Preparing for a Photoshoot with your Vision in Mind – Irvine Newborn Photographer

March 26, 2020

Today I want to share a recent portrait session that I did with 10-day old Finn. His parents had a clear vision and goals of the portraits they wanted. This can make preparing for a photoshoot so much more successful!

But before I get into that, I need to take a minute to talk about the current situation that’s going on in our world. These are scary and anxiety-ridden times for all.

Without you, my amazing clients, there would be no Cathy Murai Photography. Each time you schedule a session and allow me to photograph your family, it warms my heart and fills me with gratitude.

Photography is my art and using it to capture your family’s special moments is a privilege.

So with your safety in mind, due to COVID-19, all of the photo sessions scheduled for March have been postponed. My studio is temporarily closed.

Once all of this has passed, I look forward to opening my studio back up and having sessions with your families again soon.

Until then, I wish you all safety, good health, and peace in your days during this difficult time.

But today, let’s take a break from all of the coronavirus talk for a moment and enjoy the beautiful portraits with Valentine’s Day baby, Finn.

Preparing for a Photoshoot

Whenever you, my client, book a session with me, I will send you a pre-session questionnaire to complete prior to your portrait session.

The goals of the pre-session questionnaire are to:

  • Help me get to know you and your family
  • Make the session go more smoothly
  • Allow me to deliver the best photos possible!

For this newborn portrait session, I was so pleased with the outcome! What made it such a success? Finn’s parents had a clear vision of what they wanted.

This made preparing for the photoshoot and delivering the portraits they wanted so much easier!

What were the goals of this newborn portrait session?

Finn’s parents wanted multiple portraits for wall galleries in three places in their home:

  • Classic family portraits in their family room
  • Rustic style images using props for their hall and staircase
  • Images with an aqua, brown and cream color palette to go in Finn’s nursery

To prepare for the photoshoot, Finn’s mom sent me pictures of his room prior to the session so that I could coordinate colors and plan out portraits.

In addition to these portrait series, Finn’s parents expressed that they wanted to get photos of him awake and asleep.

I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves!

10-day old baby Finn is photographed with his parents. Dad is holding Finn in his arm.
10-day old baby Finn is photographed with his parents. Dad is holding Finn in his arm. Both parents are smiling at the camera for their first family portrait.
Photo collage of parents holding newborn baby Finn. In the left photo, his mother is holding him in both arms. In the right photo, Finn's father is giving him a kiss.
Black and white photo of newborn baby with daddy's arms.
Sleeping newborn baby wrapped in a teal soft swaddle
Sleeping newborn baby wrapped in a soft blanket
Newborn Props like this wooden basket, blanket, and hat play a big role in preparing for a photoshoot
Newborn Props like this wooden basket, blanket, and hat play a big role in preparing for a photoshoot
Awake newborn baby wrapped in a grey soft swaddle
Artistic black and white photo of newborn baby being held in daddy's two hands.

This last black and white photograph actually wasn’t part of the plan when we were preparing for the photoshoot. But when they arrived and I saw how big dad’s hands were, I had to get this shot for them!

Finn’s family decided to add this portrait to their wall series. Which goes to show that sometimes, making a few decisions in-the-moment leads to success, too

Are you preparing for a photoshoot? Book your session today!

Cathy Murai Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, and baby photography in the Orange County area, including Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Tustin, Foothills, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach.

While my studio is temporarily closed, don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to connect so that we can schedule a session as soon as things get back to normal.


My son will be born on April 11, 2021. Interested in newborn photos as well as sibling/parent photos with new baby. What is the price for packages? Thank you!

Interested in booking a newborn photo shoot for my baby girl. She was born on 12/31/2020.


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