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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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‘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!

[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

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[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

There seems to be no end to the horrifying stories we’ve been hearing that illustrate the fallout of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy one which has been the hallmark of his presidency since he took office. Among the headlines that describe the effects of the immigration policy are those highlighting the sub-human conditions at the migrant-holding facilities at the border, or the those telling the terrifying stories of students being taken into ICE custody right before their high school graduation.

And the sad news doesn’t stop there.

Recently, a Latina’s Twitter post went viral when she shared the story of her niece being forced to dance el valz at her Quinceañera with her brother after her father was “taken” by immigration.

Twitter user @prisesaks took to Twitter on Monday to share a video of her young cousin dancing what is traditionally the father-daughter dance while holding her brother and crying. “So my uncle which is her dad was taken by immigration a week before her 15 and sadly he wasn’t able to be there,” @prisesaks said. “Her brother had to take his place in the father/daughter dance. It just broke my heart”.

The heart-tugging video shows the 15-year-old girl holding her brother while slow dancing with him. Her hand covers her mouth as she tries to hold back sobs. Her brother also looks visibly emotional.

The video and Tweet quickly went viral, racking up almost 3.5 million views, over 60,000 retweets, and almost 1,500 comments.

The traditional father/daughter dance at a Quinceañera is one of the most important parts of the birthday celebration and also a moment that many young Latinas look back on as a defining moment of transition from youth to adulthood. The fact that this Latina’s father could not be there to celebrate it with her is understandably upsetting for many people.

Twitter users responded to the video with a spectrum of emotions ranging from pity to outrage.

It’s understandable that such an emotionally-charged video can bring up a lot of feelings in people. Quinceañeras are supposed to be a day of celebration–a time in a Latina’s life when she gets to be “Queen for a Day” and she officially begins the transition from a child to a young woman. Unfortunately, this young woman’s entry into adulthood was much sadder than she had anticipated.

This Twitter user brought up a valid point about the difference between flashy headlines and the fact that people’s lives are actually being affected:

With all of the political tactics and clickbait articles that go around online, it’s easy to forget that there are humans beings involved in the immigration debate.

This Latina was heartbroken over the separation of a family:

After hearing stories of the appalling behavior of border control agents mocking migrant deaths and making fun of their pain, it’s easy to feel jaded towards immigration officials.

This Latina gave props to where props were due for the younger brother for stepping up for his sister:

The burden of family separation should not have to be placed on the shoulders of young ones.

Even the birthday girl’s older sister took to Twitter to express her appreciation that their story was being told:

Although their family’s situation is a tragedy, it’s a blessing that they have a platform to educate the world on the everyday realities of family separation.

This man educated the public on how important the father/daughter dance is to many young Latinas:

We can’t imagine how the young girl was feeling at the moment.

The video is just more evidence of how Trump’s policy of family separation has a real, lasting impact on Latino families. While statistics and news article tell a part of the story, the numbers and abstract policy discussion don’t illustrate the full picture like these small, intimate glimpses into the lives of Latinx families whose lives are forever changed by the Trump administration. Moments like these are formative in young adults’ lives, and this girl will forever have to look back on what was supposed to be a special day with bittersweet feelings.

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