San Francisco Engagement : Gladys + Chris

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t 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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gladys jem - i go on your blog and watch the slideshow all the time.you're the best! im super emotional right now and im crying. LOL xoxox  10.19.10 - 5:57pm
Maria - 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!  08.23.10 - 6:53am
Jay - 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! :)  07.15.10 - 6:58pm
clare - Fab work as always j* x  06.16.10 - 3:20am
MICHAEL HICKEY - Beautiful work!  06.10.10 - 7:07pm
Chris Griffiths - Love some of those secret spots around the city!  06.02.10 - 11:27am
miami wedding photographer - Very nice pictures. I like the almost metallic-blueish look on him.  05.31.10 - 5:15pm
Scott Kelsey - Awesome Work... My favorite is the fallen tree.   05.31.10 - 1:25pm
Rainbow Memories Photographie - Your work is so beautiful with all those lovers!!! Wow!!!!   05.27.10 - 8:14am
Cheryl Cronin - Oh you slay me with the "ring, ring". That's my kind of humor :) Beautiful photos!  05.25.10 - 2:24pm
Brian Fletcher - Awesome shots...!  05.25.10 - 1:00am
gayle - i love the vintage black and white elevator shot! great lighting. ^^  05.23.10 - 5:54am
Diana - 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!   05.20.10 - 5:36pm
Jen Graber - These are amazing! Love the light in the apartment!  05.16.10 - 8:41pm
kat hanafin - LOVE the one outside the bakery, with the two cupcakes on the table.  05.14.10 - 7:55pm
Morgane - 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! =)  05.14.10 - 6:59am
Jessica - Wow! Love these shots! Could her shoes be any more fabulous?!  05.05.10 - 2:01pm
Ivan Luckie - Impresive as always Jasmine!  05.02.10 - 11:08pm
Liz Kausteklis - So CUTE!! Love her shoes of course, and they are adorable together!!  05.02.10 - 9:37pm
Christina - Where is that dress from? I love it. Gladys, you look beautiful.   05.02.10 - 12:35pm
jamie delaine - that last outfit in the forest: perfection. love the two side by side where they are laughing. ;)  05.01.10 - 9:58pm
Dianne Jago - 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!  04.30.10 - 4:36pm
Evonne & Darren Photography - 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! :)  04.30.10 - 2:13am
Lake Tahoe wedding photographer - Beautiful couple and the light is delicious!  04.29.10 - 9:45am
Chelsea Patricia - OMG--I really love this session...awesome lighting manipulation!  04.29.10 - 8:15am
David - Nice series! I especially like the outdoor set.  04.29.10 - 12:13am
Gracen - My sister and my future bro in law are looking amazing!!! Swaaagggggggg! :-) awesome shots, miss Star!   04.28.10 - 10:46pm
Vlad - AWESOME!!!!  04.28.10 - 7:58pm
David Champagne Photography - Beautiful, as always! ;)  04.28.10 - 12:07am
Kia Gregory - Looks like you missed the rain in San Francisco! Gorgeous images. Fun couple. Cannot wait to see their images from their day.   04.27.10 - 10:06pm
Emily Scott - 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!  04.27.10 - 4:11pm
Christy - Awww. They looked like a fun couple. I love the shot inside the cupcake store.   04.27.10 - 4:01pm
Tricia - Awesome as always Jasmine!  04.27.10 - 3:52pm
Erica Velasco - Her shoes are pretty awesome!  04.27.10 - 3:41pm
toronto photographer- Mariusz - some great shots, I like the faceless ones - they play nicely on imagination. cheers  04.27.10 - 2:19pm
sarah - LOOK AT THAT RING!!!  04.27.10 - 11:50am
Bobbie Brown - Ohhh, I LURV these images! Wowzers!  04.27.10 - 11:36am
Leyla - What a cute couple! Love this shoot! =)  04.27.10 - 11:29am
nikki - She's gorgeous. Kinda reminds me of the beautiful Cheryl Burke on DWTS.  04.27.10 - 8:26am
Shannon K. - What an adorable couple! Great shots!  04.27.10 - 7:38am
Linda Sherrill - Love love love the forest shots! WOW!  04.27.10 - 4:43am
Apple - wow! i love her shoes too!:) she kinda looks filipino.. <3  04.27.10 - 1:17am
Marissa Rodriguez - I'll take a pair of her shoes too. Size 6.5 please. Gorgeous photos!   04.26.10 - 9:45pm
Christine Pobke - 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  04.26.10 - 9:28pm
Rae Marie - 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.   04.26.10 - 9:24pm
Jen - LOVE her yellow shoes and complementary dress!!  04.26.10 - 6:19pm
lucy - great great shoot :) loveee it!  04.26.10 - 6:04pm
Pua - LOVE this - Gladys is gorgeous, and these photos came out so nice!!   04.26.10 - 5:36pm
julie h - 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!  04.26.10 - 5:00pm
Brittani - 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.  04.26.10 - 5:00pm
Nick - awesome set. great stuff!  04.26.10 - 4:51pm
ala - i LOVE everything about this session! fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! both of you! xoxo  04.26.10 - 3:28pm
Katie - Just gorgeous. Every single one.   04.26.10 - 3:01pm
Kristin Partin - 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.   04.26.10 - 1:52pm
Candace Prokopets - 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*!  04.26.10 - 1:48pm
Girish - 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.  04.26.10 - 12:59pm
Romonia - Beautiful! L-O-V-E her ring and those shoes! Great shots as always J*! Btw, I thought you were taking the day off! ;-)  04.26.10 - 11:53am
Meg - Gladys, you guys look amazing and so in love! Wonderful location choices and such great style! J- rockstar as USUAL! xoxoxo  04.26.10 - 11:44am
whoopie - This looks awesome!  04.26.10 - 11:36am
s h e r r y - THEY ARE SO CUTE! <3 I love their apartment too...  04.26.10 - 11:27am
Evie Perez - Great pictures! Love me some cup cakes.  04.26.10 - 11:19am
amanda thiessen - beautiful! gladys is so stinken cute! :) love the lighting in all these <3  04.26.10 - 11:10am
angel pope - Great photos. As much as I love your photos I get so depressed after looking at them cuz I really suck in comparison!!!  04.26.10 - 10:59am
Bre Thurston - 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!  04.26.10 - 10:59am
Damaris Mia - love it! great job, J!  04.26.10 - 10:54am
Katie Jane Parker - Gorgeous!! And her shoes are to die for! Amazing work as always.  04.26.10 - 10:39am
Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG - Great shots - as always. I love how relaxed your clients are when they're with you... totally at ease!  04.26.10 - 10:31am
inland Empire Wedding Photographer - ooooh, I am loving her shoes. I also love the shots in the elavator so cute~  04.26.10 - 10:17am
life with Kaishon - I love her shoes :) and her cupcakes! And I love his big personality! You can totally see it shining thru!  04.26.10 - 9:59am
Jennifer Brotchie - AMAZEBALLS!  04.26.10 - 9:58am
carina - OH MY WORD! These are beautiful! Great job Jasmine!  04.26.10 - 9:55am
briana elledge - 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...  04.26.10 - 9:28am
Amanda Rae - GLADYS!!! You are soooo smoking hot! And put me in for an order of those shoes as well! :)  04.26.10 - 9:10am
Mikaela - Oh my gosh I love these - especially the apartment shots - and especially the ones taken in the elevator. So great!  04.26.10 - 8:57am
Emily Steffen - HOLY HOTTNESS GLADYS and CHRIS! LOOOOOVEEE these shots! You look amazingly happy together...and not to mention super cute! :)   04.26.10 - 8:46am
Carissa - 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 :)   04.26.10 - 8:45am
Simone - Oh la la! Great shoes, great lighting, gorgeous couple. These are simply fabulous, Jasmine!  04.26.10 - 8:41am
Erin Hernandez-Reisner - 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!  04.26.10 - 8:27am
krista lucas - they are ADORABLE! and SMEYES! ah, tyra. :) i love SF...... awesome photos jasmine!!  04.26.10 - 8:21am
anouschka - Gladys, you look gorgeous!! Awesome photos Jasmine, you've really captured their love and spirit in these images. Love them!  04.26.10 - 8:15am
nicole - Awesome as always! I love this dress & need to own it. Any idea where she got it?  04.26.10 - 8:09am
kristine atienza - 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!  04.26.10 - 7:59am
Lindsey Joy - Gladys!!!! You and Chris are too cute! I love that you shot in your apartment and with cupcakes!!! So perfect! Amazing work j* :) :)  04.26.10 - 7:49am
Catie Ronquillo - 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. :)  04.26.10 - 7:33am
Alicia Damron - 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!  04.26.10 - 7:32am
Catie Ronquillo - 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. :)  04.26.10 - 7:32am
Radelle - Jasmine you captured our beautiful Gladys perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I love her!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Chris too :) Nicely done friend. Nicely done.  04.26.10 - 7:28am
Megan Swanson - Great shots! What time of day do you like to shoot? You always have the most amazing light!  04.26.10 - 7:22am
Kaysha - So fun!!  04.26.10 - 7:15am
Julie Renee - LOVE THESE!! They are such a fun couple, and you captured their personalities so well! The cupcakes are SO Gladys. Nice work, Jasmine!  04.26.10 - 7:14am
Julie Hartman Photography - I love her yellow polka dots! So cute.   04.26.10 - 7:11am
Anda - 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!!  04.26.10 - 7:04am
gladys jem - 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 ;)  04.26.10 - 6:58am
Michelle O - 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.  04.26.10 - 6:53am
Chris - 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.  04.26.10 - 6:37am
Megan (Best of Fates) - Those photos are fantastic - I especially love the one of their lower bodies and the cupcakes on the table.  04.26.10 - 6:34am
Shona - Beautiful photos. Love her engagement ring!  04.26.10 - 6:18am
Blair - Beautiful!! The forest looks magical. I am always so excited when a see a new post first thing in the morning :)  04.26.10 - 6:17am
Lisa - 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*.  04.26.10 - 6:05am
Jennifer Ballard - 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!   04.26.10 - 6:00am
Tosha - These are rocking hot sausages, oh and that dress is to die for!  04.26.10 - 5:55am
angela young - wow....love these!!! Gorgeous couple, beautiful ring, yummy cupcakes, and awesome light. Can it get any better?!?!?! :)   04.26.10 - 5:53am
Lora Ayers - 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  04.26.10 - 5:48am
Princess - 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!  04.26.10 - 5:39am
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