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25 Quinceañera Photoshoots That Are Way Over The Top

One of the best parts of having a quinceañera is turning into a model for a day with your own full production photoshoot – any by no means do we mean a selfie sesh in your bathroom. Check out these quinceañeras who took their photoshoots to a whole other level.

1. Animal Planet or quinceañera photoshoot? You tell me.

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Such a brave quinceañera.

2. It doesn’t get more majestic than this.

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She has wings, is playing the violin, AND has an ocean background. My quince pictures weren’t even half this beautiful.

3. If you’re a fan of Disney, here’s a Beauty and the Beast themed photoshoot.

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She nailed this theme.

4. A photoshoot inspired by The Little Red Riding Hood.

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This is taking me back to my childhood.

5. A quinceañera in her bright floral dress, accompanied by her beautiful horse.

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So beautiful. ?

6. Here’s another quinceañera accompanied by a horse in her photoshoot.

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Adding a horse to any photoshoot makes it appear 10x more enchanting.

7. But if horses aren’t your favorite animal, then you can always go with a couple of flamingos, just like this quinceañera did.

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THIS IS AMAZING.

8. Here’s a quinceañera photoshoot with a more simple, yet elegant approach.

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That flower crown is everything.

9. Here is a moment between the quinceañera and her mom being captured.

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Such a beautiful moment.

10. This quinceañera photoshoot captures the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

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The details in this photoshoot are amazing. From the dress, to the props, this quinceañera fits the Alice in Wonderland theme perfectly.

11. Here’s a photoshoot inspired by what seems to be fairies. Definitely Tinker Bell vibes.

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The photoshoot is just missing her chambelan de honor dressed as Peter Pan.

12. Here’s one that captures both the beauty of her dress and the beauty of nature.

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13. If you like the outdoors, here’s a quinceañera photoshoot done on a boat.

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Having the river in the background is perfect.

14. Here’s another quince photoshoot done on a boat, except this boat is completely covered in flowers.

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Hope she doesn’t lose her balance and tip over into the river.

15. Here’s what these photoshoots look like behind the scenes.

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That chambelan is FEELING HIMSELF. YOU BETTER WORK. ✨

16. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?… This quinceañera of course! ✨

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So simple, yet so beautiful.

17. Here’s a quinceañera photoshoot that captures both the detail of her dress and the detail of the architecture surrounding her.

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That tiara is everything!

18. This one has a huge contrast, with the dark clouds as the background and her bright yellow dress in the foreground.

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Such a gorgeous dress.

19. If you have 100 balloons at hand, then you can go with a quinceañera photoshoot like this:

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Looking like a real princess.

20. Here’s another photo with lots of contrast, which makes the color of her dress really pop. 

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Love the details of the roses. ?

21. Here’s a quinceañera photoshoot out in the nature.

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The trees in the background are amaaaazing.

22. Here’s a colorful photoshoot, with a vibrant water fountain as the background.

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Soooo pretty.

23. Here’s a close-up with a horse that’s the same color as her quinceañera dress.

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She is killing the tiara game.

24. If you’re a risk taker, here’s a quinceañera photoshoot that takes a lot of bravery.

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Beautiful and brave. ??

25. But if all else fails, you can go with a super cheesy quince photoshoot like this: 

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These background details are on fleek. ✨


READ: 12 Photos That Prove Latinos Are The Absolute Best At Over-The-Top Photoshoots


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Watch This Girl Dance With Her Brother For The Father-Daughter Dance At Her Quince Because Her Papi Had Just Been Deported

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Watch This Girl Dance With Her Brother For The Father-Daughter Dance At Her Quince Because Her Papi Had Just Been Deported

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A quinceañera should be one of the happiest days of a young girl’s life. It’s a giant birthday party meant to celebrate everything about her. It’s her big day. And us Latinos, we go big with quinces. Some parents save their entire lives to throw their daughter’s massive parties.

So that’s why this video, which has since gone viral, is such a big deal.

A young girl is forced to dance with her hermano during the father-daughter dance because her papi has just been deported a week before her party.

This is the heartbreaking video that’s since gone viral.

According to the original poster, @prisesaks, her uncle (who is the birthday girl’s father) Was deported just one week before the young girl’s quinceañera was set to happen. Rather than cancel the event and create more trauma for the family, the event went on as planned but the girl’s younger brother stepped up for the father-daughter dance and OMG the video is seriously too much.

You can feel the emotion of the girl as she wipes away tears and tries so hard to maintain her composure the best she can.

Yes, this is basically us after watching that video.

And we dare you to try and tell us you’re not looking the same right about now.

Like we know we’re not alone.

Like can you imagine looking forward to this super special moment with your papi, to then have him deported. He wasn’t able to attend her event whatsoever.

But then to have her brother come up and do the dance with her so she could still try and enjoy her moment…OMG my heart.

For most it was the sheer emotion of the video but for others it was the song that sent them over the edge.

And, of course, it’s a classic that’s played at father-daughter dances and this young girl sadly wasn’t able to enjoy it with her father.

And many on Twitter were devastated for the young girl because she was probably looking forward to this moment with her father her entire life.

Not only is it a moment she was likely looking forward to but it’s a moment many young women look back on for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, even though her father wasn’t there, her younger brother stepped up and gave her a very meaningful memory.

One Twitter user pointed out that it was a very real threat for many Latinos across the country.

Even if you’re in the country with authorization, simply being brown or looking a certain way, can land you in ICE custody. Even if you’re a US citizen. So many Latinos are being extra cautious when it comes to travel.

For many, it boiled down to the difference between right and wrong.

Many were shocked that our government’s policies were creating heartbreaking situations like this that tear a father apart from his daughter on her special day. But as long as the administration continues to enforce in humane and often racist immigration policies, this could be just the first case of many.

‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

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‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

In the small Mexican-American town of San Benito in Texas, many girls dream of the day that they will make their debut as women to their family and community. But the tabs for orders of gowns, crowns, food, decorations, and DJs often run so high that for awhile such events for the girls in town were out of reach.

Then, Gilbert Galvan, the principal of San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, came up with an idea that meant that not a single girl would be forced to miss out on the opportunity to take part in the tradition.

Since 2015, San Benito has hosted an annual quinceañera event for young girls and their families.

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Nearly five years ago, Gilbert Galvan Sr. found himself being invited to quinceañeras by the students at his school. Then one day, some of the answers from the young women at his school caught his attention. After a few of his female students opened up to him about the fact that they did not have enough money to afford a quinceañera, Galvan Sr. was inspired to do put on a party for them on his own.

In just a matter of months, the educator sought out donations from his community to put on one massive quinceañera. Donations and gifts came in all forms– from cakes and dresses to crowns and the volunteered time of makeup artists and mariachi singers. That was the first year.

In the years that have followed, Galvan Sr. has continued to put on the event where as many as 40 girls have attended at a time. Today, donations for the girls come in from across the country.

The community quinceañera has gained so much attention that it’s now becoming captured in a documentary.

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As reported by FIERCE by mitú last year, Galvan’s son, Gilbert Galvan Jr. —who has worked in the entertainment industry for ten years— was inspired by his father’s efforts and pitched the event as a documentary concept to Fanny Véliz, the award-winning filmmaker and CEO behind Avenida Productions. Now, having been directed by Véliz and given the name “Our Quinceañera” appears to be closer to its release. According to the documentary’s site, the film is in submission for festivals!

During an interview with FIERCE last year, Galvan Jr. said he hoped the documentary will inspire viewers to “embrace their heritage and celebrate the power of community… We want to document this historic event while empowering and inspiring Latina girls across the country to pursue and achieve their dreams.”

Check out the full trailer below!

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