Quinceañera Photo Session. A Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday.

Hi everyone, thanks for topping by my blog.  Today I have the pleasure to share with you this super fun and exciting session I shot a few weeks ago in Iowa Louisiana. Ellie Martinez is fixing to celebrate her 15th birthday in September and before it gets too hot we did a pre-quinceanera photo shoot at her aunts ranch, with the beautiful traditional dress and tiara, she looked like a princes. Here's more info on the tradition.

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, that is what makes the celebration unique and very special. The Quinceanera celebration traditionally begins with a religious ceremony. A Reception is held in the home or a banquet hall. The festivities include food and music, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the Quinceanera and her Court. The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her Court dressed in gowns and tuxedos. Guests usually receive small tokens, cápias, to commemorate the celebration.

There are many traditions throughout the quinceanera celebration. One of the most popular is the Changing of the Shoes. The father or favored male relative ceremoniously changes the young girl's flat shoes to high heels. This is a beautiful symbol of the Quinceanera's transformation from a little girl to a young lady.

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