3 People. 12 Times. (January)

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This pic was taken at the beginning on the month while we were at the mall spending all of our Christmas gift-cards!

I love January. It always feels like a fresh start. And even though we don’t really do resolutions at our house, there’s still a clean slate. A new beginning!

But this month has also been one of change for us. I resigned from my job a few weeks ago, and we started actively looking for a house in another area of Jacksonville (Riverside.) We’ve been casually searching since November but haven’t found the right place yet. So we’re in that weird phase where we don’t know if we should put our house on the market (homes in our neighborhood are moving pretty fast right now!) when there don’t seem to be a lot of great options where we want to move. Oh, and there’s Kingston’s school and our church that are both in our current neighborhood. Do we move? Do we stay? AHHH!! We’re in limbo for now!

But… in anticipation of selling our house, I started purging the place this month. Like, “Watch out, because Mom’s throwing everything out!” purging. We’re hoping to find a smaller house – in the hood, and if that’s going to work, we have to get rid of a lot of stuff! Last weekend Anderson and I were talking about how that probably sounds crazy to most people, and I get it. But we live with so much more than we need. So much excess, and I’m tired of it. Our home isn’t big, but it’s more than we need! We have a bedroom that is unused unless family or friends are in town. Why?! Plus another bedroom that is used as a drum room. I won’t meddle in that too much though, because I might get myself kicked out along with all the other junk we’re throwing out. :) The more we’ve talked and prayed about it, the more our hearts continue to be stirred towards finding a small place in an area that isn’t quite as nice as the one we’re in now. We want to spend less, so we can give more. And this is the perfect time to get rid of all the extra stuff we’ve been holding onto without even realizing it. Want an example? We have enough bath towels for a family of 25. It’s the strangest thing. There are three people living in our home, and we have at least 50 bath towels. What the heck? Did I register for every towel at Target when we got married? And crystal bowls. Apparently I thought we needed every crystal bowl, vase, and dish that Dillard’s carried in the wedding registry department. (I think I’ll blame my Grandma for that one!) But we aren’t even “crystal around the house” kind of people. It’s ridiculous! I’m just starting to notice little (and big!) things like this all over our house. So our garage is becoming temporary housing for the excess as I sort in into give away, yard sale, and dumpster piles. Do you remember that show on TLC called Clean Sweep? Yeah. I could use them right about now. So if this moving thing works out, great! But if not, we’ll at least have a much less cluttered house!

January has been a wild start to what I know is going to be a good year. Crazy. But good.

I’ll keep you posted!

PS – I forgot to mention what this post title is about. A few years ago I did a little photo project (not my original idea) called 3 People 12 Times. I just took a picture of all 3 of us each month, and it was so fun to look back at all 12 pics at the end of the year! It’s hard for me to remember/make the effort to get pictures of the whole family. And I’m guessing it’s not any easier for those of you with more than one kiddo! This project is a good reminder though, and unlike so many other photo projects out there, this one doesn’t overwhelm me! So I’m doing it again this year, and I think you should join in. :) We can do one picture a month, right?!?

January 29, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Oh, I'll definitely let you know!!

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Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Cate! Glad I'm not the only one!!!

January 29, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Me too. We're collectors of wonderful treasures though, not pack-rats. No, really… :)

January 29, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - I'm going to need to know when this yard sale happens :) Good luck purging, it feels nice when you're done!

January 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Cate Lantz Mezyk - My husband and I talk about this all the time – we have so much more than we need! And every time I find something in the kiddos' closet with a tag on it, I want to shake myself for adding to the clutter. Purging sessions are good for the soul. :) Good luck on all your decision making!

January 28, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Jessica Thornton - Love everything in this post. It's hard, too, because I'm a packrat. You're inspiring me!

What I Wore

… pretty much all month. Okay, there were different shirts and pants thrown in, but these tennis shoes with this jacket is my current mom uniform. I love coats. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I collect them – ha! And as ridiculous as that sounds, when you add the fact that I live in Florida, it becomes completely absurd! Thankfully this winter has been just cold enough for me to enjoy my “collection.”

You know why this particular coat is so great?
Two reasons, actually:
1. It’s from Gap, but I bought it from a thrift store for $8.
2. I can throw on pretty much anything underneath and just button it up. Win!

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And then this happened. No explanation. :)

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And some style inspiration from around the internet:

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pants and sneaks

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January 28, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I'll cook dinner tonight. :)

January 27, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Anderson Almeida - you=hot

January 26, 2015 - 10:23 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! You should, Amanda! Anderson always says he likes my hair that this… no idea why, but I’ll take it. :)

January 27, 2015 - 2:16 am

Peggy Hyatt - those girls just wished they looked as cute as you <3

January 26, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Amanda - I’m copying you tomorrow. Been wanting to try the half up top knot but thought I’d look ridic. Trying it tomorow!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – And College Park

Our Year o’ Disney is coming to a close next month – Wah Wah. So we’re living it up while we can! And as so many of you told me when we started the annual pass journey, each trip gets a little more fun. You were right! Ok? I said it!! We’re learning our way around the parks, and Kingston now knows who some of the Disney characters are. (Our cable company started including Disney Channel in our package last year, so our kid isn’t living so far under a rock anymore.) This time he wanted to meet Mickey Mouse and help him tie his shoes. No idea what that’s about. Then after he met him, he said he wants to go see Mickey again and bring him some cheese. So if we make it down again in the next month, we’re taking string cheese. That’s normal, right? We went to Hollywood Studios this time, because we wanted Kingston to see the cars stunt show. And it was a great, relaxing day. The weather was kind of gross, so there weren’t many people there… just how I like it!

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K. Rock picked this flower for me from one of the beautifully manicured flower beds. Sorry Disney!

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So, aside from Disney, there were two other highlights from this trip. (My favorite parts!)

1. One of Anderson’s college friends was in town, so we got to hang out with him. Here’s the thing: Craig is one of my favorite’s! He’s funny and kind and a super-talented musician, and Anderson loves the guy. So it’s always fun seeing him. We met up with him and his girlfriend one night at Epcot for the fireworks show then spent a morning wandering around College Park together.

2. And that brings me to College Park. Have you been there? Seriously. I have no idea how I’ve lived in Florida forever and taken many trips to Orlando without knowing about this little gem. In case you’re clueless like me, let me help you out. College Park is a quaint little trendy area in Northwest Orlando with great local shops and restaurants. Yes! IN ORLANDO. There are local shops and restaurants! I found some treasures in a vintage store called Dechoes, and we had breakfast at a hole-in-the-wall called Christo’s. If you know of any other places to hit in the area, please let me know! And if this info is new to you, you’re welcome!

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Until next time, Mickey!

January 23, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Yes. You are terrible. :) Have a great trip!!!

January 22, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - I'm a terrible friend for not sharing this with you before now! I'm excited to play hookie on Monday for a Disney day!

January 21, 2015 - 7:09 pm
January 21, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Me too Jessica! I like all the cool building facades everywhere.

January 21, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Anderson Almeida - great pics! we had a great time with Craig Vanderwier

January 21, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Jessica Thornton - Next to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios is my fave!

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions

For the first time ever, I’m booking mini-sessions for Valentine’s Day!

In the past I’ve worked exclusively with a low volume/ high cost business model, mainly because I didn’t have time to do a ton of shoots. But now I do, so yay for giving the mini-shoot a try! (You can read about why I have time for more shoots here.) If you are one of my regular clients wondering WHAT THE HECK is going on, let me explain a little: these are not my normal lifestyle shoots. I will still do those. Because they are my favorite! These mini sessions will be more styled and will only last 20 minutes. It will be fun to mix things up a little! If all goes as planned, I will offer these a few times a year. And if you’re someone who has wanted to work together in the past but couldn’t swing the price-point, this is the perfect opportunity. :) I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some new ones too!

There are only a few slots available, so comment here or send me an email if you’d like to grab one. And if you have any questions will you please leave them in the comments? I’ll answer them there, so everyone can see.

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions with Pink Coffee Photo
Saturday, January 31st
20 minute photo session
8 high-res images
$150

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January 20, 2015 - 1:48 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - YAY!! So excited about this! I'll get with on details/time in a few days. :)

January 20, 2015 - 1:47 am

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you!! Ha!!

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Peggy Hyatt - all grandma wants for love day is Kingston and all of these pictures <3

January 19, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Brenda Hampton - Oh my word! Where the spoon to eat him up!

January 19, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Whitney Dee-Ann Croxton - As mom said….COUNT THE CROXTON BOYS IN!!! :) Can't wait!

January 19, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Ha!!! I've done this so many times. It didn't sound like Aaron!!

January 19, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Aaron Badowski - Ithat was from Tai btw lol had the wrong web page open lol

January 19, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Aaron Badowski - Does that cutie pie in your photos come with the session?

Graphic Design and Being Freelance (Unemployed?)

Hey Hey, blog readers! I’m writing this late at night from my bed when I should really be sleeping, for the sake of beauty and sanity and all that. But I have some stuff to say, so let’s do this!

I’ve vaguely mentioned this a few times, but never seem to talk about it much here…

In addition to photography, I have a “thing” for graphic design. I love working on party and event decor (everything from the invites, to cupcake toppers, to fun banners), corporate branding, logo designs, business cards, stationary… all of it! And over the last 5 years have worked on some fun design projects at our church. Lots of sermon series designs and special event branding! It’s been such a great experience, and I’ve learned A LOT from the talented team I’ve been part of. But I’ve recently made the big/scary/tough/exciting decision to resign from that job.

Moving forward, I’ll be doing strictly freelance work! No more office hours. Just me and my laptop at home. Probably in bed. Just kidding. I vow to shower and dress even though I don’t technically have to anymore. This was a hard decision for a bunch of reasons, (I love the people I work with, I love going to an office and collaborating with a creative team, I love working on projects that have the end goal of bringing people to Jesus, and let’s be honest – I love a good paycheck!) but it’s the right choice for my family. For now. God has confirmed this in so many ways, so I’m REALLY excited to see how he is going to move this year. Even though I’ve been doing Pink Coffee Photo since 2008, not until recently have I had the desire to make it my full time gig. But God is always doing a new thing, and I can’t wait to find out where this leads!

So I’m telling you all that to get to this point: I have so much more availability for design projects now! In the past, I’ve had to turn them down a lot, because of my schedule. Last year I had the opportunity to do sign/logo designs for two really cool food trucks and had to say no. :( Y’all know I love food trucks, so that was a bummer! This is going to be fun. And crazy. But let’s focus on the fun! I wanted to show you two logo designs I did last year (but never got around to sharing here) and tell you a little bit about the process. You know, just in case your mom ever needs a new business card or something. ;)

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The Art Garage

This logo is for a local art studio that happens to be owned by some really talented friends of ours, Eddy and Monica Foye. Last year they basically jumped off a ledge when Eddy quit his full-time job and they opened an art studio. Seeing them put feet to their faith has encouraged and challenged us a lot, but that’s another story for another day! The Art Garage is located in an industrial space with a warehouse/studio feel, so when we were working on their designs we kept the location in mind. They teach painting workshops for kids and adults, hosts private events, and also teach music lessons. We didn’t want to narrow things down too much, but since painting is Monica’s passion and also what they’re kind of known for, we worked the paintbrush in to the design. Monica wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted, but she did have some thoughts on the overall style and color. We worked with several concepts and in the end decided on the one up top. When I went to visit their studio and saw the logo decal on the door, I knew they had made a good choice! It just “fits.” This project was fun, because I had a lot of freedom to come up with concepts and ideas! Check out The Art Garage site here and see what events they’re hosting soon!

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Simply Southern Eatery & Events

This logo design belongs to a local restaurant and catering company. Here’s their slogan: “Simply Southern Eatery & Events will serve up a menu that reminds you of mama’s home-cookin’ that is made with love.” Makes you hungry, right?! Working on this project was a completely different process. One of my photography clients told me that her mom and aunt were thinking about opening a restaurant and needed a logo. I love working with her, so I jumped at the chance to do it again. Then she promptly sent my EXACTLY what they wanted it to look like. All the way down to a yellow straw sticking out of the Mason jar. I sent them a few variations, but for the most part, they stuck with their original ideas. And just a few months later, they opened their restaurant! These ladies do not mess around! This project was fun, because I had a very clear idea about what the clients wanted. PS – How cute are these pig cookies?!

Photography and graphic design are so much fun for me, because no project is the same. And that means no day is the same. I’m one of those weirdos who thrives on changing things up all the time, so it’s a perfect fit. Okay, I’m off to get some beauty sleep!!!

January 28, 2015 - 9:01 am

3 People. 12 Times. (January) » Pink Coffee Photo Blog - […] this month has also been one of change for us. I resigned from my job a few weeks ago, and we started actively looking for a house in another area of Jacksonville […]

January 19, 2015 - 11:15 am

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions » Pink Coffee Photo Blog - […] I do, so yay for giving the mini-shoot a try! (You can read about why I have time for more shoots here.) If you are one of my regular clients wondering WHAT THE HECK is going on, let me explain a […]

January 18, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Peggy Hyatt - WOW!! this is so exciting where did all the creativity come from love you

January 16, 2015 - 11:34 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Bud!!

January 15, 2015 - 6:18 pm

JoJo Moore Miller - I'm excited for you and this leap of faith! I can't wait to what all God is going to do! You are so talented, my friend! I'm proud of you!

January 15, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Oh you! Glad you're happy Sugar Daddy.

January 15, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Anderson Almeida - There is so much talent here it makes me happy!

January 15, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Me too, Pops. Love you too!!

January 15, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks so much Whitney!!

January 15, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Lynn Hyatt - Proud of you and excited to see what the Lord has ahead! Love u all.

January 15, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Whitney Dee-Ann Croxton - Aww – working with you is ALWAYS an amazing experience. I am looking forward to what new things you do in 2015. :)

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