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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 your family?
Y’all enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the beach while I photograph with your family, 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 what I’m for.
And if a family member is feeling a little grumpy, I’ve got several tricks up my sleeve to bring out those genuine smiles – promise.
With over 130 five star reviews on Google, I love working with my clients as much as they love working with me!
A gallery of images that tell a story of your family + your relationships with each other, capturing all of those beautiful natural moments — the candid, the joy, the familiar!
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!
Super fast turnaround. I’m known to deliver an edited session in 2-3 days!
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 vacation right away AND you’ll be able to share these photos with your family + friends so they can experience a piece of your awesome Costa Rica vacation with you!
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.
My white glove printing expertise to help you get your family photos printed easily and efficiently via your online gallery print store.
You’re investing in having your family memories captured — 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 family 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 family photos printed or made into an album, because I’m here for you.
“The photographs Kristen shot were amazing. I regularly have professional family photos done and have used a handful of different photographers back home in Texas 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 working with Kristen again!”
– LaCorte Family
– pure life
One hour photography session with:
- Your pick of your favorite 30 edited images for high resolution download,
- $50 online gallery 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.
– 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 family photos for your home (and perfect to give as gifts to the grandparents!),
- and my white glove printing experience to help you print your family 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.
The big moments,
the loud ones and the quiet ones,
the ones you don’t think anyone else is watching.
For the moments that don’t seem like anything,
but mean everything.
family 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 family 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 family 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 with your family, 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 family 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 family photos into heirloom family artwork to display in your home, and meant to last to pass down to your next generation.
Plus, your children will be able remember core memories of their Costa Rica family vacation by seeing their family photos in their home vs hidden on your computer’s hard drive!
*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.*
white glove printing
How it works:
Your family 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 (grandparents LOVE prints and albums!), I’ll suggest the best printing options that works best for your family & 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 family 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 family photos printed, because I’m here for you to make sure you do!
In their words
“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 Family
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!
To book your family 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 are unsure about which package is best for your family, we can schedule time to chat — I promise, no awkward sales pitches, just what is best for your family. 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 ones to the Samba to the Sea familia!
In their words
“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 way better than I hoped as a very pregnant woman. Fast forward a year later and she did a family shoot with our our daughter and grandparents. 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 — even my husband loves doing photos with her, and he doesn’t like photo sessions! She is also truly a great person and cares for her clients. Last thing, we did not get many pics with my mother as she wasn’t feeling well. 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.”
– Paeltz Family
Samba to the Sea Photography is an internationally published photographer for the adventure loving sunset dreamers & wild at heart.
Based in Tamarindo, Costa Rica & Savannah, Georgia.