When Alan and I were hired to photograph Angel’s Quinceaneera party we really didn’t know allot about this “Right Of Passage“.


Today, the Quinceañera celebration often is a lavish party that may include a mariachi band, a feast and many guests—much like a wedding. Planning for a Quinceañera can start as early as the birth of a daughter. The family and godparents save up money until the girl is of age. Actual preparations may take anywhere from six months to a year and a half. Dances have to be learned, decorations decided upon, cakes ordered, and in some cases, dresses made.

We are not sure about the details of Angel’s planning; her mother Sylvia was excited and very proud of her beautiful daughter. I can say for Angel I think there was great importance placed on “The Dress” :).

I fell in love with Angel immediately.  She had an aura that swept you in.  We started her day out at Penn Park, in Whittier, CA.  We took lots of Family Portraits along with her friends..


Angel and sisters and friends then were whisked away in several cars from the 50’s. From there a party in Angel’s name with 70 close friends and family.

How did we make this successful?

  1. We worked hard as a team to make sure everyone felt relaxed and had fun on the photo shoot.
  2. We scoped out the best spots at the site to have excellent backgrounds.
  3. We planned ahead and are always prepared with our equiptment.
  4. We arrive early to ensure our success.

We made a slide show video for Angel which captures all the emotion and timeline of her day.  Please enjoy!

Thank you,

Ina Sechrest