Gladys Jem

I don’t know how many times I’ll say this, but some of my best friends in the industry were brought into my life via twitter. And I can’t help but feel truly blessed. By putting myself, my real true self, out there on the internet, I have opened myself up to some of the most amazing people. People like me. People who love life, people who are striving for something better, people who like to laugh and people who aren’t afraid of what’s out there. These people are a gift to me. And one of those gifts is my friend Gladys.

Gladys and I “met” through the internet. We instantly clicked on twitter. It was like we were long-lost friends. She loves all things bridal. She could happily survive on a cupcakes-only diet. She’s a shorty. She has to be conned into going to the movies with her man. When she walks into a room, the energy level goes up by 100%. She’s such a firecracker and I absolutely loved being around her. Gladys is a San Francisco wedding photographer and recently asked if I could capture some new head shots for her website. I knew we were going to have fun but seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much. Gladys is truly a gem and I think her personality shines through each and every one of these photos. I’m so happy to have her as a colleague but more importantly, as a friend.

You know a girl is SERIOUS about her love for cupcakes when she rocks a cupcake necklace. From Tiffany’s, no less!

Gladys doesn’t stop. And I loved it. She should move to Los Angeles so we can hang out more. Just throwing that out there!

I have to give a huge shout-out to Ellie M. for finding this location. It was INSANE! Thank you Ellie!

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  • Michelle O - Completely in love with the photos Ala! Loved meeting you at the mixer…can’t wait to follow your gorgeous work! :)

  • Judie - Gorgeous photos Ala!!

  • Lora Ayers - oh my! these are so beautiful..she is so beautiful! She obviously likes you too, since she is completely having a blast in front of your camera. Nice way to use to sun, sista!! I love them, oh and I love her shoes! :)

  • Cherisse - WoW! She is gorgeous, and the blue shoes…I’m in love! You did a wonderful job Ala!

  • Gladys Jem - oh ala, you are the sweetest thing since a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. it was SO fun to hang out with you. i just want to give you a hug right now. over the internet. wish we lived closer so we can play and eat cupcakes all the time. i love my photos and i think i might steal two of them right now :) thank you thank you thank you!!! <3 you dear friend!

  • Tira J - Wow wow wow! Okay ladies, now having met both of you (Ala and Gladys) in person for the first time at the J* mixer, I could feel some major energy and just wonderful love for LIFE through every image in this post! Ala, these images of Gladys are awesome and you captured her perfectly! Gladys, you are ADORABLE!!! Love that cupcake charm. xoxo :)

  • Kira Lauren - aw…. beautiful! and i have a feeling you didn’t have give her direction at all! 😉 lol. we’ve been talking thru fb as well, so glad to finally be meeting gladys next month, and then i’d definitely love to meet you sometime too, ala!! =D

  • CarleeMerissa - Beautiful photos !! Love love love them!! And those blue heels don’t hurt <3

  • CarleeMerissa - Beautiful photos!! Love love love them!! And those blue heels don’t hurt <3

  • Jessica - How delightful! What a beautiful way to start the day.

  • Lindsay Mills - I’ve got that cupcake necklace too!!! You’ve gotta support your fellow cupcake lovers 😉

  • ellie - YAY my directions were good. Hot pictures…Glady’s is looking mighty hot. I’m so glad I met you Ala. Keep in touch.

  • cassandra-m - insanely gorgeous gladys jem!!!! You are awesome…AND BRAVO, great pics Ala!!! Luv the Tiffany’s cupcake charm/necklace girl…sweet!

  • Joe+Kathrina - How much fun!! Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

  • Julie Renee - SO VERY LOVE THESE, Ala! Gladys is a cutie-pie anyway, but you captured her in a way that somehow made her look all the more gorgeous!

    Loved meeting you this weekend!

  • Emily Scott - these are wonderful!

  • Grace Lee - You look amazing~~!! I love it
    where was this location??

  • Megan Welker - ahh love love love!! you are amazing Ala!!

  • Anda - Oh lordy, how do I even BEGIN?! Gladys is one of the most beautiful and fun-loving, positive and special people in the universe. Ala, you captured her so so awesomely. I’m just staring at these photos over and over again. So good to meet you on Saturday!!

  • jodi - Gladys looks beautiful!!! Great job capturing her!! Loved meeting you both at the mixer last week!! :o)

  • Chris - Ala! These look amazing! I know how beautiful Glady is — hello, one of the many reasons I’m marrying her — but you captured her beauty and happiness with absolute skill and brilliance! Thank you so much. These shots mean so much to her!!

  • amanda thiessen - totally amazing.

  • ajira - Woot!

    Love those shoes. The yellow and the blue. Just had to say it out loud.

  • Kim - great shots as always! :)

  • Harmony Loves - these are seriously just beautiful. Ala, you captured her sweetness perfectly. Gladys, you are absolutely gorgeous! I hope to meet your girls one day soon :)

  • Brooke McDougal - LOVE! Every single image is FULL of personality and beauty.

    You are so amazing at what you do!

  • Alexandra - I saw these on Gladys’ blog and fell in love – seriously you are so talented!! :)

  • Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz - SOO cute! Love the location, and love the blue shoes with the yellow dress :)

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