San Francisco Engagement : Gladys + Chris


It was the first thing he said to her. And neither of them have forgotten it. Nice legs, Chris said the first time he saw Gladys. Coming from a complete stranger, it should’ve been awkward, but Chris possesses humor and charm, and when he quickly followed up with complimenting the animal-print tights she wore, Gladys simply laughed and struck up conversation with Chris. He was introduced to her by a mutual friend at church and they spent the evening chatting about his recent stint in Asia teaching english.

Gladys simply thought it was a chance meeting, but she later discovered Chris noticed her from around the world. On Facebook. She was in a picture with one of his friends and she popped from the screen. Chris thought she was beautiful and made every effort to fall in line with her view when he returned to the US, months later. His efforts paid off that day at church and when she sat next to him and offered him some of the almonds she snacked on, he knew he was in.

In the weeks that followed, Gladys and Chris planned dates around their favorite San Francisco spots, laughed at each others’ random jokes, and–soon enough–changed their relationship status to “Engaged” on the very thing that brought them together: Facebook. Gladys loves how much Chris pushes, encourages, and loves her…Chris loves how Gladys makes him laugh, see the world, and listen to what he says in between the lines. I’m honored to be shooting their wedding in Sonoma later this year, especially after getting to know them in San Francisco for their engagement session…here are a few of my favs…

We started in their new apartment, where gorgeous light peered in from the San Francisco streets…

The great thing about classic architecture is the overabundance of windows and light…

Ring, ring…

Before we headed out, we had to have some fun in their old school elevator…

Just a few streets away is Gladys’ favorite cupcake bakery…no, really, she’s addicted. We paused for a bit before getting our sweet on…

She’s tasted every cupcake flavor at That Takes the Cake and knows just how good sugar should taste…she’s even planned to have these at her wedding…awwww, yeah….

We then drove to Majestic Forest in San Francisco…and the light was ahhhh-mazing…

Glad, you’re fierce…and boy oh boy do you know how to SMEYEZ! (For those who are confused, ‘smeyez’ is smiling with your eyes)

Love…love…love…one of the best things about this couple is that they’re San Francisco wedding photographers, and they sure know how to have fun behind and in front of the lens!

And your shoes? Yes, I’ll take a pair for myself…

To view more of Gladys and Chris’ San Francisco engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Princess

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    you really captured their pure love for each other. I know you hear this alot, but you are amazing and you are my inspiration.
    (I’ve been too intimidated to comment on your blog, but today is a new day)
    thanks for being so fabulous!

  2. Lora Ayers

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Jasmine, What a great way to start the morning here in GA. A new E session on the blog so early on a Monday, love it! Love, Ring,ring, and the old elevator, and the light in the woods!! 🙂 Have a great week, Lora

  3. angela young

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    wow….love these!!! Gorgeous couple, beautiful ring, yummy cupcakes, and awesome light. Can it get any better?!?!?! 🙂

  4. Tosha

    April 26th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    These are rocking hot sausages, oh and that dress is to die for!

  5. Jennifer Ballard

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous! It is so exciting to see someone I know on one of my favourite blogs! Gladys and Chris, you both are beautiful, and Jasmine, you captured them perfectly!

  6. Lisa

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Wow. Love these! My favorites would have to be in the elevator and the ones in the forest. Looks like you had some amazing light! Beautiful pictures as always J*.

  7. Blair

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful!! The forest looks magical. I am always so excited when a see a new post first thing in the morning 🙂

  8. Shona

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Beautiful photos. Love her engagement ring!

  9. Megan (Best of Fates)

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Those photos are fantastic – I especially love the one of their lower bodies and the cupcakes on the table.

  10. Chris

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    That’s me! er…US! They look fantastic!!! Thank you soooo much Jasmine! We had a blast that day and loved every second of it.

  11. Michelle O

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I’m in love!!! Gladys and Chris, you are both awesome!! Love the pics and can’t wait to see you both real soon…LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics of Gladys laughing in Chris’ arms.

  12. gladys jem

    April 26th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    i love them. each and every single one of them. thank you for making us laugh, and feel comfortable in front of the camera. we love you! ajflaksjdfklajflkjdfjl 😉

  13. Anda

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Oh oh oh — how to even begin here?! Jasmine, I love how you captured Gladys and Chris’ fun-loving and sweet love. My faves are definitely the ones where Gladys is laughing, notably the two where Chris is spinning her around in his arms. Chris, you look soo good and male modely, and Gladys … well girl, you are one of my favorites forever and you TOTALLY rocked the smize, the outfits, the SHOES and the gorgeousness inside and outside of you. You truly look beautiful — a knock-out. This will be my all time favorite session until their wedding is posted!!

  14. Julie Hartman Photography

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love her yellow polka dots! So cute.

  15. Julie Renee

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    LOVE THESE!! They are such a fun couple, and you captured their personalities so well! The cupcakes are SO Gladys. Nice work, Jasmine!

  16. Kaysha

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    So fun!!

  17. Megan Swanson

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Great shots! What time of day do you like to shoot? You always have the most amazing light!

  18. Radelle

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Jasmine you captured our beautiful Gladys perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I love her!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Chris too 🙂
    Nicely done friend. Nicely done.

  19. Catie Ronquillo

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE That Takes the Cake! I had clients show up to a session with 6 of those goodies just for me. Can you say insta-friends?! They are such a cute couple! I wish I had met them when I was still an SF photog. 🙂

  20. Alicia Damron

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Uh-oh, I think you just gave yourself away as an ANTM watcher! I love that show myself. These are beautiful, the shots in the apartment are great, especially the elevator one. Actually, they all are!

  21. Catie Ronquillo

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I LOVE That Takes the Cake! I had clients show up to a session with 6 of those goodies just for me. Can you say insta-friends?! They are such a cute couple! I wish I had met them when I was still an SF photog. 🙂

  22. Lindsey Joy

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Gladys!!!! You and Chris are too cute! I love that you shot in your apartment and with cupcakes!!! So perfect! Amazing work j* 🙂 🙂

  23. kristine atienza

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    gladys and chris! you two look absolutely stunningly amazing!! I love love love LOVE these images that jasmine captured of you two!! all that working out definitely paid off 😉 i just know you’re screaming with happiness and excitement! 🙂 miss you!

  24. nicole

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Awesome as always! I love this dress & need to own it. Any idea where she got it?

  25. anouschka

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Gladys, you look gorgeous!!
    Awesome photos Jasmine, you’ve really captured their love and spirit in these images. Love them!

  26. krista lucas

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    they are ADORABLE! and SMEYES! ah, tyra. 🙂 i love SF……
    awesome photos jasmine!!

  27. Erin Hernandez-Reisner

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I love love love her shoes, they are so darling. And the couple looks like such a joy to work with. They have fab. photos to boot. Congrats!

  28. Simone

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Oh la la! Great shoes, great lighting, gorgeous couple. These are simply fabulous, Jasmine!

  29. Carissa

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    oh my gosssssh. every time i come to your blog i wonder how you’ll outdo yourself. yet every time i come back and i’m more amazed. these are flawless. such gorgeous lighting!! thank you for continuing to inspire. enjoy your self-proclaimed day off 🙂

  30. Emily Steffen

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:46 pm


    You look amazingly happy together…and not to mention super cute! 🙂

  31. Mikaela

    April 26th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Oh my gosh I love these – especially the apartment shots – and especially the ones taken in the elevator. So great!

  32. Amanda Rae

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    GLADYS!!! You are soooo smoking hot! And put me in for an order of those shoes as well! 🙂

  33. briana elledge

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    helloooooooo gorgeous shoes, can you have her go ahead and send a pair over to me too, 😉 lovely………..and the pics are pretty sweet too miss! love the wide shot in the elevator, very sexy! nicely done miss, nicely done…

  34. carina

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    OH MY WORD! These are beautiful! Great job Jasmine!

  35. Jennifer Brotchie

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:58 pm


  36. life with Kaishon

    April 26th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I love her shoes 🙂 and her cupcakes! And I love his big personality! You can totally see it shining thru!

  37. inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    ooooh, I am loving her shoes. I also love the shots in the elavator so cute~

  38. Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Great shots – as always. I love how relaxed your clients are when they’re with you… totally at ease!

  39. Katie Jane Parker

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Gorgeous!! And her shoes are to die for! Amazing work as always.

  40. Damaris Mia

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    love it! great job, J!

  41. Bre Thurston

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I love how the story evolves from their apartment, to a snack, to the forest. It makes it feel so "real" – fabulous work, as always!

  42. angel pope

    April 26th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Great photos. As much as I love your photos I get so depressed after looking at them cuz I really suck in comparison!!!

  43. amanda thiessen

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    beautiful! gladys is so stinken cute! 🙂 love the lighting in all these <3

  44. Evie Perez

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Great pictures! Love me some cup cakes.

  45. s h e r r y

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    THEY ARE SO CUTE! <3 I love their apartment too…

  46. whoopie

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    This looks awesome!

  47. Meg

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Gladys, you guys look amazing and so in love! Wonderful location choices and such great style! J- rockstar as USUAL! xoxoxo

  48. Romonia

    April 26th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Beautiful! L-O-V-E her ring and those shoes! Great shots as always J*! Btw, I thought you were taking the day off! 😉

  49. Girish

    April 26th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    The great thing about classic architecture is the overabundance of windows and light…

    Agreed totally.

    Wonderful shots as well. The later shots has a great location too.

  50. Candace Prokopets

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been waiting for these pics after meeting Gladys and Chris at a party recently. She told me Jasmine would be photographing them and I was excited to see their pics. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Gladys, love the clothes you picked out! Love all the smiles and laughter. Great job, J*!

  51. Kristin Partin

    April 26th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    that is a VERY popular esession dress! yay for anthro! and that second location is strictly fantastic. It’s all whimsy and you captured it perfectly. as always.

  52. Katie

    April 26th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Just gorgeous. Every single one.

  53. ala

    April 26th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    i LOVE everything about this session! fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! both of you! xoxo

  54. Nick

    April 26th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    awesome set. great stuff!

  55. Brittani

    April 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I agree with Kristin:: that second location?? ‘Da bomb.’ lol These came out great, and I love that they’re photographers too! It’s super fun to see..they have such a pretty story here in the pictures.

  56. julie h

    April 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    aww, Gladys is so sweet! 🙂 and i love that dress! I tried it on for a photo shoot too but just couldn’t pull it off like that!

  57. Pua

    April 27th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    LOVE this – Gladys is gorgeous, and these photos came out so nice!!

  58. lucy

    April 27th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    great great shoot 🙂 loveee it!

  59. Jen

    April 27th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    LOVE her yellow shoes and complementary dress!!

  60. Rae Marie

    April 27th, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Love her polka dot dress!! That ring shot is awesome! You seem to capture ‘them’ so well in all of your engagement sessions – nice work.

  61. Christine Pobke

    April 27th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    SOOOOOO gorgeous! And you know they’re going to have some hottie kids too! 🙂 Love the location, their look, her SHOES (!!!) and the backlighting. Beautiful session, Jas! xoxo

  62. Marissa Rodriguez

    April 27th, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I’ll take a pair of her shoes too. Size 6.5 please. Gorgeous photos!

  63. Apple

    April 27th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    wow! i love her shoes too!:) she kinda looks filipino.. <3

  64. Linda Sherrill

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Love love love the forest shots!

  65. Shannon K.

    April 27th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    What an adorable couple!
    Great shots!

  66. nikki

    April 27th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    She’s gorgeous. Kinda reminds me of the beautiful Cheryl Burke on DWTS.

  67. Leyla

    April 27th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    What a cute couple! Love this shoot! =)

  68. Bobbie Brown

    April 27th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Ohhh, I LURV these images! Wowzers!

  69. sarah

    April 27th, 2010 at 6:50 pm


  70. toronto photographer- Mariusz

    April 27th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    some great shots, I like the faceless ones – they play nicely on imagination. cheers

  71. Erica Velasco

    April 27th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Her shoes are pretty awesome!

  72. Tricia

    April 27th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Awesome as always Jasmine!

  73. Christy

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Awww. They looked like a fun couple. I love the shot inside the cupcake store.

  74. Emily Scott

    April 27th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    My client wore that same polka dot dress at our engagement shoot yesterday!! Our clients have great taste.
    Love this whole set too, captures some of my favorites of the city!

  75. Kia Gregory

    April 28th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Looks like you missed the rain in San Francisco! Gorgeous images. Fun couple. Cannot wait to see their images from their day.

  76. David Champagne Photography

    April 28th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful, as always! 😉

  77. Vlad

    April 29th, 2010 at 2:58 am


  78. Gracen

    April 29th, 2010 at 5:46 am

    My sister and my future bro in law are looking amazing!!! Swaaagggggggg! 🙂 awesome shots, miss Star!

  79. David

    April 29th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Nice series! I especially like the outdoor set.

  80. Chelsea Patricia

    April 29th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    OMG–I really love this session…awesome lighting manipulation!

  81. Lake Tahoe wedding photographer

    April 29th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful couple and the light is delicious!

  82. Evonne & Darren Photography

    April 30th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    They are such a happy couple… look at the smiles on their faces! LOVE it! And it’s a bonus that they are from my hometown too! 🙂

  83. Dianne Jago

    April 30th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are HOT!!!! Gladys, you and your fiance both look super cute and as always Jasmine, you did a rockin’ job! I’m in love and really wish I could’ve stood from afar and watched the session 🙂 Love, love, love these! YAY!

  84. jamie delaine

    May 2nd, 2010 at 4:58 am

    that last outfit in the forest: perfection. love the two side by side where they are laughing. 😉

  85. Christina

    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Where is that dress from? I love it. Gladys, you look beautiful.

  86. Liz Kausteklis

    May 3rd, 2010 at 4:37 am

    So CUTE!! Love her shoes of course, and they are adorable together!!

  87. Ivan Luckie

    May 3rd, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Impresive as always Jasmine!

  88. Jessica

    May 5th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Wow! Love these shots! Could her shoes be any more fabulous?!

  89. Morgane

    May 14th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hi!!! I’m Brazilian and I didn’t know you job! I loved!! very much!! Recently I buyed a camera ’cause I like very much photos, but I’m very principiant…ehehehe I add your blog in my favorites! =)

  90. kat hanafin

    May 15th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    LOVE the one outside the bakery, with the two cupcakes on the table.

  91. Jen Graber

    May 17th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    These are amazing! Love the light in the apartment!

  92. Diana

    May 21st, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I love the shots in the woods with all the trees…so beautiful. PS you have the most beautiful pictures and brides on your blog!! They must see your beauty and know that you are the right person to photograph them! 🙂 LOVE UR BLOG!

  93. gayle

    May 23rd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    i love the vintage black and white elevator shot! great lighting. ^^

  94. Brian Fletcher

    May 25th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Awesome shots…!

  95. Cheryl Cronin

    May 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Oh you slay me with the "ring, ring". That’s my kind of humor 🙂 Beautiful photos!

  96. Rainbow Memories Photographie

    May 27th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Your work is so beautiful with all those lovers!!! Wow!!!!

  97. Scott Kelsey

    May 31st, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Awesome Work… My favorite is the fallen tree.

  98. miami wedding photographer

    June 1st, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Very nice pictures. I like the almost metallic-blueish look on him.

  99. Chris Griffiths

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Love some of those secret spots around the city!


    June 11th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Beautiful work!

  101. clare

    June 16th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Fab work as always j* x

  102. Jay

    July 16th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I love the cropped photos you’ve created in this album. It refocuses the attention of the photo on the details (ie. shoes, legs, cupcakes, etc.) Love it! Very artistic and beautiful! 🙂

  103. Maria

    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I want to know where she got that blue and yellow polka dot dress!! 🙂 It’s so cute! they make a very cute couple, and he is right, she is beautiful!

  104. gladys jem

    October 20th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    i go on your blog and watch the slideshow all the’re the best! im super emotional right now and im crying. LOL xoxox