b'I did have to stretch some existing skills and acquire some new ones, but not in the photography area. Growth, for me, came in the executive sphere.- STEPHANIE SMITHOriginally scheduled for August 2021, the quinceaera ALICE PRENATphoto shoot was delayed one month when the event planner had to bow out due to a family issue.After brief consideration, Smith decided to regroup and to serve as the events coordinator.I looked at the original proposed date, she says. No way were we going to make it. The new date was set for September 19 at Havana Springs, a 50-acre historic estate located in the quaint town of Havana, Florida.L.S.SMITH PHOTOGRAPHYThough quinceaera events vary from family to family, one of the most iconic aspects of the celebration is a professional photo shoot taken in a formal evening gown.To serve as models, Smith enlisted the assistance of Destiny Alaniz and Yalixa Carrillo for the day-long photo shoot.Like hosting a wedding, Smith says, a quinceaera event shares many of the same elements, and she captured each aspect.Its like photographing each member of a large family, and creating a collage of images that describe the whole family, rather than photographing all of the family members together in one image, Smith says. The models, the florals, the cake, the accessories, the venuetheyre all members of the family.Stephanie Smith: owner of L.S. Smith Photography based in Quitman, Georgia.Photo-Ready: Destiny Alaniz quinceaera event model38 SG MAGAZINE| WINTER 2022 BUSINESS + CULTURE39'