xoxo, raina

I believe in real moments and chasing sunsets. In the kinds of images that remind you why you love the people in your life just the way they are. I believe in images that are itching to be printed, placed in beautiful frames and hung on walls for years to come. (My mantel will prove this)

I began capturing images on those antiques we old people like to refer to as disposable camera when I was a teenager. My love for friends and family, introverted tendencies  forced me to really observe the beauty in the world, and the people around me.

Whenever I pick up my camera, I strive to create beautiful and emotional images that tell a story and showcase the beauty of both the people in the images and the world around them. 

Even with it's ups and downs, your life, your story, are beautiful and I can't wait to create images to show that! My love for photography has brought me everywhere from the tall buildings of NYC to the New England countryside. But regardless of where I travel, the blunt comments and Northeast potholes will always be my home. 


MEET Raina

I was born and raised in heart of  New England. I grew up in a close knit family that is still close to this day. GEM was birthed from a desire to see my family portrayed authentically and beautifully, and that continues to be the goal. I want you to look back at your photos and be reminded of that stage of life. 
If you come in to my home you will find pictures of family members displaying their  personality. I want the same for you.

Love, family and tradition bring warmth to our home. 

Family Portraits

Danielle & Scott

“Raina was able to capture exactly what we wanted . I now have forever memories and am so greatful to her .. she is truly a gifted photographer....”



As someone who studied in Seattle for four years I have become kind of a coffee snob, but give me a good cup of coffee and I am a happy woman. You can find me at a coffee shop editing or talking with friends.




I believe that life's biggest and smallest moments are worth celebrating.  Especially with a nice glass of vino.

all day



New isn't always better. I often spend my office hours bopping my head to some good old school. Music has the same power photos do . They both transport us back in time to a feeling attached to memories.



meet the artist


Contemporary WEddings Magazine
Strictly Weddings 
Every Last Detail 
Premier Weddings Magazine 
The Glittery Bride
HOw they asked 

GEM has been featured in the following publications

2019 Editers' Choice Winner

I'm thankful for these awards

The first time my dad saw my mom, he was so sure she was the one, he walked straight up to her and gave her a kiss. Was it forward? Yes. But it worked. It's been 42 years and they're still going strong. 

My parents have always been a beautiful example of love, intimacy and marriage. And when my mom got sick, it wasn't home decor or baked goods that my dad brought to the hospital, it was photos. Photos remind us of the strength, courage and hope that reside in all of us the way few other things can.


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