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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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It has been over a month since I came back to humid CT from my Disneyland solo trip. I went to Walt Disney World solo last December and had a great time. It was not my first solo Disney trip. My first solo Disney trip was back in 2015 when I went on a whim […]

June 13, 2022

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After shooting weddings as long as I have you learn what you like to shoot, and most importantly what are appropriate wedding photographer outfits. There are the no brainers like no jeans or flannels, but when you roll around on the ground or hide in bushes a summer dress won’t do. This week’s blog is […]

April 19, 2022

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About Hiram and Maggie’s Mansion at Bald Hill Wedding Mr. and Mrs. Torres are married!!! Thanks to the love of this beautiful couple and some flexibility on everyone’s part the Mansion at Bald Hill wedding went beautifully. The forecast called for 70% rain, and it felt like it rained about that much. Looking out the […]

April 12, 2022

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I have always worked with music or tv shows in the background, but recently I have loved working to rewatch podcasts. What is a rewatch podcast you might ask? It is a podcast where former shows are rewatched, usually by the show’s actors, and they share behind-the-scenes info. I love listening to these so I […]

March 29, 2022

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Rain Rain go away let the sun come out and let the children play – Family Business by Kanye West I have heard the saying “a rainy wedding day is lucky”. Now I don’t know if that is actually true, but it is a great way to calm down a stressed bride. A rainy day […]

March 23, 2022

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I get asked many questions about shooting weddings, but I think the one question I get asked the most is “Where is your favorite placed to shoot?”. Since Spring starts in 5 days I thought I would share my favorite places to shoot for a Spring Connecticut wedding or engagement session. What Makes a Place […]

March 15, 2022

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When I was making the seasonal wedding photography guides I kept bringing up how important it is to hire a professional bridal beauty team, so I thought that I would make a blog post dedicated to just that. Not only will I try to convince you to spend a little more than you normally on […]

March 8, 2022

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I know this is a blog for a wedding photography business, and you might be thinking “why are you talking about Connecticut coffee shops?”. If you have read my bio on my about page or if you follow me on Instagram, you may have learned I am somewhat of a coffee snob. Growing up in […]

March 1, 2022

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Christian and Lena’s Aria winter wedding was chic, fun, and a great way to kick off the 2022 wedding season. Though it was typical winter weather on the outside the day was warm with love. There were tears, lots of laughs, and dancing all the makings of a great wedding day. The day was planned […]

February 23, 2022

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So you have spent countless hours on Pinterest and Instagram, and you have fallen in love with the flowy bridal veil photos. Having an epic veil photo is now a must-have. As a wedding photographer, I feel that it’s my duty to let you know that not all veils have equal flying power! It’s true! […]

February 15, 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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