• 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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Featured on {Baby Lifestyles}! | Los Angeles Birthday Party (Dol) Photographer

Remember the fabulous superhero birthday celebration (Dol) Jonah’s parents threw for his 1st birthday?  I’m so happy to share that it’s been featured again!  This time on Baby Lifestyles!  Baby Lifestyles is a website with an online magazine which features real baby showers, first birthday parties, and nurseries.  If you’re planning to throw a party, go check out their website and get inspired!

 

    

Welcome Baby Ford! | Los Angeles Newborn Baby and Family Photographer

It’s always such an honor to be asked to photograph special occasions in families’ lives. I recently had the pleasure of getting to know this beautiful family! Baby Ford was only 6 days new when he came to my studio for his newborn session. Doesn’t he have the cutest little face? Prior to the newborn session, Ford’s mom shared her ideas for the session via email. She wanted to incorporate her vintage Eames chair and the new monkey hat that she purchased for Ford for the session. I do have a large assortment of newborn accessories, blankets and other helpful items, which are always available for use during the sessions, but I love it when clients bring their own props, because it really makes the photos unique and personal. I absolutely adored what they brought with them and really enjoyed creating these images! Ford was sleeping when I put him on the chair, but as soon as I grabbed my camera, he opened his eyes! Since he didn’t move at all, I continued to capture him lying comfortably on the red chair, which turned out to be one of the family’s favorite images. They also used the image to create their custom designed birth announcements and I really like how they turned out! Thank you Ford for being such a great little model! I am looking forward to seeing you grow! Since the chair was so iconic and special to the family, it would be a great idea if your parents can photograph you on the same chair every month to see how much you grow in just one year. Wouldn’t that be so much fun?!?

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2012 Baby & Children Halloween Portraits | Alhambra Professional Portrait Photographer

I had so much fun photographing all of these little cuties dressed up in their Halloween costumes in my studio! There is nothing cuter than babies, kids and dogs in their adorable Halloween costumes!! Thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween Mini Sessions! Since it was so much fun, I will definitely plan for these mini sessions again next year!

A female pitball family dog dressed up as pirate for Halloween portrait session her newborn brother wearing a pumpkin hat
A female pitball family dog dressed up as pirate for Halloween portrait session her newborn brother wearing a pumpkin hat
A girl and a Pitbull dog dressed up as pirates for Halloween portrait

Special shout out to my dog, Charlie, who dressed up in his sexy costume for a test run the night before the Halloween Mini Sessions!

A male yellow labrador dog dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween portrait session

I also had a blast meeting and capturing many new little kiddos at the annual Halloween event , Hallowscream, presented by Downtown Alhambra last weekend. Can you believe that I photographed 56 people in approximately 2 1/2 hours? Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth that day. Finally, a big thanks to my husband and to my friends, Karen & Albert, for helping me carry heavy bales of hay, a canopy and other equipment and set up our booth so early in the morning on the day of the event!  Here are some of the photos that I captured!  Aren’t they adorable? There were so many creative costumes!

    

Precious Newborn with a Family Dog Portraits | Alhambra Newborn and Pet Photographer

Remember the family dog, Rusty, the lovable fox-red Lab that wanted to take pictures with his mommy’s big belly?  Well, this time, he brought his new sister, Kirsten, to my studio for a newborn session when she was just 9 days old for more pictures! Wow, this dog loves to have his picture taken!! =)

Prior to the session, her mom, who is also one of my good friends, told me, “I don’t know how you’re gonna photograph her…. she cries so much!! You gotta do the session in 30 minutes, Cathy!!”.  Yeah right!! LOL!  Newborn sessions usually takes up to 4 hours, due to necessary feeding and diapering time for the baby and (much needed) breaks for the parents.  Include a dog and it may take even longer.  However, unlike what her mom was expecting, Kirsten slept like a charm pretty much throughout the entire session.  I started photographing her, while Rusty was still checking out our place.  His dad took him out for a long walk before he joined us for the family portraits, which turned out to be a great idea as he was more calm and cooperative.  He basically took a nap during the session.  I especially LOVE the image of Kirsten and Rusty sleeping and snuggling together =)  Aren’t they adorable?!   Remember Rusty’s “lap” command?  Thanks to his parents, the training not only allowed me to capture some cute maternity portraits, but also some sweet newborn portraits.  Rusty gently put his head on Kirsten’s back and took a nap together.  I have no doubt that “Big Brother” Rusty will not only be her best friend, but look out for her and protect her as well!

Welcome to the world, little Kirsten! Thanks to Kirsten’s parents and Rusty for letting me meet their precious new family member.  I hope you love these images as much as I do!

Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl sleeping in the picture taken by Los Angeles (Alhambra) Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl smiling in the picture taken by Los Angeles (Alhambra) Newborn Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn with a Family Dog Portrait | Los Angeles (Alhambra) Newborn and Pet Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Newborn with a Family Dog Portrait | Los Angeles (Alhambra) Newborn and Pet Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl wrapped with pink stretched wrap sleeping in the antique soda box in the picture captured by Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer, Pet Photographer, Family Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl wrapped with pink stretched wrap sleeping in the antique soda box in the black and white picture captured by Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer, Pet Photographer, Family Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
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Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl in a pink diaper sleeping in the family portrait, which includes the mom, dad, and her family dog, a Labrador, in the picture captured by Pasadena, south Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer, Pet Photographer, Family Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
Precious Asian Newborn Baby Girl in a pink diaper sleeping in the family portrait while dad and mom are kissing her head in the picture captured by Pasadena, south Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel Valley Newborn Photographer, Pet Photographer, Family Photographer, Cathy Murai Photography
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If you have family dogs and want to include them in your newborn session or family session, feel free to invite them!  They are family too!!   Today, I am photographing a newborn boy with a dog PLUS their 2 year old sister!  This is going to be a challenge for me.  Wish me good luck!!

Beth | Daily Dog Tag - February 12, 2013 - 1:17 pm

What a great family shoot!

cathy - February 22, 2013 - 9:36 am

Many thanks, Beth!

    

{Newborn and His Brothers Portraits} | Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

“Can we get some images of our newborn and his brothers?” Absolutely!  When Mathew’s mom first contacted me, she told me that she wanted to do something different and special for her third child, which was to have the family’s first newborn portrait session.  She also wanted to have some images of her newborn with his brothers.

I got to meet Matthew when he was just 5 days old.  During the session, his two brothers were very cooperative.  They stayed in their rooms and allowed us to photograph Matthew in a quite environment.  Matthew was a dream to work with.  He slept through almost the entire session (except for the times he was hungry, of course) and enabled me to photograph him with different props.  Actually, it turned out that his 4 year old big brother, Joshua, was more of a challenge to photograph than Mathew.  =)

I was so excited to get a siblings shot of the three of them until the mom told me how much Joshua HATES getting his picture taken and receiving attention. OMG…. I sweated for a second, but I decided to enjoy the new challenge.  When I asked, “Who wants to hold Matthew?” to the brothers, they both raised their hands and said, “I DO! I DO!!” with such excitement.  I normally ask the oldest sibling to hold the baby due to safety reasons, however, since Joshua seemed to be more excited and as his parents were okay with him holding Matthew, we let Joshua hold him with his parents’ supervision.  I was very touched when his older brother, Nathan, let Joshua have the honor of holding Mathew.  Everything seemed to be fine until I held my camera.  Joshua started to look shy and didn’t want to look at the camera and he left!   But no pressure….I let him leave the room and take a little time to relax.  When he came back, he didn’t want to be photographed again……. no pressure… I let him leave the room again….. We repeated this a few times and ta-da~!!  I was able to capture the portraits with him smiling, which made his parents extremely overjoyed that they ordered that image in a large wall print!  Aren’t they adorable together?  I was so happy with these images. They truly make my heart smile.

Thank you so much, ‘G’ family for allowing me to photograph your new little one!  It was a pleasure meeting you all and photographing your handsome boys.

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Accordion Mini Books

The parents also ordered these personalized and custom made Accordion Mini Books, which are a great way to show off your favorite pics from the session.  They are available in a wallet- size and a square (3×3 inches) and they come with a custom photo cover (a UV coating is added) and a sheer case.  I love how the cover conveniently snaps shut magnetically!  Accordion Mini Books are the perfect gift item for your family and friends.  Parents and grandparents love to receive them as gifts too!  This is a great add-on item with any order!

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details of mini accordion book, accordion mini book, mini album for newborn session by Cathy Murai Photography