Shannon Brooke was born and raised in Orange County, CA, USA: at 18 an aunt gave her a 35mm Nikon F-Series as a birthday present. She ended up taking some photography classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and later attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. Inspired by the work of famed pin-up artist Alberto Vargas and the studio lighting used by George Hurrell and Cecil Beaton in the 1940’s, she soon made a name for herself as a modern pin-up and fashion photographer.
Today Brooke is primarily based in L.A. and focusing on commercial portraiture. She has worked with some of the most recognized names in the world of pin-up including Dayna Delux, Heidi Van Horne and Claire Sinclair. She is also currently the lead photographer at West Coast Choppers and Hot Topic, Inc.