Embodied Celebration Experiences
On a mission to cultivate a lifestyle of celebration, we’re a team of photographers with over 10+ years of experience each, along with our founder and CEO Lumalia Armstrong (formerly Emmy Gaines), a certified yoga & meditation instructor who also runs Celebrate Again Yoga. We believe that all of life deserves celebration, the dull moments, the grand moments, and everything in between.
We get that life is sometimes overwhelming, amazing and a magical experience all at once. We exist to provide you with life-changing experiences that help you, not just know, but rather, embody celebration.
We’re here to help you craft and live a life full of the most delicious life expereinces.
Are you ready to Celebrate Again?
Founder, Photographer, Meditation & Yoga Teacher
Can I tell you a secret? I have this determined side of me that is bent on making everything better. I am a problem solver extraordinaire.
I’ve been fascinated with the human connection since I was a little girl. Always people watching and learning by observation.
Running around with a cheesy smile plastered on my face at all times, it was a strange habit of mine to try to make strangers smile.
In the end all I ever want to do is help people feel good inside and out.
Celebrate Again has been a dream of mine for half a decade now. I have this insatiable desire to live life to the fullest but not just know how to, actually do it, which is what Celebrate Again is all about, giving you embodied celebration experiences. My goal is always to lead you deeper into connection with yourself or your partner, experiencing a level of affection that transforms you to being able to show up to all of life with your best.
You may notice I don’t photograph anything past 4 hours and have an assistant with me. Chronic illnesses became a part of my life story in 2016. I have some major limitations but this has only propelled me to reach more people: to make Celebrate Again not only a business but also a nonprofit.
In my free time you’ll find me hanging with my awesome husband and family, exploring the PNW, loving life as a mama, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, Kindred, dancing, reading more about the human experience, and recipe creating for my fun paleo/vegan diet.
Celebrate Again's Foundation Story
Back in 2009 if you would have told me all that this company has become I probably wouldn’t believe you. I (Lumalia founder of Celebrate Again) started off as a wedding photographer in New Mexico. Quickly moved to Colorado where my photography career kicked off and I was specializing in mountain weddings working with some of the most amazing couples and epic wedding venues. In the middle of live’s turmoils I got really sick in 2017 and had to close my business for a year. Ironically in 2016 the year before I met one of my most potent business coaches, Jesh De Rox and an idea sparked. This idea that our relationships are ones we too easily take for granted.
I saw it in my couples over the years. So much effort was put into wedding days to celebrate them coming together but after that it seemed everything was focused around careers, houses, and children. I felt so many couples drift apart as I continued to show up for their family photos, their newborn photos and even their anniversary photos. I wanted to start a movement to help couples remember their connection again. So in 2019 after a lot of deep healing and struggling to stay alive I found a way to reopen my business with my long time second photographer, Brittany. I launched Celebrate Again and since then it has morphed into many beautiful iterations.
In between my time away from photography I pursued a yoga training. My illnesses still are a big part of my life and why I switched to elopements and eventually fell in love with them. But I couldn’t sustain the elopements and working with couples as I desired.
In 2020/2021 I moved to Portland, Oregon and began a Kindred meditation training. My life has been forever changed. Its here I meet Sam and Kyle of The Dropped Pin – Adventure Elopements and we decided to join forces.
After much merging and conversations Celebrate Again has now morphed into me using my skills from working with couples for over a decade along with meditation and yoga principle to develop a deep fun connection daily. I’m still photographing couples and want to keep promoting Celebrating Again. Since 2022 Sam and Kyle with The Dropped Pin have become a sister company taking over most of the elopements with Celebrate Again with me coaching them along the way.
Brittany and I stumbled into branding work on the off seasons and fell in love so you’ll also find us both doing some branding work, her in Denver and me in Portland.
Besides couples connection work you’ll find me teaching yoga classes in person and at CelebrateAgainYoga.org and working with people through their journeys via Luminosity. I’ve also written a memoir about the brave truths of my personal story find it here: Blooming Upside Down
Thanks for reading our story. We hope to be able to connect with you and help your passions for deep connection and experiences dive deeper and more beautiful than you thought possible.
Envision putting together all the best experiences you’ve ever had into one day, top it off with connection to your beloved and we’d call that a perfect day.
This is exactly why we’re here, to guide you into a day that breaks up the monotony of life, gives you a deep dive into connection while celebrating your relationship.
Giving your permission to let go of traditions to live out your unique life story.
We don’t want it to end there, with your photos you get to look back and relive those moments WHILE we get to give back.
Let’s Celebrate Being Alive
Let’s celebrate connection.
Let’s celebrate your story.
Let’s celebrate again and again.
Life is too short not to celebrate every single day.
Life is not the amount of breaths you take, its the moments that take your breath away.
She made us feel at ease…
“Lumalia is a wonderful photographer! She did anniversary photos for us in a beautiful mountain park outside of Denver, Colorado. She did a great job of making us feel at ease and we had so much fun during the process! I loved the photos that we ended up with; they really captured the moment. They will be something we can look back at for many years to come.” – Daniel
Are you ready for your connection experience?
“I find more love in a storm with you than a thousand sunny days without. ” ~ Atticus