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.
What I Wore… on one of the windiest days ever. Ha! The hair was a big ‘ole mess. And let me just go ahead and admit that I miiiiight have gone a little over the edge with the pattern mixing here. :) But y’all know what I always say: Wear it with confidence even if you look like you got dressed in a really dark closet!
Last month I landed a dream (although very temporary!) job. A friend connected me with Marketplace Events, the company that produces the Jacksonville Home & Patio Show, and they hired me for a furniture rehab project for their spring show. The feature is called “Drab to Fab,” and the concept is simple: take some drab pieces of furniture from local thrift stores, and make them FAB! You all know thrift stores are my happy place, so I was all over this! They asked me to keep the projects simple, so people at the show would see them and feel inspired; not overwhelmed. So I decided to focus on changing all six pieces with paint, because seriously, almost anyone can paint!
I wanted to post one of the pieces today and give you a little taste of what will be at the show this weekend. If you’re local, come see me! I’m photographing the event too, so I’ll be around most of the weekend. And next week, I’ll post more of the before-and-after project pics!
Process: When I saw this plastic file cabinet in Goodwill, I knew it had to come home with me. It was hideous; and exactly what I was looking for! It’s was also extremely heavy. I couldn’t even get it out of my car – Anderson to the rescue! Once it was out of the car, I was able to maneuver it by just rolling it around the house. Here’s the simple process for making this piece fab!
1. First I cleaned the cabinet. It was pretty dirty and had lots of sticky goo on it – looked like it was covered in stickers at some point.
2. I took the 3 black pulls off with a screwdriver and cleaned a little more.
3. I rolled it outside onto an old sheet and started spray painting the whole thing. The paint stuck to the plastic really well, and it only took 2 coats.
4. While the paint on the cabinet was drying, I started spraying the black pulls (handles). These took more like 4 coats. The black was harder to cover that the cream cabinet. I really wanted to spray the wheels too, but the cabinet was just too heavy for me to get it into a position to cover them.
5. Once the cabinet was dry, I measured the front of each drawer and cut the drawer paper to fit. I left an inch or so all the way around. Then after I attached the paper to the drawers I went along the edges with a piece of sandpaper. This left a perfect edge!
6. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I should add the pulls back or not. The decorative paper covered the holes, so I thought about leaving them off. But I asked Anderson what he thought, and he said it definitely needed the pop of pink. :) So I re-attached the handles, and wouldn’t you know. He was right!
7. I opened a drawer to admire my work and realized that the tops of the drawers were still the original ugly cream color. I had painted it with the drawers closed, so the tops weren’t covered. This wasn’t a huge deal and would’ve been fine if I had just left it like this. But I just couldn’t! So I got out a can of mustardy-yellow paint and a small paintbrush and painted the top of each drawer. It adds that extra pop to the cabinet! You can barely see it when the drawers are closed, but it’s a fun (BRIGHT!) surprise when you open them.
***While doing all of the furniture makeovers for the “Drab to Fab” feature, I tried to keep in mind the demographic for the Jacksonville Home & Patio Show. It’s not exactly the Kinfolk-inspired hipster crowd. :) If you have no idea what that means, you probably ARE the target audience. HA! So I hope you enjoy these projects! Come back next week for more!
The Lenahan Family is two of my favorite things: fun and quirky!
They picked a funky location (that I LOVED!) for their pictures and showed up in their Converse shoes ready for a fun morning. The kids were some of the most willing photo shoot participants I’d ever worked with. But I did hear myself say a few times, “Okay. Now let’s do one with a normal face for Mom.” Ha!! They laughed, they danced, they made some of the scariest faces I’ve ever seen. :)
My favorite part of working with the Lenahans was seeing the way they let all three of their kids be who God created them to be. Totally unique! They reminded me that it’s boring to be boring! I left this shoot feeling totally encouraged as a mom. And challenged to let my own little guy be himself… whatever that means!!
Anderson always take my outfit pics. You probably guessed that though, right?! Believe it or not, it’s not his favorite thing in the world, so I try to make it happen as quickly as possible. I take a few shots of him standing where I’ll be and get the settings all right, so all he has to do is grab the camera and snap away. But the other day I took a couple pictures of him and realized I really liked his outfit. So I kept shooting! Apparently we were feeling the florals. Probably both of our brains saying, “Hurry up spring!!!!!”
My jeans and his t-shirt are from Urban Outfitters. And the tees are on sale right now!
Left:I will remember the deeds of the Lord;yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your worksand meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
I sometimes have a hard time standing in faith during difficult times. So that’s when I just have to choose to remember what I know to be true:
God is good and faithful. And when I look back on all the ways he’s come through for me in the past, I have hope for the future!
If you’re in such a dark place today that you can’t even remember anything good that God has done for you, look to the cross!
If that’s all you have to hold onto, it’s enough.
Jesus came through for you that day, and he is enough!
Right: See that Gatorade right there? Kingston just spilled the whole thing on himself. So he walked around the outdoor mall all afternoon with no shirt on.
We like to keep it classy.
Left: We both worked from home the other day and got to drop Kingston off at school together then had a quick breakfast date. Fun day! #buticouldntdoitallthetime :)
Right: He’s the man!!!
Left: “Hail to the Chief” for a day of rest! We spent President’s Day in the sunshine.
Right: Lord of the Flies.
Left: Scenes from Love Day!
Right: Our awesome friend Eddy playing “name that animal” with Kingston on the two-way Mickey Mouse walkie talkies.
He was doing a groundhog here. Ha!!
Left: King of the… tree stump.
Right: Happy Friday from Publix where we knocked down two displays in 30 minutes.
Left: DATE NIGHT!!! If you haven’t tried Bazille yet, you MUST! And make sure you order a jam jar.
Right: Filmed a little something with K. Rock. Hope to share it here soon!
Left: Wanna be my favorite person in the world? Just swing by my house with flowers and food from Trader Joe’s. Extra points if it’s while I’m cleaning!!
Right: God is all about redemption. He loves taking the ugliest parts of our lives and turning them into something beautiful. I think it’s kind of his specialty and brings him so much joy! This day was one of those full circle God moments in my life. Most of your don’t know our story or why this lunch date was such a big deal, but it was a total “ONLY GOD” thing. I’m so thankful that he doesn’t give up on us!
Left: Thrifting has literally been my job for the last month! I’m working on a fun project with the Jacksonville Home & Patio Show. (Will share more here soon!)
Right: Did a little exploring after church one Sunday. Also, Anderson is upping his pattern mixing game. :)
Left: Celebrating my girlfriend Becky’s 10th anniversary of her 21st birthday!