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See Life Inspiration Photography by Jamie Lee Peterson

Keyhole Arch Sunset, a Big Sur Gift from Pfeiffer Beach, California

Keyhole Arch Sunset, a Big Sur Gift from Pfeiffer Beach, California

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This is a sunset photograph of Keyhole Arch at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California. During only a few weeks a year, the setting sun aligns with the keyhole arch allowing the gorgeous rays to shine through.

This work of art captures the natural wonder of the arch, with the sun shining through it, casting a warm golden light through the archway. Ocean waves splash on the rocks in front of the arch and cliff. The photograph captures a moment in time that is both serene and dynamic, making it a true masterpiece. California coastal decor makes the perfect gift or decoration for a home or office and is available in paper, metal, canvas, or acrylic.


I am Jamie, a passionate nature & landscape photographer from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been creating art from my photos for almost 20 years, first underwater, now on dry land. I wanted to experience the sunset shining through Big Sur's Keyhole Arch and create my own depiction of the beautiful scene for my professional portfolio.The distance I lived from this location and planning a trip to line up perfectly with the sun's alignment were two of my most significant barriers. However, I am a planner and very determined. I knew I wanted to get the shot, so when the opportunity to plan a trip to this location in December came my way, I immediately took it! The day finally came to take this photo. My husband and I drove from Monterey to Pfeiffer Beach. To my dismay, a parking attendant at the top of the long winding road leading down to the beach wouldn't let us enter the area due to being at capacity. We had driven for hours to reach this spot just to be met with disappointment at the gate. I could feel my heart sinking and an empty feeling in my stomach as I thought about the closing window of this opportunity. However, I was determined to keep trying and not willing to leave. I knew this was my chance to create something special, and I would not let a parking attendant, who I later named, "The Fun Police", stand in my way. I pleaded with the young man to let us in, but he remained firm. We tried every 20 minutes to see if parking spots became available. After almost two hours, I was about to give up hope. I asked my husband to drive back one last time. As we pulled up, the man said, "You're in luck. I can finally let you in now". My first reaction was that he was kidding, and that wasn't very nice, but I knew it wasn't a dream when he motioned us to be on our way down the hill.I could feel my excitement rising as we drove down the winding, bumpy road. Finding a parking spot was quick and easy. I was so excited that I immediately hopped out of the truck, grabbed my gear, and headed for the trail to the beach. My feet sunk deep into the sand as I trudged across the beach, making the quarter-of-a-mile hike feel like twenty. I thought I would never get there. As we walked down the path to the beach, the sights of the beautiful sea arch came into view. The rocky cliffs rose towered over either side of the arch, with just a little light coming through the opening. As I rounded the corner, the smell of the ocean breeze was invigorating. The sound waves crashing and people chattering were a distant background noise as I focused on the beauty of the scene before me. Despite the long wait to park, we reached the beach about 40 minutes before sunset. I impatiently watched the swarm of onlookers snapping their selfies as I waited for the special moment. However, it wasn't long before the sun's rays blazed through the arch as the sun began to sink below the horizon. My camera was ready to go. Now I had to navigate through the sea of people still trying to take their selfies in front of the arch. On any typical adventure, I'd wait for people to be done and move out of the way of my shot. Not this time. I pushed my way through and positioned myself in front of the people. I crouched low and recomposed my shot. I set my camera's settings to long exposure. This way, I could capture the beautiful sunset through the arch with the waves crashing on the rocks in the foreground.I pressed away at the shutter button, getting shot after shot while moving back and forth in front of the arch to get the best perspective. I captured the colors of the sunset in all their glory, and the composition was perfect. I had done it. I had set out to capture something unique and succeeded. I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment that is hard to express. The final result received many compliments. My followers were in awe of the beauty of the location. I had captured a moment in time that I would remember forever, which is the greatest validation of all.

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  • Glossy Photo Paper: 5 business days for printing, 5 days for (free) shipping.
  • Ready-to-Hang Canvas: 8 business days for printing, 5 days for (free) shipping.
  • Aluminum Metal: 5 business days for printing, 5 days for (free) shipping.
  • Acrylic Print: 10-12 business days for printing, 5 days for (free) shipping.


Premium Glossy Photo Paper

  • A high-quality, professional paper print.
  • Sharp, vivid, and rich color set this apart from a casual photo print.
  • You'll feel like you're there.
  • Premium Glossy Photo Paper made to last.
  • This option is available in 8x10 inches, 11x14 inches or 16x20 inches.
  • They are designed to be placed in a glass frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local Target or online).

Ready to Hang Canvas

  • Arrives ready to hang right out of the box with zero assembly required for ultimate convenience.
  • Provides a gorgeous, finished look. It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall.
  • Canvas Prints are a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs.
  • A contemporary way to display your images, with or without a frame (frame not included)
  • Laminated to protect the surface of the art, while enhancing the appearance with a glossy finish
  • 1.5-inch-thick wooden stretcher bars that give it shape, in the same way, an oil painting is traditionally assembled.
  • No staples or unsightly lines are visible on the sides (very important).
  • This option is available in 16x20 inches, 24x36 inches, 30x40 inches.

Three Panel Ready to Hang Canvas

  • This option is for larger pieces.
  • The photograph is split into 3 even canvas panels to make a single large image.
  • This provides a modern look and allows spectacularly large art sizes on your wall!
  • 24x72 = 24x24 x3 (2 feet x 6 feet)
  • 36x72 = 36x24 x3 (3 feet x 6 feet)
  • 40x90 = 40x30 x3

Aluminum Metal Prints

  • The photographic art is infused to a 3/64-inch sleek metal panel to create an eye-catching look
  • Features a glossy coating and rounded edges for a smooth, polished finish.
  • Create elegant wall decor that shines with high-end, exclusive, and unique aluminum metal prints.
  • Create a polished addition to any home or office.
  • UV-resistant ink prevents fading.
  • All metal sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.
  • This option is available in 16x20 inches, 24x36 inches, 30x40 inches.

Acrylic Prints

  • Create eye-catching home decor with a glossy surface
  • Light refracts through the museum-quality acrylic bringing vibrancy and depth to your new work of art.
  • The .22" thick clear acrylic produces superb image quality from edge to edge and stunning, brilliant color!
  • UV-resistant ink prevents fading.
  • All acrylic sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.
  • This option is available in 16x20 inches, 24x36 inches, 30x40 inches.


Buy a print, and help save the world!

The motivation behind my photography has always been to display the Earth’s beauty. Earth is so valuable and fragile; it is our responsibility as humans to take care of it. To me, there is nothing more important than doing our part to give back to this beautiful planet we live on called Earth. Therefore, I use my photos to help promote conservation and sustainability.

One way I that I do this is by donating a percentage of the proceeds from every product sold to the non-profit organization listed below.

As of today, proceeds from sales of my Fine Art Photography will generate donations with the following structure:

  • 10% of net revenue See Life Inspiration earns from online sales channels will be donated to The Ocean Clean-Up to help remove plastic from the ocean. 
  • One tree is planted for every work of art printed through our premium printing partner, Pictorem
  • Additional contributions made to the National Forest Foundation to plant trees.

    Visit the Conservation page to see how your purchases have made an environmental impact!