When I was very little I was encouraged to do whatever made me happy. Aside from turning me into a massively messy person, it also made me question, extensively, what actually makes me happy. And that is the foundation on which I live my life: I seek my passion, and I promote passion in others.

When I was 16 I met my best friend and life partner. He has taught me invaluable lessons which can be summed up in these words: Refuse to settle for less than the life you want to live. Build the life you want to live.

When I got even older, and it was time to graduate school and choose a career path, I found myself with two college degrees: one in filmmaking, and the other in English. I pursued neither. Instead, I picked up a DSLR and became a photographer. At first I was just taking semi-creepy self-portraits and posting them on the internet…Well, that’s what I still do, technically. I also sell my work in galleries, teach, and license my images for a living.

Now I am also a writer (working on two books at the moment) and motivational speaker. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be speaking in front of big groups of people I would have cried and laughed at the same time. I was deathly shy. But that is exactly how I prefer to live my life: facing my fears head on, challenging myself, and every step of the way making sure I believe that my life is worthy of greater things.

When I’m not creating, you can find me hiking, doing charity work, watching Doctor Who, obsessing over my cats, cooking a wide assortment of vegan food, or jumping in a lake at 5am…because if you aren’t jumping in lakes at 5am, you’re just crazy.

Get in touch with Brooke by clicking this link for any of the following…

Book her as a speaker
Say hello or ask a question
Commission or license an image
Get involved with charity work
Sign up for a workshop or the PPC convention
Buy a fine art print or one of her books
Feature her in a magazine or blog post

All inquiries are welcome!

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  • January 3, 2015 - 10:33 am

    Kliker.TV » Emocije žena prikazane kroz seriju umjetničkih fotografija - […] – Blogerka, fotografkinja i umjetnica Bruk Šaden posvetila se fotografisanju momenata i emocija koje ispoljavaju žene, bilo da se radi o stvarnim […]ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Joel Robison - Hello lovely,

    I’m so excited to see your convention being announced! I wanted to reach out to see if there’s any way I can help out/be a part of it/be your personal sherpa.

    I’m hoping to attend either way as it looks amazing and absolutely right up my alley but thought I’d take a leap of faith and see if it were possible to help out in any way.

    Hoping you’re well <3

  • May 4, 2015 - 8:35 am

    José Mario Calero Vizcaíno - Hello I really enjoyed your compositions, I am an architect and photography and watercolours are my passionate hobbies. I really admire your ability to manipulate Photoshop software to edit digital images and compose fantastic scenes full of passion and fantastic creativity.

    Congratulations on your success!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    Tony - Hi Brooke, my name is Tony and I recently came across your work and I think it’s GORGEOUS! Absolutely inspirational. I first heard of you because I am following Lindsey Adler. So I’m a food photographer, I’ve been shooting for about 3 years now and I love it. I know this is different than what you shoot, but I was wondering if you happen to know of a fine art food photographer that I can follow? I usually shoot for blogs and I freelance clients, but I’d like to take my work in a different direction. I would really appreciate your help, if you can. Thanks again for your time!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2016 - 11:18 pm

    Fae - Hi Brooke,
    Words cannot describe the feeling your creative images emanate. I would love the opportunity to meet you and shoot with you.
    Where are you based ?
    Fae FruitwalaReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2016 - 8:38 am

    Dylan MacKinnon - Hi Brooke! I’m a fan of your work and I recently tuned into your live stream where I learned a lot. Your newest video was interesting where you used yarn as a creative element. I attempted to use it similarly in one of my first conceptual photos. I’m not sure if this link works but if you could give me some criticism that’d be great! If not, could you share some ideas for cheap props you’ve used (like yarn) that were a major element in your pictures? Thanks!


  • August 24, 2016 - 4:25 am

    Måns Runsten Swärd - Hi Brooke,

    My name is Måns and I am part of the social media team at Happy Socks. I recently browsed your Instagram account and we really like your gallery. Your posts are both classy and inspiring!

    I wanted to send you some of our socks of your choice to complement the color in your gallery and to keep your feet colorful when you are on your adventures. If interested in collaborating with us, I think that our fun and colorful products with your composition and eye could make a great Instagram posts!

    If you are interested in working with us, please fill out this form:


    Also, I arranged a personalised discount code for you ”Happybrookeshaden” giving 20% off + free shipping for your friends and followers and it is valid for 48 hours. This could be something to add in the text of your coming post!

    And we will get your order placed as soon as possible! If you have any questions, just get in touch with me on my mail:
    E-mail: mans@happysocks.com

    Best Regards,

    Måns Runsten Swärd
    Social Media Assistant

    Happy Socks AB | Kungsgatan 12-14 | 111 35 Stockholm | Sweden
    Phone SWE: +46 73 041 24 24 | Skype: mans_235
    mans@happysocks.com | http://www.happysocks.com
    Official: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | SnapchatReplyCancel

  • December 20, 2016 - 10:33 pm

    Linda Paquin - hi,
    Love your work and have purchased most of what you have on creative live. Your book is packed with great stuff.

    I think I heard you mention in one of the videos something about info for applying for Grants. I am interested in applying for one to finish a concept photo. Do you have anything that would help in writing one to get the proper attention?

    Thank you for your info… Keep creating, you seem to be moving with deliberation towards something. I’m one of many that want to follow that journey.


  • January 29, 2017 - 2:31 pm

    Ian Ross - Hi Brooke,
    I went to see your exhibition yesterday – they are a big departure from what you have been doing and are all great images.
    Good luck with your show.


  • April 16, 2017 - 7:34 pm

    Erica Stallings - Hi! I am a stylist and makeup artist. I’ve recently started a blog on different photoshoots I’ve been able to collaborate on. I’d love to work with you. Your images are amazing! If you ever have something you think you could use me on, I’d be more than excited to be apart of it!
    Thanks, Erica StallingsReplyCancel

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