Holiday Mini Sessions 2020 “Let It Snow!”

December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas!! The pandemic has been extremely hard on small businesses. This year we had to get creative to capture our holiday mini sessions while keeping everyone safe. I initially thought of offering outdoor holiday mini sessions this year, but I ultimately decided to set up my holiday minis indoors next to a large accordion door that allowed for excellent air circulation.

This was perfect due to the Silverado fire in Orange County, California that started at the end of October. After that, the air quality was unhealthy for a while.

All COVID-19 safety measures were put in place. It was quite the production! Temperatures were taken before the families entered the studio, hand sanitizers and disinfection wipes were available, and props were sanitized after every session. My helper elf (fantastic husband!) and I also wore masks throughout the sessions.

I added the Illness and Cancellation policy which allowed clients to easily reschedule. The safety of my clients was my top priority. Last year we had sessions with Santa. Even without Santa due to safety measures, the pictures turned out very festive and the focus on family was perfect.

Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this beautiful family including a baby and a dog as well as the siblings riding on the sleigh during the holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA (orange county). 2020 Christmas mini photo session
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this adorable girl sending out a letter for Santa during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this wonderful family (Father dressed up as Santa, Mother dressed up as Mrs. Clause, and a daughter dressed up as Elf. This Holiday Mini Sessions were held in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this family portrait in snow during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. A boy baby is smiling while riding on the sleigh during 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA. Siblings holding Christmas gifts.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these happy siblings while using a snow machine during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these family and siblings portraits in the snow setting during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this adorable siblings wearing navy, grey, and cream outfits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured these adorable siblings portraits during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this beautiful family portrait during holiday mini sessions in Orange County. 2020 Christmas mini photo session in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured a beautiful family portrait and an adorable sibling portrait during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured  this adorable sibling portrait and the beautiful family portrait during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this beautiful family portrait and the adorable girl portrait during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured this happy boy (handsome toddler) with a snow globe on the sleigh during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured  this adorable girl holding snow and the beautiful family, including a puppy during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured  this baby's first Christmas picture and the family's first Christmas portrait during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography created  this family portrait using a snow machine and photoshop during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Cathy Murai Photography captured  this 1 year old baby boy riding on the sleigh during holiday mini sessions in Irvine, CA. 2020 Orange County Christmas mini photo session.


The snow machine and snowballs might have even won a popularity contest with Santa. They were a hit!

Holiday mini photo sessions near me Kids are having fun throwing snowballs in the snow - captured by Cathy Murai Photography in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Kids are having fun throwing snowballs in the snow - captured by Cathy Murai Photography in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Kids are having fun throwing snowballs in the snow - captured by Cathy Murai Photography in Irvine, CA
Holiday mini photo sessions near me Kids are having fun throwing snowballs in the snow - captured by Cathy Murai Photography in Irvine, CA

Making Memories with Holiday Mini Sessions

With so many holiday events canceled this year, these fun sessions were a blessing. Getting dressed up and going somewhere festive is something a lot of us have missed this year. The holiday memories this year will be a little different (and sanitized!) than years past, but I am glad that I could be a part of these special moments.

Thank you so much for allowing me to continue to do what I love during these unusual unprecedented times. We had to give up a lot this year and you made it possible for me to continue working and using my passion to make great memories.

I am excited to make these mini sessions an annual tradition and have another round of fun holiday minis next year! We will be announcing 2021 Holiday Mini sessions via newsletter first so please make sure to join our newsletter here!

I hope your home is surrounded by Love, Peace, and Joy this holiday season.

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