Gladis and Ian | Las Cruces Engagement Session at Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery, and New Mexico State University

I’ve been so excited for this engagement session, ever since first meeting Gladis and Ian back in June. They were only recently engaged at the time, but Gladis contacted me shortly after the proposal, and within a few days we had all talked over the phone, and then met in person to talk over their wedding plans and photography needs.

Right from the start, I was so impressed with these two! They met as students at NMSU in 2011, and have since finished their degrees. Gladis graduated in Civil Engineering, and recently took a job with a firm in Albuquerque. She’s first in her family to graduate or attend college, and it’s clear that she’s worked incredibly hard to get where she is.

Ian graduated with an MBA in Business Administration and, when Gladis’ work required her to move shortly after their engagement, he followed suit and changed jobs in order to avoid that whole long-distance relationship thing. 

As a couple, they have been through all the ups and downs life could throw at them. (Heck, they’ve even survived the fact that they support different NFL teams!😉 ). But their love, connection and best-friend-ship have kept them together through it all, and they’re SO excited to become Mr. and Mrs. Robles next year. 

We started planning Gladis and Ian’s engagement session months ago, completely around the hope that we’d be able to shoot in Fall leaves…and then the season didn’t cooperate with us AT ALL. So sad! But despite the fact that we didn’t see those golden shades on even a single tree, we did have a great session, and I had such a great time working with these two!

We started at Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery in Las Cruces, where we strolled through the vineyard and rosebushes. Gladis and Ian looked so sharp! Their outfits were on point—Ladies, a cocktail dress looks great in pictures! And men, seriously, dark rinse jeans, cognac shoes/belt and a blazer…follow Ian’s example, it’s such a classy look!  

The sun was sinking fast, so we headed to our second location—Gladis and Ian asked if we could take pictures on campus at NMSU, since that’s where their story began. I had scouted for nice spots prior to our session that day, and found a really great angle of Goddard Hall, which, coincidentally, happens to be the hub for the College of Engineering. (I’d like to say I did that on purpose, but really, it’s a coincidence—it’s a really beautiful building!). As the sun sank, we caught some beautiful sun flares and late evening light–which are always some of my favorite shots from a session! 

Gladis and Ian, thanks for coming to hang out with me for the evening!  I have enjoyed so much getting to know the two of you, and I can’t wait to see you again next year for that perfect wedding day!!

All My Best,


*If you love Gladis’ gorgeous look, make sure to check out Laura Juarez for makeup in Las Cruces!

  1. Selina Brown says:

    These are beautiful portraits. What a gorgeous couple.

  2. Maddi Melling says:

    Gorgeous! I wish I looked like this in my photos!


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