We had the good fortune of connecting with Sariah Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sariah, why did you pursue a creative career?
Taking photographs started at a young age. I always had a disposable camera with me when I went to camp or other trips and took pictures constantly to capture the memories. When I was 16 I went outside and happened to see this special cloud formation rainbow and was able to snap a picture of it with just my disposable 35 mm camera. It started my passion for photography. As a Junior in High School, I took a photography class with an old fashioned 35 mm black and white film camera. A part of the class, I got to develop the film right there in their built in dark room. It was sooooo much fun. After I got married, we upgraded to a digital camera to capture the moments of our children growing up as well as family trips etc. I also got into landscape and wildlife photography because I never thought I would be very good at portrait photography. Over the years, my husband continued to tell me how talented I was in photography and that I should make it a business but I never took the leap. A few years ago, I took a photography certificate through the military spouses education program and that gave me a foundation in editing. I also had several friends who were photographers who pushed and encouraged me. I used my husbands deployments as a way to practice so that he could get pictures of the kids while he was gone. When he returned home from deployment I started offering full model sessions to friends near by to practice outside of family. Then we moved to Georgia and I took the leap and started my business Reflections by Luna. Partly because it is a true passion of mine to capture memories for others and partly to help support my husband through post doctorate school at Life University
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a photographer but my goal isn’t just to snap pictures of families. It is to personalize each session to the family and capture the personalities and emotions of each family. I also do a lot of landscape and wildlife photography. It was not easy to set myself apart because there are alot of photographers in this area. But by being persistent and word of mouth have helped the most. I am thankful for all my returning customers. Those will travel many hours and even states to come to me for their family photos! I love doing what I do and I do it because I love it and because these memories are sooo precious. Having these memories now and forever is so important for now and the generations to come!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We haven’t really traveled much since moving here but my favorite spots I would definitely take my best friend to are the Atlanta zoo, Atlanta Aquarium, The drive through zoo, the butterfly farm in Dahlonga and Stone Mountain. I don’t have any favorite places to eat.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had many mentors throughout the last couple years that have pushed me in different ways. Angela Schiel Ferguson with heaven’s paintbrush Photography was my local mentor here in Georgia. She helped me with my Rainbow baby documentary and has given me feedback on how to improve my other images, Ches Calambus was one of my first mentors and taught me a ton about photography and composition. Jerry Giles helped me learn more about off camera flash in preparation for a big head shot gig that I got through my husband’s fraternity. Mik’l Osborn was one my first mentors back in California and sold me my first lens and helped me learn how to use it. There are many others who have encouraged and continued to push me to keep going even when I get discouraged. I am coming up on my second year of being open and have several returning clients and I absolutely love what I do!
Headshot by Heaven’s Paintbrush Photography All other photos by Reflections by Luna