owner raye-valion gillette first picked up a camera while traveling in her late teens – once she saw how the world could look through a viewfinder she was hooked! after taking classes here and there, she got serious about photography and enrolled at maryland institute, college of art in baltimore. after receiving a degree in fine art portraiture she moved to boulder, colorado and spent the next decade traveling, learning and figuring out the next step in this journey. upon returning to the eastern shore in 2002, she began shooting weddings and teaching – ultimately leading to the creation of gillette portrait arts in 2004. associate photographer laura nord is actually a former GPA bride! while working with her and her husband, derek, during their wedding, raye became smitten with her creative spirit and infectious enthusiasm…. and bonus! she’s got an incredible eye that combines capturing spontaneous moments with inspired composition. gillette portrait arts has a studio that serves the mid-atlantic and beyond. with raye located on the lower eastern shore in our snow hill main office and laura across the bridge in baltimore, they work together to provide their clients with custom experiences. bringing their individual strengths to a shared goal has created a unique voice to the studio which thrives on collaboration. they cherish the opportunity to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments for clients who have become dear friends along the way and are looking so forward to telling your story.