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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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After shooting weddings as long as I have you learn what you like to shoot, and most importantly what are appropriate wedding photographer outfits. There are the no brainers like no jeans or flannels, but when you roll around on the ground or hide in bushes a summer dress won’t do. This week’s blog is […]

April 19, 2022

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About Hiram and Maggie’s Mansion at Bald Hill Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Torres are married!!! Thanks to the love of this beautiful couple and some flexibility on everyone’s part the Mansion at Bald Hill wedding went beautifully. The forecast called for 70% rain, and it felt like it rained about that much. Looking out the […]

April 12, 2022

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I have always worked with music or tv shows in the background, but recently I have loved working to rewatch podcasts. What is a rewatch podcast you might ask? It is a podcast where former shows are rewatched, usually by the show’s actors, and they share behind-the-scenes info. I love listening to these so I […]

March 29, 2022

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Rain Rain go away let the sun come out and let the children play – Family Business by Kanye West I have heard the saying “a rainy wedding day is lucky”. Now I don’t know if that is actually true, but it is a great way to calm down a stressed bride. A rainy day […]

March 23, 2022

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I get asked many questions about shooting weddings, but I think the one question I get asked the most is “Where is your favorite placed to shoot?”. Since Spring starts in 5 days I thought I would share my favorite places to shoot for a Spring Connecticut wedding or engagement session. What Makes a Place […]

March 15, 2022

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When I was making the seasonal wedding photography guides I kept bringing up how important it is to hire a professional bridal beauty team, so I thought that I would make a blog post dedicated to just that. Not only will I try to convince you to spend a little more than you normally on […]

March 8, 2022

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I know this is a blog for a wedding photography business, and you might be thinking “why are you talking about Connecticut coffee shops?”. If you have read my bio on my about page or if you follow me on Instagram, you may have learned I am somewhat of a coffee snob. Growing up in […]

March 1, 2022

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Christian and Lena’s Aria winter wedding was chic, fun, and a great way to kick off the 2022 wedding season. Though it was typical winter weather on the outside the day was warm with love. There were tears, lots of laughs, and dancing all the makings of a great wedding day. The day was planned […]

February 23, 2022

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So you have spent countless hours on Pinterest and Instagram, and you have fallen in love with the flowy bridal veil photos. Having an epic veil photo is now a must-have. As a wedding photographer, I feel that it’s my duty to let you know that not all veils have equal flying power! It’s true! […]

February 15, 2022

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It’s engagement season!!! At least it is while I am writing this blog, and if you are one of those newly engaged couples you may be thinking “NOW WHAT”. Pick a date is the first step, then a venue, and then a photographer (you can go in any order you would like but this is […]

February 8, 2022

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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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