Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. My blog is full of photoshoots, crafty projects, outfit posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
If we're going to be blog friends here are a few more things you should know:
I love Jesus Christ and strive to live a life that honors Him. My husband, Anderson, and I have the cutest little boy (Kingston Rock) in the world. It's true. There was a scientific study, and he won. I adore our little family!
I started Pink Coffee Photo five years ago; and as you can see, bright colors (and coffee) make me a happy girl!
Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop, and most of my "down time" is spent making crafty DIY projects.
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I saw this picture of Candace Cameron Bure on Facebook and had to copy her hair! Do you follow her? I really like her! She gets so much negativity for being outspoken about her faith, but I think she handles it well. Anyway, I want her hair guy. :)
My shoes are from Chelsea Crew (via Zulily). I’ve had this dress forever. It used to have big bell sleeves that made it look dated, so I haven’t worn it in a long time. I was getting ready to put it in the go-away pile but decided on a whim to cut the sleeves off and see what happened. Why not?! Basically I was left with an unfinished hem, so I had to add some lace. I like it though! The fun necklace was a gift from a friend, and the denim clutch is so old I have no idea where it came from!
I always work like a mad woman doing photoshoots and designing Christmas cards from September – December, because that’s when everyone wants family pictures! And I really kinda like that crazy pace. Then last year I got a wake up call and realized that I needed to slow down a little… for my health and sanity! And I thought I did. I didn’t take quite as many shoots and didn’t work as far into December. But then I got really sick at the end of the year and realized that I hadn’t slowed down enough. My body was so worn down!
Now I’m a whole year wiser though. And I totally know better! Okay, actually Anderson told me I better not do that again this fall. ;)
So… if you’re thinking about doing a family session for your Christmas cards this fall (or just because) let’s talk soon! I’m already booking into September, and the dates I have available will fill up very fast this year. I hate turning people away, but I had to do it last year and anticipate a repeat of that this fall. Don’t be the person I have to say “no” to, because I might cry! And nobody wants to see that. :) I do a reminder post like this almost every year, and book up completely shortly after!
This picture is pretty much unrelated to the post. Except that it ties in the whole “listening to Anderson” thing. He’s been telling me for years that I should take on some corporate clients and do head-shots. He has worked for several companies who bring in photographers a few times a year for this type of work, and they make ridiculous money. (Like 4x what I charge!) But for years I’ve been saying, “Heck no.” I did that one time. White backdrop, lights, off-camera flash. The whole deal. And I hated it so much. It just wasn’t fun. (The clients were awesome! Just not the work.) So I turned down every similar opportunity that came up ever since then. Until Whitney called. She’s a client who’s family I’ve worked with a lot. And I really, really like her. She told me she wanted to bring me in for “not stuffy” head-shots and even had the idea to use her company’s warehouse as a backdrop. I talked to Anderson, and of course he told me to do it. So I did. And it’s been an amazing experience. For me. Hopefully for them too. :) From now on, I vow to listen to my husband… a little more.
Now that the dark cloud of mourning is slowly leaving our home, I feel like I can talk about the World Cup again. Seriously though, the highlight of this World Cup was when Anderson’s brother, Will and his family came to stay with us for a week in the middle of the excitement. Watching the guys enjoy soccer together was fun! Dressing our kids up in USA and Brazil gear was even better. :)
Kingston LOVED rocking out with Uncle Will!
We went to the beach almost every morning!
Sara was an English teacher (I should say is, because “once an English teacher, always an English teacher!”) and loves literature,
so she and I explored Chamblin’s Uptown Books one afternoon. I think I could’ve left her there for a few days!
Now it’s our turn to visit. Michigan in the fall is pretty amazing. :))
With several beaches within a short drive from out house, I think it’s fair to say we’re pretty spoiled in the beach department. And while we have many favorite local spots I’m not really picky about where we go to enjoy the ocean. Most of our Northeast Florida beaches look remarkably similar, and honestly when compared to other beaches around the world (or even on the west coast of Florida), they aren’t the most breathtaking. So when a friend says, “What beach do you want to go to?” I usually don’t have a preference. But. They all have the ocean, and sand, and shells, and those sea gulls I love to hate, so we’re grateful for them!
But if I had to pick a favorite local beach, I’d go with Hanna Park. There’s something special about that area! It’s a secluded city-run park and 1.5 mile public beach. The vegetation is lush and beautiful, and it doesn’t have that “over-developed tourist spot” feel. Hannah Park has multiple beach access areas, and the one we go to most often is known to locals as “The Poles.” It’s a popular spot with surfers. The poles separate the public beach from the Mayport Naval Station Beach, so you can’t cross them without proper i.d. You can see in the pictures below that it doesn’t look like many other people are on the beach. It’s like this most of the time… especially during the week. I love people watching, especially at the beach! But it’s nice to change things up sometimes and enjoy a quiet day at the ocean.
Hannah Park also has a campground, bike trails, volleyballs courts, picnic areas, and even a splash park that’s open all summer! It costs $3.00 per car for a day pass. And it’s totally worth it!
PS – I DO NOT recommend Hannah Park on busy beach holidays unless you plan to get there early in the morning! Last Memorial Day we were supposed to meet some friends at The Poles, and they were stuck in traffic (at the ticket gate) for about an hour. Yikes!
I love LOVE pencil skirts, but every time I wear one I feel a little too much like a serious business woman wearing half of a power suit. Even if the skirt is neon yellow. :) Same with blazers. That’s why I try to keep the rest of the look really casual. What the heck does that mean? Well, for this look I paired my pencil skirt with a baseball tee and espadrilles. The t-shirt and casual shoes make the pencil skirt feel less “buttoned-up.” I can even chase a toddler around!