• 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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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!

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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