Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Howdy! I am Shannon Raske, a proud mother, Cypress resident of twenty-two years, and photographer and owner of Lunalux. With little more than a BFA in photography, a battered Nikon and a desire to kick some butt, I landed my first client in 1998 and I’m still going! I shoot everything from people to food to pets. But! I don’t do weddings! When I put down the camera, I’m usually editing photos, cooking or hanging out with my family.
What first got you interested in photography?
Photography just spoke to me. I love looking through the viewfinder, framing my shot, pressing the shutter and hearing that lovely sound of the camera recording the moment. I started out using film and developing negatives in the darkroom. I remember the excitement of picking up contact sheets from my local lab – it resembled Christmas morning! The thrill of seeing what I had captured days prior was intoxicating.
What led you to starting your own photography business?
I was influenced by entrepreneurs and encouraged to start my own business. So, I did! I am a documentarian at heart so it’s pretty easy for me to help others document their lives…true joy!
What is your greatest personal achievement?
Honestly, being a mother. My daughter is the coolest girl I know. We are very close and have tons of fun together despite the 171 miles between us. She inspires me, makes me laugh and gives some pretty good advice. She is my best friend.
What is the professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I had the opportunity to photograph George Strait at an event at Perry’s Steakhouse several years ago. I captured a lovely photo of George holding a pretty beverage leaning against the bar. I told George Strait how to pose–woohoo! As Mathew McConaughey would say, Green Light!
Who is your inspiration?
My friends and family inspire me. Doing the right thing, doing the wrong thing, love, acceptance and forgiveness… We’re all just living life and taking care of the people we love. There’s an art to that and the people I surround myself with get it.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Always know your worth and respond to life accordingly. Oh, and when you’re offered a chance to spend the weekend with Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson – do not decline!
What's a pro tip everyone should know when having their picture taken?
Ready for a few pro tips on posing? Here we go… Always, always, chin forward and slightly down. This technique hides a double chin and sagging neck. And your body, you ask? Well, turn your hips at a 45 degree angle to the camera and keep your shoulders back. This creates a more defined jaw, minimizes the width of the hips and thighs and can hide those lovely muffin tops and love handles.
What’s your favorite way to give back?
In 2020 when covid hit, a friend suggested that I take pictures of families on their front porches at no charge, just to remain active in the community. I thought it was the dumbest idea ever. Then someone contacted me about doing that very thing! I worked on a donation only basis and raised $5,000 for the Houston Food Bank. I was thrilled. Now that’s giving back!