Name: Laura Quintero
Creative Industry that you are in: fine art boudoir & dance photography
Years in Business: 3.5 years
Favorite Food: tortilla chips & salsa
Favorite Color: eggplant purple
Favorite Drink: iced caramel macchiato or rose
Best music (singer or group): Jon Bellion
A pet peeve you have: when tags stick out of clothing
Name something that brings you joy: Big tight warm hugs
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? Sweet, Empowering, Happy
to the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
Llama! They're adorable and super cozy. They're intelligent and stubborn, refusing to move if the weight they're carrying is too heavy (which I can definitely relate to). They're really social animals, but will spit if provoked or threatened, which I also relate to (I won't actually spit though, but you'll definitely know when I feel uncomfortable or threatened).
What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?
I am a feminist and work really hard using my business and my photography to empower women and foster self love and self confidence. As someone who has struggled with low confidence and lots of self-doubt growing up, I do all that I can to help other women like me overcome those doubts and live a more assertive and happy life, full of joy and fulfillment. Having my portraits taken did wonders for my self confidence, and I know the power of portraiture to build positive self-image; it's a privilege to provide that same experience to other women with my work!
As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?
It is so hard for me to put myself out there. I tend to sit on the outskirts of social groups, quietly observing and waiting for my turn to speak. It has been such a big challenge for me to take those big leaps and speak my message boldly. It's so much safer and easier to allow others to soak up the spotlight, but I remind myself often that my message needs to be heard and that people need my story. I try to take baby steps toward outspoken-ness, such as sharing vulnerably on social media and attending events and making at least one new connection each time. These little steps have really helped me step outside of my comfort zone and grow.
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
Being an introvert really has honed my observational skills. It has been so helpful in allowing me to make deeper and more meaningful connections with my clients. These deeper connections are super helpful in creating a safe and empowering space for women to be vulnerable with me and share their stories honestly. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from clients about how I've allowed them to be REAL, and how they feel safe and comfortable sharing with me, and how they trust me to be true to their stories.
Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?
I struggle often with feeling under-represented by industry leaders. As the daughter of immigrants, it can be disheartening at times to look up to an industry without much ethnic diversity. I know there are so many women of color to look up to, yet I feel like I haven't met them yet. I attended a networking event a while back and felt so out of place multiple times throughout. So many of the topics discussed were coming from a place of white privilege. I don't think it was intentional, but I could tell that most of the talking points raised were issues that only came up for middle-class caucasians. It was really difficult being the only WOC voicing the other side of the story, and I felt so aware of my differences. A few people approached me after the event to let me know they appreciated my courage in sharing and that it opened their eyes to a new way of thinking. That was really encouraging for me, and has stuck in my mind since then. Now, whenever I feel a perspective is under-represented, I do my best to share those opinions to hopefully encourage others to share & allow others to see new perspectives.
Connect with Laura...
Facebook: Laura Quintero Photography
Share in Laura's movement...
The #MyOwnMamacita movement was created as a way for women to reclaim their bodies & identities from a society that keeps us in boxes. We are constantly segmented into groups based on our race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation, when in reality we all have such unique and beautiful stories to share. #MyOwnMamacita aims to create an open and inclusive platform for women to share their stories with pride and free themselves of the preconceived stereotypes that are imposed upon them.