The big moments, the loud ones and the quiet ones, the in-betweens, the ones you don’t think anyone else is watching.
Like the look of pure happiness on your face when you’re in their arms. Or your partner wiping away tears rolling down your cheeks while reading your vows.
It’s the little things and those big feeling. I’m about capturing who you really are and making this experience fun from beginning to end. Even if your partner dislikes taking photos, they’ll soon be saying how much fun they’re having.
No awkward poses and a whole lot of having one heck of a good time on your wedding day – promise.
You bring the love,
& I’ll capture
If you don’t mind getting your dress a little sandy or being a little late to your reception because we’ve snuck off to take breathtaking sunset photos, we’re gonna be perfect for each other.
Tell me your love story and let’s create something beautiful together!
With over 130 5-Star client reviews, these are just a handful of their
‘making me blush’ reviews.
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!!
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
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!!
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.
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 after your wedding day that captures those memories & feelings of 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 just don’t jive with.
So 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. Wedding photography investment varies depending on hours of coverage, location, and guest count. I book only a select number of weddings a year in order to ensure that I can fully serve and offer you the best client experience — contact me and let’s start chatting about your wedding day ideas!
Discover carefree images full of soul & moments in time captured, forever.
What do you do when the ‘Rona extends out your Costa Rica destination wedding plans to 2022?
You get married surrounded by your closest family + friends in the church gardens that your grandparents planted!
Annie + David’s intimate historic Alexandria Virginia spring wedding was not their original wedding plan, but it was just as beautiful + special as their original Costa Rica wedding plans.
First comes photography class, then comes a lifetime of photos together…
Jessie + Tanner’s love story began way back in high school when Jessie was a freshman & Tanner a junior. Because both of their last names started with “W”, they were seated next to each other in photography class. They both had significant others, but there was a spark — they’d innocently flirt, but once that semester ended, they went their separate ways.
Eight months ago, Stephen was completely OK. Then he went out on his first date with Madeleine and his world forever changed. As for Madeleine…
Three years ago Kelsey and Brennan connected on the dating app Bumble. A little over a year later, they welcomed home…
Thirteen years and many, many adventures together, Liz and Brice decided the best way to kick off their next adventure together officially as the Dunnings was with one amazing intimate beach wedding in Costa Rica.
It all started when Keegan and her sister Krista spotted Brian while playing paddle on the beach during a family vacation in Destin, Florida. They both thought Brian was cute,
When it comes time to decide on a photographer for your wedding, yes of course look at their whole body of work and style but I can’t recommend hiring someone you genuinely enjoy and find to be pleasant and lovely. Kristen is not only EXTREMELY talented at capturing beautiful candid shots, her eye for detail is unmatched, but she also is a genuinely wonderful person to be around. Some moments in a wedding are intimate and vulnerable (getting ready, getting in your dress, crying multiple times!) but Kristen was almost like a second wedding planner right there helping to put my veil on, helping me reach my dress that was hanging on the window, helping me fix my veil…. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else but Kristen with me in those intimate moments. The photos themselves are perfect, she did not miss a single moment and my family and friends have remarked several times how beautiful they are. Kristen provides a massive amount of value for her services and talent, we received our wedding photos back one week after our wedding!!!!
My husband and I recently celebrated our wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Being from the US, trying to find the right photographer to capture the special moments during the big day can be a bit stressful. For us, thanks to Kristen, this was the easiest and most stress free part of our wedding.
Kristen’s fun and energetic attitude made working with her before, during and after such a pleasure!
We absolutely LOVE all of our wedding photographs. My husband and I wanted our photos to have a care free, fun beachy vibe to match our personalities. Kristen did not disappoint and captured this perfectly!!
I would HIGHLY recommend Kristen to anyone and everyone. I can not say enough positive things about her. We will forever be grateful to her for being a part of our special day.
As a wedding photographer myself, my photos were the most important part of my wedding. After looking at different vendors I quickly chose Samba To The Sea. I loved her style and her brand. She does a fantastic job of promoting herself and her brand so that she doesn’t feel like a stranger on your wedding day. One thing many couples don’t realize is that your wedding photographer spends the entire day with you. Having a connection with your photographer really makes a difference. It makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera (which as a person who’s always behind the lens is difficult to do). When we got to our location the for the rehearsal, Kristen was doing a shoot out on the beach with a family. I knew it was her even though we never met in person. I waved at her and she waved us over. She actually took some quick pictures of us with the most beautiful sunset behind us (just incase we didn’t have that beautiful of a sunset the next day for our wedding). I totally wasn’t expecting that, and we got some of the most beautiful photos from it. When it came to the wedding day Kristen arrived on time and ready to conquer the day. I knew I wanted pictures of my dress on a surfboard and she even offered up her own for pictures! She shared in our joy and laughter all day and was everything I ever wanted and more for my wedding photos! Kristen captured more emotion, love, and laughter than I thought was possible in pictures. Her style is clean, but still colorful. My guests just keep saying how she nailed the colors. She made it magical! She was organized, fun, and up for anything! And let’s not forget how was able to wrangle 20 (drunk) people for one huge picture on the beach (which is a lot harder than it sounds). A day after the wedding I had two pictures already as a preview. I got the rest of the photos in under a week after my wedding. That was unexpected and A TON OF WORK! I couldn’t love them more. I now have so many beautiful photos to share with family and friends that couldn’t make it. Kristen’s photos tell a story. There’s no need for a videographer when you have her as a wedding photographer. I couldn’t recommend her more. She is AHH-mazing.
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!!
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!
You’ve been searching for something more. In a sea of stunning, social media-worthy images, you’re dreaming of one-of-a-kind imagery and a wedding experience that is effortless and FUN. You want images that have depth & are even more beautiful than you could have imagined.
You’re in the right place. Fill out the contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get to know each other (you can count on me to get back to you within a day). If the fit is right, I can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones to the Samba to the Sea familia!
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.