Quinceañeras are a right of passage for 15-year-old young women in my culture. They mark the transition from childhood to womanhood. Any time I have a quince client, I’m instantly nostalgic because I’m reminded of that special time in my own life. Add in that the client is a family friend, and you get all the emotions! I am thankful I got the opportunity to photograph Isabella for her Quince session at Secret Gardens Miami and Vizcaya museum!
Isabella’s mother is my mother’s best friend. They were local to Miami before they relocated to California. Since then, I’ve gotten to watch Isabella grow online. She and her mom flew in from San Francisco to Miami, Florida for her Quincenera session with me. We had the best time photographing this monumental season of Isabella’s life!
We started the session at Coral Gables. It was the perfect location for a touch of elegance to compliment Isabella’s more formal wardrobe pieces. I’m reminded of old Hollywood glamor when I look back on these photos. The arches, flowers, and fountain complimented Isabella’s natural beauty so well. (If you’re familiar with Vizcaya Museum, the vibes are very similar and that’s what we were aiming for! Vizcaya also features a beautiful fountain and garden, a lot like what Coral Gables has to offer.) It was as though her green velvet dress was made just for her on this occasion!
We continued our shoot at Key Biscane before ending the day at Brickell. She was a picture of glamor with the Miami skyline behind her. Isabella’s sequined dress caught the light beautifully and I just can’t get over how grown up she looks! She had so much fun with the wardrobe changes. er selections showcased this season of her life as she steps into womanhood. I couldn’t help but be so proud!
We spent day two of Isabella’s quince session at Secret Gardens Miami, a venue that caters to special events like weddings and quinceañeras. It looks like something straight out of a fairy tale! It’s got to be one of Florida’s best kept secrets. The venue features koi ponds, waterfalls, foliage for days, and it’s so lush that it’s hard to believe it’s real. It was the perfect backdrop to celebrate a time in Isabella’s life when she should feel like a princess. Between beautiful Isabella and the paradise-like setting, we made magic happen!
The ambiance of the gardens only enhanced Isabella’s natural beauty. Doesn’t she look like royalty in her quince gown?! The swans made a guest appearance in the background of several shots we got in the lagoon. The timing couldn’t have been better. This was the cherry on top of the sundae after two days of shooting such a special young lady.
Quince sessions have such a special place in my heart. I was once that 15-year-old girl celebrating womanhood. Getting to celebrate that now with other young women, especially those near and dear to me, is a dream come true.
I would love to make magic with you for your quince session. Get in contact with me & we’ll make it happen!