Friday, October 31, 2008

Rosie Juarez-Quinceanera

Recently I was asked to photograph a friend's niece for her Quinceanera portraits. I met Rosie and her family at Research Park and we traveled around the park looking for just the right spot to take her portraits.  I wasn't aware of everything that went into a Quinceanera but here are some highlights. The custom is a celebration of the young girl and a recognition of her journey from childhood to maturity. It is a religious ceremony that highlights her relationship with God, family, and friends. The festivities include food and music, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the Quinceanera and her court. The court can be made up of young girls called a Dama, young men called Escorte or Galan or a combination of both-traditionally up to 14 persons in the court, which with the young girl, would total 15 young people.

There are many traditions throughout the celebration but the one I found most interesting was the Changing of the Shoes. The father ceremoniously changes the young girl's flat shoes to high heels. This is a symbol of the Quinceanera's transformation from a little girl to a young lady.

Congratulations, Rosie on turning 15.


CC Photography by Betty Gray said...

Rosie is beautiful! I never knew what the reason was for the Quinceanera. Thanks for sharing the explanation. Great job on the photos as well. :-)

rosie said...

hey you look awesome and by the way my name is rosie too!!!