Mauricio Ureña Photography

San José, Costa Rica Wedding Photographer
San José, Costa Rica Wedding Photographer - 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

Highly recommend Mauricio Ureña, incredible experience

We found Mauricio from seeing his photography of other weddings at our venue, and we knew instantly that he had to be our wedding photographer. His style is completely unique - it was vibrant, artistic, dramatic, happy and emotional. His style is able to capture moments perfectly, and his photos are able to not only capture our feelings in that moment, but also our movement. He gave prompts that made us laugh and cry in the most genuine way, and we couldn't feel more comfortable working with him. Mauricio also took the time to have two long calls with us before the wedding to get to know us as individuals and as a couple. This really helped him show our personalities and our relationship on camera. 

We hired Photos by Mauricio and his team for nine hours on our wedding day and were absolutely blown away by the experience. They arrived early, moved carefully and efficiently through the different shoots, and got tons of photos while working within the wedding timeline. The team did a great job of directing everyone for the portraits and showed an incredible ability to bring out the emotions in everyone they were photographing. Once the reception started Mauricio and his team were capturing everything. They got incredible action photos of not only everyone dancing but also the emotions in the room. The photos turned out beautifully and perfectly memorialized the joy of the night. 

Mauricio is a true artist. He was a key component in making our wedding as special as it was. He was able to get us a preview of his work after just 2 short days, and the pictures were breathtaking. We can't wait to see the rest. We can't imagine working with any other photographer and couldn't be happier with our decision to go with Mauricio.

Judy & Brett (Zephyr Palace Wedding 06/03/22)


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.

Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica


World Class Photographer 

My now husband and I hired Mauricio for our wedding at Zephyr Palace on July 30, 2022.

Mauricio was one of the best investments and decisions that we made for our big day. From start to finish he was consistent and attentive with accommodating and creative ways to submit deposits internationally to hearing our vision and incorporating his own into our pictures.

His technical side with his ability to relate to the photography subjects shows his undeniable skill level. When we met prior to the wedding, he coached us on how to pose and move together to get the perfect shots. This is important when you do not know how to be in front of a camera on such a critical day of memories.

Every team member of his was clearly talented and both my husband and our guests were impressed with the photography gear they traveled with. I’ve been to plenty of weddings but I’ve never seen, nor did I expect, the special touches with lighting and communication that surrounded us.

To speak to his character, Mauricio is so fair, honest, and caring. You can feel that you are not just another client to him and it is clear that he loves his job. He stayed in touch with me after the ceremony to make sure our experience in Costa Rica was amazing. When your photographer checks to see if you arrived safe home in the states, you know you are working with an amazing soul. 

Mauricio’s gorgeous bold images are not on accident. He is educated and continues to push his limits to be the best. If you select him I promise you are making one of the best decisions for whatever event you have planned.  

My husband and I could not be happier. We adore him and cannot wait to see more of what he captured on our wedding day.

Casey & Brian

Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

We are so grateful to have had Mauricio as our wedding photographer in Costa Rica. His talent and professionalism truly made our wedding day unforgettable. Mauricio is a one-of-a-kind artist who knows how to capture the beauty of Costa Rica's landscapes and the emotions of the moment. He went above and beyond to make sure every detail was perfect, from scouting the best locations for photos to guiding us through poses that felt natural and genuine. His passion for photography is evident in the stunning images he produced. We were blown away by the quality of his work and how he was able to capture the essence of our special day so beautifully. If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Costa Rica who is not only talented but also genuinely cares about making your day perfect, Mauricio is the one to choose. We HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer who will exceed their expectations!! Thank you, Mauricio, for capturing our love story in such a magical way! Jayna & Chris


Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

The absolute best you can find!

Seriously. Stop looking for anyone else. He and his team are the absolute best you will find. Thoughtful, extremely creative, and attentive to your specific style and comfortability. It was like having your biggest day photographed by a close family member. Mauricio was prompt to answer any questions we had, provided fantastic scouting and insight, and was truly a pleasure to be around on what can be a very stressful day. We couldn't recommend him any higher. And the photos! Out of the gate, one of our photos was nominated for an editors choice and best of the week award, then added to the best of the year collection for a global photography directory. You will not be disappointed with Mauricio. A delight both personally and professionally from start to finish.

Josiah Smith & Melanie York

Mauricio Ureña, San José, Costa Rica

Best photographer- look no further and book! 

I cannot express enough how grateful my partner and I are for the amazing work of our wedding photographer. From start to finish, they were attentive, professional, and truly captured the essence of our special day.

Their attention to detail was unparalleled, and they made sure to capture every moment - both big and small - in a way that was both artistic and authentic. They made us feel comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process, and it truly showed in the final product.

Looking back on our wedding photos, we are filled with love and joy. Each image is a beautiful reminder of the love we share and the incredible memories we made on our special day. We cannot thank our photographer enough for their incredible talent and dedication.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer who will capture the essence of your special day with love and care, look no further. We highly recommend this talented artist and cannot thank them enough for the beautiful memories they have given us.

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

Everything We Could Have Asked For

Mauricio and his team are incredible. My husband and I got married in San Jose, Costa Rica this past October and the photography was very important to me. I feel very blessed to have found Mauricio. The quality of his work and his ability to capture that special day for us speaks for itself, but it didn’t stop there. Planning a wedding from afar, even with family in the country to help, is difficult to say the least. Mauricio was generous enough to share his wealth of knowledge and his resources and we were able to find other reliable and incredible vendors for our wedding through him. He and his team put us at ease every step of the way and we’re there to support us all throughout the day if the wedding. We genuinely could not have asked for more. Mauricio and his team will not only live up to your expectations but absolutely surpass them.

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