Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. This blog is about my life, and here you'll find recent photoshoots, crafty projects, style posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
My motto is: "Life is messy. Life is beautiful." And as a lifestyle photographer, my goal is to capture the sometimes messy (but always beautiful!) moments in life - for my own family and my clients. Those are often the ones that turn out to be most important; the little moments we want to remember forever. I'm passionate about working with families and though I'm based in the Sunshine State, I often travel to clients for photo shoots.
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 in the world. His name is Kingston Rock and he's feisty, hilarious, and payback for everything I did wrong as a child.
I started Pink Coffee Photo six 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 and decorating (and redecorating) our home.
You can check out some of my favorite post categories on the right.
I haven’t posted lately, because I’m in the middle of a complete business re-brand right now and am saving new posts for the new website. :)
But in the meantime I wanted to share a little bit of what we’ve been up to around here!
Left: Hello world!!! Right: Another day, another photo booth. :)
Left: Only thing scarier than riding in a Mini Cooper with Anderson? This right here. Right: We’re having a nice, crisp fall here in Florida. JK. We’re all dying of heat stroke right about now.
Left: When you realize you’ve dressed like Jimi Hendrix for your new head-shots…
Right: Breakfast after our fall parent/teacher conference. Laughing at how funny our kid is.
Also, I apparently need to stop saying “Seriously?!?” (like when someone cuts me off in traffic, or when I realize I’m out of coffee creamer) all the time, because Kingston is doing it and the other kids are picking it up. #oops
Left: Because my love language is Cinotti’s donuts. Right: Enjoying the Blue Angles show at the beach!
Left: Bob Ross and a happy little tree. :)
Right: Kingston loves malt vinegar bc of this place. People think it’s so weird when he asks for it,
but it’s totally normal to us because we eat at burger places so much! ha! He even got Grandma to buy some for her house.
Left: I love grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. That’s the only time I love it though. :) Right: Date night! Dinner with two of our favorite couples.
During Halloween week I did some fun pumpkin decorating on River City Live, a local entertainment show. It was so much fun!!
Left: One of my favorite places to buy jeans for Kingston is Sunnyside904. It’s a local store! Right: At a practice filming for River City Live.
Left: My favorite local coffee shop closed last weekend. WHAH! Right: Shopping is always more fun with friends.
Left: A fun birthday party with K Rock’s buddies. Right: Beach days are the best days!
Left: People watching at the pier never disappoints. :) Right: “Take you wife to work (and buy her lunch) day!”
Left: The best acai recipe I’ve tried: 1 packet of frozen acai, 1 banana, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup frozen pineapple, 1/4 cup apple juice.
Blend until smooth. I like to top it with chia seeds!
Right: Thank you Sweet Pix App for these awesome photoboards!
I’m terrible about printing pictures from my phone, but the Sweet Pix App made it super easy.
I downloaded the app, chose 6 images, and a week later these 8x8in photoboards came in the mail ready-to-hang with sticky tabs!
If you want to try them, use the code PINK20 for 20% off through Nov 15th!
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Left: Date night at a Jax Armada game, because “we” love soccer. Right: Happy fall!
Left: Lunch date. Right: I love irony and bike-print accessories… even though I can’t ride one. ;)
Left: Breakfast date (we’re fitting them in whenever we can!) Right: We had so much rain and these baby frogs were everywhere! Could totally be a plague.
Left: “Love is a burning thing.”
Right: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Left: My sweet friend JoJo and I got a fun little sneak peek of the Southern Women’s Show. Right: Downtown Jax.
I’m going to go ahead and assume that’s the first time you’ve heard that today. :) It’s true though. Along with about 15 other things, today is the day we celebrate buttons. Ha! Super random.
Over the next few months, I’ll be making appearances on a new local (Jacksonville) show, River City Live, as the crafty DIY-er. We did a practice taping this morning, and the show producer challenged me to come up with some projects featuring buttons. After questioning him about whether or not Button Day was really a thing, I accepted his challenge!
My Grandma always had little jars of random buttons around her house, and I loved looking through them. Kinda weird? Yes. But it paid off, because I now have little jars of buttons too! So I didn’t even have to buy many supplies for these 3 easy button crafts.
So… let’s get to it:
The first project I thought of was a button garland. I use a lot of garland for parties – above the buffet where we put the food or draped across the front of a table. If we had a fireplace you better believe it would have a garland! And I think this button version would be adorable on a Christmas tree too.
To make this, I threaded a needle through a strand of embroidery thread and knotted one end. (I chose embroidery thread, because it’s sturdier than regular thread.) Then I just weaved it through the button holes and tied off the other end when it was the length I wanted. So simple!
Then I moved on to a lamp shade. This little lamp was only $12! But it needed some love. So I spray painted the base this color and used one of my favorite adhesives, E6000, to attach the buttons all over the shade. I started with the large ones then filled in the holes with the smaller ones. Now the little lamp looks like it actually belongs in my house!
The last project was a no-brainer, because I’m always looking for more magnets to stick on our fridge. To make things a bit more interesting, I stacked two buttons for each magnet. Then I glued them on top of each other with E6000. (Small on top of large). Once they were dry, I flipped them over and glued a little piece of magnet to the back. I bought a magnet roll and just snipped off little pieces as needed. This might be my favorite, because the sides of my refrigerator are black and definitely need a little color!
If our segment from this morning ends up online, I’ll add it here and let you know. :)
At the beginning of this year, God made it really clear that he wanted me to quit my job. (Actually, let’s be honest. He made it clear way before that. But after dragging my feet and trying to ignore him, to the point of becoming miserable, I finally obeyed in February.) That’s better. It feels good to be completely truthful! Quitting was the easy part. The identity crisis that followed? Not so much. I’ve always worked outside the home in addition to running my own business and loved the satisfaction I got from constantly working. I was on staff at a church! I was contributing – doing important stuff! And then suddenly I wasn’t.
I quickly found myself in the middle of an identity crisis. Like, walking around scratching my head and mumbling, “I don’t know who I am anymore,” crisis. Then one morning I was reading The Word in an attempt to pull myself out of the funk, and God reminded me of something: I might not know what he’s doing in my life right now, but there’s one thing I do know. I am his. Period. And he wants me to find my identity in him.
How many times have you tried to write a profile for yourself on social media and gotten completely stumped? I’m actually embarrassed at the amount of time I’ve spent trying to write them. I can talk about just about anything, but when I try to talk about me, I go blank. It’s like that awkward moment when someone looks at you and says, “So, what do you do?” and your brain fails you, and all you can think of is what you had for breakfast that morning. “Umm… I make really good pancakes?” That’s how I feel trying to write a profile on social media. So I start reaching. I just looked at some of my profiles and they say stuff like this: photographer, blogger, boy mom, married to Anderson, thrifting junkie. My profiles are all about what I do, because my identity is so often wrapped up in that. I want to make sure people know that I DO STUFF! I’m contributing to the world. And I’m creative, dang it! How messed up is that? Also, I call myself a junkie? What the heck? Intervention time?!
I’m not saying the stuff I do isn’t important. It is! God wired me to be passionate about telling stories, but he knew I wouldn’t be great with words, so he gave me a talent behind the lens. I tell stories through images, because he gave me a gift to do that. And I’m proud of it! And no. None of my social media profiles say simply “Jesus Freak,” because I own a business, and that’s not really a qualification for what I do. Would you hire a photographer if that was their only credential?!
But. God is teaching me that what I do is not who I am.
My identity is simply this:
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found was blind; but now I see .”
God in his infinite mercy and unending grace reached down into the mud and the mire and rescued me from a life of selfish ambition – from a life that says, “It’s all about what you do. You have to achieve certain things in order for your life to matter.” Because of what Jesus did for me on the cross, my identity isn’t based on how awesome my kid is (or isn’t!) or the amazing things he accomplishes (or doesn’t) in VPK this year. :) It’s not about whether or not my business succeeds or my house is super clean or my kid’s birthday party is Pinterest-worthy. Because that stuff is all based on what I do or don’t do – my performance. How exhausting!
Our pastor reminds us of this a lot – it makes me think maybe I’m not the only one in crisis: My identity is based on what Jesus says about me. And it’s not about my performance. It’s about his performance on the cross.
When I’m gone one day, the only thing that will really matter is what I did with Jesus Christ. My purpose in life is to know him and to make him known. And the more I get to know him, the more I can’t help but tell people about what he’s done for me!
Having a relationship with Jesus means I have joy, even in the face of terrible circumstances like a health crisis or a job loss. It doesn’t mean I’m happy during those times – that would actually be kind of creepy! But it means I have assurance that everything I go through in this life is for God’s glory and my good. To make me more like Jesus. And he is ALWAYS faithful!
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness.”
It’s no coincidence that my family started attending The Church of Eleven22 right before I quit my job. It’s like God knew what was coming! And it’s also not a coincidence that Pastor Joby was starting a series in Exodus at that time, or that the first sermon I heard him preach was about Moses. Because that led me to study the life of Moses on my own this year, and one of the things that stood out to me (in fact I still think about it daily) is how God told Moses, through the burning bush, to lay down his shepard’s staff. Remember that part of the story? It’s in Exodus 4. I always read that and thought God was just showing Moses how powerful he was by turning his staff into a snake. I mean, pretty impressive! But I also think when God told Moses to throw his staff on the ground, it was a picture of Moses laying down his identity. The staff represented who Moses was. He was a shepard, and people knew it because he carried a staff. And he was actually a shepard, because he had disobeyed God when he was young and ended up working in the fields for many years. But when God told him to lay down his identity (even his past sin and shame), he obeyed. Well, first he made excuses. But then he obeyed! I get Moses. :)
When my brother and I were teenagers my dad always said the same thing to us as we headed out the front door: “Remember who you are. And remember whose you are.” You know what that means? You are loved and valued. And you are a child of the King. Act like it.
And here’s all you need to know about me: I once was blind. But now I see. I’m still a hot mess. But even on my worst day, when God looks at me, he sees the cross; not my sin.
Our church recently started a blog #weare22 as a way to share individual stories about the people of Eleven22. I love it because it’s easy to get lost in the masses at a large church, and I love it because God uses each of our stories to impact someone! This is my current story. What God is doing in my life right now! If you’d like to read a little more about what he has done for me, you can click here and read past posts.
I love this family and have been wanting to take pictures of them forever! Not only are they the warmest, kindest crew, but they also live in the coolest house. :) The weather was horrible (rainy and dark) on the day of our shoot, so I was tempted to cancel. It’s hard to get my usual brand of bright, colorful images when shooting inside with little natural light. But only two of the Deyo kids still live at home, and the logistics of getting the other two there at the same time are a bit tricky. We weren’t sure when the next opportunity would be, so we decided to go for it! And I’m so glad we did.