4th of July Birthday Cake Smash | San Gabriel Valley Smash Cake Photographer

Happy 4th of July!  I loved watching this sweet girl, Karin, grow since she was in her mom’s belly! Her family was out-of-the-country when she turned one, however, her mom still wanted to do a first birthday smash cake session for her, so we decided to celebrate with a 4th of July theme. Yes, it’s never too late to do a fun smash cake session! Her creative mom handmade the adorable white, blue, and red tutu skirt and headband set just for her photo shoot!  She also bought a plain white cake from a local market and we decorated it together! It was so fun! Karin wasn’t much into smashing nor eating her cake until her older brother jumped in and joined her towards the end of the session.  We had such a fun time watching them destroy the birthday cake!

I hope you all will have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Do you have a little one who is about to turn one? Or just turned one? Are you interested in a cake smash session / smash cake session? Please contact Cathy at info@cathymurai.com for the details. We would love to meet you and your little one(s)!

    

Little Miracle – Baby Khloe | Los Angeles Preemie Newborn Photographer

I absolutely adored this little girl.  Baby Khloe came into this world 10 weeks early and surprised everyone!  She was a preemie newborn and weighed only 2 lbs 15oz at birth. but she grew to 5lbs 8oz by the time I had photographed her at 5 weeks old! As you can see, sweet little Khloe is healthy and happy! She posed well while sweetly dreaming and she even smiled! I am so honored that I was able to capture Khloe and I hope her family will cherish these images for years to come!

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Interested in booking a newborn  portrait session? Email Cathy at info@cathymurai.com!  The best time to book your newborn session is during your pregnancy, and the ideal time to have a newborn session is within 2 weeks after your baby is born (the best is between 6-10 days).  At this age, they stay asleep longer and are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses.  (For preemie newborn, we will wait until closer to the due date based on the baby’s situation).  I look forward to meeting and capturing your brand new baby!

Arica - July 2, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Welcome to the world little miracle. You are truly a gift!

Audrey - July 2, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Truly a little miracle and oh my goodness she is just perfect!! You did such a gorgeous job with this session Cathy!!

Lauren Weeks - July 3, 2015 - 3:02 pm

You picked the perfect colors for those beautiful skin tones!

Ashley Durham - July 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Beautiful little one!

Victoria - July 3, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Complete cuteness overload over here. So, so cute!

Ashley - July 4, 2015 - 11:04 am

These newborn portraits are beautiful!! I love her little smile in the first image – so sweet!

    

First Birthday Photography & Cake Smash| Los Angeles 1st Birthday Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

I can’t believe little Selena is one!  Today is her first birthday party! How exciting!! I photographed this sweet pea when she was a newborn.  Time really does fly by…Since she’s having a farm-themed birthday party, her grandma’s friend made this amazing giant cupcake featuring farm animals for the cake smash session! Look at her! Selena really enjoyed her first cake and raised both of her hands!  Yay!!

Thank you Selena’s family for letting me capture your beautiful family and your joyful, sweet girl’s first birthday portraits!

Happy 1st birthday, Selena!  I hope you’ll have a wonderful first birthday party today!!

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Do you have a little one who is about to turn one? Are you interested in a cake smash session (smash cake session)? Please contact me at info@cathymurai.com for the details. I would love to meet you and your family!

    

Family Beach Portraits | Los Angeles Family Beach Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

I absolutely love this family. I’ve known them since their youngest boy, Matthew, was a newborn baby. I photographed him when he was just 6 days new. His mom contacted me and said that for Matthew’s 2nd birthday, she wanted to do a family beach portrait session! Yay! Being able to watch families grow is what’s so special about this business that I’m in. I feel honored and appreciative when my clients contact me again to capture new special milestones! I was so happy to see this wonderful family again! They are the happiest people that I know, and being around genuinely happy people is contagious and makes me very happy too! And these kiddos make me smile throughout the entire session. Their true personalities shined through at the beach as they get to do what they love the most…running, jumping, and playing in the sand and water! I can still feel all of their energy as I look at these images.

G Family, thank you for believing in my work! I hope that all of these family beach portraits will bring back happy memories!

Family Beach Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Family Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Family Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Family Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Family Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Family Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Couple Beach Portrait Session at El Matador State Beach in Malibu

Luis Luque - June 10, 2015 - 12:03 pm

lovely shots ! the colors are amazing and on point im sure the family loved them !

Heather - June 11, 2015 - 8:06 am

What a beautiful beach family session! I love when they are walking out of the water!

    

3 Month Old Photo Session | Los Angeles Baby Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

Squishy cheeks, chubby arms and thighs, toothless smiles and shining eyes… I had fun capturing those adorable traits of Baby Cailynn during her 3 month old photo session.  As soon as we met, I was amazed at how big and chubby Cailynn was and I had to re-confirm with her mom that she was only 3 months old. Cailynn was already wearing clothes for a 9 month old!  Cailynn’s mom had a specific request for this session – she wanted me to capture her crying, so that she’ll remember this time of her life! However, Cailynn was so happy during the session that she didn’t cry at all…until we made her fly in the sky!  Look at the last image.  I guess she was afraid of getting blown away! =)

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