Hello! I’m Latoya Hawthorne and my life’s motto is to live a life of love! I’m a Los Angeles based photographer and storyteller for women owned small businesses. I love to eat, test out new products, travel, and share awesome life stories. I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My family owns Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Cuisine. There are now over 120 Golden Krust’s in the United States and Jamaica combined. My family and I moved to the U.S. in the 90’s in pursuit of the “American Dream.” I’d say we’ve done a great job in that pursuit.
I attended college in Westchester, NY where I studied Communication and Advertising. I thought I was going to be the executive of an amazing marketing firm in New York City. Well, you know…life has its challenges and boy was I challenged! Ladies, don’t ever let anyone tell you that your dreams won’t ever come true. If I had listened to everyone who knocked down my dreams, I would’ve stayed in New York and wouldn’t have made anything of myself.
In 2007, I moved to California to pursue my dreams of becoming a model! I was blessed to have worked with some of Southern California’s finest photographers. I modeled for a few years while working in advertising. I still did not feel fulfilled. I wanted to explore the other side of the camera. I really enjoyed that photography told a story and since I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by such creative women in Los Angeles, CA, I decided to tell their stories through my lens. I started to photograph headshots, fashion, and beauty. Naturally my friends started to settle down so I started to shoot engagements, weddings, and family portraits.
I realized I wasn’t living a life of love but instead, I was celebrating everyone else’s life! Nothing wrong with that but by now, the domestic abuse I escaped from in New York popped back up for me but in the most therapeutic way. I researched and became a volunteer for a wonderful organization servicing underserved women in Skid Row. I felt so alive being around these amazing women from all walks of life. I was later blessed with a staff position. I saw so much of myself in these women. I was so proud of how they were all able to achieve their goals under the worst conditions. Remember when I mentioned I attended college in New York? Well, due to my own domestic abuse, I left New York unable to fulfill my goal of having a college degree, so, in 2014, I went back to school and received my degree in Advertising and Communication at California Baptist University. It was such an exhilarating accomplishment for me, given all it took for me to get it!
Today, I am the proud founder of A Walking Virtue. Our mission is to empower women and girls to live their dreams and accomplish their goals. We provide tools to assist women to build their best life through creative entrepreneurship and healthy living. I am truly happy that I get to do this daily. Their success is my success!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site! Feel free to browse around and especially take a look at my handmade camera bags and natural home and body products! Purchasing my products ensures that my mission will continue for years to come so thanks in advance for the support! If you’re on Instagram and love seeing camping trips, lots of food, love and cute puppies, connect with me!