You bring the love,

and I’ll capture your magic.

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.

Because I’m not about awkward poses, but rather Those real moments and y’all having one heck of a good time on your wedding day.

The little things and those big feelings, like the look of pure happiness on your face when your in their arms. Or your babe wiping away tears rolling down your cheeks while reading your vows to one another.

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 your babe dislikes taking photos, they’ll soon be saying how much fun they’re having — promise.

So if don’t mind getting your dress a little sandy or being a little late to your reception because we’ve snuck off to take sunset photos, tell me your love story and let’s create something beautiful together!

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

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

In their words...

I don’t even know where to begin with Kristen + Samba to the Sea. I found her while searching blogs on weddings in Costa Rica, and immediately knew I had to have her. I didn’t care about the venue, the music, the decor- only that we HAD to use Samba to the Sea for our photographs! Kristen has a unique, creative style and knows how to capture each and every perfect moment. My husband (I can say that, now!) and I were not the traditional bride and groom and Kristen fit our ‘off the beaten path’ needs, to the fullest. And I must add, she genuinely had fun photographing our wedding, and brought such a positive, energetic energy that was contagious. She is definitely someone you want to have around on your wedding day! I am beyond grateful to have these beautiful photos of our wedding to look back on forever! Thank you Kristen, we love you! – Rhiannon + Calvin

Good Vibes

Working with Kristen + Samba to the Sea was one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. 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

Good Vibes

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 her 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

 

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. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives.
– Keeley + Steve

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 wedding! – Rich and Shani

We first met Kristen in Costa Rica, where she photographed our engagement and we loved her SO much we asked her to fly to Washington D.C. to be our wedding photographer! Kristen has been professional, incredibly quick in responses to questions / follow ups, timeline discussions, and on the day of our wedding she worked with a large wedding party and family to coordinate some of the most beautiful photos of our wedding. We completely recommend Kristen + Samba to the Sea for all photography needs – but especially engagement and wedding photography!!
Leila + Milver

Featured Weddings

big moments and all those in-betweens

Wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo || Kate + Matt

Wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo || Kate + Matt

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Pangas Beach Club Wedding || Julie + Nick

Pangas Beach Club Wedding || Julie + Nick

Pangas Beach Club Wedding || Julie + Nick: There’s just something about Costa Rica that entices you to pack your bags, quit your job, and move to this tropical Pura Vidadise. It’s developed, yet still wild. The warm water, beautiful waves, sunshine year round, and jaw...

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Wedding in Playa Ocotal Costa Rica || Ashley + Kyle

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Wedding in Playa Ocotal Costa Rica || Ashley + Kyle: It’s often said the best partners in life are ones that complement each other. Like a glass of cold milk with a freshly baked, warm chocolate chip cookie. Or a sweet fierceness to a confident kindheartedness. Meet...

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Wedding in Guanacaste Costa Rica || Kerri + Kevin

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Wedding at Pangas Beach Club – Gina + Mark

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Spring Wedding at St. Francis Hall – Leila and Milver

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Marsh Bridal Portraits in Savannah

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Investment

let’s get to it – – wedding photography is an investment.

An investment in preserving those little things and those big feelings from your wedding day. It’s something that will only increase in value over time because these images will be all you have left to remember the start of this new adventure together. 

and i want to give you one heck of an experience.

I want to get to know you as a friend rather than be just a vendor at your wedding with a nice camera. Because let’s be honest, on your wedding day we’re gonna be spending a lot of time together and there’s nothing more awkward than having someone take your photo that you don’t jive with. 

So if you’re fueled by sandy toes and salt air, love to laugh your butt off, and obsessed with breathtaking sunsets, we’re gonna be perfect for each other.

Good Vibes

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

Good Vibes

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 her 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

Good Vibes

Working with Kristen + Samba to the Sea was one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. 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

Good Vibes

 

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. We couldn’t be happier with how they turned out, and will cherish them for the rest of our lives.
– Keeley + Steve

Good Vibes

 

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 wedding! – Rich and Shani

Good Vibes

 

We first met Kristen in Costa Rica, where she photographed our engagement and we loved her SO much we asked her to fly to Washington D.C. to be our wedding photographer! Kristen has been professional, incredibly quick in responses to questions / follow ups, timeline discussions, and on the day of our wedding she worked with a large wedding party and family to coordinate some of the most beautiful photos of our wedding. We completely recommend Kristen + Samba to the Sea for all photography needs – but especially engagement and wedding photography!!
Leila + Milver

Let's chat!

Planning a destination beach wedding in Costa Rica or an intimate wedding in one of Savannah’s mossy squares? I know there are countless other awesome photographers to choose from, so how about we grab a cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee and get to know each other? If the fit is right, I can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones to the Samba to the Sea familia! Fill out the contact form or email me at hola@sambatothesea.com — you can count on me to get back to you within a day!

P.S. my clients love working with me as much as I love working with them; be sure to read their beautiful words of praise!

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