Safety First: Newborn Photoshoot During COVID-19

Safety First: Newborn Photoshoot During COVID-19

July 13, 2021

While capturing precious memories of your newborn, you shouldn’t feel nervous or stressed! Read how I’m implementing safety measures for your newborn photoshoot in response to COVID-19.

Newborn baby boy curled up sleeping on a white blanket with a white knit bonnet during his newborn photoshoot Covid-19 with Cathy Murai Photography, an orange county newborn photographer in Irvine, CA

Just like any business, my photography studio was closed for several weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when I was allowed to open, the number of portrait sessions I could book was limited. As a mother of two, with my kids learning virtually, my business, unfortunately, had to take a pause.

I was so excited when I could finally resume business on a limited basis, but reopening required thoughtful planning of safety measures. My client’s and my family’s health are my top priority. I have made sure to implement a new protocol (advised by the WHO and the CDC) that I still continue with each and every session. You can read the full protocol of what safety measures to expect during your session here.

Newborn Photoshoot Safety Protocol

Indian newborn baby boy wearing a teal knit hat posing in a teal bucket prop during his newborn photoshoot Covid-19 with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in Irvine, CA

This is Adam, 9 days new at the time of this shoot. This sweet little smile on his face makes my heart melt, and I was so honored to photograph him! Adam’s mom was actually referred to me by a past client who happened to be her cousin. Watching families grow is truly the best!

Newborn baby boy with a grey wrap smiled at his newborn photoshoot Covid-19 with Cathy Murai Photography

“With COVID, I was extremely impressed with her cleaning standards! She had sanitizer and wore a mask the entire shoot (even though it can get really hot wearing a mask).”


– Aisha M.

Throughout the newborn photoshoot, I was prepared to address any of their concerns related to COVID-19 and their health. I’m sure that having a baby during the Pandemic must have brought some extra nervousness, but I wanted to make sure they experienced all of the joy of their newborn photoshoot. I wore a face mask and increased handwashing and sanitizing during the session, which I still do today despite being fully vaccinated.

Another service that I love to offer, but had to modify in an effort to limit personal contact, is meeting with the family to view their photos. This can be done via Zoom instead of at an in-person appointment now. We will also design the products, such as a wall gallery and a custom heirloom album that will be treasured for years to come.

Custom-Designed Heirloom Album

Here’s a sneak-peek of the heirloom photo album that Adam’s parents and I designed. It includes a custom photo cover, and the prints are mounted flush to a 1/16″ board. This gives it a solid feel and a high-end look. The pages are lay-flat, so the photographs aren’t distorted by the bindings or creased by the hinge. A custom-designed signature album is the best way to showcase all of your favorite images from your session!

Photo album cover displaying photos of newborn baby boy sleeping on a white blanket on a copper background, taken during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine.
Photo album page spread displaying photos of newborn baby boy sleeping on a mint-colored blanket, taken during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine

We’re Open for Business: Book your Newborn Session

With years of experience, I am prepared to provide you with a comfortable, calm, and fun experience during your session. My studio located in Irvine, California is stocked with an array of props that we will discuss during your pre-session consultation to create the newborn photoshoot of your dreams.

If you’re expecting, I hope you will reach out to schedule your maternity and newborn session! I can’t wait to capture memories of your growing family.

Newborn baby boy curled up sleeping on a white blanket during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine

“I can’t thank Cathy enough for such memorable

pictures of our baby boy!”

Aisha M.
Newborn baby boy swaddled in a teal wrap laying on a furry, teal background during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine
Newborn baby boy swaddled in a teal wrap laying on a furry, teal background, smiling while sleeping, during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine
Newborn baby boy with dark brown hair in a gray knit swaddle being held by his mother and father during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine
Newborn photoshoot during Covid 19
Newborn baby boy with dark brown hair, sleeping while being held by his mother and father who are looking at him during his newborn photo session with Cathy Murai Photography, orange county newborn photographer, in her studio in Irvine
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