• 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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Introducing the Beautiful 8 Days New Baby Ashley | San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer

Look at her gorgeous hair!!   I had the honor of meeting and photographing Baby Ashley and her wonderful parents 8 days after she was born.  Ashley pretty much slept through the entire portrait session (and during the viewing session few days later as well) that I don’t remember her crying nor fussing!   Ashley was the perfect model for me to capture those sweet and precious baby moments.  In fact, she was cooperative from the start when she was born on her due date so that we didn’t have to reschedule her session!  Ashley brought along a special ivory blanket, which was crocheted by her Grandma, who also joined us during the session, and a patchwork blanket & knitted stuffed animal, which were made by her family friends.  What a lucky baby to receive all those beautiful handmade gifts with love!  I adore them all and couldn’t resist ending the session with those special props!   I usually advise the parents to relax on the couch and most parents take turns catching up their sleep.  However, since I was photographing with a belly, Ashley’s parents were more concerned about my health and they helped me soothe and pose Ashley throughout the session.  This definitely allowed me to capture a more variety of shots, and I really appreciate them for being so concerned about how I was feeling throughout the session.

Congratulations to Ashely’s family! You’ve been blessed with such a precious gift in sweet  Ashley!   I am so happy for you all and am looking forward to seeing Ashley grow!  Also, thank you for trusting me to capture your little one. =)   Here are some of my favorites from the portrait session.

A family portrait of Asian parents and a beautiful 8 day old newborn baby girl wearing the red halo and the cream lace romper. Baby sleeping while the parents are posing in the studio for their family portrait. Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
A family portrait of Asian parents and a beautiful 8 day old newborn baby girl wearing the red halo and the cream lace romper.  A family portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session, Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl posing on the father
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl smiling wearing a purple lace romper and a purple head band on the bean bag covered with a purple blanket.  A newborn baby portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session by Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl sleeping necked on the peach pink bean bag blanket.  A newborn baby portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session by Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl sleeping necked on the peach pink bean bag blanket, Taco pose, A newborn baby portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session by Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Close up image of baby
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl wrapped with a handmade blanket crochet by the grandma.  A baby sleeping on the handmade quilt blanket. A newborn baby portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session by Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
A beautiful 8 day old Asian newborn baby girl wrapped with a handmade blanket crocheted by the grandma.  A baby sleeping on the wooden puzzle bowl with a stuffed animal. A newborn baby portrait taken in the studio during newborn portrait session by Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Close up black and white image of family

Audrey - August 7, 2013 - 1:47 pm

These are GORGEOUS! My favorite is the purple background one, what a cutie.

Jennifer Wilcox - August 7, 2013 - 1:59 pm

The one of her on the quilt and with their hands make my heart melt. I love them!

Carol - August 7, 2013 - 2:28 pm

These are fantastic! The image with the purple was a complete WOW! Great work!

Eden Bao - August 7, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Aww, love these images! The last one with the hands is great!

Maxine Evans - August 7, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Cathy, these are amazing! I love ALL of them!

Kim Kravitz - August 7, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Oh my! What a precious little baby!!!!

cathy - August 7, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Thank you ladies for your kind messages!

Lai - August 7, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Great studio newborn session! I’ve been wanting to do the baby hand pictures for my own kids, but never happened. I wish I still get a chance to take a picture like that for my own family.

Starla Wise - August 8, 2013 - 9:06 am

Oh I LOVE the hands… and the image on the quilt. Such beautiful images!

Jackie - August 8, 2013 - 9:13 am

Beautiful family–beautiful photography!

Lana - August 9, 2013 - 9:28 am

Perfection! Just love this set.

Sarah - August 12, 2013 - 8:41 am

Beautiful family. Love the purples. :-)

Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!

    

Maternity Leave | Los Angeles Newborn & Baby Photographer

A yellow labrador, who is expecting a baby sister, reading many books about pregnancy, newborn, and child care

 

As I’ve announced about my pregnancy here and on my Facebook Page, we are expecting our first baby in October.  Although my baby is not due until 2 1/2 months later, I already decided to take maternity leave since my belly has gotten bigger, which makes it harder for me to get down to photograph and move around during sessions.  I’ve been so busy editing a lot of images that I captured from the last few sessions that I haven’t yet had a chance to read all those pregnancy & baby books that I got from my friends and clients, so, my dog, Charlie, is helping me get up to speed about having a baby!   =)   Although I will not be able to photograph any more sessions for the rest of the year, I will still be updating my website (as I still have a lot of images to share from the past sessions!).

I haven’t decided how long I will be on maternity leave, but I’ll keep everyone posted!  I am sure I will need some time to get adjusted after our baby is born…  It has been a joy  watching many of my clients begin the journey of motherhood, and I could not be any more excited to begin this journey myself.  Thank you for your understanding and support!    I hope to photograph you and your families in the future!

Maxine - August 1, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Best of luck to you beautiful Mama!

Jennifer Wilcox - August 2, 2013 - 12:18 pm

OMG! How precious. Congrats;-)

cathy - August 2, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Thanks, Maxine and Jennifer!

Carol - August 2, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Completely ADORABLE! Best of luck to you!

Wendy - August 6, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Congrats!

cathy - August 6, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Many thanks~!!

Jackie T - August 20, 2013 - 5:06 am

Congratulations–and I love this announcement. So cute!

    

{Published!} Inspire Magazine | San Gabriel Valley Newborn and Pet Photographer

I am so excited to share with all of you that my work from Baby Kirsten’s newborn session has been published in the July/August issue of Inspire Magazine, by Two Pear Designs!  A huge thank you to Kirsten’s family for allowing me to capture these images of their beautiful family!  It is still one of my favorites to date.  It is truly an honor to have my work chosen among other talented photographers and to have the opportunity to be a part of such a fun and beautiful publication full of inspiration!  Make sure to check this issue out!

Here is a little peek….

Featured in photography magazine - Newborn and Pet Portrait Sessions photographed in Alhambra studio by San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography

You can see the rest of Kirsten’s session here

You can purchase a digital version of this magazine for just $4 (or purchase anything in the store besides a past issue of Inspire and get this issue for FREE!). The printed version is also available for $25.

 

Thank you Two Pear Designs for the opportunity and for making my heart happy!

Lai - July 2, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Wow pet and newborn all together! What a great idea! Congrats on the publications! Two Pear Design is actually in MO, where I’m from.

Maxine Evans - July 2, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Super! I love all of these :-)

patty - July 2, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Congrats!! Great captures too!

Audrey - July 2, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Those photos are amazzzzzing!! Such a sweet puppy dog.

Joncee May - July 2, 2013 - 8:14 pm

AWESOME!!! Congrats on getting published!

Chris - July 4, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Soooo cute! Beautiful work!!!

Suzi - July 5, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Congrats. What a sucky puppy. So cute. They’ll be friends for a long time.

Starla Wise - July 6, 2013 - 8:01 am

That is fantastic! Great job.

Cherilyn Haines - July 8, 2013 - 6:53 am

How exciting! LOVE the pictures. :)

Lana - July 8, 2013 - 11:49 pm

Adorable!!

    

Happy Father’s Day! | Alhambra Baby & Family Photographer

Wishing all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!   Don’t forget to take some pictures with your kid(s)/pet(s) on this special day.  Moms will cherish those images for years to come for sure!

Now, look who recently came back for more portraits?  Astrid , at 7 months old!   The last time I photographed her, she was just 3 months old.  She can sit up all by herself now!  =)  To celebrate the  family’s first Father’s Day, I had the opportunity to capture these images.   Doesn’t she look happy with her daddy ?  She’s definitely a daddy’s little girl and is so lucky to have such a caring and loving father! I am so PRIVILEGED to have the opportunity to take pictures of this family for the past 7 months.. It’s truly amazing to see how Astrid has grown from a newborn and what she can do in each stage!  Oh, and she has the most beautiful dresses ever!  And her lovely grandma handmade her little white shoes!

7months old baby in beautiful light pink dress smiling and sitting up by herself during baby portrait session taken by Alhambra Baby Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
7months old baby in beautiful light pink dress smiling and sitting up by herself during baby portrait session taken by Alhambra Baby Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
7months old happy baby in beautiful light purple dress smiling with her father for their father and daughter
7months old happy baby in beautiful light purple dress smiling with her father for their father and daughter

And of course, Astrid’s beautiful mom has to be in the pictures too!!  She has given me a lot of great advice on how to prepare better for our soon-to-be born baby and I really appreciate it!  I hope our baby will be as cute as Astrid!!

7months old happy baby in beautiful light pink dress smiling with her mom for their mother and daughter

 

Lorena - June 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

What a beautiful little girl!

Perth Newborn Photographer - June 17, 2013 - 3:56 am

What a gorgeous girl! I love her pink dress! You can see how much she is loved in the way you have captured these photos. Beautiful work!

Ally Davis - June 17, 2013 - 5:39 am

She is beautiful! What a happy, little, adorable girl!

    

Brotherly Love… | Los Angeles Newborn & Baby Photographer

Meet baby Jacob, 8 days new!  He was so good throughout his portrait session – and his mom was beaming with pride!  I enjoyed hearing his mom exclaim, “Oh my god, my boy!!”; “Ahhhh…!!”; “Oh, he’s so handsome!!” behind me as I was posing and photographing him in various positions.

African American baby boy sleeping and posing peacefully on the white blanket - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
African American baby boy wearing a brown hat is sleeping and posing peacefully on the white blanket - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
African American baby boy with curly hair sleeping and posing peacefully on the white blanket - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
African American baby boy sleeping and posing on the green fur with cream background - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

To be honest, when Jacob’s mom told me that she also wanted me to photograph Jacob, with his older brother, Jacen, who is 16 months old, I sweated a little.  Including toddlers/siblings in newborn photos can be quite a challenge!  It’s not easy to find a cute and safe way to pose them with the new baby.  We were all nervous that the little guy wouldn’t cooperate – and he was definitely a very busy little guy!  I was still able to capture these images, and I love them!  I am sure that these two boys will become best of friends and make so many brotherly memories together!

Brotherly love, siblings portrait, siblings shot, sibling photography, African American baby boy sleeping and posing in the wooden prop next to his older brother - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
Brotherly love, siblings portrait, sibling shot, siblings photography - African American baby boy sleeping and posing with his older brother - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
Brotherly love, siblings portrait, sibling shot  - African American baby boy sleeping and posing with his older brother - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer
Brotherly love, siblings portrait, sibling shot  - African American baby boy sleeping and posing with his older brother - taken by  Alhambra Newborn and Baby photographer, Cathy Murai Photography, Los Angeles Newborn and Baby Photographer

 

Maxine Evans - June 10, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Perfect Cathy! I love these!

Jenn - June 10, 2013 - 5:44 pm

OMG so cute. These are too cute newborn and sibling photos.

Alana - June 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

OK his curly hair is TDF!

Shayna Hardy - June 10, 2013 - 6:30 pm

So sweet, I know mom and dad will be in love with these!

Donna Beck - June 10, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Oh my gosh, these are adorable. Just love the two brothers together too.

natasha - June 10, 2013 - 8:41 pm

O.M.G. Major cuteness factor here!

Jennifer Wilcox - June 10, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Loving those sibling shots!

Eden Bao - June 11, 2013 - 1:58 am

You are rocking these siblings shot, Cathy! Nice work!

Perth Newborn Photographer - June 11, 2013 - 5:10 am

Gorgeous!!

Sarah - June 11, 2013 - 7:24 am

awwww these are too precious! Awesome job Cathy!

Tira J - June 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Fantastic work Cathy! Love the ones with his sweet brother! Mom will have a hard time choosing. xoxo

Starla Wise - June 11, 2013 - 2:37 pm

How sweet big brother looks so proud! Beautiful

melissa - June 11, 2013 - 3:30 pm

so cute and what a happy big sibling!

Sherri Peroni - June 16, 2013 - 7:59 pm

Awww, the sibling photos are so precious.