Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. My blog is full of photoshoots, crafty projects, outfit posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
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 (Kingston Rock) in the world. It's true. There was a scientific study, and he won. I adore our little family!
I started Pink Coffee Photo five 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.
Check out some of my favorite post categories on the right.
Hat: H&M, Jacket: F21, Shirt and Jeans: Target, Vest: BCBG, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: Goodwill
I’ve always been a hat person. When I was younger my Grandma and I spent hours going through her fancy old hats. Most had belonged to her Mom and Grandma, so we’re talking OLD! We’d try them on and laugh at each other. The hats I wear now probably wouldn’t get the “Old Southern Lady Seal of Approval” but that’s okay! They help tame the crazy static I get every winter AND successfully hide the fact that I’m trying to only wash my hair every other day. Who knows – maybe one day I’ll try them on with my granddaughter, and we’ll laugh about how silly they are. :)
Oh, I love Valentine’s Day.
All that pink and red TOGETHER, and the candy, and the cheesiness! Yes!!
It’s the only holiday (other than Christmas) that I decorate for. And every year I make some new Love Day decorations. This year I’m using a lot of black and white, and I thought I’d show you how to make this super-easy puffy hearts banner.
Here’s what you need: Fabric, Pen, Paper, Scissors, Needle, Thread, Pillow Stuffing.
Step 1: Draw a heart on your paper (trace one or just freehand it like mine) and cut it out.
Step 2: Trace the paper heart onto the back of your fabric. You’ll need to trace two hearts for each completed puffy heart.
Step 3: Cut all the hearts out of your fabric.
Step 4: Place two hearts wrong sides together and using your thread and needle, stitch all the way around leaving a small opening.
Step 5: Put enough pillow filling through the opening in the heart to make it puffy. I say the puffier, the better. :)
Step 6: Finish stitching up the heart, tie of your thread, and cut it. That’s it! Do this for each heart. I made six for my banner.
Okay, now that you have your hearts, you can decide how you want to put the banner together. This is the fun part! I taped my hearts to a thick piece of embroidery thread and added pink and red felt circles in between. You could use glue or even stitch them, but I like the idea of using the hearts for something else in the future. And because you all know I’m not good with the “less is more” approach to life, I also made a pom pom ball garland (by stringing them together with thread) and a paper heart garland (with hearts I cut from an old book and strung with yarn).
And a few more spots where Cupid threw up around the Almeida House:
Last weekend I flew up to Atlanta to spend a day with the Habeck Family, and it turns out that the pictures from that day are some of my favorites ever. Doesn’t hurt that this crew is one of my favorites ever; but still. They are a generous family. The kind who see a need and quietly fill it. Their house is lovingly called The Habeck Hotel, because at any time there’s usually a friend or family member staying with them. (I was one of four guests that checked in last week!) It’s a loud, fun, loving home with lots of laughter, and I immediately feel like part of the family when I walk through the back door. Audrey and I have been talking for years about doing a photoshoot that captures them in their element, doing what they love: spending time together at home. And it finally worked out! I basically hid in the shadows with my camera (ha! not really) for an entire morning while they woke up and slowly started the day, cooked and ate breakfast, played in the playroom, and then headed out to a local skate park. Their little man, Asher, is quite the extreme sports guy, and the skate park is one of his favorite places to hang. The next day I came home a little obsessed with the idea of “A Day With…” sessions. This is something I’ve wanted to do forever and seeing the idea come to life with the Habecks was the kick in the butt I needed to get all the details worked out. This is not the last you’ll hear about this idea! I’m excited about capturing families as they are: messy and beautiful.
Now, in case you’re hungry after looking at all those pancake pictures… here’s a new recipe for you to try. And I can tell you these are GOOD!
Aud’s Choco Chip Banana Pancakes 1 egg
1T chia seeds and 3T water – mix and let sit for 15 minutes
2T lemon juice and 2 cups milk – mix together for “buttermilk”
1 cup flour (plus a little more)
1 cup oats
2t baking powder
1t baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
2 mashed bananas
- In large bowl lightly beat egg.
– Whisk in “buttermilk”, butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
– Add in flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
– Add the mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
– Spray pan with cooking spray (Audrey uses coconut oil spray) and spoon batter onto hot pan.
– Flip when they’re brown on the bottom and cook the other side.
– Serve immediately with syrup or fruit… or whatever your crowd prefers!
– Playing in the yard and eating a strawberry sucker after church. Just because.
– Overhearing Kingston talking to his toys and saying, “That’s ghetto.” Then asking him where he learned that and him saying, “Mamma!” Yep. I put this in the good list. Ha!
– Spending the weekend with friends (the kind who are more like family) I haven’t seen in almost two years and capturing their family with my camera. Laughing and talking honestly about faith and parenting and success and failure.
– Reading a whole book in two days!
– Coming home to my boys. Sometimes it’s good to get away, but it’s always good to come home.
– Sitting next to a sleeping mouth breather WITH BAD BREATH on a plane.
– The never-ending story. Also known as potty training in our house. An older (wiser) mom told me not to worry – he won’t go to kindergarten in pull-ups. I totally appreciated her sentiment, but she doesn’t know Kingston well and doesn’t realize that he just might. At least it won’t be diapers?!? I prayed for a strong-willed child. I’m an idiot.
I think taking some time off over the holidays (and while I was sick) did a number on me. I’m in a total blog funk! Every time I sit down to write something or even just post some pictures I get distracted and cannot seem to finish a post. Adult ADHD maybe? Ha! Seriously though. I promise to get it together soon! In the meantime I thought I’d ask you if you have any requests. More of something? Less of something else? More photo/biz tips? DIY Stuff? Personal rambles? More of Kingston! Duh. :)