Dear Nikon,

My name is Kristen and I live in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I am a dreamer and a doer. I love to dance with waves {surf}, chase sunsets, stand on my head, and laugh my butt off.  I am also head-over-heels in love with taking photographs with my Nikon DSLR because I am inspired by how photographs can transport you to another time and place, capturing that special moment. AND #IAmNext. 

Why? From a very early age I can remember staring at pictures that my parents took on their worldwide travels and being mesmerized. I could not wait to get my hands on one of my parents’ SLRs. When my mom finally let me use her Nikon, I was ecstatic loading the film for the first time and even more elated seeing my first photographs come to life in front of my eyes in the dark room.

That Nikon SLR instantly became one of my best friends, coming along on every jaunt and worldwide adventure. Gone are the film days, and a digital Nikon SLR is a welcomed addition to best friend status, but my viewpoint when I look through the camera lens is still the same. The world around me is transformed when I look through the viewfinder and in my photographs I try to capture these settings in a unique perspective. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words… .

So how did I end up in Costa Rica and what do I “do”? In September of 2012 I took a leap of faith and left my job at a big bank in New York City. I relocated to Pura-Vida-dise to work for Mr. Endless Summer, Robert August, documenting his life and running social media. As a gal that never leaves home without her camera I also love to document those special moments in life with my Nikon DSLR.  After seeing one-too-many ugly postcards (to put it bluntly) here in Costa Rica, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own line of 100% recycled postcards and notecards using my photographs. These gems are spreading the beauty of Mother Nature, 5,000+ cards strong. I also am a lucky gal as I get to help document special moments in other people’s lives.

Samba to the Sea is about following my heart and dreams, always remembering to live life to its fullest, and capturing those moments with my Nikon.

#IAmNextGeneration #IAmNextContest

Pura Vida,