Luma was born in 2010 as a result of the vision my now husband Luke and myself had to work together to create wedding photography that was an honest, pure and artful representation of a wedding day. The Lu and the Ma are derived from our names and seemed the perfect name for our little union, and still does.
We combined our skills, mine as a graphic and web designer, and Luke’s as psychologist and emerging photojournalist and got to work finding our first couples to work with. Being brand new to Melbourne (both originally from SA, but relocated here from Perth), this wasn’t that easy at first. We eventually found some couples who saw the vision we had, wanted to share it with us, and off we went, into the world of wedding photography.
But wow things have changed since then. Boy have we grown. Even though I loved taking photographs, when we started my knowledge of how to use an SLR camera pretty much added up to, you turn it on, stick it on Auto, and shoot away! Thankfully, I wasn’t the one being entrusted with the very important job of capturing the wedding, Luke had that covered. But I got to go along for the ride, learning more and more with every shot taken, figuring out what all those buttons did, jumping in the deep end and only using the camera on Manual setting so I was forced to learn to shoot like a pro. It was frustrating at first, but it didn’t take long before I had it figured out and started having some fun. With a few weddings under my belt I discovered that I really loved wedding photography and that I might also be good at it. Because Luke was the one with the responsibility, I got to experiment, play and build my confidence on the job. Sure, the design training give me a bit of a head start on the composition side of things, and with a growing knowledge of photography and how to play with light, I started developing a my own distinct style. One that was inspired by this amazing city we live in and the love of two people who want to share their lives together.
That was 5 years ago. Now, I’ve shot and edited nearly 200 weddings. Taking photographs is almost as natural to me as breathing. I see images almost everywhere I go. I see life through a lens now and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to turn that off.
We started this business together, but as our lives have changed and evolved, we have steered in different directions professionally. Luke was always going to be a psychologist first, and a photographer second. I have never once imagined myself doing a job that wasn’t creative, it’s my identity, how I’m wired.
To do something truly well, you need to do it wholeheartedly. When Luke’s psychology business stated taking off it became apparent that he needed the space to focus on it. And as I had been almost solely running and shooting in Luma for quite some time, it seemed that for it to continue, it would need to go on with a lot more Ma and a little less Lu. Malu doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Nope, the Lu stays where it is. And so it should, as a tribute to Luke’s vision, talent, mentorship and support in me discovering my photographic career.
So Luke is officially taking a pretty big step back from Luma, but he’s not gone forever.
This post is dedicated to my beautiful husband and father to our son Eddie. Thank you for inspiring me to be who I am today.