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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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I don’t even know where to start when it comes to Rachel and Aken aka Moose’s Hawk Ridge Winery wedding. It really is hard to put into words, but here it goes. If you read my last blog you would know that last week’s couple was connected to the Murdys who I booked two years […]

September 27, 2022

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Brandon and Madeline’s Nuzzo’s Farm wedding was very special because not only are they one of the sweetest couples on planet earth, but they are also who I have spent July 10th with for the past two years. Brandon was the officiant aka best man at Meghan and Eric’s wedding last year and they are […]

September 22, 2022

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Tyler and Liz’s Stony Creek Brewery Wedding was a day years in the making. Liz and Tyler met in college and tied the knot after a long courtship (based on speeches). I remember meeting them on zoom like I have met most couples over the last couple of years. It was a Sunday for me […]

September 21, 2022

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Maggie and Nemil’s Pond House Cafe wedding was full of laughter and love. Whether it was Nemil cracking jokes or Maggie getting tearful during her photos with her grandma. Even though their wedding was on Labor Day weekend it wasn’t labor to shoot due to their chill and relaxed attitudes to the day. I guess […]

September 16, 2022

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Bryan and Megan’s Connecticut beer garden wedding was one for the “record” books (you’ll get that joke shortly. Their wedding was fun, with the occasional happy tears, from when I pulled into the parking lot til I plopped myself in the car to go home. From their vintage record-themed seating chart to Megan’s glittered party […]

August 30, 2022

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Chris and Erin’s Saint Clements summer wedding was one for the ages. From the getting ready with confetti bombs to dancing the night away with foam light sticks it was a evening I’ll never forget. I remember meeting them for their engagement session at Topsmead State Forest and couldn’t believe how nice they were. We […]

August 23, 2022

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Jill and Reed’s Union League Cafe wedding in New Haven was probably one of the most fun times I have had at a wedding. When I say Jill is one of the most chill brides I have ever met I am not lying. The day started with a vendor getting in an accident with an […]

August 2, 2022

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Taylor and Amanda’s Hartford summer wedding was one for the books. It started with a very chill first look at the Old Avon Farms Hotel and ended as the party of the summer. The wedding was perfectly them… It never felt like a production but a day that just truly reflected them as a couple. […]

July 13, 2022

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Ben and Kim’s Saltwater Farms Vineyard wedding was your classic summer wedding that couples dream about. From the photos at the shore to the stunning sunset that kissed the vineyard sky. It was a hot day without a cloud in the sky thank god for water and church air conditioning. We started the day with […]

June 28, 2022

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I don’t miss many things about 2020, but I do miss the smaller weddings that I got to shoot. They were so intimate and I got to know more people at the wedding. Devon and Holly’s Riverview wedding took me right back to those smaller weddings. I am not saying I don’t like the big […]

June 21, 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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