Bold, brave and beautiful are the words to describe Shannon. Like nearly 6.5 million others in the U.S., Shannon has alopecia areata, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. This disease is highly cyclical and unpredictable. Hair can grow back in or fall out at anytime, and the course of the disease is different for each person. Alopecia does not discriminate. It affects males and females equally and can occur at any age. The emotional toll of alopecia can be just as acute as the physical toll, as its sufferers struggle to accept their condition.
A few weeks ago, Shannon asked if I would photograph her without her wig, so she could become more accepting of her appearance. I was honored. Alopecia has done nothing to take away from Shannon’s pure, raw beauty. Quite simply, she is stunning. She is the full embodiment Studio B Photography’s motto: “Be Unique, Be Authentic, Be You”.
I am so proud to have her as one of my models.