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.
Happy (almost) July 4th! We spent the day at the pool with friends, had dinner with family, then grabbed some sparklers on our way home and played with them in the front yard while our neighbors shot off fireworks! I’d say we’re off to a pretty good start to the big weekend. I love writing with sparklers, so we pulled out the camera and took some pictures. And I thought some of you might enjoy trying this tomorrow night, so here’s a quick tutorial for writing with sparklers:
You’ll need a DSLR camera and a tripod (or just something sturdy to set your camera on top of) and some sparklers.
Wait until it’s completely dark outside then get everything set up. We used a high f-stop (f16), so it wouldn’t be hard to focus. Then we set a really long shutter speed (8 seconds). I lit the sparklers, so Anderson had something to focus on then he pressed the shutter release all the way and I started “writing” in the air. We all took turns, and got some pretty cool pics! Kingston was really into it. :)
I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend and get a chance to try writing with sparklers tomorrow night! It’s fun but kind of addicting!
Let me just start this by saying that I’m a bit embarrassed to show you the “before” situation here. I’ve come to realize that while I’m pretty good at decorating the inside of my house, (if you can call my granny chic – flea market – thrift store style decorating) I am completely lacking in the outside decor area. My version of decorating the outside of our home has mostly involved hanging a wreath on my front door and painting my yard flamingos, “Johnny and June,” when their paint started chipping. So last month when I was suddenly inspired to paint our front door I knew I better jump on that train before it passed by and never came back.
I found some great swatches of my favorite color – what I like to call “vintage turquoise.” You know that color, right?! If not, come on by my house and I’ll show you, because it’s EVERYWHERE! I was really excited when I sent the swatches to our HOA for approval, and then really bummed when they denied all of them. Apparently our neighborhood has a thing for beige, beige, and sometimes a little grey. So after complaining for about a week about how lame the HOA is, I finally decided on the least offensive color in the pre-approved packet that came with my denial letter: good ‘ole grey. I definitely gravitate to cool colors, so grey > tan, brown, cream, beige… Once the door was painted I started pulling in my beloved turquoise in the form of flower pots, a basket, a new wreath (obviously!) that I made from vintage fabric, an old quilt, and the cutest little birdhouse that Kingston painted. And I hung some turquoise bottles from a tree in our front yard.
And you know what? I think it worked out great! All those fun little accessories wouldn’t have worked if I had painted the door my original choice!
Also, I’m turning into a bit of a weird plant lady. I’ve been planting a lot in our backyard and am actually enjoying taking care of all of them. The other day Anderson saw me watering some flowers for the second time that day and commented on how it had rained the night before, so the plants were probably fine. And I said, “No. Some of them need a lot of water. Trust me – I’ve been taking care of them, and I know what they need.” Whoa! As soon as it came out I was like, crap. I’m old. And I’m a crazy plant lady!
My favorite part about decorating the outside of our house is all the color it adds. The outside is finally starting to look like the inside!
Side note: I’m dying to hang some fun pieces on the outside of our house, but it’s stucco. And everything I’ve read says it’s not a good idea to drill into the stucco. Does anyone have any advice? Have you successfully hung stuff from your stucco walls?
I had the privilege of working with this awesome family while they were in the country for a very short time earlier this month. The weather looked terrible as I was headed to meet them, and I was concerned because we only had a small window of opportunity for their shoot. But the rain barely held off for us, and I’m so thankful!