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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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When Jaclyn and Sam got in touch with me about their Edgerton Park Yale engagement shoot, I just knew it would be a lot of fun – I was really excited. We spent the session wandering around Yale University, which is perfect for photos in the autumn because it has great backdrops and stunning architecture […]

December 22, 2020

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IF YOU’RE PLANNING A WEDDING AT HILLSTEAD MUESEUM IN FARMINGTON or In Your Own Backyard, YOU’LL BE INSPIRED BY THIS WEDDING! Elena and Jack got married in 2020 so you know that it did not go as planned, but it is still an amazing day. Their Hillstead Museum backyard wedding was supposed to take place at […]

November 25, 2020

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If you are new to GEM Photography you may think this is another traditional Hubbard Park family session, but it’s not. This is the sixth time I have done the shoot that started it all. Every year it has been warm, color-coordinated, and a warmer New England fall day. The only thing that changes is […]

October 27, 2020

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Meet Andrew and Bethany I love when I get inquiries that resulted from a past wedding, and when I received one from Bethany I was so delighted. Bethany was a bridesmaid in a wedding I shot last summer’s wedding, but this blog isn’t about the past it’s about this late summer’s engagement session at Wethersfield […]

October 8, 2020

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If this family looks familiar to you it is because this their third session with me. First, was their engagement session. Then I did their wedding, and a couple of weeks ago I did their family session at Silver Sands beach. During the shoot, we also celebrated the baby’s birthday with a cake smash with […]

September 24, 2020

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Meet Brendan and Chloe Chloe and Brendan’s Wadsworth Mansion wedding was a dream, but because it is 2020 it was a journey to get there. I remember chatting with Brendan and Chloe on the phone last October. They were so chill and relaxed (just like me). That was why I was so excited they booked […]

September 3, 2020

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2020 the Year of the Backyard Wedding As crazy as this year (2020) has been, it truly has become the year to have a backyard wedding here in New England. Thanks, COVID. Fun fact: my first wedding was a backyard wedding at the bride’s mother’s house. Due to phases moving at a snail’s pace, a […]

July 18, 2020

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

July 3, 2020

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Due to COVID 19 a nursing graduate Ashley had a cap and gown session photographed by Raina McMillan of GEM
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June 4, 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. 

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