• 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.

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Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Grove| Los Angeles First Birthday Party Photographer

I had a blast photographing Kaia’s Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano’s Little Italy this past weekend!  It’s amazing how fast a year flies by!  I still remember the day that I met teeny tiny Kaia at 10 days new.

Words cannot express how amazing this party was! The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is Kaia’s favorite book so it was the perfect theme for her party. With some help from the event planners, One Sweet Day, Kaia’s parents did a wonderful job putting together such a fabulous birthday party! Look at these gorgeous set-ups! The welcome table, the head table, the stunning cake from Cake Creamery, etc…. everything was absolutely adorable that I enjoyed capturing all the fun details!

I also loved watching “doljabi” or “doljabee”, a fun Korean tradition event to predict the baby’s future career.  They lay various items in front of Kaia to go grab, but she was a bit hesitant….But with all the cheers from her 80+ family and friends, Kaia ended up choosing the stethoscope, which means she’s going to be a doctor!

Normally, toddlers become overwhelmed towards the end of the party with all of the attention they get, however, this wasn’t the case for Kaia.  She seemed shy and overwhelmed already from the beginning of her party and didn’t smile much…until her party was almost over, lol!  She started to enjoy herself more after she changed from her hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, to her normal clothes.  (Scrow down towards the end of the photos) She was late for her party! =)

Happy first birthday Kaia! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day! Your Very Hungry Caterpillar first birthday party was a stylish, sweet and memorable event!

Here is a peak into the details of Kaia’s BIG day! Enjoy!

Welcome Table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Welcome Table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Welcome Table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano

Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar cake, Very Hungry Caterpillar cake topper, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar cake, Very Hungry Caterpillar cake topper, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar cookies, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar ice cream cones, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
Very Hungry Caterpillar candies, Very Hungry Caterpillar lillipop, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano

Very Hungry Caterpillar cake, Very Hungry Caterpillar cake topper, Head table at Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano

doljabi,  doljabee, hanbok, Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
doljabi,  doljabee, hanbok, Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano

Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
doljabi,  doljabee, hanbok, Korean Dohl, Dohl Janchi, Korean Dol, First Birthday Party, Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party (Korean Dol) at Maggiano
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Jason - March 23, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Looked like an awesome birthday party! Im sure she was overwhelmed with fun, toy’s and cake!

Rochelle - March 23, 2015 - 2:12 pm

so fun! I’m craving sweets just looking at all the yummy treats! I’m sure she will remember all the love that was shared on this day

Elly - March 23, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Looks like such a fun celebration!

Arica - March 23, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Wow, what a celebration! Definitely a party worth remembering. You did a wonderful job capturing all the memories and special moments.

Heather - March 23, 2015 - 8:21 pm

This is the most adorable first birthday party I’ve ever seen! You can see that this family treasures photographs of their little one and they are sure to cherish these!

    

Newborn Baby Born with a Tooth! | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

I get to celebrate and photograph sweet Kaia’s 1st birthday party today! This is her when she was a newborn. Notice that she already had a tooth?!?!? Did you know that this only occurs in about one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births? She’s special! I wonder how many teeth she has now… I can’t wait to see her and celebrate her BIG day!!

Newborn Baby born with a tooth, Baby born with a tooth, by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer Cathy Murai Photography

Newborn Baby born with a tooth, Baby born with a tooth, by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer Cathy Murai Photography

    

Gorgeous Couple Expecting Their First Baby Girl | by Cathy Murai Photography – Los Angeles Maternity Photographer

I was so pleased to meet and photograph this gorgeous couple expecting their first baby girl. As you can see in the images that I captured, an excitement shines through on their faces as they think about their newest addition to their family. Throughout the session, the beautiful mom was just radiant with joy. She was 34 weeks along and her belly was nice and round. Her husband told me that he was a 9lbs+ baby so I wonder how big their baby is going to be! They brought a cute prop that shows the baby’s name, Camila (what a beautiful name!) and it was from her babyshower. I love it when my clients bring something special and fun to incorporate in the pictures. They also wanted to have before and after pregnancy portraits, which I will share after I photograph their newborn portraits. Stay tune!

I had a great time capturing the beautiful bond that they both share as they are waiting for their little one to arrive. I can’t wait to meet their new family member, Camila! Here are some of my favorite portraits that show that special glow of happiness!

Gorgeous Couple Expecting Their First Baby Girl, Captured by Cathy Murai Photography - Los Angeles Maternity Photographer, Los Angeles Pregnancy Photographer, Maternity Photo ideas, Pregnancy Photo ideas, belly and baby
Gorgeous Couple Expecting Their First Baby Girl, Expecting couple,by Cathy Murai Photography - Los Angeles Maternity Photographer, Los Angeles Pregnancy Photographer, Maternity Photo ideas, Pregnancy Photo ideas, heart on belly
Gorgeous Couple Expecting Their First Baby Girl, Captured by Cathy Murai Photography - Los Angeles Maternity Photographer, Los Angeles Pregnancy Photographer, Maternity Photo ideas, Pregnancy Photo ideas
Gorgeous Couple Expecting Their First Baby Girl, Captured by Cathy Murai Photography - Los Angeles Maternity Photographer, Los Angeles Pregnancy Photographer, Maternity Photo ideas, Pregnancy Photo ideas, Black and white maternity portrait,  silhouette Maternity photo, silhouette Pregnancy photo

Are you pregnant? Expecting a new baby is an exciting moment in every woman’s life. The feeling of a new life growing inside them makes every new mother glow and shine. I hear from many of my newborn clients that they regret not having done a maternity session to document such a short sweet moment. Contact us to book your pregnancy session before it’s too late!

    

100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer

Isn’t this the coolest looking baby that you’ve ever seen?!  He’s already sporting a mohawk hairstyle!  Baby Steven came to my studio when he was exactly 100 days old.  To celebrate this important cultural milestone, his parents decided to have a portrait session to preserve their sweet memories.  Babies are so adorable to shoot around 3 months old, because they start to react and respond to you – and I get to enjoy the chubby goodness!  As you can see, Steven knew how to pose and look at the camera whenever I called his name!  I’m so happy that we were able to capture his first 100 days. Happy 100 days, Steven!

100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle

100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer
100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer
100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer
100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer
100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer
100 Days Old Baby with Mohawk Hairstyle | by Cathy Murai Photography, San Marino Baby and Family Photographer, Alhambra Baby Photographer, Los Angeles Baby Photographer, San Gabriel Vally Baby Photographer

    

Expectant Parent’s First Pregnancy Announcement Starring Their Family Dog | by Cathy Murai Photography – Los Angeles Maternity & Family Pet Photographer

Many of us welcome a pet into the family before a child and I love it when my clients invite their dogs to participate in their pregnancy announcement, maternity, and newborn sessions, because I think it shows just how much their pets mean to them and that they are an important member of the family.

I recently had a fun time capturing this expectant parents’ first pregnancy announcement, starring Lulu, their family dog.  Lulu is a 4-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback and Pitbull mix, who was adopted by her loving parents when she was a puppy. When they arrived, Lulu was so shy and nervous that her tail was down between her legs for a while. When her parents told me that she will not take any treats from strangers, I started to worry a bit. This means that I can’t bribe using treats… What if she doesn’t stay or pose and look at the camera?  I ended up spending more time getting to know and comforting Lulu than photographing her during this photo session. =) But look at Lulu! Strike a pose! Doesn’t she look adorable?! Towards the end of the session, Lulu loosened up and took some treats from my hand! She was happy to enjoy treats after I snapped the perfect shot! I felt like we connected and that really made me smile!

The mom was at 16 weeks when I photographed her and wow, they had already picked a name for their baby!  The baby is due 5 days before Lulu’s birthday in July! How exciting! They are going to have a big celebrations together for years to come!
I am so honored that I was able to help this family share the happy news! I am so excited for them and I can’t wait to capture more precious moments at the maternity and newborn sessions!

Here is the announcement card that I put together for them. I’ll bet you can’t resist smiling at these!

Expectant Parent’s First Pregnancy Announcement Starring Their Family Dog (Big Sister) | by Cathy Murai Photography – Los Angeles Maternity & Family Pet Photographer