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.
<a href=”http://floridabridesblog.com/”>The Florida Bride’s Blog </a> is a hot new resource for anyone planning a Florida wedding. It’s written by two fabulous event planners, Danielle and Cassandra. The site is full of unique ideas, real wedding stories and incredible vendors. I’m so excited that they featured one of my favorite pink coffee photoart sessions today! <a href=”http://floridabridesblog.com/?p=209″>Go</a> check it out!
I have a mild case of baby fever lately and being around sweet little ones like Bryton really doesn’t help! His Aunt Amanda is one of my favorite people to work with, so I was thrilled when she told me her family was coming from New Jersey to visit and wanted to schedule a session. Bryton just turned ONE, so it was perfect timing. He’s a precious little guy with gorgeous baby blues and oh-so-squeezable cheeks! Go ahead-look at these shots and tell me you didn’t want to reach through the screen and squeeze him. Of course his adorable cousin Caroline (who I think watches America’s Next Top Model) was pulled in for a few shots too. The girl is so camera shy. I think her parents really need to work on that with her!!
I have to admit it. I fell off the blogging wagon this week. Everyday I remind myself that this is part of my job, but I just haven't had time over the last several days. There's a lot to post though, so I'll be back on track next week. In the meantime here's a lovely montage of yours truly in the car while heading to a photoshoot this week. Note my incredibly professional look. Ha-give me a break. It's 90 degrees here. T-shirts and pony tails are my photographer's uniform right now!
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. Anderson and I are getting ready for a wedding in Tallahassee tomorrow, and I'm hoping to slip away to the thrift store for a little while this afternoon!
I’m really interested in your shooting techniques… the lenses you use and how you achieve such a super-clear, sharp image. Hey Sarah,
I get this one a lot, but I always feel like “Who am I to be telling people how to shoot?” I still have so much to learn, but I’ll give you the dish. Last year I realized that my camera’s Manual Mode is my best friend. I was shooting in Aperture Priority Mode a lot but realized that I was using it as a crutch. My images just didn’t have the feel that I wanted. Since I’ve been shooting exclusively in Manual I’ve seen a huge difference in my images.
My favorite lenses are all fixed. That means they don’t have any zoom capabilities. The images produced from these lenses are clearer and crisper than those from a zoom lens. There are technical reasons, but I don’t know what they are. (If you’re interested, Google it!) I also like that I have to physically move around to get different angles rather than just zooming in or out with the lens. This forces me to get more involved with the subject. I do have a few zoom lenses but don’t use them much. Anderson enjoys using the 70-300mm, but I think he just likes being up in peoples’ faces without them knowing! Also, all my lenses are Canon. I know I’ve said this before, but I really believe in investing in high-end lenses rather than off brand versions. It really does pay off in the end!
Helpful Tip: Read your camera manual. I’m serious! If you’ve been a photographer forever it’s a great refresher. And if you’re picking up your camera for the first time you will learn all you need to know about operating it.
I’m 20 years old and really don’t know what I want to do with my life. Ha! I love photography but hate school. Can you give me some insight on what I should do as far as school if I want to pursue photography? Jessica,
I feel your pain! My first two years of college were not the best, because I was wading through all those core classes. But once I picked a major I fell in love with school! Here’s the thing, I’m really passionate about college and think everyone should attend if given the opportunity. For me, it’s not about the academics as much as the experience. My college experience was eye opening, challenging, sometimes uncomfortable, exciting and wonderful. It wasn’t just about the classes I took but more about the people I had the opportunity to meet. I grew up in a small town and had never really interacted with people who were different from me. Those four years definitely stretched me and made me a better, more open person.
That said, if you want to pursue photography my advice is to make it your major. I minored in it, because I didn’t have the guts to be an “artist” at the time. But the great thing is that my communication degree helps me a lot with doing all of my own advertising and design, writing, etc. I would definitely choose a minor too. If you want to own your own photography business one day, consider a business minor. That’s one area where I always seem to need help from others. :)
The most important thing is not to get discouraged! Stay focused on your strengths, and work hard to keep building them. Some things just don’t matter in the big picture. For instance, my “Ds” in college algebra!!!
Since I’m talking about college I have to post this lovely old picture from my days at JU. This is: Sarah, Becky, Me and Pamela. We were all in the broadcast communication program together. Yes, I’m wearing a Black Kow Manure trucker hat. What?!
Thanks for the questions and your patience with my responses. I really try to answer everyone. Hope you are all having a great week! I’m gearing up for a busy May; my busiest photography month to date. Yikes! I’m a little nervous. I have a feeling Anderson will be cooking dinner a lot over the next few weeks. :)
We joined our friends Brooke, Chad, Jenny and <a href="http://www.greatcatchphoto.com/">Adam</a> for Game Night last weekend. I'm pretty sure all three guys made fun of the Game Night idea at first, but we had so much fun making pizzas and playing Pictionary. It's been so long since I played Pictionary that I confused it with Charades at first. These people are hard core gamers though and quickly set me straight. Adam and Jenny actually went out and bought a huge whiteboard and easel. It was great!
Always the photographer, Adam stole the camera and took some flattering pictures of himself.
Anderson and Culver entertained us with beautiful music.
Pizza chefs hard at work. Note my heart-shaped pizza next to Anderson's left hand. Oh yeah!
The boys playing with Tucker, Brooke and Chad's first-born. Adam took this picture.
Baby on the loose!
Me, Brooke and Jenny.
He wanted to hang out with the ladies…who can blame him?!
Now for the family secret… My mom and I don't exactly love cooking. Don't get me wrong, she's always been the dutiful wife and mom and cooked dinner for us every night when my brother and I lived at home. (Maybe once I have kids I'll be more disciplined about it. Um, yeah.) But when it comes to baking we discovered a secret from Grandma Shirl: Edwards Brand Pies. They are delicious. I'm talking "make-you-drool-all-over-yourself" good. My favorite is the key lime pie; Anderson loves the turtle pie. You can buy them in the frozen food section for $6.99, and they are better than anything I could ever hope to create. Plus, the time it would take me to make one of these pies is worth a lot more than $6.99. Anytime I'm responsible for bringing dessert to an event, I swing by Publix and pick up one of these. Grandma used to go the extra mile and put them on a pretty pie plate. Mom does that sometimes too. Not me-I know I'm not fooling anyone!! I just bring the cardboard box.
So, we brought the Turtle Pie to Brooke and Chad's house and talked about it all through dinner. I was starting to think we might have overdone the "pie talk" a little, but when Adam took a bite and called it "celestial", I knew Edwards had scored again!
Here's the best part. Grandma didn't really care about how great the pies tasted. I'm not sure she ever even tasted any. She bought them simply because they have Bible verses on the boxes. I love it!