• 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!

Precious Newborn Baby Girl + the Family Dog = Joy Session | Pasadena Newborn and Pet Photography

I welcome ALL family members, including the family dogs, to the newborn sessions. I am a huge dog lover and I always ask my clients if any pets will join us when they book with me. I was happy when Mr. Hank, the bulldog, came to my studio with his little sister, Fallon, when she was a little over 2 weeks old. They were my first client after I returned back from maternity leave and I couldn’t be happier to meet them! While holding Fallon, I kept thinking how much my daughter, who was 3 months old at that time, has grown in just a few months and I wanted Fallon’s parents to remember how tiny she was. You may think you will always remember the little details of your tiny newborn, but unfortunately those memories fade and having newborn portraits to look back on is a wonderful keepsake.  From my own experience, it’s value is immeasurable! I had a wonderful time documenting the little one’s newness that I didn’t want to put my camera down. Isn’t she adorable?? After I captured Fallon’s individual images, I invited Mr. Hank to join us.  He was super sweet and friendly, but whenever I tried to capture him with Fallon in the wooden prop, he would get up and come towards me as if he wanted me to pet him, so capturing them together was such a challenge! If I don’t feel safe capturing newborns and pets together, especially when the pets won’t stay still, I will stop.  Instead, I will capture them separately and combine the two images. =) Yes, the third image below was created that way!   With newborns, their safety always comes first. While Fallon’s mom was feeding her, I was able to capture some additional images of Mr. Hank with his daddy! It was fun watching them interacting together.

Thanks to Fallon’s parents for trusting me to photograph their precious newborn baby girl and their fur baby! I had a wonderful time getting to know all of you!

Precious Newborn Baby Girl, wearing a purple lace romper, posing on the bean bag beanbag with purple throw cover, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl, wearing a purple lace romper, posing on the bean bag beanbag with purple throw cover, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl and the family dog (bulldog) Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl wearing a cream flower headband posing on green fur Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl wearing a pink flower headband taco pose Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl wearing a pink wrap, the best taco pose Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl, newborn picture, newborn portrait,  newborn session, pink wrap, pink headband, white beanbag backdrop throw, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl, newborn picture, newborn portrait,  newborn session, detail shot, tiny feet, pink wrap, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl, newborn picture, newborn portrait,  newborn session, puzzled wooden bowl, red flower head band, brown diaper cover, wood floor, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Precious Newborn Baby Girl, newborn picture, newborn portrait,  newborn session, puzzled wooden bowl, red flower head band, brown diaper cover, wood floor, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography
Bulldog, family dog, family pet, dog portrait, dog picture, Dog session, Los Angeles. Pasadena, Newborn photographer, Cathy Miurai Photography

patty - February 16, 2014 - 8:28 am

OH MY STARS!!!! I love it. Im a huge bulldog fan and I <3 babies, so this is the perfect combo!!!

melissa - February 16, 2014 - 4:44 pm

love! and what a great big sibling ;)

Fotogrupa - September 3, 2014 - 7:31 am

Fabulous, just fabulous! :)

    

Featured on The Daily Dog Tag! | Los Angeles Newborn and Dog photography

I am happy to announce that my newborn and dog photography work from Baby Kirsten’s session has been featured again! This time on the Daily Dog Tag, a wonderful blogsite showcases professional  dog photography, artful and unique products, and adoptable dogs. As a dog + photography lover, I have been following this blogsite, because it simply makes me smile to see so many adorable pooches and amazing images!! Needless to say, I was thrilled when Beth, who runs the Daily Dog Tag, left a kind words on my blog post one day!   It is truly an honor to be featured amongst the beautiful photography on the Daily Dog Tag.  Check out the entire feature here!

Many thanks to Beth for including my work on her awesome blog!

Katie Brockpahler - February 4, 2014 - 11:18 am

Congratulations!! Love the images!

Matt - February 4, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Congrats for being featured! Beautiful images, they deserve it!

Audrey - February 4, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Melt your heart cute!!!

Michelle - February 4, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Wow, Congratulations! So cute.

Kristin V. - February 4, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Adorable overload. These are definitely heart melters.

Lai - February 5, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Congratulations! This session is so cute! Great job!

Jen - February 7, 2014 - 8:36 am

Congrats to you!! Your lighting and creaminess to your images make me swoon.

Christine - February 14, 2014 - 1:43 am

Congrats for being featured – and well deserved!! Those images are beautiful :)

    

I am Back from Maternity Leave! | Los Angles Newborn & Baby Photographer

I can’t believe that it’s been 3 months already since we welcomed our little one.  I feel like each month is flying by faster and faster.  My baby girl, Amelia, is smiling so much and we have been enjoying snuggling with her, but at the same time, I couldn’t wait to come back to the photography world!  And now, I am READY!!  I have started taking new appointments and January & February are completely booked (thank you so much for the inquiries received during  my maternity leave)  If you would like to book a session in March/April, please send an email to info@cathymurai.com or use the contact form at the top of the blog.  Don’t wait until the last minute to book your newborn/baby session as I will only be taking on a limited amount of sessions each month!  I look forward to meeting my new & old clients in 2014!

Here is my mini photo assistant!  I’ve been wanting to capture this image of my baby girl since I was still pregnant. :)   This adorable Photographer’s Assistant onesie is from Amy Tangerine.  Thanks to Amy for customizing it with the shade of pink that I wanted for the stiches!  And Amelia’s first camera is a wooden teething toy from Little Spling Toys.  I love that it is made with all-natural wood and personalized.

3 months old baby girl wearing a grey photographer assistant onesie from Amy Tagerine and holding a wooden camera teething toy from Little Spling Toys.  Los Angeles Newborn & Baby Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography is back from maternity leave
Personalized wooden camera - a teething toy from Little Spling Toys captured by Cathy Murai Photography

Effie L. - January 17, 2014 - 11:12 am

OMG I love love that onesie!!
Adorable baby!

Katie Brockpahler - January 17, 2014 - 11:47 am

She is sooooo adorable and I want her onesie and teethring! Perfect on the pink fur!!

Donna - January 17, 2014 - 11:56 am

Oh my goodness, your assistant is adorable! Congrats momma!

Matt - January 17, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Best photographer’s assistant!

Keely - January 17, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Oh my gosh that is so cute! She’s beautiful :)

lorena1 - January 17, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Congrats. & what a precious name (Amelia). Shes gorgeous!

Shayna Hardy - January 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Oh my goodness, she is beautiful! Love that custom toy!!

Eden - January 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

She looks so adorable in that one side! Love!

Beth - February 2, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Amelia is adorable! I love her shirt and toy. Congratulations!

    

Newborn Twin Girls | Los Angeles Professional Newborn Twins Photographer

When I had a maternity session with this wonderful couple, I was like …Twins? In there? Really?!  I couldn’t believe it until we had the newborn session. Twins were really in there…both girls!  They look so adorable together.  I’ve always had so much respect for parents of twins /multiples! I can’t even begin to image the patience it takes. Bravo to momma who carried them for 9  months!  And doesn’t she look gorgeous?  These photos were taken only 10 days after she delivered them!!! Just a.m.a.z.i.n.g how great she looked!  Daddy didn’t look tired at all either!  I am sure it had to do with the help they had from their wonderful  grandma!  She also helped us with soothing and posing the twins throughout the session and it was nice to have an extra set of hands so that mom could sit back and relax.  I love photographing twins! They are really difficult, but so fun!  I absolutely had a blast working with these precious two sisters.  My favorite  image is the first one.  What are the chances that both of their eyes will be opened looking straight at my camera!!  So happy that the family picked this image for one side of their announcement cards!

Family portrait including newborn twin girls sisters / twins, awake, pictures,  captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Mother and daughter, father and daughter,  newborn twin girls sisters / twins, awake, yawning, pictures, captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
 Beautiful mother and daughter picture, image, portrait - captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Father and twin daughters, twins,  black and white picture, image, portrait - captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn baby girl, blue headband, posing while sleeping, picture, image, portrait - captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn baby girl wearing a pink pettiskirt and headband, posing while sleeping, picture, image, portrait - captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn baby girl, twins, twin sisters, posing while sleeping in the round basket,  picture, image, portrait - captured by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography

Matt - January 17, 2014 - 5:00 am

Very nice shots! Great work

Katie Brockpahler - January 17, 2014 - 5:19 am

Gorgeous! I am drawn to the photos with the parents!

Lisa Aamold - January 17, 2014 - 6:02 am

So beautiful! I can’t image having twins. Phew . . . makes me tired just thinking about it :)

jennifer beitchman - January 17, 2014 - 8:07 am

OMG, I love these. Such beautiful little girls and family! Perfect!

audrey - January 17, 2014 - 8:12 am

They are soooo gorgeous! You do great work as well :)

Kyle H. - January 17, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Wonderful pictures! Love how you incorporated the parents in the shoot.

    

Christmas Session with Newborn & Dog | San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer

I’m so excited for this post as my friends have welcomed their first little baby, Jamie, into the world.  As expected, she’s gorgeous and sweet – just like her momma!  I was thrilled when Jamie’s mom asked me to photograph Jamie and her family for their X’mas cards / Birth Announcements as I was itching to photograph newborns during my maternity leave.  Since she’s a good friend of mine, I decided to take a break from my maternity leave to capture their precious little one at 11 days new, who also was accompanied by her beautiful furry sister, Kona.   

I specialize in newborn and pet photography, and I love it when I get to photograph both at one session!  Including my family,  so many couples have a dog prior to having a baby, and they are such a huge part of the family that this special moment should be captured.  Jamie’s mom had this cute idea of dressing Jamie up in a fox outfit to look like Kona.   Don’t they look cute together in their sibling portraits?  Kona was very gentle throughout the session and I could tell that she’s gonna be a great big sister!

Thank you Jamie’s parents for letting me capture your precious little one and your beautiful family!  It definitely was one of the craziest, but funnest sessions that I ever did – having two newborns (Jamie and my one month old baby) and two dogs around us!! I hope that you’re enjoying your first Christmas together as a family of four!

Newborn baby girl wearing a purple flower head band and lace diaper cover sleeping and posing. Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley, CA Studio Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn baby girl wearing a purple flower headband and wrapped with white scarf sleeping in driftwood bowl. Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley, CA Studio Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn and dog. Newborn baby girl wearing a crocheted fox outfit / prop to look like her fury sister (German Shepherd and Chow mixed dog). Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley, CA Studio Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Beautiful mom kissing her newborn baby girl on the wooden bed during Christmas newborn portrait session. Edited with Christmas lights backdrop. Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley, CA Studio Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Christmas family portrait / picture including a newborn baby girl and a family dog. Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley, CA Studio Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography

 

Mary Hill - December 1, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Would like a package that includes Christmas postcards and portrait with husband/wife and two dogs.–

cathy - December 1, 2014 - 7:44 pm

Hi! Thank you for your message! Could you please email me at info@cathymurai.com? Thanks!