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GET TO KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi there my name is Raina and I would be honored to capture your big day. Ever since I was a little girl I have love to tell stories rich with details. If I am not behind the camera you can find me drinking coffee, watching sports, traveling spending time with my family, or binge watching Disney + (my newest obsession). I am a laid back New Englander (Yes we do exist!!!) who has been known to crack a joke during the family and portrait sessions... You can find me jammin to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston on your dance floor ,while taking fabulous candids

LOVE, Raina

WHAT TO EXPECT –

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Wedding Advice

I am here as a resource beyond photography—whether you're looking for engagement session outfit recommendations, timeline advice, or vendor referrals.

Even if you're working with a wedding planner or you're planning a simple wedding, there are likely still a lot of moving pieces left leading up to your big day. I've photographed more than enough weddings in the past few years and we're happy to share everything I've learned along the way! 

Engagement Session

I am a big fan of engagement sessions for a few reasons. Not only do they allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera, they also give you the opportunity to showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you. 

Engagement sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. I’ve found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos. I normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” a couple has in mind, spring flowers for example, or based on schedules. 

Wedding Day Prep

I check-in about two months before the wedding to start chatting about timeline specifics, special details, family formal shot lists, special traditions and anything else I should know about your big day. 

While I normally don't send this questionnaire until closer to the wedding, please don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions during the planning process!

The Big Day

It's finally here! The day the two of you say "I Do" and dance the night away surrounded by your family and friends. 

Just know I am excited to celebrate and capture your wedding day. It's going to be awesome.

Photo Delivery

You can expect your photos to be delivered via an online gallery within about four weeks of your wedding. At that time, I'll also send over details about preserving your images through prints and albums. 

I hope the relationship doesn't end after I deliver your photographs. I want to hear about the adventures of married life. And if you decide to have kids, I would to document your growing family.

THE COLLECTIONS

A LA CARTE

Additional Wedding Coverage - $225/hour

COLLECTION ONE

3500 (4999 value)

All Day Coverage 
Complimentary Engagement Session 
Second Photographer
20-page 10x10 linen wedding album 
 Online viewing/ordering gallery with high resolution images for printing 

COLLECTION TWO

2449 (3499 value)

8 hours of coverage
Complimentary Engagement Session 
Second Photographer
Online viewing/ordering gallery with high resolution images for printing 

COLLECTION THREE

1609 (2299 value)

6 hours of wedding coverage 
Complimentary Engagement Session
Online viewing/ordering gallery with high resolution images for printing 

Custom packages are available upon request 
**A 6.35% CT sales tax will be added to all packages and options 
***Travel fees may apply to locations outside of 60 miles. Ask for details.

custom collections available upon request

NEW COLLECTIONS START JUNE 1ST

Engagement Sessions

All of my sessions include a complimentary engagement session. It takes time for most couples to warm up to being photographed and understand how we pose. Timelines can be pretty tight on weddings days and 30 minutes may be all We have for portraits - which is why I’ve found that wedding day portraits turn out so much better when couples do engagement sessions ahead of time.

Sessions also allow you to showcase your personalities in a more casual setting that is significant to the two of you (and even include pets!) While they’re great for save-the-dates, we’ve taken engagement photos anywhere from 18 months in advance to a few days before the wedding.

ALBUMS

One of the best ways to make your wedding memories last is by ordering an album. These high quality professionally designed albums come in a variety of linen & leather colors. These aren’t the same albums your parents wedding photos came in. They’re modern, lay perfectly flat and look incredible on coffee tables.

Albums typically take between 4 to 6 weeks to complete and include three rounds of revision. Albums may be ordered anytime before or after the wedding day.

We love your work and we’re ready to book! What’s the next step?

Fantastic! To reserve your wedding date, I’ll need a completed contract and a 30% non-refundable deposit. If you don’t have a contract yet, just let us know and I’ll send one over! The remaining balance will be due 2 weeks before the wedding.

How many photos are typically included and can we print the photos ourselves?

Galleries typically include anywhere between 400 and 1500 photos. The exact amount varies from wedding to wedding. Your online gallery will come loaded with fullyedited high resolution images you can print anywhere. You’re also welcome to share your wedding photos on the net would love if you credit GEM and link to our website.

When do you charge travel fees?

I typically add travel fees on to any wedding outside of a 60 mile radius from our home in Hartford, Connecticut. Fees vary depending on location so ask me for more details.

Thank you so much for considering me to be a part of your wedding day! If you’re interested in working with me, the next step is to set up a time to chat! You can reach GEM directly at raina.mcmillan@gemctphoto.com

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