Adela's Quinceanera at Laguna Seca

November 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 Photographing birthday parties are always special to R&R Photography as it is another opportunity to take show our talents in telling a story.  We met Adela through a past bride who loved our wedding photography.  She loved it so much; she referred us to her niece earlier this year.  We always aim to please when it come to customer referrals as we know how important it is to do a great job when someone else passes our services along.  Adela is a great kid!  I got to know her from our times planning her quince.  She chose to be a vegan and we discussed the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle but also the urge to eat homemade Mexican cooking.  Adela also has a bright future ahead of her as she plans to study hard and move on to college outside of Salinas, California.  In all, this kid has a lot going for her and I’m so honored to take photographs of her 15th birthday party.


A quinceanera is a special chapter for young women.  It’s the ritual of growing from a little girl to a woman.  A specific event within the quinceanera involves a father changing the birthday girl’s shoes from flats to high heels.  The symbolism of the changing of shoes is also the acceptance of her parents that comes with the responsibility of becoming a woman.  Adela fits this role to a T as I saw leadership qualities when she was practicing her dance routines with her entourage. 


Adela’s birthday started with getting ready at her house, i.e. makeup, putting on her birthday dress and spending time with family and friends.  We were then quickly headed to Cristo Rey Church in Salinas.  The mass included special prayers for the birthday girl and also shared with family and friends.  Immediately after the mass, Adela and her friends met with R&R Photography at a local park in Salinas.  We always enjoy shooting on location and sharing the beautiful landscapes of our home town.  After some formal photos with the entourage, we had some fun playing Red Rover but we also dated ourselves as these kids had to learn how to play the game. Lol.  It was a great moment to take memorable photographs of Adela and her friends.


Adela’s reception was filled with good food, family and friends and a photo booth from R&R Photography.  She danced for everyone and also had some thankful words for all those who came.  We thank Adela and her family for the opportunity to photograph such a wonderful event.  If you are looking for a professional event photographer, please don’t hesitate in contacting me at [email protected] or at 831-540-5087.  If you like to see more of our quince/cotillion portfolio you can check it out here as well. 


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