NEW WEBSITE AND BLOG!!!

It’s here. What I’ve been working on for the longest time is finally here. I am so excited to share with you my new website and blog!!!

www.gladysjem.com

www.gladysjem.com/blog

Please stop by, and visit!!! :) All posts will be on the new blog!

See you there!!!

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Bohemian Biergarten Shoot

A few months ago, I had the chance to photograph an amazing biergraten inspired shoot. Today, it’s featured on Style Me Pretty. Will be posting the shoot soon. Hopefully in the next couple of days, with a little new surprise as well ;)

Happy Tuesday!

A Celebration of Love : Sneak

A Celebration of Love.

They didn’t want to refer to it as a wedding, so they called it that. Their friends and family would even say it’s the “Valerie and Raul” way. Whatever you want to call it, one thing’s for sure…It was one heck of an inspiring day.

I am all about the 1-3 photo blog posts lately, so I couldn’t help but share these 3 images from yesterday. I felt so overwhelmed (in the best best possible way) during yesterday’s ceremony. So overwhelmed, that I had tears streaming down my face at one point. The words spoken yesterday really tugged on my heartstrings. I am a huge fan of personal vows, and it’s my favorite when my clients write their own. I can’t stop thinking about that moment when Valerie’s voice started to shake, and you could feel just how much they loved each other. So intense, so deep.  Their friends and family cheered for them loudly, and shook their heart shaped clappers. It was perfect.

It really was one big celebration of love.

“Simply by looking in her eyes, I find the beloved of my heart.” – Trevor Hall

One Frame: Marissa + Carlo

While I love shooting portraits of my brides and grooms, my favorite photographs from the wedding day are the real, unposed moments. One of my new favorite images comes from Marissa and Carlo’s wedding from this past Friday. They had joint hotel rooms, but waited to see each other until they both arrived at City Hall. I had no idea that this was going to happen, but I overheard Marissa calling for Carlo while I was photographing their invitation. Below is what I saw…

The most real and honest emotions on their faces.
Faces of joy, excitement, anticipation, and pure honest to goodness love. 

A guest recently asked me how I could love this job so much, and do it because it comes with so much stress. If you ask me, the photo above is a reason.

Love makes you feel like you can do anything.

Let’s face it, everyone has low points in their lives. However small or large it may be, we all go through it. But then, then you find someone that you know can only lift you up. Someone you want to share snuggles with everyday. Someone to make you smile, and someone who inspires you to be the best you can be. You find that other person that you can’t imagine your life without. The person that lights you up. That someone you fight for, and hold when times get rough. Together, you get through it. It’s worth celebrating.

Why wouldn’t I want to be surrounded by that?

The stories of my clients, and the people I get to meet makes it all worth it. The looks on their faces. The laughter, and excitement. It reminds me to love hard. Each and every single day. For that, I’m grateful.

Paola + Mark: A foggy engagement by the water

I met these two the day of their session, and hit it off with them instantly. Mark is quite the funny one, and Paola and I found out quickly that we liked many of the same things. SOLID GOLD! By the end of the session, she called me her girl crush ;) The feeling is definitely mutual.

It was just another San Francisco summer day. Foggy, cold, and a bit windy. One of my favorite things about this city. Here are just a few frames. I love how these images make me feel. Especially the first one.

Heart booms.