Shannon Brooke Interview

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Model: Nico Jones
Makeup by Tarryn Feldman
Hair by Danielle June


Shannon Brooke is primarily an L.A. based photographer focusing on commerical portraiture. Shooting everything from pinup and fashion to music and advertising, her diversity is endless. Recent adventures include shooting in Australia, shooting across Route 66 twice, and starting a base out of Sacramento, California. Previously a lead photographer at West Coast Choppers and Hot Topic, Inc., she is now a full time freelancer working on her own publications. - Bio from

Shannon Brooke is one of our favorite photographers. Her work has appeared on the covers of Sinical #2 and Sinical #5. ~ Danny Stygion


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Shannon Brooke: My Auntie gave me a 35mm Nikon F-Series and I had no idea how to use it!  I took a few photography classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo California, and I fell in love.  Art was always a way for me to express myself, but I couldn't find the right medium to make it a living.  This was something that made absolute sense to me, creatively and technically.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a composition to you?

Shannon Brooke: Simplicity and drawing the eye comfortably around the image.  I love symmetry.


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Model: Tressa Louise
Makeup/hair: Jennifer Corona


Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a typical shoot?

Shannon Brooke: Sometimes it takes me days to figure out the right locations, wardrobe, props, models, etc.  But most of the time I can walk into a situation and make it into something beautiful.  I think lighting is everything, it can change the shape, color, and mood of anything... it's like magic!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a favorite lighting setup?

Shannon Brooke: A key light, and a good edge light, or a light for separating the subject from the background.  Most of my work is shot with 2-4 lights, indoor or outdoor.


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Model: April Novak
Hair: Danielle June


Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that have inspired your work?

Shannon Brooke: Rocky Schenck, David Perry, Ellen Von Unwerth, George Hurrell, Cecil Beaton.

Sinical Magazine: What other artists have inspired your work?

Shannon Brooke: George Petty, Alberto Vargas, Mark Ryden, Richard Fahey.


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Model: Lola Vee
Makeup by Tarryn Feldman
Hair by Danielle June


Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot inside a studio or on location?

Shannon Brooke: I love both, lighting for me gets a little more complicated while I am inside.  It's cool when I have the power to light my locations like I'm in studio too.  Lots of lights in an outdoor situation is so much fun, I like beating down the background lighting lots for a moody, rich landscape.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite outdoot locations to shoot at?

Shannon Brooke: I love the desert, dry lake beds, sky with lots of trees.  Anything with a wide open space is my fav.


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Model: Saint Clare
Makeup and hair by Jennifer Corona



Sinical Magazine: Who in your opinion, are the top 5. alt models?

Shannon Brooke: Sabina Kelley, Mosh, Masuimi Max, Lourdes Dodds, and Lauren WK (I would love to shoot lauren sometime soon!).

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models or clients?

Shannon Brooke: I don't like it when clients or models don't credit the photos properly, or crop images for social networks.  There should always be an appreciation for the photographer, makeup, hair, wardrobe styling, set design, etc.


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Model Frankie Sin
Hair/set by Danielle June


Sinical Magazine: You are the photo editor/cover photographer for Deadbeat Magazine. Can you talk about how this relationship began?

Shannon Brooke: Deadbeat approched Sabina Kelley about a photo I shot of her with her Impala in 2006.  It was a shoot just for fun, and they wanted to use one of the images for the cover of their first issue.  Deadbeat has always been a very consistent company to work for, and they have a good eye for keeping their mag artwork specific to them.  I love working with them, it's truly my favorite gig.

 Sinical Magazine: Congratulations on working with Avril Lavigne. What was that experience like?

Shannon Brooke: It was a great experience, I was very nervous... of course. The day went smoothly, and she along with her manager seemed to be impressed with how quickly I worked.  (Thank bejesus, I just didn't want her to get bored so I worked 10x faster than normal).  I hope I get to work with her again in the future.


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Model Dani Fertéy
Makeup and hair by Jennifer Corona


Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Shannon Brooke: Finally, I am getting to work on my first publication. A book will be due by the end of the year!


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Model Amelié
Makeup and hair by Natasha Marcelina


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