sierra’s quinceanera celebration

The beauty of no longer being in school means I can use any internet source I deem reliable, so I looked up the meaning of a Quinceanera on Wikipedia (the horror) before I photographed my first one.

A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl’scoming of age – her 15th birthday. Today’s celebrations embrace religious customs, and the virtues of family and  social responsibility. The Quinceanera tradition celebrates the young girl (la Quinceanera), and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. The customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance.


The party, hosted by the Palacios family, was incredible. The Mardi Gras theme was colorful and fun from the food…


And more food.


To the décor.


But most important, the people. Starting with Sierra, the belle of the ball, who has that smile. You already know the one. That she probably receives a million compliments on, that makes cloudy days bright, and that lights up any room she graces.



I despise blanket generalizations about race, culture or otherwise, but there IS something special about Hispanic families. Working with them and photographing them, there is an undeniable sense of family which seems to become more and more obsolete in our world today.




This celebration was packed full of tradition, and for a photographer who feels every session deeply, I struggled to keep dry eyes. From the presentation of a ring.


To the first dance with Mom and Dad.



And finally, the party.


Thank you Palacios Family, for trusting me with your moments!
Parties * High School Seniors * Families * Sports Teams * Portraits


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