A Neptune Beach Engagement Shoot

The Beaches Town Center, in Neptune Beach, has become one of my favorite spots for photoshoots over the last few years. It’s a cute area with brightly colored shops and restaurants and just the right amount of a beachy vibe. We hang out there as a family quite a bit too! Every time a client mentions the area as a potential spot for pictures I try to persuade them that it’s THE place to go. Ha! I just know the pictures will be bright and cheery. So I was excited when this couple didn’t need any coaxing at all – they hang out here too and decided it was the right spot without me… so I knew we’d get along great!

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What Love Has Done

When Anderson and I first started dating we were both coming out of dysfunctional relationships.
I was pretty guarded/rude/difficult/hard-hearted. (Good times!)
But Anderson was persistent, and not too long into our relationship it occurred to me that I was happy! For the first time in a long time.
And it was because of love. Not just because I loved Anderson. Or because he loved me. But because of God’s love for both of us. He loves us so much that (if we let him) he will take the worst parts of our lives and redeem them. And when he does, it’s better than anything we could ever hope or imagine.
Not perfect, because we’re pretty screwed up people.
But still beautiful.

My family is a product of God’s redemption. Only he could write our story!
Anderson played this song for me way back in 2007 – of course it’s by U2 – and said it made him think of our relationship.
Two broken people; but look what love has done!

Window in the Skies – listen to it while you look at the pics… if you’re into that sort of thing. :)
by U2

The shackles are undone, the bullets quit the gun
The heat that’s in the sun will keep us when there’s none
The rule has been disproved, the stone it has been moved
The grave is now a groove, all debts are removed

Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
Oh can’t you see what love has done?
What it’s doin’ to me?

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And a big thanks to Sarah Eddy for these awesome pictures! I love them so much.
We asked her to capture a Saturday morning at the Almeida house, and she nailed it!

November 25, 2014 - 9:29 pm

grandma peg - beautiful pictures of my beautiful family. love you

November 25, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Yes he has! Thank you.

November 25, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - We do that a lot. Haha! Just not usually in nice clothes. :) PS- Our poor bed.

November 25, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you Amanda! No idea where he gets those eyes!!

November 25, 2014 - 11:56 am

Carol Lehe Sauls - And what a beautiful life God provided you and Anderson and what a beautiful gift of Kingston! Love the pictures!

November 25, 2014 - 1:28 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Andrea! Thank you. :)

November 25, 2014 - 1:11 am

Andrea Worley - just beautiful! love this post. you can see the love between you and your family for sure!

November 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

Rhonda Darley Ellis - loved it…all of it…and my very fav picture is the one of the three of you dancing on the bed. Love the joy!

November 24, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Danielle Thomas - There are no words to express my joy and delight in your life. May the Lord ABUNDANTLY bless and keep you all!

November 25, 2014 - 2:48 am

Amanda McCollum - Love these!!!! Kingston is so expressive. I love the big eyes on the pancakes. So much love in these pics!!

Giving Thanks

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

I love this season where we all make it a priority to focus on our blessings and give thanks for what God has done for us. I want that attitude to be in my heart all year; not just during November! Giving thanks is so important for my mind and heart. If I don’t focus on my blessings, I become blinded by what I don’t have, and I find myself talking to God like my 3-yr-old sometimes talks to me: “I want… I need… Give me…Please, please, please!” But what about the abundance I already have?

There are those big defining moments in my life when I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving and can’t help but praise Him – when I walked down the aisle towards Anderson on our wedding day, when Kingston was born and Anderson held him up close to my face, so I could see his chubby little nose, when the doctor told me earlier this year that there was NO CHANGE in my brain tumor, when Anderson lost his job and God turned around and blew our minds with the way he provided for us. I can’t help but give thanks in those moments.

But what about “the everyday and the mundane” moments? So often I find myself praying hard for things I want for my family. But I sometimes forget to spend more than a few moments saying thank you for what we already have. The everyday blessings that God abundantly pours out on my life. Things like:

- Kingston’s excitement at his schools’ Open House last night. I prayed a lot about where/when to send him to preschool, and God directed us to a school that is a perfect fit for our little guy. He was so excited to show us around his class and tell us all about what he’s learning. My heart was so thankful. Thank you God for clear direction and guidance.

- Sitting in a restaurant last week and looking at Anderson’s face when out of no where “At Last” started playing. His eyes welled up with tears. And I knew he was thinking about our wedding. Thank you God for a man who loves me!

- Putting gas in my car (or even better, getting in my car and realizing Anderson already did it for me) and not having to worry about having the money to pay for it. Thank you God for providing for all of our needs (and a lot of our wants.)

- Getting a text from my good friend out of the blue that said she wanted to have a relationship with God. Thank you God for new beginnings!

- Having the most supportive family anyone could ever ask for. Parents who pray for me daily and encourage me every time I talk to them. And living close enough to them that my Mom can come to our house once a week to watch Kingston. Brothers who love us. Sister-in-laws who constantly go above and beyond to be considerate. And a father-in-law who refers to all us girls as his “daughters.” Thank you God for my family.

- Having a conversation with a friend yesterday that was a direct answer to prayer. His mouth was moving, but God was speaking. Thank you for speaking to me through your Word and through other people who love and follow you.

- Getting to take pictures of people and tell their stories AND get paid to do it! Thank you God for my job.

- Watching my husband leave for a job that allows him to do what he loves. A few years ago we didn’t think there were any opportunities for a motion graphics designer in Jacksonville. Thank you God for giving him the desires of his heart!

- Kissing my little boy goodnight. Thank you God for allowing me to parent him. He’s yours, but I sure do love him like he’s mine!

I pray that my heart is so in tune with His that I can’t help but talk about all he has done for me. Not because I deserve any of it. But because he is a good and gracious God. And that I am even quicker to praise him during the good times than I am to cry out in the bad.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

The Moran Family

I loved watching this family fight over who got to hold their newest (squishiest!) member. She was kinda the center of attention. And I think she liked it. :)

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November 25, 2014 - 10:29 am

pinkcoffeephoto - It was a pleasure!!

November 12, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Gina Moran - So many great pictures!! Thank you Lindsay!

The Manning Family

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The Mannings first hired me back in 2008! It’s hard to believe we’ve worked together that long… until I compare pictures of the kids from way back then. It’s fun watching them grow from squishy little babies to sweet, caring kids. This year they brought me some Halloween goodies (our shoot was the week of Halloween) with a note that said, “Happy Halloween. Hope you get lots of candy to stuff in your face.” Ha!! Yep. They just moved up to -favorite- status. :)

November 25, 2014 - 10:29 am

pinkcoffeephoto - That feeling is definitely mutual, Stacey!

November 10, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Stacey Masterson Manning - LOVE working with you Lyndsay!! You are not only a genius at what you do, but you are so good with the kids and it is always a blast!! Until next year…….

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