2017, our first year in business.

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Today I bought a sweater and a bottle of non-dairy eggnog. This is only special news if you live in Los Angeles and saw temperatures rise to the hundreds just two weeks ago, while the rest of the country is wearing coats and beautiful boots (so jealous).

Eggnog to me means goodbye 2017. How am I already buying eggnog??

Picsea launched early this summer, so we have lots to be thankful for this year. I'm excited to see what happens in 2018, our first full year in business. But for now, in the spirit of eggnogs and ends of the year to come, I want to share with you what this year brought for us – the Instagram highlights version.

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A sweet photo of me and my daughter Amelie, taken by my fiancé, at our home in Burbank, CA.

As a single mother for over 3 years, I was doing all the photographing. So needless to say, I was never in the photos. But all that has changed because Grant not only takes beautiful photos, but he loves doing it! 

We're getting married next May, which is already less than 6 months away. Eek!

 

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Our new baby books printed by Artifact Uprising are my new favorite thing. They feature 100% recycled internal pages (thank you AU!), a full dust jacket with our signature cover design, and the most beautiful sea mist fabric hardcover you'll ever see.

Learn more about our baby books here.

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The beautiful Taryn in her maternity photoshoot, squatting to prepare the pelvic floor muscles for birth. She makes sure to spend a few minutes in this position every day and incorporates the position into her everyday routine by getting some needed work done in the process. Talk about preggo discipline!

We've fully embraced at-home photography as the best way to capture your story with baby from beginning to end. Yes, maternity photos at the beach are beautifully artistic – I got some myself! But they miss the truth of life at that moment. When I was expecting Amelie, I would spend hours looking at photos of my pregnant mama. My dad's job had relocated them to a new city and they didn't have much furniture at home. My mom would spend hours knitting on the living room floor sitting on giant green and yellow cushions, while listening to an old record player. Those old photos meant everything to me while I waited to meet my daughter. 

I'm blown away! The in-home maternity photos that Daniela shot of me are absolutely priceless. I love the concept of capturing your real life in a day-to-day. These are photos I know I'll genuinely enjoy sharing with my baby-to-be in the future. There is something so special about looking back on photos captured in your own cozy homemade environment and they look beautiful!
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Tiny proud faces. We met lots of new babies and captured their stories in photographs. These headshots make our signature baby book covers and have become my favorite thing to collect. I can't collect other people's babies because that would be bad, so this is the next best thing ;)

 

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This year I discovered Ina May and her Guide to Childbirth and let me tell you. Ina May is easily the most important midwife in American history, and I recommend this book for every woman who will someday have a baby. The first half of the book are real childbirth stories. We're constantly hearing horror stories of terrible pregnancies that end in c-sections and postpartum depression. Her idea was to compensate those stories, with some much more common and real ones. And, in the process, show us how the natural birthing process, when given the time and space, can do it's thing without (or with minimal) medical intervention.

Not only have I enjoyed reading this book, but I'm inspired to deliver my next baby at home, without medication, and with the company of my partner and a midwife. We're waiting on the baby for a bit though, so, for now, I enjoy other women's stories.

 

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The sweet Colette and all that hair! This lady has more hair now than I'll ever have, and it's truly beautiful. This photo is one of my favorite from this year and with the blessing of Colette's mama, I've found myself using it often for different marketing materials. I bet you'll see it again now that you saw it here.

 

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We started incorporating these fun letter boards into our shoots. They are a fun way to track baby's age and milestones. Besides, we discovered a whole community of letter board lovers on Instagram. Such a treat!

#letterboardquotes!

 

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And finally, our Dodgers made it so far this year and we enjoyed every second of it. So proud of them!

Ok, those are some snippets of our first semester at Picsea. Hope you like them!

 

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Daniela Rey is a creative director and photographer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the founder of Picsea and co-founder of Framework Collective Co., a community of professionals united to support entrepreneurs. Daniela loves to travel with her family and blogs about it at Ok Honey Travel.