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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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“Here it is the groove slightly transformed … Just a little break from the norm”. The Fresh Prince gave us a summertime classic when he wrote that song. Speaking of a summer classic, nothing says summer like a wedding. Summer wedding photography is ideal with, warmer weather, longer sunlight availability, and fun iced signature drinks. […]

January 25, 2022

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If you had asked me what my season was as a child, I would have said summer. My birthday, swimming, and no school made it ideal. If you asked me now as an adult that hates to sweat, I would say spring. The weather, the new blooms, and the light layers give me so much […]

January 18, 2022

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“Burrr it’s cold in here there must be some Toro’s in the atmosphere” Quick, name that movie. Now with everything going on in the world winter weddings are starting to become less popular in my area, but they are still happening. I thought I would put together a little winter wedding photography guide in order […]

January 11, 2022

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“What happens if the wedding is canceled?” “What happens if you get sick” “What is the next step?” I have heard the questions countless times. There are lists on The Knot that are the wedding photographer questions “you must ask” ( I actually answered those wedding photographer questions here). Now I think most of them […]

January 4, 2022

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First, let me start by thanking every couple that let me be a part of their big day this past year. Taking your wedding photos was an honor. Picking my favorites for the busiest year of my career was really hard. I hate when people feel left out, so having to pick between days that […]

December 28, 2021

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“The 2021 wedding season was the craziest year ever..” I am sure you heard that from a lot of wedding vendors this year… Some of us went to the spa, others bought a ton of new gear, but I decided on a Disney solo trip. Yes, I went to Disney World by myself and I […]

December 14, 2021

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One of the biggest questions I get is “Do I really need a second photographer?”. My answer is never yes or no. I usually respond with the benefits of having one. There are times when a second shooter really isn’t necessary and I have shot weddings solo many times, but there is definitely a benefit […]

December 1, 2021

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If you polled all the wedding photographers you know most of them would tell you that they love doing first look photos. To take it a step further, if you asked couples who have done first look photos if they regret it none of them would say they did. I am a traditional person and […]

November 23, 2021

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If I could describe Taylor and Amanda’s downtown Hartford engagement session it would be adventurous. I am not the most adventurous person. I spend most days in sweats watching reality tv and movies. That doesn’t mean I am not down for a hike or trying new food. When Amanda mentioned the locations they chose for […]

November 16, 2021

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Discaliamer: Before I get into my Eternals review please be warned that like mentioned in the title there are spoilers. These opinions are my own and I am not being paid in anyway to share these thoughts. The Eternals Review Ok so I know this is a blog that usually features other people, photography, and […]

November 9, 2021

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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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