• 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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Happy News…We are expecting!

My little family of 3 (including my dog, Charlie) will soon be a family of 4!  We are so happy and blessed to announce that we are expecting in October! =)  Sorry that I haven’t been around recently.  After I returned from WPPI (the conference and expo for Wedding and Portrait photographers) in Las Vegas this past  March, I started to have horrible morning sickness!   I felt really exhausted and super bloated, so I decided to take a little break.  But now that I am in my second trimester, I am planning to photograph as much as I can for the next 2-3 months.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share my maternity leave plans with you.  It’s important for me to keep you informed, so that we can both plan for the upcoming months.  I will be photographing up until July 7th, 2013.  As my belly grows bigger and bigger, I am sure that it’ll be uncomfortable for me to get low enough to the ground to get the great shooting angles.  I plan to edit and deliver all orders by the end of July.  During my maternity leave, you will still be able to contact me via email, Facebook or phone.  If you have any questions about booking your photo session, please feel free to contact me!

Yellow Labrador Dog welcoming his new sibling for pregnancy announcement, Dog Announcement, We are expecting


A Valentine’s Day Session with 3 Month Old Baby Astrid | Alhambra Baby Photographer

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I just love it when my newborn clients return to visit!   I first met Baby Astrid when she was 1 month old.  I photographed her and her family for their Christmas portraits. It’s amazing how fast she has grown in just 2 months! This little sweetheart arrived all smiles and I loved her Valentine’s Day dress!  Baby Astrid is by far the happiest baby I  know.  Look at her smiling faces!  She loved having her portraits taken and smiled through the entire session.  And her beautiful eyes always just pop from the images.  With such a gorgeous baby girl, her family is truly blessed! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to see Baby Astrid and her beautiful family again when she turned 3 months old!   I look forward to seeing her grow even more!

Adorable baby girl at 3 months wearing a beautiful Valentine
3 months old baby girl wearing a beautiful Valentine
3 months old baby girl wearing a beautiful Valentine
3 months old baby girl with beautiful eyes looking at the camera at her Valentine
Adorable happy baby laughing during her 3 months old portrait session
Happy Valentine
Adorable 3 months old Baby Girl smiling and laughing on the heart shaped carpet during her 3 months old portrait session / Valentine

And here’s Baby Astrid 2 months ago from her newborn and family Christmas portrait session!

Family Christmas Portrait session with a 1 month old newborn baby girl wearing a beautiful Christmas red dress and a headband
Family Christmas Portrait session with a 1 month old newborn baby girl wearing a beautiful Christmas red dress
Newborn Christmas Portrait session with a 1 month old baby girl with a beautiful long eye lashes
Newborn baby girl with a beautiful red headband sleeping on a Christmas bed  during her Christmas Newborn Portrait session

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If you are looking for a Los Angeles baby photographer or maternity photographer, please contact us.  Newborn sessions are scheduled to take place within the first 10 days of birth, so please plan ahead and contact us before baby is born!


Korean Dol: Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” themed First Birthday Party

Little Wilson celebrated his first birthday in style!  His parents put together such an extravagant Dr. Seuss “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” themed First Birthday Party (aka Korean Dol or Doljanchi) at Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park.  According to Wilson’s mom, who spent an incredible amount of time and energy to plan for the big event, her inspiration came from the book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.  She loved the meaningful message of the book and the whimsical artwork and colors.  As a mom with high hopes and big dreams for her little man, it was a perfect theme!

While I was photographing some detail shots, Wilson’s mom told me that she came up with all the ideas for the decorations, which were then handcrafted by her crafty friends! From the dessert station, blue window shutters, stationary, signs, to all the small details, etc.    Wow!!  And the party was beautifully decorated and stylized by amazing event coordinators, Hanna and Christina, from One Sweet Day.  I love how they incorporated Dr. Seuss’ whimsical colors and modern decorations with some traditional korean elements.   Wilson’s mom sure knows how to bring her ideas to life!

In addition to Wilson being such a handsome little man, all the guests enjoyed the party with great food and were entertained by both the photo booth & caricature artist.  A lot of kids and their families were happy to get their caricatures drawn and pictures taken which became their keepsake and party favors!  The kids were also very happy to take a Dr. Suess book/puzzle home with them!
Now, let’s take a look at all the fun festivities!
Display pictures of the baby on the blue shutters with the letter ONE and Dr. Suess yellow doll on the photo table

Happy birthday Wilson! Thank you for letting me celebrate this special day with you!

Happy New Year!! | Los Angeles Newborn & Family Photographer

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by.  2012 has been an awesome year!  I’m so thankful to everyone, who has supported Cathy Murai Photography, including vendors, friends, and of course, our wonderful clients, for a fantastic year!   I’ve loved meeting and working with you all.  Looking forward to an amazing 2013!!  Happy New Year everyone!

Here is the last newborn baby that I photographed in 2012.  Ami sure made her family’s Christmas extra special!  I can’t wait to share more of her images!

Adorable Asian newborn bab girl wearing a purple bonnet and strech knit wrap



Merry Christmas! | Los Angeles Newborn & Family Photographer

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to all!  It has been such an incredibly wonderful year meeting and working with many fabulous families and being able to see how much my past clients have grown!  Here are some of my favorite Christmas portraits that I captured for my clients’ Christmas cards.  I will also share more images from the recent (non-Christmas) sessions soon!  I still have two more newborn and family sessions to go until the end of 2012, which I am excited about!  =)  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with love and happiness!

Newborn Baby Girl wearing Santa Hat during on-location Newborn portrait session in Santa Fe Spring, CA

I also really enjoyed creating customized Christmas cards for my clients! Here are few examples!

And here is my fur-baby, Charlie, wishing you all a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories!