Quinceanera Photography: Your Must-Have Shots

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You worked so hard planning your quince años and making sure everything was perfect. Wouldn’t you be devastated if your photos don’t reflect all your hard work? When the day is over, you want to have these gorgeous must have Quinceanera photos to look back on and remember the special day.

On your big day, you will most likely be very busy and overwhelmed. The last thing you need to worry about is whether your quinceanera photographer will get all the photos you need! To ease that stress for yourself, create a list of the shots you want to have in advance and share them with your photographer. You can use your Photo/Video Checklist to keep track of which shots you want. Below, we have shared a list of the most commonly asked for photos at big events. If you find specific photos online that you’d like to recreate, don’t forget to send them to your photographer!



  • Quinceanera dress, shoes, other items alone
  • Quinceanera getting ready with damas
  • Quinceanera having hair and makeup done
  • Chambelanes helping each other with their ties
  • Mother helping Quinceanera into her dress
  • Putting on tiara & jewelry

Court Shots

  • Entire court together, serious & silly
  • Quinceanera with damas, serious & silly
  • Quinceanera & damas holding hands, looking back
  • All bouquets together
  • Chambelanes holding bouquets
  • Quinceanera with each dama individually
  • Quinceanera with chambelanes, serious & silly
  • Quinceanera with each chambelane individually
  • Quinceanera with her escort, serious & silly

Formal Family Shots

  • Quinceanera with her entire immediate family
  • Quinceanera with her entire extended family
  • Quinceanera with sisters
  • Quinceanera with siblings
  • Quinceanera with brothers
  • Quinceanera with parents
  • Quinceanera with parents and grandparents
  • Quinceanera with grandparents
  • Quinceanera with religious leader
  • Quinceanera with mother and grandmothers
  • Quinceanera with each padrino


  • Ceremony space, without people
  • Ceremony flowers
  • Ceremony decor
  • Close ups of tiara, bible, cross, rosary, & scepter
  • Guests arriving
  • Religious leader
  • Quinceanera’s family walking down aisle
  • Individual shots of court walking down aisle
  • Quinceanera entering the room
  • Quinceanera & parents walking, from front and behind
  • Quinceanera’s parents kissing Quinceanera on cheek
  • Quinceanera kneeling at alter
  • Wide shot of entire ceremony room
  • Ceremony readings
  • Quinceanera’s family’s reactions
  • Religious leader speaking/praying
  • Quinceanera presented as an adult
  • All court walking out


  • Seating chart
  • Place cards
  • Centerpieces & table settings
  • Reception signs
  • Flower arrangements
  • Cake, dessert table
  • Guest book
  • DJ
  • Favors
  • Guests mingling
  • Appetizers served
  • Court entrances
  • Quinceanera & escort entrance
  • Waltz Group Dance
  • Mother-Son Dance (Quinceaneros)
  • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Surprise Dance
  • Toasts
  • Quinceanera & parents reactions to toast
  • Candid dancing shots
  • Dinner served
  • Cake cutting
  • Quinceanera & court exit

Are you ready to start planning with your photographer? Use our free, downloadable Quince Photographer/Videographer Checklist!

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Make sure to find a photographer that will also capture you inside their home studio. It’s not enough to just have photos with a white dress in a park, you deserve a chance to do a high fashion shoot. You can use them for your modeling portfolio because all 15 year olds are just waiting to be discovered.

Our grand niece is having her quinceanara next week. I was just looking for some ideas for photos (I’m not the photographer). You have a wonderful list. Thanks for sharing.

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