INFUSE JOY: A Podcast with Sarajane Case

Episode Twenty Three: Persistence with Latoya Dixon Smith

Today’s episode is a tad different. We are entering into the fourth episode of the women of color series. With our current political climate I believe it is more important than ever that the voices of people of color are being heard. We will discuss all of the goal-chasing topics that you’re used to and then we will dive into a bit more specifically regarding racial justice. I am beyond humbled by these incredible women who have agreed to go on this journey with me. They are women that I already admired and now, I am even more in awe of them. Today I am talking with Latoya Dixon Smith

I met Latoya when she brought the Queen Photographers Conference to Asheville, I was honored to be able to lead a workflow workshop for an incredible group that showed up for that. Throughout that process and after I have been continually impressed with the intention and grace in which Latoya operates through the world. She is truly an example of professionalism and persistence! 

Latoya Dixon Smith is a wedding and lifestyle commercial photographer based in Greenville, SC. She has been widely featured in publications including The Huffington Post, Black Southern Belle, and Borrowed & Blue.  Along with photographing crazy-in-love couples who are mindful in their journeys together, Latoya finds her passion in educating and leading The Queen Photographers --a national community of black women photographers aiming to equip each other in business and foster a supportive Sisterhood. Outside of the photography world, she enjoys road trips with her husband Lee and their son, Kent. 

 In today’s episode we discuss how to be a true white allie, not just someone who means well without making a difference, we discuss how to handle creating more diversity in your promo materials and challenging others to have a more diverse line up. We also discuss gratitude and loving yourself well! 

Latoya is poised, heartfelt and honest and has been an example for me of how to operate in the creative community as someone seeking more diversity. I am so excited to introduce you to her today, so let’s dive in!