Mauricio Ureña Photography

San José, Costa Rica Wedding Photographer
San José, Costa Rica Wedding Photographer - Mauricio Ureña Photography

Mauricio Ureña Photography

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I’m Mauricio Ureña a Costa Rica wedding photographer based in San José. I photograph beach weddings, elopements and portraits in Guanacaste, Tamarindo, Papagayo Gulf, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Dominical, Uvita, Arenal Volcano Areas, and surrounding provinces, as well as destination weddings abroad like in Antigua, Guatemala.

Since 2012, I’ve captured local and international love stories like yours, but I know how to make your event photos unique and special. I’ll connect with you and your fiancé as your Costa Rica guide, your friend, and your confidant. That means that I’ll capture uniquely emotional love story photographs. I can’t wait to work as your wedding photographer.


Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

The most AMAZING photographer you could ever ask for!!!!!

Mauricio was our photographer for our “wedding pictures” after we eloped. His work speaks for itself, but I can promise you that if you chose him you will not regret it! If you don't believe me, just skip right to pictures and know we only told him we wanted to be in the forest. 

Now for the details: Words cannot describe the incredible experience we had with Mauricio and his team. Lets start with the fact that we weren’t even in the country (Costa Rica) through ALL of the planning process; which makes things infinitely harder. Mauricio kept in constant communication with us and was very timely in his responses. He was professional from the moment we found his website and he was willing to work with whatever we were throwing at him: we wanted a wedding photoshoot in a literal forest and that is what he delivered and more! He had the foresight to to look into to look into the conditions of where we wanted to take the pictures and offered suggestions which proved invaluable (we would’ve gotten soaked if we didn’t take his advice!). 

Mauricio is also willing to go the extra mile in ever aspect of your shoot; we were in a very remote location, at a very early start time in the middle of the forest! He handled everything with the utmost professionalism and with the best energy and a huge smile on his face! I also asked for a few pictures early so I could gift them to my grandmother and he sent them within the hour!!!!! 

Mauricio is the type of person to listen to your vision and make that a reality in a way that you didn’t think was possible. We are very awkward people by nature, but Mauricio immediately put us at ease and guided us through all the poses with patience and understanding. He even gave us a crash course in posing before we started which was extremely helpful. Not only is he a professional, but he makes you feel like you are too! We felt like models in a photoshoot, which is saying a lot from people who usually only take selfies. He is also fully bilingual which was great since I speak Spanish but my husband only speaks English. I didn’t need to translate at all which took some of the workload off me! 

Mauricio and his team hiked approx 2 km in the forest to make our vision a reality and we could not be more grateful!!!!!!! I could’ve never imagined the pure MAGIC that resulted from his technique and eye for composition. This is not someone who relies on filters or edits; he fully understands what needs to be done to obtain the pictures of your dreams! 

In short, Mauricio is the photographer you have been looking for. He will surpass your every expectation and you will make unforgettable memories!!!!!

Carla & John | 05/26/22



Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing!!

There is no doubt Mauricio loves what he does and takes pride in his work. He is patient, and his vision and shots are phenomenal. Even my husband said that was the best money spent on our entire trip!! You won’t be disappointed!

Michelle Whitehead | 02/03/2022

Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

Mauricio is an artist!

From the beginning Mauricio took time to learn about us as a couple, our interests, and style. Despite the distance, Mauricio and his team traveled to our somewhat remote location. He laid out the process very clearly, and made the day of the wedding and photo shoot go by smoothly and stress free. The photos Mauricio delivered are breathtaking, and captured our special day and our love so vividly. We couldn't be happier with choosing Mauricio.

Amir Hajizadeh | 03/18/2022

Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

The best photographer/team you will ever work with 

Working with Mauricio was such a pleasure!

When we did our wedding at Hotel Villa Caletas, the venue recommended Mauricio, and we are so glad they did so. Mauricio impressed us many times during the entire wedding process, from the planning beforehand, the day of the wedding, and the editing process afterwards.

Before the wedding, Mauricio had multiple zoom meetings with us, where he took a lot of time to get to know us and what we wanted from his services. Some of the questions he asked us during the initial interview were very deep and thought provoking, which was impressive. The nights before the wedding he made sure to zoom with us again and go over all the details and schedule of the wedding day so we would be on the same page. He really helped take a lot of that stress off our shoulders.

The day of the wedding, Mauricio and his team were nothing but spectacular. There were so many different aspects of the wedding that the team got great photos of. They really captured the preparation with the wedding party, individual portraits of bridesmaids and groomsmen, family photos, the ceremony (of course), speeches, the dinner, and the wild afterparty. The photos were so candid and well captured that we could actually hear the volume through the photos. 
One aspect of Mauricio's skill as a photographer on the wedding day which really stood out was his ability to improvise. The wedding did not go exactly as planned: bridal party preparation took longer than expected, certain locations which we had planned for photos had to be moved, but every time something changed, Mauricio and his team adapted and got it done without coming off as stressed or stressing us. 

After the wedding, Mauricio was very communicative about the editing process and timelines to get us our photos. He was able to send us a few key photos very soon after the wedding which was nice to have as an appetizer. After a few months he delivered the photos to us and we were SO happy with his work! We're not professional photographers so we can't speak to the composition, but there was a healthy blend of dramatic, artistic photos as well as natural, candid photos. Every single one of our friends and family who we have shown the photos too have said over and over again what an amazing photographer he was and how they looked like vogue shoots. 

Mauricio and his team were beyond impressive, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. We feel so absolutely lucky to have been able to work with him, and have our wedding captured in these memories so beautifully.

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