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couple at the north house

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

zukas hilltop wedding sunset photos

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

cap and gown session

Due to COVID 19 a nursing graduate Ashley had a cap and gown session photographed by Raina McMillan of GEM
Photography in CT.

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 […]

Alisha and Jeff Where do I even start with Jeff and Alisha’s wedding at the Woodwinds in Connecticut? I remember meeting Alisha at Starbucks and bonding over teaching in the inner city. I knew that not was I getting a new bride to photograph but a new friend. As for the day itself, it truly […]

gillette castle wedding

Justin and Rachel Thanks to a little thing called COVID-19 I have heard numerous stories of couples who sadly have to reschedule their weddings or worse canceling. Some couples have scaled down the guest count (some voluntarily some not). When seeing all of these posts I couldn’t help but think of Justin and Rachel’s intimate […]

Tyler and Alyssa’s Country Club Wedding Tyler and Alyssa met the old fashion way: In person. They met each other in college. After years of being in the friend zone, they took that leap and the rest is history. They are a great reminder of friendship is a great foundation for marriage. You could see […]

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