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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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If you are new to GEM Photography you may think this is another traditional Hubbard Park family session, but it’s not. This is the sixth time I have done the shoot that started it all. Every year it has been warm, color-coordinated, and a warmer New England fall day. The only thing that changes is […]

October 27, 2020

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Meet Andrew and Bethany I love when I get inquiries that resulted from a past wedding, and when I received one from Bethany I was so delighted. Bethany was a bridesmaid in a wedding I shot last summer’s wedding, but this blog isn’t about the past it’s about this late summer’s engagement session at Wethersfield […]

October 8, 2020

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If this family looks familiar to you it is because this their third session with me. First, was their engagement session. Then I did their wedding, and a couple of weeks ago I did their family session at Silver Sands beach. During the shoot, we also celebrated the baby’s birthday with a cake smash with […]

September 24, 2020

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Meet Brendan and Chloe Chloe and Brendan’s Wadsworth Mansion wedding was a dream, but because it is 2020 it was a journey to get there. I remember chatting with Brendan and Chloe on the phone last October. They were so chill and relaxed (just like me). That was why I was so excited they booked […]

September 3, 2020

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2020 the Year of the Backyard Wedding As crazy as this year (2020) has been, it truly has become the year to have a backyard wedding here in New England. Thanks, COVID. Fun fact: my first wedding was a backyard wedding at the bride’s mother’s house. Due to phases moving at a snail’s pace, a […]

July 18, 2020

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A birthday session photographed by Raina McMillan of GEM Photography at Mill Pond park In Newington CT. This features her current fave from Starbucks.

July 3, 2020

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Due to COVID 19 a nursing graduate Ashley had a cap and gown session photographed by Raina McMillan of GEM
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June 4, 2020

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5 Reasons Teaching Kids Has Made Me A Better Wedding Photographer From a CT Educator to a CT Photographer Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. I may have changed my favorite color, taste in music, palette, but working with kids has never changed. Heck, I have lived in CT, WA, NY, which […]

April 23, 2020

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Raina McMillan, THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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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. 

WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FOR Those Who Cherish Authentic Story Telling

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