• 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!

{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.

    

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!