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It took 7 years for this to happen.

December 09, 2022 2 min read

Real growth and achieving your dreams happens when you show up every day and put in the work. 

The work when no one is watching.

It is iterating for days, weeks, and years. Putting one foot in front of the other, even when you think you’re going backwards or sidewards. It’s being 1% better than the day before. It’s believing in yourself and following your happy.

Just like this sunrise photo.


Greeting from Key Biscayne photographed by Kristen M. Brown of Samba to the Sea.


I photographed this 7 years ago -- it was the 128th shot captured on my then brand new, first Nikon full frame professional DSLR.

I was just starting to get my feet wet with photography and as scary as this big purchase was, it was time to invest and upgrade to a full frame, professional camera body. I flew into Miami from Costa Rica to pick up the new camera, as well as visit my brother and sister-in-law there.


Coastal Living Winter 2022 edition featuring photography by Kristen M. Brown Greetings from Key Biscayne.

7 years later, the culmination of all that work + following my love for photographing sunrises + sunsets has led me here — to a two page spread feature of this sunrise photo in Coastal Living’s Winter 2022 print issue — a magazine that I’ve loved reading since I can’t even remember.

It’s a total pinch me moment.

I’m honored to have this opportunity to share my work — my passion - with Coastal Living's readers.


Coastal Living Winter 2022 edition featuring photography by Kristen M. Brown Greetings from Key Biscayne.


So keep going.

Keep putting in the work.

And make sure those blinders are on — it’s your dream in your own time, not a comparison to someone else’s.

Because 7 years later, you may find that seed you planted bearing fruit.


📷 Greetings from Key Biscayne


P.S. Love this special sunrise photo as much as I do?

I’ve been waiting for just the right moment to release this beauty in the print shop, and with the winter 2022 edition of Coastal Living now published, “Greetings from Key Biscayne” is ready to come home with you! 

P u r a   V i d a,




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