The Lupus Portrait Project is intended to provide a raw and intimate look into the daily lives of lupus warriors. The project captures raw, true to life, thought provoking moments - while highlighting the strength it takes to fight this cruel and relentless disease. The goal of this project is to spread awareness one photograph at a time, while further growing a more compassionate and supportive community. 

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Shannon Lee  - Image by Ben Dukes

PARTICIPANT information

  •  Participants: Those currently fighting lupus and families who have lost a loved one to lupus.

  • Where/Location(s): Currently shooting in Los Angeles.

  • When: This is currently an open ended project that will be shot on location, primarily in the evenings and on the weekends. However, as Covid restrictions continue to let up, photo sessions during treatments such as dialysis and infusions will resume when able. 

  • Open to All Ages: Participants in the portrait project will receive 3-5 free digital images for their personal use. Young warriors under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian to participate in a session, and a model release is required for all participants. 

If you are interested in sharing your journey to educate and inspire please contact Shannon Lee via email 


Once an email is received, you’ll be added to the list of interested participants. Please allow up to two weeks for follow up to work out the shoot details and to secure a date. Participants must be willing to commit a minimum of two hours to the project. In order to participate, you will need to sign a model release agreeing to the usage of the images for this project. 


*2022 dates for New York, Atlanta, Central Florida and Central Texas will be announced at the end of the year.