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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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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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Josh and Sarah’s Glastonbury Boathouse wedding was the perfect day. The weather was stunning and the perfect reflection of who they are as a couple. It was relaxed, fun, and featured those they love, including signature drinks named after their two dogs. I remember mee them at my families office like it was yesterday. They […]

July 7, 2021

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Madison, CT- Josh and Sarah Josh and Sarah’s Hammonasset beach engagement session was so much fun…When doing engagement sessions with couples I encourage couples to include places and other things that are important to them. At the consultation, Sarah mentioned she wanted to have their engagement session Hammonasset Beach in Clinton CT, and that’s just […]

May 11, 2021

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I Jumped On the Canon R6 Train I know. I know. Another person has bought into the Canon R6 hype. If you know me I am not a hype person. I just got a Tik Tok and think about deleting it daily, but when it was time to replace my 5D Mk lll I decided […]

May 6, 2021

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I have been a New England wedding photographer for over 6 years now and I have done my fair share of consultations. Trends have come and gone but one trend that has not is The Knot’s list of questions. I am kind of surprised I am just doing this blog today after being asked a […]

March 3, 2021

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As a wedding photographer in Connecticut , I have done my fair share of engagement sessions. On top of that I have done a lot of them with pets. My last session of 2020 not only had a dog, this time I had a goat and a a couple of horses. With all of this […]

January 13, 2021

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IF YOU’RE PLANNING A WEDDING AT THE ARIA IN PROSPECT, CT, YOU’LL LOVE THIS WEDDING FOR INSPIRATION! Ashley and Kevin got married at the Aria, which is a ballroom in Prospect, CT with a pretty garden. It was such a happy day and the sun even made an appearance! Their Aria fall wedding was a family […]

December 27, 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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