Alex’s 15th Celebration

Unlike many birthdays and like weddings, many Hispanic families celebrate their daughter’s 15th birthday in a big way. For starters, the quinceanera (the same word for 15th celebration and the girl celebrating her 15th), is honored with a ceremony at church where they are blessed by a priest. Secondly, there is a courte de honor (pairings of the quinceanera’s closest friends who accompany her down the aisle at church). In addition, this courte and quinceanera perform a waltz or rather a series of elaborate waltzes/dances that are carefully choreographed productions these youngsters work on for a few weeks to a year. Lastly, the quinceanera celebration does not always happen on the girl’s 15th birthday. The “quinceanera season” – at least in Iowa – runs generally from April to October.

Alejandra (aka Alex) is one girl I photographed whose birthday was in winter, but celebrated her quinceanera recently. The youngest of four and raised by a single mom, Alex’s quince was filled with celebration and emotion. Here are a few of my favorites from her special day.


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