Our Story

A Note From Our Founder

Everyone loves photobooks. There's something so special about looking back at our favorite memories and being able to share them with friends and family. As my family has grown up, I’ve wanted to freeze time and cherish every moment. My photobooks mean the world to me because they help me do that.

It became clear to me that while people love photobooks, they also don’t have the time, or desire to make them. Can you identify? And even if you had the time to create a photobook yourself, the results usually aren’t great – layouts don’t look right, the story isn’t clear, photo quality is poor, and then you’re left with a book that’s “just ok”, with fewer dollars in your bank account and fewer hours in your day.

I set out to solve that with Luminta. We have talented designers who create your photobook for you. All you need to do is send us your photos, and we do all the work. Imagine this – you just had an amazing vacation with your family, and you’re at the airport waiting to board your flight home. You simply upload all your photos to Luminta. By the time you've caught up on laundry that following week, you receive a gorgeous photobook of your trip. It can be that easy.

We sort through all your photos, cull out the blurry shots and photos of the floor, correct colors, crop, and choose layouts that highlight your best photos. The most important aspect of our work is storytelling. We look at the overall story your photos tell and group them by sub-story so flipping through the pages of your book is like reliving your memories all over again.

We’re excited to make your photobook so you'll always remember your most precious memories – and have the time to make more!

Anne Downey

Founder of Luminta

Our Team

ANNE DOWNEY, FOUNDER + CEO

Anne is proud to be a female founder in the tech space and even prouder to design a business that combines her passion for technology and creativity to create jobs for people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. She has a background in the photobook space, having led content at a premier photobook company, Picaboo. She’s an avid photographer who cherishes time with family and friends and wants to help people preserve and share their precious memories.

DENETTE GUERIN, FOUNDER + DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Denette is an incredibly talented graphic designer and photobook maker and is a member of Luminta’s founding team. She leads our design shop and ensures that all we do is in service to our customers. Her favorite thing about making photobooks, is imagining the story and planning a layout that will make it come to life.

KATIE BARBER, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Katie is a wonderful photographer with a great eye for composition and layout and is a bookmaker at Luminta. She also manages our camera scanning service. Her favorite thing about her work is making memories come to life and knowing she’s creating something that will be cherished.

ADELAIDE DOWNEY, PHOTO MANAGER

Adelaide is a designer with an extra love for photography, and holds an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute. Adelaide has been learning about photography and photobooks from her mom for as long Luminta as she can remember and is excited to be working with the Luminta team again!

JULIE BARBER, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Julie joined us last summer as an intern and graduated to Design Associate this fall. Since then, not only has she become a stellar photobook designer, but she is also our "go to" team member for project management tasks. She is a Graphic Design major at Oregon State University, she recently moved from the east to west coast and is loving the adventures her new surroundings provide.

ALYSSA LOONEY, DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Alyssa joined us at the beginning of 2021 and she is a perfect fit for Luminta! As a former gymnast, her discipline and work ethic are second to none. She is currently working towards getting a design degree. She has a great eye for photographs and composition. She is excited to have a job that doesn't feel like work. Outside of work Alyssa loves baking and sharing her bakes with those who are close to her.

ELLEN LEERBURGER, PHOTO MANAGER

Ellen is a NY-based museum and interpretive designer with over 30 years experience working with museums and cultural institutions both nationally and internationally. Always interested in how people make memories, she is excited about combining her expertise as a storyteller, researcher, art historian and designer with the creation of photobooks!

LEXIE FULLER, OPERATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER

Lexie graduated from Denison University in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and Economics. After graduation she took additional courses in several coding languages, marketing, and social media. At Luminta, she does anything and everything, learning as much as she can and loving it! One of the best parts of her job is working on business strategy and connecting with customers and vendors to create lasting relationships and meaningful connections. Outside of Luminta, her favorite past times are cooking, exploring New Hampshire, and spending time with friends and family!