“Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending”.
Meet Golden Mean Boudoir photographer and GirlCrew Chicago member Veronica Amador
As women, we are often judged on our appearance and there is pressure to fit a certain type, so we love a business that focuses on bringing out inner passion in all its forms; and GirlCrew Chicago member, Veronica Amador, does just that. As the name suggests, Golden Mean Boudoir is a boudoir photography service that aims to give women a chance to throw caution to the wind and have fun while doing so. For Veronica, this career isn’t something she had imagined for herself, but now she’s in love – “I came into the world of boudoir [photography] shortly after having my own sessions. I always had a passion for photography, but had not found a niche that truly fulfilled me. The way I felt about myself after my boudoir session is like a weight was lifted from my soul.”
This unburdening came from being given the chance to truly focus the person she is, and Veronica feels that boudoir is more about celebrating the individual than conforming to very tired stereotypes. “I felt like I could truly express who I was without judgement. This was my ‘aha’ moment as I realised I wanted to help women feel the same way, and that I could deliver this experience through capturing gorgeous images of the everyday woman.” This chance to help others also coincided neatly with a chance to change her own life. “The opportunity could not have come at a better time as my husband and I were transitioning from the military to civilian life. I began building this business in January, and launched in September after a long but successful move from Chesapeake, Virginia to Chicago, Illinois.”
If you’d like the chance to be pampered, photographed, and walk off into the sunset with your own set of sultry shots Veronica is offering all GirlCrew members a 25% discount. To avail of this fantastic offer, simply use the code GirlCrewRocks before July 31st 2016.
1. What is the best thing about your role?
Helping women reveal their inner beauty. There’s nothing better than showing a woman the back of my camera and showing her how beautiful she is. It gets even better when she realises it herself and leaves my studio a vibrant and confident woman.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
The most challenging thing for me is being too hard on myself as a new business owner. I sometimes have to remind myself that this is the first business I’ve built and not everything will work out as planned.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
My proudest business moment was when one of my clients shared her photos on instagram and wrote the most beautiful caption. She shared how her boudoir experience gave her the courage she needed to be more confident with her body. Her words resonated with everything that I want this business to do for women. “My size and the number on the scale or tape measure do not measure out my worth or attractiveness. Thank you so, so, SO much Veronica for giving me this opportunity to celebrate myself and enjoy my beauty even though it’s taken my whole life to find it.”
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Make a connection with the people you photograph. The photos might be great, but the experience with you is what they take away and cherish.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
“Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending”. I also love Vincent Van Gogh’s quote: “What is done in love is done well.” When I am faced with a difficult situation, I try to always keep both these quotes in my mind.