• 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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Growing Family – Maternity and Newborn Portrait Sessions | by Cathy Murai Photography – San Gabriel Valley Maternity & Newborn Baby Photographer

I had such a great time meeting and photographing this wonderful growing family during both maternity and newborn portrait sessions!  I love getting to know my clients as much as possible before they entrust me to hold and photograph their precious babies and having a maternity session is a great way to do this! This sweet couple came to me for their pregnancy portraits about a month before they welcomed their baby #2.  They told me that they didn’t have their maternity/newborn portraits taken by professional photographer for their older son. As soon as I heard this, I was so happy that they decided to professionally document their sweet moments this time – it could be their last chance, right? Who knows… I hope that one day, the mom will look back at these images and remember this amazing brief time in her life! I also knew that I MUST capture their siblings photos and make sure to involve the older brother during the newborn session.

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Baby Arden arrived and I got to meet him when he was only 10 days new.  We started off with the siblings shots and his 4 years old big brother, Adrien, cooperated with everything I asked him to do and he was such a proud big brother!  I think that this is why this image of them together is my favorite and it also was for his parents!  I am so glad that they decided to get a canvas of this image to decorate their home.

proud big brother and newborn baby boy wearing red hat and red pants. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, los angeles newborn photographer, alhambra newborn photographer, san gabriel valley newborn photographer, arcadia newborn photographer

We then focused on Baby Arden for the remainder of the photo session. Look how handsome this little man is! He slept and posed very well throughout the session and was an absolute dream to work with! Before the photo session, I always ask my clients what they are planning to do with their portraits.   If the thought is wall portrait, I would highly recommend my clients to coordinate the props used in the photo session with the color of the rooms where they are thinking the portrait will be displayed. Also, if they are planning to display multiple images, I always recommend to make sure that the colors are coordinated and will go well together.

Newborn Baby Boy with brown hat and brown pants posing, captured by Cathy Murai Photography, los angeles newborn photographer, alhambra newborn photographer, san gabriel valley newborn photographer

Are you expecting? Book your newborn session during your pregnancy rather than waiting until your baby is born! We only accept a limited number of newborn sessions per week! Newborn photography is best done within the first 14 days.

 

    

Sweet Newborn Baby Girl! | by Cathy Murai Photography – Los Angeles Newborn Baby Photographer

I had such a good time meeting this precious 3 weeks old Baby Kady and her family.  After we finished the first set up, she opened her eyes and was widely awake. I swaddled her with a wrap hoping that she will go back to sleep but that wasn’t the case.  Kady was very alert and didn’t want to miss a thing. =) Look at her beautiful sparkling eyes! She kept looking straight into my camera and her eyes captivated me.  I am so happy that I got these photos of her awake.  Her tiny little features are just so sweet!  Her grandma also joined us and was a big help throughout the photo session.  Changing diapers, feeding, cuddling, etc… I could tell that she was just so happy to be Kady’s grandma! Kady’s mom told me that she is already spoiled rotten and loves to be held all the time.  Well, she’s going to grow so fast so why not hold her every minute while you can!!

I love being able to create these special memories for our clients to cherish forever. I hope you enjoy the pictures of this sweet newborn baby girl as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Asian baby girl wearing pink bloomer / diaper cover and pink flower headband sleeping and posing on the cream color curved bench (newborn prop, photography prop, newborn photo prop created by  Mr. & Mrs. And Co. on cream flokati rug.. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Newborn Photographer, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Pasadena Newborn Photographer, Los Angeles Newborn Photographer
Awake Asian newborn baby girl swaddled in a purple  wrap  looking straight at the camera. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles, Alhambra, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, Purple flokati. newborn props, photography props.
Awake Asian newborn baby girl swaddled in a purple  wrap  looking straight at the camera. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles, Alhambra, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, Purple flokati. newborn props, photography props.
Sleeping Asian newborn baby girl wearing a purple lace bloomer and bonnet posing  on the purple lavender flokati rug background. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, newborn props, newborn photography props.
Sleeping Asian newborn baby girl wearing a purple lace bloomer and flower headband posing  on the purple lavender flokati rug background. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, newborn props, newborn photography props.
Sleeping Asian newborn baby girl wearing a cream lace romper and flower headband posing  on the wooden bed in front of the wooden backdrop. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, newborn props, newborn photography props.
Close up of the sleeping Asian newborn baby girl wearing a cream lace romper and flower headband posing  on the wooden bed in front of the wooden backdrop. Captured by Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, San Gabriel Newborn Baby Photographer, newborn props, newborn photography props.

    

Family and Newborn Baby Portraits | Los Angeles Newborn and Family Photographer – Cathy Murai Photography

It means a lot to me when clients choose me to photograph their family and newborn babies and nothing makes me smile more than the love that radiates from a happy family.  Sweet Riley and her loving parents came to my studio when she was only 10 days new.  We started off with some family + newborn portraits.  I understand that taking photos is probably the last thing that the mom wanted to do after just delivering her baby!  But at the same time, this is an exciting time in her life as she welcomes her precious new baby to her family and I wanted to capture all of that… I felt very privileged to be a part of this experience.

Photographing the connection between parents and their babies is one of my favorites.  And I am a big fan of skin-on-skin portraits (or skin-to-skin portraits) with the parents holding their baby against them. They’re so simple, natural + timeless! I absolutely love these sweet photos of baby Riley and her family. I was so happy to capture their intimate interactions, natural smiles, and beautiful expressions through my camera.
(BTW, I wrote about the “importance of family portraits taken at the newborn session” here)

Here are some of my favorite portraits of beautiful Riley and her lovely family!

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6 Month Old Baby and Sibling Photography | Los Angeles Baby + Family Photographer

I’ve been photographing this beautiful girl, Cadence, since she was in her mom’s belly. I had a wonderful time capturing her several times during her first year and I really enjoyed watching her grow! After 2 years,  she came back to my studio – this time with her little handsome brother, Logan, a 6 month old baby (and her favorite doggie, Spotty)!  I couldn’t wait to see Logan ever since he was born.  His mom contacted me to photograph his newborn portraits, however, I was still on my maternity leave and I was so bummed that I had to miss it…  So, I was thrilled to finally meet him 6 month later.  As you can see in these photos, they were both so happy throughout the photo session and I am so honored that I was able to capture a little sibling love.   

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Dog Cake Smash Photo session – Los Angeles Family and Pet Photographer

I can’t believe our dog, Charlie, is turning 5! He was born on Christmas Eve and we had him since he was only 8 weeks old. He is one of the main reasons why I started to grab my camera and continue to learn about photography.  Cathy Murai Photography was born because of him.

To celebrate his big 5, we got a birthday cake from Three Dogs Bakery from their Pasadena store. It was Charlie’s favorite peanut butter flavor!  And I thought the idea of doing a dog cake smash photo session would be loads of fun!  Charlie thoroughly enjoyed the cake and this little session was SO much fun!

Happy Birthday Charlie! Thanks for making our lives more fulfilled!

 

“I wonder how long I have to wait like this before I can eat it.”

A dog wearing a birthday hat sitting in front of the birthday cake from three dogs bakery for the Dog cake smash session.  Cathy Murai Photography Los Angeles Alhambra South Pasadena San Marino Pet and baby photographer

“Amelia!! Don’t touch my cake!!!!!!!!”

A dog wearing a birthday hat sitting in front of the birthday cake from three dogs bakery for the Dog cake smash session.  Cathy Murai Photography Los Angeles Alhambra South Pasadena San Marino Pet and baby photographer
A dog wearing a birthday hat sitting in front of the birthday cake from three dogs bakery for the Dog cake smash session.  Cathy Murai Photography Los Angeles Alhambra South Pasadena San Marino Pet and baby photographer

“Hmmmm….that was good!”

A dog wearing a birthday eating his birthday cake from three dogs bakery for the Dog cake smash photo session.  Cathy Murai Photography Los Angeles Alhambra South Pasadena San Marino Pet and baby photographer