We had the good fortune of connecting with Latonia Burgess and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latonia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Creativity has always been apart of me. I come from creative beings, both my mom and grandmother. My mom used to be the go-to creative person for everyone around. Watching her create in all art forms helped me flourish into the artist and creative being that I am today. In everything I have ever pursued, whether school, job, etc., I’ve found myself within the creative aspect of it. I even tried to make it secondary by majoring in Biology…HA! I loved it by it’s not my calling like I thought.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Raised in the rich culture and vibrant artistic city of New Orleans, creativity has been a part of my entire existence. After Hurricane Katrina, my family was uprooted from what we knew and all we had. But the creative energy stayed with me through my migration to Atlanta. Years later I formed LKB Designs & Photography, Through LKB Designs I express my passions in the forms of graphic design, photography, and HTV printing. It’s my goal to design one brand, one image, one action at a time. From concept to delivery. It’s all rewarding yet it isn’t always easy. I walked away from traditional schooling, traditional 9-5 and took a risk to pursue my passion. There are definitely challenging times that shakes my confidence and dip my profits a bit but that’s when I take a step back, breath and push out more creativity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the vibe of Ponce City Market, Krog St. Market, and Little Five Points to name a few. Take a few pics at Krog St, tunnel. Take in some history at the MLK Historical sites. A few eateries would be Mary Macs Tea Room, Rays on the River, and don’t laugh but I haven’t made it to Slutty Vegan or OLG so we would probably hit it up for sure. Maybe some old-time favorites like Coca Cola Factory, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Botanical Gardens.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well, I have a village. First my mom, of course, then my husband and 2 kids. Lastly, I have 4 amazing women (The Honey Bees) who are in my corner every single day.