The Mint Sweater Girl Interview Series is a series where we interview Mint Sweater Girls to showcase their empowering stories and influence in their communities.
Today, our series kicks off with a dear friend, Laura Quintero of Laura Quintero Photography.
Laura recently transitioned her photography business into, now, specializing in boudoir photography and it was quite easy to see why. From the beginning of her photography journey, Laura always had this eye of capturing women in the most beautiful and vulnerable moments where they look effortlessly radiant.
Laura is now helping women feel elegant, confident, and sexy in their own skin. Through her sessions, she reminds us, women, that we are beautiful inside and out.
Most importantly, Laura uses her platform to encourage and inspire women to feel empowered by their bodies.
“She is transforming our views of how we view ourselves in the mirror through the view of her lens.”
We’ve admired the way Laura’s used her platform and her photography to build a strong message for women and today we wanted to share her interview with you and to allow her message empower you too.
What made you make the switch to boudoir photography?
Graceful, Feminine, Vulnerable. Three words on your website you chose to describe your sessions. Why these words?
It’s meant as a celebration of the female form and the power we hold as women.
Through boudoir sessions, do you feel women undergo a transformation? What have you seen women walk away with after a session?
Loving yourself is the greatest revolutionary act that women can take, and it is such an honor being a part of that rebellion!
What words or thoughts would you give to a woman who has fears or doubts of feeling confident and sexy in their body to do a boudoir photography session?
I always start off by saying that fear and doubt are normal and expected. We’re taught to be ashamed of our bodies, and that’s REALLY difficult to unlearn! It takes way more effort to unlearn these ideas than it did to believe them in the first place. So don’t be ashamed of how nervous you are, just accept that nerves are part of the process! And the nerves will melt away soon.
Start by recognizing the absolute fact that you are not flawed. You were created to exist exactly as you do, and by existing as you are, you are fulfilling your purpose. That truth can be hard to grasp, and I know it takes time to get to that point. But, it is the truth! And working towards making that fact a part of your thought process will bring so much peace and joy to your life.
After you’ve accepted that fact, everything gets easier! And if you’re still working toward that, don’t worry! A boudoir session can be the catalyst for this change. So, step 2 is to book a shoot! Find a photographer that shares your values and creates photos that make your heart sing! Then save up and book them. Because I promise that the experience will completely shift your mindset.
Finally, keep practicing self-love, every single day. Actively think about your body as your home, as something to be nourished, maintained, and celebrated. Treat yourself well and speak to yourself kindly. Surround yourself with people and experiences that fill you in a positive way, and remove the things from your life that cause pain and stress. Whether you invest in boudoir photography or not, this part is CRUCIAL, for literally every single human. Self-love is a journey and an ongoing process that you must actively choose, prioritize, and act upon.
How do you help encourage women to feel confident and comfortable before and during your sessions?
Through your photography, you’ve have been able to capture women and their bodies in a graceful and loving way, what have you learned looking through the lens of your camera?
I’ve learned just how much we are asked to conform and change. I’ve learned how much shame is carved into our minds and just how hard it is to erase it. I’ve learned that the shame felt by marginalized groups is far greater, and we need to work as a society to listen to and uplift our friends of color, the disabled, the chronically or terminally ill, the LQBTQ and queer community, and all those who feel like their voices aren’t heard. I’ve learned that I can use my platform of privilege to amplify the voices of others to create real change.
I’ve learned that humans are absolutely AMAZING and that we should all treat ourselves a little better. I’ve learned that self-love is not bubble baths and face masks, but an active set of skills we must actively prioritize every day and act upon (and not an easy one for everyone). And I’ve learned that I have the skills to create change and I will continue to work toward creating that change!
What has your own personal journey to loving your body and finding peace being in your own skin look like? And what have you learned along the way?
After living my entire life wishing I was prettier and hotter and thinner and sexier, I finally felt GOOD. Good about every inch of me! I am strong, I am happy, I am in control of my decisions, and I feel pretty for the first time in like…ever.
We admire the way you use your platform to inspire and embrace self-love, body positivity. What inspired you to use your platform as a way to share your voice with your audience?
What words of encouragement do you have for the women who are afraid to step in front of the camera because of their shape and size?
How would you describe that feeling of being sexy, that moment of feeling confident and beautiful? How would you describe what that feels like?
BONUS QUESTION: You have an incredibly empowering story and you are brave enough to share it with the world. How did you find the courage and if you could say one thing to the girl who is still afraid to share hers what would you say to her?
We would like to take a moment to thank Laura for taking the time to share her message, for being open and vulnerable, and for being a beacon of inspiration for all women.
To learn more about Laura and to receive daily inspiration from her you can find her via the links below:
Laura Quintero Photography: http://www.laurajquintero.com/
Laura’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraquinterophotography/