Sometimes our journeys take us to unexpected places. When I started photography I would have laughed at the idea of flying to London to photograph an opera singer. Me? No way, that’s for fancy people! But then it happened just a few short months after being contacted by Warner Classic Music, and the images are here to share!

There is only one word that adequately describes working with Joyce DiDonato: infectious. In the best way possible. Her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and desire to push the boundaries is the most infectious bubble of joy, and I was very honored to be inside that bubble. The more we worked together, the more we understood each other and the message we needed to communicate. When it came time to do the photo shoot I was supposed to produce eight images. Thirty or more pictures later, and I had caught the bug. I always get carried away.

Smoke bombs, high powered fans, exploding flowers, and studio lights (say what?!) made up the creative shoot that day. In a beautiful little nook in London we created art from morning until the sun literally went down on us. I was nervous, as I always am, that I would not live up to the artist everyone was expecting. But with such an amazing team, including Bethany Alderson on hair/makeup, I knew that I was supported as well. The key with commercial shoots is to always reassure yourself that you were chosen for a reason, so best to do what you love and do it with passion or not at all.

For the photo shoot we went from peace to war throughout the day, changing Joyce’s wardrobe and makeup to gradually become more sinister and dark. The makeup was applied lightly at first and then more and more until she was the embodiment of the darker parts of the world. Flowing, elegant poses turned into smoldering, fierce eyes and resolute fists in the air. It was gorgeous to watch that transition and see how Joyce trulyΒ became the character she is creating in her music.

The team was on board with my weird, wacky ideas. As we continued shooting I got more and more ideas, each time asking shyly: “I have this idea, but it’s a little weird…”. Most of my strange requests start off this way. And each time Joyce met them with confidence and excitement.

I hope that you enjoy this collaboration and that you’ll listen to her music. She is truly doing magnificent things with her passion. Her album, In War & Peace, comes out November 4th and is available for pre-order.

Take a look at her website to seeΒ behind the scenes videos
as well as more images from the shoot.

www.inwarandpeace.com

  • September 21, 2016 - 3:31 pm

    Crackle - Brooke – amazing love your exploring of the light to dark – your vision being taken by others whose enthusiasm led you to new places – thank you for sharing! Hope your travels are good and the conference goes well – so sad to not make it again… next year maybe?!! xox CrackleReplyCancel

  • September 23, 2016 - 10:06 am

    Fit BMX - I just looked through the photos on her website, and the whole set is outstanding! You did a beautiful job, she sounds like a naturally born model, and a overall great person! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

Dearest, amazing Passion family! I’m in Peru! Hence my late update. Being in Peru is actually not a reason in the least for being late with my WWW post. What my excuse really is….is that I’ve been running around with my love, eating the best darn vegan food ever and tasting fruits in the local market. A day to remember to be certain. But here I am, typing to you with the fullest heart.

I am so glad that you’re here to watch this new White Wall Wednesday video. I put a lot into this one, definitely an in depth editing theory video for you! You asked to see the half underwater photo, so that is what this video is about! Please be sure to leave any comments/questions below – I am so happy to cater these videos to what YOU want to see. Life is about SHARING, not keeping secrets. Am I right, or am I right?! So let’s share.

  • September 14, 2016 - 7:52 pm

    William - IΒ΄m happy to hear your voice this week, and grateful to see how you make magic and share your passion with us.
    Now that you are in Peru there is a lot of new food flavors that you are tasting right, I am from Bolivia next to Peru and maybe there is a kind of juice that there is in Peru too, its called “quinua con manzana” if you find it I recommend to taste it, I donΒ΄t know if they prepares the same way that I use to drink it in Bolivia but I thing is delicious too.
    Enjoy your travel with your love, and keep safe.
    Que tengas un muy feliz y divertido viaje!
    Te queremos mucho.ReplyCancel

    • September 15, 2016 - 6:47 am

      Fit BMX - my locale town only has around 190 people in it, and a very nice lady that works at the bank is from Bolivia! πŸ™‚
      I have had quinoa, and it is easy to find in the USA. But I didn’t know they make a drink out of it, I will have to look into it.ReplyCancel

      • September 15, 2016 - 7:26 pm

        William - its nice to know there are nice people of Bolivia living there, The recipe that I know is very simple, but maybe you like it.
        first 1 cup of quinoa but the quinoa should be soaked in water one night and after that wash it with water 2 times.
        boiling the quinoa in 2 liters of water during 30 minutes,and the add cinnamon and clove, after that add 2 or 3 grated apples and sugar, let cook about 15 minutes and ready to drink it.
        you can add to your glass a litle of evaporated milk if you want too. but I preffer without the milk. matter of tastes :-D.ReplyCancel

        • September 15, 2016 - 8:17 pm

          Fit BMX - The soaking and cooking process sounds the same as making soymilk, which we already do. Next time I go to the store I am getting the stuff to make it, thanks for the recipe! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

          • September 18, 2016 - 7:10 am

            William - you are welcome :-), I hope you like it.ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2016 - 6:39 am

    Fit BMX - YES!!!!
    (I believe that is the proper response the “am I right” question) πŸ˜‰

    My sister and her family were just in peru a few days ago, but only 10-12 hours waiting for their plane to Argentina. I said they should have stayed in Peru. I have always thought it would be a great place to see, now I want to go even more knowing that there is great vegan food there! πŸ™‚
    I gotta get to work, I will watch your video later. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2016 - 6:28 am

    Fit BMX - I just got the chance to watch your video before heading to work, and I think I am going to call in sick so I can stay home and make cute little bubbles! LOL That is so easy, but I would have never thought of doing that. I have been watching Bob Ross (the PBS painter) lately, so the first thing I thought was “Happy little bubbles”. LOL
    This video was really outstanding, you covered every aspect perfectly.
    Thank you! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2016 - 7:01 am

    Stacy - Thank you so much for this Brooke! Love the bubbles : ) Glad you are having a good time in Peru!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2016 - 7:06 am

    Angela Vizcaino - Thank you so much, Brooke, this is amazing. You’re really “Promoting Passion” on my creations and on me!
    How often do you create new photos? That’s one of my battles, being constant…
    Best regardsReplyCancel

Oh my loves, so much is happening this month! I am grateful that September has rolled around. I haven’t quite figured out how I’ll handle it all, but I am excited for it! This month is my Promoting Passion Convention (Sept 27-29) and I’ll be in Florida and Peru before that. I follow it with another month of travel in October. I’ve known all year that this was going to be an insane two months but I think they are going to be transformative and amazing, too. After next week’s White Wall Wednesday video I’ll have to go on a little hiatus, but it’s just a wee break!

This week I wanted to keep things simple and go behind the scenes of two photo shoots: one on the white wall and one on a darker sheet that I taped to said white wall!

Let me know which image you’d like to see in more depth for next week’s WWW!

 

  • September 7, 2016 - 7:44 am

    Vicki Kurasz - Both are such cool photos (of course). I think I want to know how you faked the water more. Although I would like to know how you do the skin piercings. I’m sure you will make both look so easy.

    It’s amazing how such an odd photo of yourself turns into a masterpiece. How do you keep coming up with this stuff?!!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 7:49 am

    Thomas Miles - I’d love to know how you create realistic elements in your work, especially with the photo of the branches. I’d love to understand you make the branches go into the skin believably and what techniques you use to have the branches be in the skin. Thanks Brooke <3 much love for your creativity.ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 8:40 am

    Sue Demeter-St Clair - Beautiful. I really like both, but the water theme is calling out to me. I am here via Facebook and wanted to say I really enjoy your work. Amazing πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 8:53 am

    William H. - Both images are beautiful, thanks for sharing.
    IΒ΄d like to see more deeply the water image.ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 10:05 am

    Cathy Alba - Love both images but would really like to see more in depth the water image!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 1:02 pm

    Katrin Auch - I was actually planning on asking you if you can go into detail on how you do “breaking the surface” images of both water and earth. I love the effect, but I have never been able to really pull it off. So that would be my vote. See you at the convention, and thanks you for all the videos!ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2016 - 6:31 am

      Fit BMX - That is a good one! I have trouble getting it to look good at all when I want something coming through a surface. especshly breaking through a “hard” surface.ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 1:40 pm

    Julene - Wow, I love them both and would love to see both more in depth. Since we only get one for now, I’d have to go with the water one. ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    Paulo Carvalho - As always, great work. Both images are stunning, but I’m one more, asking for the water image. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 4:13 pm

    Kate C - I love these, Brooke! The water image is my favourite – I’d love to know how you make it look like you’re immersed in the ocean!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2016 - 8:05 pm

    Angela - Would love to know how you created the water πŸ™‚ it looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2016 - 5:29 am

    Laura - Wow both great images, thanks for sharing. I would love to see the water edit, very curious! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2016 - 5:57 am

    Amani - These images are SO beautiful <3

    I'd love to know what your thought process behind the images is.. how do you come up with the ideas? What inspires you?

    I feel like my imagination is.. broken right now. I don't know how else to put it. I feel like I can't, for the life of me, come up with a fine art piece πŸ™ReplyCancel

    • September 8, 2016 - 6:52 am

      Fit BMX - I do some visualization, this is something I learned in one of Brooke’s online classes.
      Sit down somewhere by yourself, and just daydream by imagining yourself on a cloud. Now drop off the cloud, you have the time between the cloud and the ground to decide where and when you will exist. Now live out the story, go wherever you want with it. Keep doing this for at least five minutes a day, you will notice a theme that is constant, this will be the theme of your next piece of work.
      Daydreams, guided like this or ones that just pop into your head (like mine do while I work) will always show you your inner self, and if you don’t like the themes of your daydreams, then you need to work on changing your thoughts.
      Also look at the work of other artist, painters, sculptors, musicians, carvers, and of course photographers. Not only look at them, study them. I have developed a a great respect for all art ever since I started photography, and can look at any work for a long time. Getting truly lost in it.
      I hope this helps you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

      • September 8, 2016 - 7:21 pm

        nadav yacobi - Just wanted to jump in and say that your comment actually is a great tip to have in mind, it is a good way to come out with new ideas πŸ™‚
        for me is basically blanking my mind then thinking of the what i came across lately and how I make them “visual” in my own vision – could be emotions, music instruments, nature, sky, textures, industrial items/ places and of course – soundtrack music (as it almost every-time put me on a “different place” while listening to, because soundtracks are mainly built as a “ground” and “atmosphere” for, say, games or movies).

        wow I didnt think I’ll write this much now and it just felt right and flew on the “digi-paper” here πŸ™‚
        thank you *fir BMX* and *Amani* for provoking thins from me πŸ™‚

        have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2016 - 6:35 am

    Fit BMX - Another great video!
    Sounds like it will be an incredible trip, make sure you take lots of travel photos for us.
    Have fun. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2016 - 7:05 am

    Michaela Stahlova - Great! I would love to see the water image.ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2016 - 12:21 pm

    Janeane Sanborn - I so love this series Brooke and I can’t wait to meet you at your PP convention! I would like to see how you are creating the image in the water and how you create the bubbles. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

    Rebecca - I’m interested to know how you join the branches to the body in a realistic way. Also, is there a way we can post a photo that has been inspired by your white wall blogs? Love them!! Super helpful in my own creative composite journey- you have no idea!!ReplyCancel

I had one of those “ah-ha!” moments last year, only it happened kind of slowly. First I had my first ever portfolio review at a festival in Chicago. It was amazing and horrible all in one little day. There were extreme highs and extreme lows. Some people didn’t care one ounce about my portfolio, clearly just wanting to move on to something that was more their taste. Others had tear-down, biased negative opinions and others had just the opposite. And in between the doubtΒ and confusion of those opinions, I found my truth. That is what we must do when we are confronted with opinions.

Next I, well…attended my own convention. I heard artists speak about their work and how they work, each so different, and I felt that I needed a change. I wanted to put into action what I had learned from my portfolio reviews and challenge myself to create in a different way. One thing that you must understand about me is that I am not great at sticking to a new way of creating. I often give up after two or even one attempts at it. But I was committed to changing my way of working as well as my business.

What did I do? I rented a studio. I built a giant box (as the other artists have come to know it) which is actually a 7ft x 7ft room inside my studio. I mounted my camera to the ceiling on a video slider. And I began filling the room.

I wanted to do something more hands-on and labor intensive. I wanted to build. I wanted to fail. I wanted to learn. I did all of those things over and over again. I built whole sets that never worked out. I spent money for the sake of experimentation, something I would never have invested in before but is, in fact, priceless. I awakened a part of my creativity I didn’t know that I had. And for all of those reasons this new series is a success.

I retained my creepy vibe throughout most of the images. I put more layered concept into the pictures. And I walked away feeling like I had accomplished what I set out to do one year ago when I thought of the idea for this series. What a feeling. To look back a year ago and see this girl who was confused by all of the opinions out there, trying to re-structure her work and business, unsure of where to go or what would work. And now I have a new body of work to share that I am so proud of.

The opening of the show is not until January so I won’t be sharing until closer to that time, but here are the behind-the-scenes photos, each taken with my assistant and friend Kelly! From yarn to molasses, wax to sand, and who can forget the flour…we had the most fun working in that studio, and this month I say goodbye to it. It was a lovely space, but nature is my canvas. I know that locking that door for the last time will be a wonderful feeling of closure and I’ll fondly say goodbye to a year that has taught me to commit, to be thoughtful, to take my time, and to believe in my vision.

Oh, and did I mention that I spent my day yesterday tearing down the little room we build, then re-building it inside a portable 15-foot pool, filling it with water to make it look flooded, and then tearing it down again for the final time? It was wild. And completely inspiring. And my whole body hurts from the effort. Worth it!

  • September 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

    Angie Lambert - A D O R E these images. They make my heart smile this morning, true story. Thank you for sharing your art, love, and gentle glimpses of moments like these with us, xo.ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2016 - 6:38 pm

    Kate C - It’s so exciting to see these little hints of what you’ve been working on! Can’t wait to see the final images when you share them. You’re so open and honest about your learning and failing and succeeding. It’s a joy to share in your journey, Brooke.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Fit BMX - does your landlord of the studio have any idea how crazy you guys were in there? LOL And will you get your safty deposit back??? πŸ˜‰
    It looks like you and your friends had the time of your lifes in there. Your works of art must bring back so many great memories from places and times like this. How wonderful! πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to see the finished work! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2016 - 8:41 am

    Deirdre - I can’t wait to see the final versions! Thank you for all of your inspiring shares.ReplyCancel

We’re back in the editing room today for White Wall Wednesday! I swear each video gets longer and longer and I have to work harder to cut it down. But that’s because I’m feeling so excited to share, share, share! I have a new energy about me recently that has been brought on by change. A new series I’ve dedicated my year to has been fulfilling, so creating these videos feels like a step back into my “normal” process, which is nice to feel. My world is balanced by creating new work that I haven’t shown anyone and sharing more than ever about my usual workflow.

I asked you last week what types of things you’d like to see in editing, so this week we cover:

  1. How to add fog.
  2. How to cut hair off of a background.
  3. A more in-depth look at color through curves.

Leave some love below if you found this video useful! I hope you can use one of these techniques in your own work, whatever that may look like!

Have a crazy swell week and remember to take a renewed sense of inspiration with you in everything you do today. Smile when you don’t want to smile, hug someone you think may need it. Why not, right? And promote passion – always, promote passion.

  • August 31, 2016 - 9:10 am

    Elaina Ross - Hi Brooke! Thank you SO much for doing these tutorials / examples! I am learning Photoshop on my own and watching how you create your images is so helpful!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 9:40 am

    Bruce Dorricott - Wonderful to see how you go about creating your stunning images.
    Thank you for sharing.

    BruceReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 9:44 am

    Bea Simmons - LOVE! Thank you TONS for this!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 9:53 am

    Robin Baker - Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! It was so inspiring…. and I learned something new about using curves to add color to an image!!! Awesome!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 10:14 am

    Joe Larson - I love your work and your videos even though some of them assume a level of knowledge that I don’t always have and are maybe a little over my head. I’m not a photographer per se, I’m a retired stained glass artist and started using an Adobe product called Photo Deluxe to improve the photos of my work. I then acquired Photoshop 4 (I think) but it was so much more complicated than Photo Deluxe that I never really used it. Not just complicated but, it seemed to me, purposely obscure. I now have Photoshop Elements 14 and find it much more user friendly

    Anyway, I just want to thank you for what you’re doing

    jReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Lori - Hi Brooke, your work is simply beautiful and amazing!! I was looking for inspiration for my own work, and I found it in you, Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 11:51 am

    Cynthia Slade - Brooke – I am a newbie and am inspired by your beautiful creative images. I thank you for sharing your techniques and hope to apply some of them in the near future.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 1:05 pm

    Judi - Thanks so much for sharing your techniques; I am in awe.
    Peace, JudiReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    Paulo Carvalho - Even now I just saw this episode and already can hardly wait for the next www. I’m loving this www! πŸ™‚ Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2016 - 12:40 am

    Ursula Preiss - Wonderful. Thank you for sharing your precious knowledge.ReplyCancel

  • September 1, 2016 - 6:28 am

    Trevor Payne - Loved the white wall tutorial no 8. Thanks so much. Am sure to use your tips in the future. Is it possible to view past white wall Wed tutorials ? I seem to have missed the previous 7 and am sure there could be some great stuff in there. Thanks again. TrevorReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2016 - 11:52 am

    fit - I have never used the background eraser tool before, I will give it a shot. It looks much easier and faster than the way I have been doing it. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel