Quinceañera, or simply Quince, is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American traditions. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. In Mexico, the birthday girl, known as the Quinceañera, is made-up with elegantmakeup. Traditionally, this would be the first time she was to wear makeup, wear high heels, and be allowed to date, however this is usually no longer the case. The Quinceañera is also expected to wear a formal evening dress. Traditionally, the dress worn by the Quinceañera to this event is an evening ball gown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era).
Ana Victoria’s Quinceañera was held in Denver, Colorado at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. We had a lot of fun capturing the days’ events and wanted to show a sneak peak before we finished editing the rest of the pictures. Hope you like them!
Living in a household with two photographers, Lucia our 19 month old daughter, has really become comfortable with having cameras around. Unfortunately we have not given her the opportunity to play with ours. The thought of our toddler breaking our equipment was scary. Still, we had the feeling we were depriving her of something by not allowing her to see first hand what we do. Interestingly enough I came across an article on education.com about the importance of art for children of a young age. This article talked about how children in the modern world are seen as though they do not know anything, and any attempt at art is seen as insignificant or not good enough.
Children on the other hand have not been trained to be self-critical and perfect, and when this genuineness is portrayed in any form of art it should not be ignored. When a child is taught to be creative they enjoy to learn because they are allowed to express what they see and feel. They are allowed to be spontaneous and without inhibitions. Art allows a child complete freedom of speech in a world that teaches them the “right” way to think on a daily basis. This article made me realize that teaching my daughter the art of photography would help her in the future with her education, her relationship with teacher’s, and even the way she views herself.
So with that in mind we decided to give it a try and give our daughter an old film camera that we had in storage. We loaded the camera with film and showed her, or at least tried to show her how to take a picture. It was very clear that with her being a toddler we were going to be lucky if she even held the camera upright. We were very patient and after about an hour we got her to open her eyes while looking through the viewfinder. Once she realized she could see the world through the little hole she was filled with excitement! That day she only took about two pictures, but as parents seeing our daughter interested in something we love so much was amazing.
We want to show our daughter how to express herself through art. If her art of choice is photography then we plan to encourage her to play, and be spontaneous. We will eventually develop what she shoots, and you never know, she might have a special way of capturing the world with her camera.
Here are some of the pictures Maritza took of her that day.
Lucia, the youngest photographer in Colorado…at least that we know of.
We are a little late posting these photos to the blog but here they are. We did a photo shoot of some of Maritza’s family in Aurora, Colorado. It all began with Maritza’s grandmother wanting some pictures by the roses that had bloomed in her daughter’s garden. They wanted pictures of both Vicenta, Maritza’s grandmother and her grandfather Meliton. The roses had a very special meaning to Vicenta, she recalls being in her hometown in Mexico and her father having these roses all around his property. She told us how every time they went to church all the women from the town picked roses from his garden to take as an offering to the Virgin. These roses in Spanish are known as “Rosas de Castilla,” and they are known for their powerful fragrance. Vicenta says what she remembers most is the entire church smelling like roses during service.
She no longer lives in Mexico but two of her daughters continued the tradition of growing these beautiful roses. So we took Maritza’s grandparents there to capture these roses that were filled with memories of the motherland.
During the grandparents’ session Camila and Cristian came out all dressed up. We were not expecting them to come out for pictures but we made the best of it and captured some nice photographs. Camila had recently been baptized, and this is a big right of passage within the Catholic and Mexican culture. These pictures were taken days after the baptism, but Camila and Cristian’s mother wanted to have pictures taken of them to send to Mexico for their grandmother.
Here are some of our favorite pictures from the session.
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