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Check out one of GEM's recent engagement sessions photographed at the famous Yale University.

Eric and megan's Yale Engagement session

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Meet The Future Murdys I have met couples in many different ways. Whether it is a referral from a past couple or friend. I have met them through online directories. I met Megan like how a lot of couples meet these days: Facebook. This time, I actually introduced myself in the DMs (I’m not a […]

July 9, 2020

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Being home for the last couple of months, like and Connecticut wedding photographer has, I have a lot of time to think. While, I could have spent my time to become a professional couch potato I did not. Instead I developed new collections, created two new photography guides, and found new ways to strengthen the […]

May 28, 2020

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Will & Tonia WIll and Tonia’s beautiful fall New Haven wedding was a day filled with joy and love. Not only was the weather perfection, but the day shined with their love and friendship. I believe every wedding reveals a couple’s journey in the loveliest way. This wedding was no different. It truly was an […]

April 8, 2020

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Ashley and Kevin I have known Ashley since she was about nine, so I have basically watched her grow up. When she asked me to shoot her wedding I was truly honored. I always treat clients as if they were family, but this time it is in a way. Fun fact: My sister is actually […]

March 25, 2020

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Meet Steve and Courtney As many of you know when I am not shooting weddings I am a full-time wedding teacher. I have a special place in my heart for teachers, which is why I created the GEM Loves Teachers program. In fact, Courtney and Steve were part of my inspiration for the program. I […]

December 17, 2019

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Meet Will and Tonia Before getting into the Saville Dam engagement session I have to say, growing up in the 90s was the best. First, we had Saturday morning cartoons like Muppet Babies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Next, we played the original Mario Kart on Super Nintendo. Most important, we had some amazing sports […]

May 9, 2019

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From Instagram to New Milford I have known Clarissa of Pink Olive Events for almost a year now. We first met at a networking function at her new office space. Next, as most wedding vendors do, we started following each other on Instagram. As the months went on we would take to each other through […]

May 2, 2019

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Welcome Back GEM Photography A little known fact about me I grew up in Meriden, CT. I had walked in the Daffodil parade as a kid, played at Cepa Field, and have walked up to Castle Craig. So when Latisha of BluuRibbon Events asked me to collaborate at the Silver City Ballroom in Meriden for […]

April 25, 2019

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Eight years ago I woke up to a picture of the newest love in my life. Miss Elsie came in like a bang and has been leaving her spark for the past 8 years. At first, she wanted to do her yearly pictures at Chick Fil A, but after some thought, she decided to do […]

February 27, 2019

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Brittany and Mateo’s Saint Clements Castle reception was as beautiful as the grounds. Brittany reached out to me through a referral from a friend of mine (thanks Beth). Brittany explained to me that they were getting married in Italy, where Mateo is from, and they were having their big party here in the states for […]

October 19, 2021

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Before I get into this Canon 50mm RF 1.2 review, a couple of disclaimers…First, this is not a tech-focused review… So if you are looking for specs check out the specs here. Second, this is based on my personal experience and opinion. Last but not least, I am in no way getting paid for this […]

October 12, 2021

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Sean and Chelsea’s Madison Beach Hotel wedding was I like to call short and sweet. Thought I didn’t get to spend the whole day with them it was like I had. After meeting them via Zoom a couple weeks before the wedding I knew it was going to be a beautiful day, and it was. […]

October 5, 2021

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Matt and Jessica’s wedding at the Stonehurst at Hampton Valley FINALLY happened. Yes, I said finally. These two were my only couple to move from 2020 to 2021… I KNOW (said in my Monica Bing voice). When the big day arrived I was ecstatic because they were getting their day, but also I was finally […]

September 28, 2021

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Now I usually only talk about photography-type things on this blog, but this New England girl is so pumped that the weather is starting to cool that I had to share my five fall essentials. If you live in New England and look outside you can see the leaves starting to change. The cooler air […]

September 21, 2021

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Eve and John’s Elizabeth Park engagement session was one for the books. I, like most photographers in CT, have shot at Elizabeth Park more than once. Elizabeth Park is a hot spot for photography. I in fact have a photo with my siblings in the rose garden, and one of my favorite photos I have […]

August 31, 2021

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Hiram and Maggie’s Connecticut engagement session at Harkness Memorial State Park was one for the books. I know that some of you who follow the blog are thinking “weren’t you just there”, and yes I was. In fact, I did their phone consultation on the way home from that session. Now don’t worry I wasn’t […]

August 3, 2021

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Megan and Eric’s Fox Hopyard Golf Club Wedding will probably go down as one of my top ten weddings. I love all my couples and have fond memories for every single one, but I dont even know where to start when it comes to this wedding. I booked them in the most modern day way […]

July 28, 2021

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A Message From Your Favorite Connecticut Wedding Vendor Well, it’s that time of year folks.. The time when I dun dun dun raise my prices. I only do this once a year and I always do it on the 1st of August. I try to be fair with pricing but I also work for myself […]

July 21, 2021

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Amanda and Steve’s Harkness engagement session was as close to perfect as you can get. Starting with hair and makeup from ome of my favorite vendors and ending with a stunning pink sunset. Amanda even wore a pink shirt that matched the pink sunset, but I am getting ahead of myself. Amanda and Steve were […]

July 14, 2021

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Fueled by equal parts caffeine and Old School Hip Hop and R&B, I spend my days capturing the kinds of images that tell stories with beauty. Your story, your love, is beautiful and I can't wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. 

I believe in real moments and heartfelt conversations over a good beverage. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments. 

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