• Cathy Murai Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, and baby photography in Orange County areas including but not limited to Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach... The studio is located in Irvine, CA.

  • If you would like to book your custom photography session or have any questions, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

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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First Birthday Portraits – Cake Smash Session | Los Angeles Baby Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

First birthdays are a big milestone for both baby and parents!  To celebrate getting through the first year, I always encourage the parents to be in some of the photos. I usually recommend that we take these family photos at the beginning of the session, so that it will help the babies to get used to the new environment and the studio lights.

Lynolia and her parents came to my studio for her first birthday portraits. Isn’t she an adorable girl?  Such a  beautiful name as well!  Her well-planned and creative parents brought some props, including “O”, “N, “E” balloons; personalized giant cupcake; adorable gold crown; and chandelier,  to incorporate into the photo session.  Thanks to them, I was able to capture Lynolia’s one-year-old portraits in a fun and one-of-a-kind way!   We also did cake smash at the end of the session.  As you can see, she didn’t like the stickiness of the cake and did her best to not get messy. After we cleaned her hands, she was willing to pose more for me but she made sure to keep some distance between her and the cake, lol!

Happy first birthday, Lynolia!  I really had a great time meeting and photographing your wonderful family. I hope you’re enjoying your very first golf set that you got for your birthday gift and am look forward to seeing you play golf with your daddy, Wataru, who is a professional gold instructor at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, one day!

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