Quinceañera in November in Paris is delightful
Quinceañera in November in Paris is delightful. When I was contacted last winter for a Quinceañera photo session for November, I admit I was a bit worried. Late autumn and winter can be tricky seasons in Paris, with dark, gray skies and usually a lot of rain. It’s always best when you’re coming to Paris between October and March to plan for some rainy days, an umbrella will become your best friend!
That said, Paris is truly beautiful in the rain, so it’s nothing to fear and so Parisian, it goes along with the cafe culture and all the other treasures in Paris!
I was contacted by a lovely lady named Sharon, the godmother of the young lady coming to Paris with her family to celebrate her Quinceañera. They live in New York City and were coming to Paris for a family holiday and to celebrate the young lady, Griselle’s, Quinceañera. Sharon and I worked for months on the planning, from the outfits to the locations and coordinating transportation. The young lady would be accompanied by her mother, father, brother and close family friend for her Quinceañera, and after months of speaking with Sharon, I was so excited to meet the family.
I absolutely love being a Quinceañera photographer in Paris. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States (Minnesota), where growing up none of us knew what Quinceañera was. But then as an adult, I moved to Los Angeles, where I made many friends from Mexico and other Latin cultures and I learned about Quinceañera. I think it’s a beautiful tradition and it’s truly one of my very favorite photo sessions in Paris.
I keep asking myself, why do I love Quinceañera so much?
The number one answer in my head is THE FAMILIES.
I absolutely adore the families I have the chance to meet and photograph in Paris for Quinceañera. In fact, some of my very favorite photo sessions EVER have been with families for their daughter’s Quinceañera. I find families coming to Paris for Quinceañera warm and friendly. Usually visitors are from New Jersey or New York, and many times from Miami. Their backgrounds range from Cuba and Mexico to El Salvador and other parts of Latin America. Griselle’s family’s background is from the Dominican Republic, a place I’d always dreamed of visiting!
I loved how warm and friendly they were, how easy they were to talk to and relate to, and being New Yorkers, I loved their direct communication. We had a ton of fun, it was a dream for me to photograph Griselle and her family for Quinceañera!
We met at the Eiffel Tower Trocadero area to start the day. The Quinceañera package I offer is 3-4 hours and allows time for two to three Paris locations plus time for an outfit change. Some families coming to Paris for Quinceañera prefer a shorter session, and I do offer a one-hour Quinceañera photo session at the Eiffel Tower as well. However, most families coming to Paris for Quinceañera realize that it’s a once in a lifetime special event, and they love to see more of Paris.
The Eiffel Tower Trocadero area is a prime viewing spot for the famous landmark and a wonderful place for Quinceañera photos. Griselle’s family was absolutely lovely, and we did some photos with her alone, and with the family. This is entirely optional. Some families like to join in and others prefer to direct and take behind the scenes photos and video.
Griselle clearly is a beautiful young lady, filled with poise and grace. I could not believe she is just 15, thinking back to how I looked as a 15-year old, I definitely did not have the grace (okay let’s be honest, I still don’t!) or poise she had, but she was a dream to work with. Griselle has a beautiful, bright and positive personality and it comes through on every frame. The love she has for her family is very clear and it warmed my heart to see the love and closeness between them. I enjoyed chatting with everybody all morning and learning more about them, their lives, and talking about travel and other fun subjects.
Griselle for her first location chose an elegant long gown, sort of a dusty rose color, but a bit more on the purple side. These are my absolute favorite colors to photograph! Her hair and makeup were just gorgeous, and we also incorporated some balloons, which are a nice touch. We went all around Trocadero for different viewpoints, and being that it’s autumn, I wanted to incorporate some bright colors with the fall leaves as well.
The temperature in mid-November was about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s essential to also bring a cute and warm coat to warm up in between shots. Luckily, there is also a coffee shop at Trocadero, so you can also warm up with coffee or a hot chocolate.
All families who book my Quinceañera photo session have the opportunity to go to several other Eiffel Tower locations, or, move on to another location. Griselle and her family decided to go to the continue our photo session by going to the other side of Paris and to photograph her at the Tuileries Gardens and Louvre.
Traveling to the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens
We took a private driver to the Louvre, which I highly, highly recommend. I recommend the services of a friendly, kind and efficient professional driver, who speaks fluent English, Spanish and French. His car is a comfortable Mercedes Benz, he knows Paris so well, and is just lovely to work with. No one, especially in cold weather, wants to stand around waiting for an Uber or flagging down a taxi for a special occasion like Quinceañera. It’s a bit of added cost, but so worth it.
We continued our Quinceañera in Paris photo session with a stop at the underground mall at the Louvre, the Carrousel du Louvre. In this mall, you’ll find a food court, some shopping, as well as public restrooms, which are perfect for changing outfits. Griselle changed into her second outfit, a super cute and flouncy blue tulle skirt, a cool Vogue t-shirt and a leather jacket. She alternated this look with heels and cute sneakers.
After the outfit change and a bit of a warmup and a snack of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets from the food court (being photographed is tiring and hungry work!) we went next door to the magnificent Tuileries Gardens. In November and throughout the winter months, of course there are no plants or flowers, but there are still magnificent statues and the view of the Louvre from the Tuileries is one of my favorite Quinceañera photo locations in all of Paris.
After the garden, we went back to the Louvre itself. As it was a Tuesday, the Louvre was closed. Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. The museum is the most visited in the world, and they close it one day a week to clean it. Tuesdays are that day. You’d think that because the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays that there would be no one there. Not the case. Tourists love walking around the impressive courtyard and taking photos with the pyramid. Our view was partially obstructed because they clean the pyramid glass on Tuesdays as well with a really neat machine, but we worked around it and still were able to capture Giselle with the glory of the Louvre Museum, which used to be home to French royalty.
Café and casual time
By now we were ready for Act III of this amazing Quinceañera photo session in Paris, ready to wind down and have a hot chocolate and coffee. We went nearby to a very beautiful café, and Griselle changed into her third outfit, a houndstooth type skirt with cute pink coat. I photographed Griselle enjoying a hot chocolate and classic Parisian life. It was on this very spot that Angelina Jolie posed in the film, “The Tourist”. For our grand finale of the day, the family gathered ’round the table to join Griselle and we captured some happy family memories.
Only, I didn’t leave right then and there. Instead, we discussed great things to do in Paris, how they would celebrate their holidays back in New York, the best places to visit in the Dominican Republic, should I ever have a holiday there, and more. They were an absolutely delightful family and made my day really special. THEY did that for ME. They made my day in Paris special and I hope I did the same for them and that they will treasure Griselle’s Quinceañera photo session in Paris forever.
Now it’s your turn! Are you and your family coming to Paris to celebrate family time and Quinceañera? Do you have co-workers or friends who are coming to Paris to celebrate Quinceañera?
I LOVE to work with nice families who are coming to celebrate Quinceañera in Paris. I will show you my very favorite spots in Paris and create artwork to cherish.