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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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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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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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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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