before proposal, I never saw her. I still laugh thinking about it. Not only did she capture the moment, and many amazing photos after the fact, but she guided my fiance through the whole process. All the way from which day to choose, the timing for the sunset and the tide, how to get me there without giving it away, how to get me to “dress up” for the evening and everything in-between. Kristen is so fun and talented. She made our session fun and very natural, we felt like we had known her forever, after we had just met. Kristen also sent several pictures for us to share with out families within an hour or so of the session and had the entire album to us the very next day.

We cannot say enough about her and her perfect little guard dog [Gidget]. We have said it over again and over again, how thankful we are for her, and how pleased we are with the entire experience. If you’re looking for photographer, look no further. Kristen will not disappoint!”

– Hollie

“What a great experience! Kristen helped me plan a surprise engagement proposal and the pictures were amazing! She sent me videos of the location days before and my fiancé (Hollie) had no idea it was even happening! I’m so happy she captured this special moment. I’ve had tons of complements on the pictures! Kristen knows what she’s doing!”

– Brandon

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Samba to the Sea Photography is an internationally published photographer for the adventure loving sunset dreamers & wild at heart.

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