We had the good fortune of connecting with Latoya Dixon Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latoya, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to show what’s possible for a woman when she begins to show up for herself, validate herself, stay laser-focused on her goals, and moves like she’s worthy and deserving. I want women to always remember who they are because I modeled staying true to and trusting myself. There is nothing more powerful than a woman who knows her value and takes action like she knows it.
What should our readers know about your business?
I stumbled into the world of boudoir photography after the birth of my daughter, my second-born. I went through a period of feeling very insecure and self-conscious about my body. I knew that I wanted to create an atmosphere and an experience that helped celebrate a woman throughout any of the changes or transitions she was going through, whether it was childbirth, getting married, getting divorced, celebrating a birthday, whatever the milestone or occasion. I wanted this to be a representation for all women women that you are worthy you aren’t enough you are loved as you are.
What makes my business set apart from others is that I have come from a very masculine background as an engineer working in a manufacturing facility with tradesman of over 20+ years of experience. Now I specifically work to emerge the divine feminine and helping women really see what’s possible for themselves with they lean into their most natural, innate gifts.
I wouldn’t say that I had specific, external obstacles in my way, blocking me from achieving the success I’ve seen today. However, I got where I am today because I finally started to believe in myself. I started to believe in the value that I bring and in the work that I am putting out here in the world. I honestly believe that this work is transformational. I’ve seen women being completely transformed by this work and in their own healing. I just had to embrace my brilliance and make peace with my excellence.
I want the world to know that Latoya Dixon Smith and Greenville Boudoir are all about the celebration of a woman’s worthiness. We are worthy, we are enough, and we deserve to live in peace, power, and pleasure.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m based in Greenville, SC and very much a homebody. But if I was taking a friend out we would have lunch or dinner at Saffron Indian Cuisine. Their veggie masala is so rich! We’d also head downtown to Falls Park to people watch and enjoy the open space. While we’re downtown we’d head to Nails on the River–my favorite nail salon, Hudson Brow and Waxing for brows and brazilians, and then to Focus and Relax Therapeutic Massage, for the best massage by Ms. Golden Hands herself. It would be the ultimate day of chill, self-care energy.
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?
I’d love to shoutout all the Black women in my life who raised me, taught me, comforted me, challenged me, embraced me, celebrated with me, and held space for me. I am the product of these women and the work that I do today.
Photo Credit: Crystal Byrd of Love Byrd Photo