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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Spetter

Quinceañera photo session for Ariana in studio and White Sands

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Ariana's family wanted to give her a special Quinceañera photo shoot by coming down from Odessa and having it done at White Sands National Park. I did have some concerns about the weather the day of the session so I had them first come to the studio to get in some photos before heading to the park.


A young latina wearing her quinceañera dress and crown standing in front of a elegant black wall and holding flowers.  She is looking into the camera and smiling.

Before arriving at my studio Ariana had stopped at Copper Rose Salon and Spa for her hair appointment which is just down the street from my studio.


A young latina wearing her quinceañera dress and crown standing in front of a elegant black wall and holding flowers.   She is looking down at her flowers that she is holding in her arms.

Since it was such a long trip for her to take her photos I wanted to make sure that she got plenty in at we had winds and storms earlier that day and I had been checking the weather to see that it would pass hopefully at the time I normally head out to White Sands National Park.


A young latina wearing her quinceañera dress and crown standing in front of a pink floral backdrop.  Her eyes is closed and her hands are softly touching her cheek.

Having a Quinceañera celebration is an important step in a young woman's life in the Latin community. While I don't photograph Quinceañera events myself I am often hired to do portrait sessions in advance of the big event. These photos often get printed in large prints or canvases to sit at the entrance of the event.



A young latin girl wearing her Quinceañera gown and crown standing in White Sands National Park holding flowers down along her dress.  The setting sun is showing in the background along with a mountain range.

After we finished taking around 20 or more photos in the studio we then headed out to White Sands. Since Ariana was from Odessa this would give her some unique photos to show off at her Quinceañera so I made sure to take quite a few out there. There was a little wind we had to deal with but found a way to manage.



A young latin girl wearing her Quinceañera dress and crown  standing in the middle of a dune field at White Sands National Park.  A beautiful white dune towers over her.

I wanted to give her some large majestic photos that amplified the beauty of the scenery of the location. The park is so vast and you can see white dunes for miles and the dunes make perfect backdrops for photos.


You can see more of Ariana's Quinceañera photos in the video below.








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