Isn’t it strange how hard it can be to try something new? I felt that way simply in posting this video. it’s different and vulnerable and sometimes even putting yourself out there in the smallest ways can make you feel insecure. But that is exactly why I am doing it: because in 2014 I am embracing every little thing that makes me uncomfortable. I am posting things that are different and letting the feedback come, and understanding that no opinion can define me but my own.

I decided to write a blog post as I’ve done hundreds of times but this time, I read it as I felt it. The voice inside my head.

  • January 6, 2014 - 4:09 am

    Annamaria - Wow, this has touched me to tears. You are such a wonderful person giving joy, hope and courage to all of us. I would love to say so much to you as I have been following and being amazed by your work for years, but more than anything I am grateful. Grateful that the essence of you is the essence of everyone of us as well, and your work is touching us because we also carry the possibility of art as strong as yours in ourselves. Thank you for making my heart smile, thank you for sharing the pictures of your soul.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 8:56 am

      brookeshaden - You have touched me as well. Thank you for writing such kind and heartfelt words, they mean more to me than I can say. Words like this give me the courage to say what is inside, and I can only hope that it resonates with others. <3ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Tobias - I absolutely adore your work. So inspiring and wonderful. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 8:55 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Tobias!! That means a lot to me.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Martin - Brooke,
    I have been watching and re-watching your Creative Live seminars and consuming your book. Thank you for making what was once a hobby a soul-fulfilling passion.
    mhReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:15 am

      brookeshaden - Martin, thank you so much for saying that. It is amazing to discover a passion that fills you up so fully.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Jill - I am absolutely in love with this video. When I stumbled across your work a few years ago as a young student trying to find herself as an artist, I was in awe by the beauty of your work. Just as much, I was and still am so inspired by your passion to both create and spread inspiration. I really needed to begin my year with a video like this. Not only is it inspiring, but it is motivating. Thank you for your openness and your desire to spread what you love to everyone else. It has honestly helped and inspired me in tremendous ways.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:16 am

      brookeshaden - Oh Jill, thank you tremendously. I was so nervous to share this video because of just how personal it was, and you’ve just made me feel so much better. Thank you for being you!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Abigail - this is intense. in a good way. and makes me want to challenge myself. thank you for everything you share.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:24 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Abigail!! I am so glad to hear it. Challenges are what allow us to grow into our best selves. I hope you flourish πŸ™‚ Thank you for being so kind!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Chandra Achberger - Simply. Stunning. Message.
    Be the change! Much β™₯ to you Brooke and thank you, a thousand thank you’s, for all you share with the universe. Thank you for being you and letting that light SHINE.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:28 am

      brookeshaden - Thank YOU Chandra!! You have no idea how much your words lift me up. Thank you for inspiring me!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Jody McNary - That was awesome Brooke!!
    Just I needed today. In fact I will play this everyday, to keep me focus.

    Thank you
    Have a Great Day !!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:40 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Jody! I am so glad to hear that this helped! Live on!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 10:11 am

    thomas miles - Hi Brooke, I love the message in this video and in fact your message as a whole! You have inspired me so much to create surreal and beautiful photos that are a piece of me being almost ‘released’ in an artistic way! My dream one day is to meet you, but I’m pretty sure if i do I’m gonna explode! Either way, Im in love with your photography and want to say a massive thank you for opening my mind to the world around me and making me feel like I can tackle my fears and be resilient in achieving that goal! Can’t wait to see more of your photos in this coming year and keep on promoting passion! πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 10:22 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Thomas! You are so kind!! Thank you for brightening my day and lifting my spirit. I hope our paths do cross, it would be a real honor for me. Happy new year and let me know when some of those dreams are realized – I’ll be cheering for you from over here!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 10:39 am

    dee - Thanks so much for sharing your dream. It truly is an inspiration to see your creative imagery tied to your words and know the same passion exists within all of us who create.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 10:41 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Dee. I agree, it is wonderful to know we are all in this together <3ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Amani - I’m so glad you were able to get over being insecure, and posted this. I hope you do this more often because there’s something that’s just so personal about hearing you speak your mind, it’s different than reading your thoughts – but don’t get me wrong, I love reading your blog posts.
    Thank you for posting this. I’m having a rough couple of days and even though this brought tears to my eyes, it definitely helped. I hope you know that you really do touch and changes lives <3 I hope you never stop living your dream.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 12:29 pm

      brookeshaden - Amani, thank you for inspiring me always and for giving me support and motivation. I owe you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:19 am

    Laesia Juditta - Lost in your dreams already… Huhhhh… It was so sincere.

    I have to tell you when I first saw your pic “Finding Strength” (the lady in red in the desert) it gave me an inspiration to start a campaign for a reprint of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent in Hungarian. It was printed 10 years ago and I had to wait exactly 3 years to get one copy in a second-hand shop. I thought about all my friends and sisters who might love this book. Then I saw your picture… and that was THE MOMENT. The author of the book was as kind and helpful as possible and now it seems it will go… So thank you for that picture, too… (my favourite…)

    And this was all just last year. πŸ™‚ New one has just started. πŸ™‚

    I loved this video, too. Good to see that we are not alone with fears and that there really are ways to cope them and still go on…ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 12:29 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you Laesia! I really appreciate you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Samantha Pugsley - I teared up during this video. You’ve so perfectly articulated what it means to be an artist – sharing our dreams in hopes that others can live in them with us.

    How is it that every time you post something it seems to find me at just the right time in my life? πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 12:29 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Samantha, I adore you πŸ™‚ Thank you for being in my life!!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Stacy Shaeffer - Brooke,

    We have never met. You do not know who I am, but you so thoroughly know my spirit. You know my heart. You know my passion. You know the way my brain works. When I discovered your work, I felt as though I had finally found someone who understood the art I was wishing to produce. So often we get caught up in finding the balance between shooting to profit for our families and the true art that lives within our souls. As a artist, I long to create images that move me. To bring to life the vision in my head. The one that haunts me in my dreams, stops me in daily grind, the one that longs to be put to life on paper. I hope that 2014 brings me more time to capture those images in between the profit shooting and the daily life of being a Mom, Wife, Business Owner, Daughter, Sister and Granddaughter. I hope that I can find the artist who lives inside of my soul the way you have inspired me to be so. I asked for only thing for Christmas this year, your book. I have spent hours upon hours just admiring your work and the words you pour so effortlessly and poetically onto paper. Thank you for sharing your soul, your gift and your artistry with the world. Thank you for inspiring the inner artist within myself. Wishing you so much joy and inspiration in 2014 and I cannot wait to witness your art this year. Blessings. ~Stacy Shaeffer, Stacy Shaeffer PhotographyReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 12:28 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Stacy, you can’t begin to imagine how much this means to me. I’ve just had a smile on my face for 5 minutes! I am so grateful for you. I understand where you’re coming from – I hope that your 2014 is a year of growth and discovery and passion. And I truly hope our paths cross soon.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 3:57 pm

      Stacy Shaeffer - I would be honored!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Andrea Gore - This is beautiful, truly beautiful. Thank you Brooke. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 12:27 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Andrea!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    Beata RydΓ©n - You are such a beautiful person, and you are so brave to share your passion and speak your voice to the world. You have changed many lives already, IΒ΄m certain of that. Thank you for your endless inspiration!!! Always keep dreaming <3

    ps. i love this new video-update every monday. so cool πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Tara Eveland - Wow that made me tear up as well, as today I too released something that is so out of my comfort zone. I am not brave enough as you to allow comments on my blog, I don’t want to read any negativity as I embark on this ‘journey for inspiration’ as I call it.
    But reading your book daily, writing down endless quotes and notes from it, watching the creative live recaps and looking back through my notes the last time you were there talking about failure and growing, you have no idea how much you have touched my life and inspired me in a way that has CHANGED my life and my heart and soul. I don’t feel like something is ‘missing’ anymore, I know how to fill that spot and that is with my art to express my ideas and emotions, even if others don’t understand or even like it.
    Again, thank you for your generiosity and forever giving back to our community. It is my dream for this year to meet you face to face at a workshop, or maybe even I’ll get pickd for you CL audience, but I just want the chance to meet the artist that inspired me to take that first step and push past my fears and in doing so has changed my life and heart!
    If you have a second of your day to look at my blog and read the latest entry, I am introducing my first series in it, and I wrote about the thought process that went into it, the passion and the personal visions for it, I would love to get your input on it. Its located at http://www.inspirationjourney.org thank you again Brooke and may God bless you continually this year!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:43 pm

      brookeshaden - Tara, you have no idea the difference you make in my life. Just the other night at dinner I randomly told my husband I wanted to meet you. You are one of those people that shines so bright. Thank you for commenting. I’ll hop on to your blog just as soon as I settle on a better computer!ReplyCancel

    • January 14, 2014 - 1:29 pm

      Tara Eveland - Oh wow! YOU want to me ME? That is amazing! I am so excited to met you as well! You have just inspired me beyond belief! thank you!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Christie - Wow Brooke.. this really hits home, again.. I have had to listen to several times and each time I “hear” something new that makes me pause and think. Thank you so much for taking the time to be an inspiration to all of us.

    Christie
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindaccherryphotographyReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:41 pm

      brookeshaden - Christie, thank you so much. Your words have touched me.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Carlee - I have always been scared to put my art work out there and this video just pushed me to do it! You are my idol you always give me hope and inspiration and I can’t thank you enough. You have really changed my life for the better and you were one of the reason I started in photography. I’m only a teen and I hope to grow up and be like you and as good as photography as you. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:41 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Carlee! Thank you so much! And I just know that you will grow to be the best YOU that you can be.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Edith - Wow Brooke, you are great with words as well as with photos. You put this in a way that touched me, made me even more determined to continue on the path I recently started to follow and be the best I can be.
    Thank you so much!

    EdithReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:41 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Edith thank you so much. I appreciate you immensely. I know you will become the best you possible!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Ryan - This is amazing Brooke! I’ve been following your work for almost a year and I must say that you are the one photographer who actually inspires me to get out there and shoot without being afraid of it not working out. Thank you for this wonderful video and i wish you the best for the remainder of the year.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Ryan! I appreciate that a lot. I hope you have so many fulfilling photo experiences to come!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Evelyn - Brooke, thank you so much for you videos, I used to have so many excuses for not doing photography (getting the model, I don’t have money for the lighting. stylists…) but seeing you come up with such amazing images in such an organic way has really inspired me to take the plunge!. Hats off to you. Love from Australia πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm

      brookeshaden - Awesome Evelyn!! I know you will always find ways to create amazing images that explode onto the photo scene!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Paulo Carvalho - My dream will take place this year. I’m starting my first big project in photography, but here in Portugal everything seems so hard and keeps us close to the abyss, ready to give up. And then the fear takes possession of me. We live in a period of financial and economic crisis and everything is so complicated, full of obstacles that keeps us from achieving the goal. I’m not going to accomplish the dream, I think very often. Fall and get up. It must be that way. Today I went down again, because we are living a sad day. A special Portuguese athlete, a champion, died. Our country is sad. But every time I hear your words, it’s like a hand pulling me up, and this video, once again did it. So, thank you. I admire you, not only your talent, but your personality, your spirit. Congratulations for what you are.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:39 pm

      brookeshaden - Paulo, I am so sad to hear of your struggles and I will be thinking of you for a long time after writing these words. I hope that your journey brings you peace!ReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2014 - 4:22 am

      Paulo Carvalho - Thank you Brooke!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    6-365: nude-art workshop II | lycoops - […] I became speetchless after watching a video from Brooke Shaden. She talks about choosing for your dream and not to let you stop by fear. That is something I will […]ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Rand Huneidi - Brooke,

    Again and again, thank you so much for this inspirational video:)ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:38 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank YOU rand for watching!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Suellen Cook - Expressing emotion in my imagery has become my direction for 2014. Thanks to you and your inspiring words and imagery. I have always been afraid of taking images of people but recently, again thanks to you, I have started to explore portraiture.
    Most of my imagery has been devoid of people as I was trying to express loneliness and abandonment but I have realised that through portraiture I have the potential to make a deeper contention to the viewer. Thanks Brooke for inspiring me and giving me courage to explore new ideas and for adding in no small way to my future artistic direction. I firmly believe you are “one out of the box” (now there is an inspiration in itself – I often use sayings to inspire my art) when it comes to truly giving with integrity and honesty, thank you :). warmest wishes from Australia, SuellenReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 11:48 pm

      brookeshaden - Suellen, thank you deeply. I love that you are thinking so personally about where you can take your art and I believe it will be very fulfilling for you. Please do share as your journey progresses! Thank you for being so kind <3ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 12:20 am

    natascha van niekerk - Thank you Brooke for being open, honest and vulnerable, we appreciate you!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:40 am

      brookeshaden - Oh thank you Natascha!!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 12:59 am

    Suellen Cook - The only way I know to imbibe authenticity to emotion I wish to show is to allow my art to speak of me πŸ™‚
    Not being terribly computer savvy the only way I know to share is to put up the link to my website https://www.suellencook.com or my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SuellenCookCreativePhotography. I hope you will follow my journey as I follow yours.ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:41 am

      brookeshaden - Suellen, I am honored to follow, your creative vision is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 2:33 am

    Claire Gunn - Thank you. is that enough to tell you how deeply you touch our lives Brooke? You are the beacon of light that our own dreams connect with. I AM living my dream because I want to and these words are true to how I feel. Often I put out an image with that fearful, heart pounding experience, but I know I must do it no matter what because the art wants to be made and I am its tool… Thank you for pushing and dreaming…ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:37 am

      brookeshaden - Claire, this brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for showing me such loving support and taking the time to write. I know you will continue to live your dream and I am excited to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Rocio Martinez - This is unbelievable. I just had to close my eyes in order to listen to your voice and take in your every word. You have always inspired me but this time you surpassed that inspiration. I have no words to describe how amazing and incredible your passion is to me and I’m sure to every listener. This is what life, passion, and art is all about. You have really hit home and I thank you. This is by far the most remarkable words I have heard in a very long time. I will definitely share this in our [fa] Photography group. God Bless You!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:36 am

      brookeshaden - Awww Rocio thank you so much, that really means a lot to me. Thank you for being such an amazing support in my life.ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 10:29 am

      Rocio Martinez - Thank you for saying that! It made me smile and made my day! πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

      • January 9, 2014 - 10:38 am

        brookeshaden - Aww yay thank you!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Sandy Gutierrez - I am a photography student who was stuck in a rut. But I came across your amazing videos and it inspired me and helped me realized that if you love what you do than you can’t give up.Β If you are ever in Missouri please please let me know, I would love to hear you speak.
    -Sandy GutierrezReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:35 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Sandy! That is really wonderful to hear and I hope that you have the most amazing journey ahead of you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 11:40 am

    Vinod Krishnan - awesome….ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 11:42 am

    Vinod Krishnan - i was waiting for your tutorial the whole week….just came from a shoot…..watching your video at 12am midnight…..
    thanks a tonReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2014 - 8:32 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank YOU!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Giulia - Dear Brooke, thank you for this initiative … I am following your videos to promote your passion and are touching the fiber that i had a little covered by layers of life and I strive to recover. I Had hidden creativity and passion and the way you show your philosophy of life and photography and the message they are sharing, gradually emerges and gives me motivation to work on what I had saved: To express my passion in photography. Yesterday I was watching your video by accident on youtube creative live where you talk about how to get inspiration and this complements what you, God bless you and continue to fill your inner world that is very extensive. Greetings from Venezuela!ReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2014 - 8:28 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Giulia! Wow thank you so much, you are very kind and I appreciate your words completely.ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    Heather Arsement - In my world right now I feel my work is not up to par as those who I look up too. I have all these ideas and dreams and I can’t quite grasp them. Thank you this and putting your self out there. That is very brave.ReplyCancel

    • January 7, 2014 - 8:17 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you Heather. And just remember that your work will be different, now and always, and that is exactly what makes it special. Embrace where you are in you are in your journey, and the rest will follow. xoxoReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Betty - I absolutely love this video and its message, along with all of your amazing work. The video is just incredibly inspiring and truly does give me a lot of hope. Thank you so much for that. Your work is so unique and brilliant, I admire it a lot as well as you as a person, who seems so wonderfully inspiring and I have found that to be the truth after watching this video. Each piece of your work has such an amazing story and tale behind it, and really is a work of art.

    For my photo imaging class at my school, we are doing an emulation project and I decided to take on the challenge of two of your works. I think that you are truly remarkable and I hope that I will be able to capture the magnificent essence that you do in your pieces and that maybe one day I will get the honor of meeting you in person as I too live in Arizona πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to see all the amazing works that are yet to come from you.
    Best wishes xReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 5:34 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Betty! Thank you so much for leaving a comment, I am so grateful that you’ve watched the video and enjoyed it. I hope that we can meet someday too!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2014 - 11:43 am

    thomas miles - Hi again, Ive been wondering for a while now and just wanted to quickly ask: how do you come up with your titles? I mean, there soooooo beautiful and are just so amazing, so do you get them from somewhere, like read a word and want to use it, or do they just come naturally? I want to give my photos beautiful titles aswell but not have them just be creative for the sake of being creative… hope this makes sense XDReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 8:14 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Thomas! Great question – I absolutely adore titles. I usually pick out one word that holds a lot of meaning for me pertaining to the image I am titling, and then often I try to put that into context that sounds poetic and doesn’t give too much away. I love titles that have a rhythm and mystery to them.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Brian - Hi Brooke, I seem to have a link between making money with my photography and passion. I had a dream, but it died. I can no longer make a living at my photography and that has called into question whether or not I should continue with photography. Seems every time I look through the view finder the thought that crosses my mind is – what’s the point and I don’t press buton. In your opinion is it a good idea to just step away from it all or do you keep pushing it in hopes the spark will return?ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 11:59 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Brian, I totally understand you. I have had those same feelings countless times in my journey so far, and I expect them to continue periodically. I think that the best thing to do is to mentally unlink photography and money, even if just for a short time. Shoot what you love just because you love it, and let the rest fall into place more naturally. If you are feeling very frustrated, take a break. Don’t set a time limit. Just fill your mind with other creative outlets. I usually feel very motivated after doing something else for a time. And if you want to challenge yourself, plan a shoot based around all of the things that you love and shoot it 100% for you. Don’t worry about how it will turn out, just have fun with it. I find that business works best for me when I’m not forcing anything – when I shoot what I love and then let others know how passionate I am about it.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2014 - 1:39 am

    iamcarmina - You are inspirational… thank you for sharing all the wonderful thoughts that speaks entirely how an artist should be. Every images you share, every speech or captions that comes with it, makes me continue to do what I am passionate about, specially in times when I doubt myself and end up comparing myself to others. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Darci Thompson - Thank you for your words Brooke. I find myself at a place in my artistic and personal life where I am asking myself all the questions you so powerfully and eloquently stated. Thank you for the reminder that although we learn from the past, living life is about being in the present, stepping past our fears and just getting out there. Thank you for sharing your heart, talent and work with us. I hope one day I will have a chance to work and learn with you. NamasteReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Dave Emmerson - Brooke

    Ive just recently come across your work while having a random evening on YouTube, and it was a case of wow, I quickly followed that with a visit to your Flickr page to take in more of your work, your such a big inspiration, and now am dying to try something different, yeah maybe follow my dream as well. Thank you once again for sharing your wonderful workReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Luigi Fulk - I have not checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Priscila - Your are wonderful. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and poetry. I have been seeking for a message like yours. I have been confronting my fears, and not knowing if i was on the right path. Thanks for such moving support and inspiration.ReplyCancel

There is no way that I could start a new year without a new endeavor. Stagnation is the enemy and I want to constantly push myself in ways that I think will be better for me in the end. This new video is the first of many. They will be posted every Monday of this year, dealing with a new topic each week. Some will be educational, some silly, some serious, and all dealing with my passions in the hope that you will follow yours.

This new video is all about the new year. Admittedly I rambled a bit, but I wanted to speak from the heart and just put it all out there on this one. The others will be tighter though! So for this video we deal with a new year, new dreams and aspirations, and I share a photo that I created with those things in mind, including a speed edit of that image.

If you’ll share your new year’s resolutions with me I’d love to hear them because my biggest motivations in life included inspiration itself, and I just love hearing the motivations and dreams of others. Thank you for inspiring me now and always, I take that with me into the new year feeling like anything is possible.

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:55 am

    carrie - So beautiful and inspiring. I love your passion and willingness to share with others what you love.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:05 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you immensely Carrie!! Have an incredibly wonderful new year πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Kid of Ozz - This is so lovely and warm, I like this idea and I think you made right decision! I also very like the part where you were talking about the diference between resoultions and dreams! Keep it up!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:05 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see what you do with the new year, always inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Tara Eveland - Hi Brooke! Thank you for starting a new blog, it seems like its going to be a fun one to watch and follow and as always thank you for sharing and inspiring others so much in our industry.
    I created a short videos yesterday that I shared on my personal facebook page about my goals for this next year, Its only a minute long so here is the link πŸ™‚ God Bless and happy New Year!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgQlI12EMIkReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:04 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Tara! Can’t wait to watch the video, what a wonderful thing to do! So much love to you!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Donna - I love this space you’ve created, Brooke! Thank you!

    My resolution/dream for 2014 is to put my work out there more. I struggle with being overly critical of my work and have second thoughts right after I post or deliver, seeing things that could be improved. I want to let that go, still striving to be my best, but also knowing that others may like what’s already there.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:03 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Donna! That is really appreciated πŸ™‚

      I think that resolution is just beautiful. One of the best things we can do for ourselves as individuals is to find inner peace and know that if we are okay with who we are, we must trust others to feel the same…and if they don’t, that is no concern of ours! I know that you will absolutely blossom in this resolution and I’ll be here 100% backing you!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Rebecca Grabek - My dream in 2014 is to do more of what I want, and not so much what the client wants. I felt very uncreative the last month or so, but that was because I was doing the cookie cutter family photo’s, and not the type of photos that I truly love. So I ended last year doing a photo that had so much meaning to me, that it made me realize the direction that I want to take my photography, my business in this year. Thank you for all your inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:12 am

      brookeshaden - Rebecca, this is so inspiring to read. I hope that you’ll keep me posted about your progress. I am so excited for you and your journey. There is no better feeling than finally understanding what makes you tick. Please do share your new creations with me sometime, I’d love to be inspired!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:22 am

    Julie Ray - Thank you Brooke. One thing I can say this year is you have inspired me so much to show who I am and post “my other side” without reservations of being judged. I love you for that!

    xoxoxo
    JulieReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:33 am

      brookeshaden - I LOVE YOU for that, Julie! I have been very inspired by watching your journey. Love always being sent to you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:24 am

    hannah wheeler - Thank you for the inspiration, I look forward to your weekly video’s. Your work inspires me to take my dreams to reality. I aspire to create art portraits depicting the emotional and healing connections we have with animals and the life lessons we learn from them about our humanity and how we treat others. I love your art and your ability to tell a story with your compositions.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:34 am

      brookeshaden - Oh Hannah I just love that. What a beautiful thing to explore. I have a friend interested in a similar goal if you’d ever want a connection to chat about it! Thank you for being so kind <3ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Maggie - Good Day Brook

    I Realy, like in realy Love your work its something Amazing, to see your passion and feel it and see it and most of all to share it is Realy an Art. I will realy like to hear from you and have some questions if i may ask.Thank you so so so much.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:43 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Maggie! If ever you have questions that I might be able to address in a weekly video let me know, I’m happy to do that πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Val - I just have to give a little s/o to you Brooke. Your photography, videos and your spirit are a great inspiration to me and is a real motivator to push myself to create. I’ve been a follower for a long time, and although very unconfident I’m getting stronger a little each day to extend myself in photography. I’m actually terrified of bringing the images I have in my head to life because I don’t have social connections to find models, nor do I have the energy to go and photograph while putting my academics on the line. But thanks to you I’m starting to find the courage to bring them out, one by one. Thank you so much Brooke – I was smiling the whole way through this video you’ve made.

    And since you’d like to know, one of the biggest dreams I have this year is to find romance πŸ™‚ Being lonely is one of the biggest burdens in the world; and to find someone there to always have your back and support you is something that I’ve always wanted but never had. Someone to anchor me down somewhere, because I’m really scatter-brained – and to provide a sense of validation for me when none is heard. It’s a little embarrassing, but this is what keeps me going in life; trying to find the other half that seems to be missing (cheesy I know, but that’s me in a very tight nutshell).ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:45 am

      brookeshaden - Val! I think you are just amazing. I am so happy that you’re putting yourself out there more and creating. The best feeling is seeing your imagination come to life. I just love it! Please keep me posted on your journey, I’d love to see what you work on this year and of course….if you find love….tell me about it!! Who doesn’t love a good love story πŸ™‚ And remember that there is community everywhere who are just waiting to send you love and inspiration and encouragement πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Cindy - Hi Brooke !
    I usually never give comment because I’m kinda shy (yeah even behind my screen haha) but here I couldn’t not say anything.
    I’ve only discovered you a few months ago and all I can say is I love your work ! It is always stunning, so creative, full of emotions. It just looks like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The ‘Wildfire” is truly one of my favorites !
    Besides this blog and the videos are such a great idea ! You do inspire me, and I also admire your personality now. I will start thinking about my dreams over unmeaning resolutions. Wishing you the best for 2014 !
    Cindy, France.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:48 am

      brookeshaden - You are wonderful Cindy! I know how it feels to be shy and the computer is a great place to stay in the shadows, but I am so glad that you wrote a comment. You have brightened my day so much and I want you to know how touched I am. I can’t wait to see all that you do in 2014!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:50 am

    Paulie - Brooke, everyone has said it here in the comments, but all the same I would like to reiterate. You have no idea of the immensity of what you do. Your images are a reflection of you, such an amazing heart; inspiring! It’s hard not to get swept into your photos, your love for what you do Brooke is addictive and contagious. Your beautiful heart and nature are captivating, even your responses to people’s messages are beautiful

    So I thank you for your honesty, passion and love for what you do, it is inspiring! Keep pursuing your dreams, I have a feeling you’ll find some just around the corner! God bless.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 9:55 am

      brookeshaden - Wow Paulie gosh…I am so speechless. Thank you for inspiring me with your kind words and lifting me up…a beautiful way to start the new year. I am so fortunate that you commented today, you’ve made my day! Happy 2014 to you!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Heidi - You truly are my favorite. I have a lot of photographer friends, and they are the kind that believe everything has to be done in camera, and a photo as natural as possible. I could never so this…. And when I found your work I got so excited because it made so much sense out of mine, and made me feel less intimidated to show it…. So thank you for all you do and for being my inspiration. Happy new year…. And I cannot wait to see all that you’ll do!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:10 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Heidi! Yes! It is so important that an artist do whatever is necessary to produce art. It is what we breathe! And if that requires some photoshop, so be it. It is no less art. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Kevin - Your so inspiring! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2014 !!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:08 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Kevin!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:05 am

    Christie - I recently watched your video on Inspiration. It was as if you were talking directly to me, and it seems that way each time I watch one of your videos. For 2014, I want to learn to love myself, learn to be happy and become the best photographer in my area..

    Thank you for inspiring me.
    Christie

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindaccherryphotographyReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:07 am

      brookeshaden - Christie, that is great! How important it is to love yourself. Once you love yourself, others will follow – this I truly believe. I hope your journey is fulfilling!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Katheleen - I discovered you by accident, but I immediately loved your work. Last year was, for me, a year of learning. Specially in photography. I admire your work so much, and then I saw you on Creative Live and found out you are vegan and other cool things about you.
    Now, I am trying to create inspired by your creativity exercises and trying to let go of the fear, which is my worst enemy. Anyway, all I wanna say is that you are so inspiring, I hope to be not only as good as you, as photographer, but as a person.
    You are an amazing human being.
    Happy new year!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:12 am

      brookeshaden - Kathleen, that is just awesome. I am so glad to hear that you are letting go of fear. That is something I am always working on, trying to be better. It is hard, but the most rewarding journey. I wish you so much fulfillment in 2014! And thank you, so so much, for being kind!!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Samantha Pugsley - Brooke, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I’m always honored and thankful that you choose to give so much of yourself to your followers. I discovered your work mid-2013. Everything you’ve done has really spoken to me not just on an artistic level but also on a personal one. You’ve inspired me to do so much this year from getting out of my comfort zone when I shoot to creating a video of myself for your contest (and that was a huge deal to me because it really helped me over come a very real fear I had).

    I think that is what really inspired my dream for this coming year. I don’t want fear to hold me back anymore. I still don’t do things because of what other people might think. Sometimes I pass up amazing locations because there’s a chance someone might see me shoot. Sometimes I scrap a concept because I’m afraid someone in my family won’t like what I have to say. I’m done with this. I want to take risks and live in the moment and stop worrying what everyone else thinks.

    And I have you to thank for this. Thank you for teaching me so much in 2013. I can’t wait to see what you create in 2014.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:24 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Samantha, thank you so much. I cannot wait to see what you do with your amazing creativity. You have so much goodness in you, that I know and believe in truly, and if ever you feel like sharing your endeavors with me, I would be so thrilled to hear!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:35 am

    Charlotte Key - Thank you for this Brooke! I woke up this new years day morning feeling a little depression and fear because of a horrible new years eve night. You have lifted my spirits and I now have a renewed vigor and hope that this will be a wonderful year in photography for me.
    Much love from Louisiana!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:23 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh I am so glad to hear you are feeling lifted Charlotte. May you find so much peace and joy this year!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Vanessa Powell - My sweet Brooke. Your spark and a light drew me to you from the beginning…the moth to the flame, but instead of flying too closely and scorching my wings, I flew a little higher because of your support, love and light.

    You’ve helped me to make my 2013 a year that is closer to my artistic dreams than I’d ever imagined. You have helped me to see and to find, to search and to lead.

    Your influence has meant so very much to me my darling, and I hope you know…no…I hope you FEEL the love that radiates back to you. Thank you. A million thank yous, and a few heart felt hugs too.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:20 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Vanessa, you have been such an amazing positive force in my life. Thank you for being you, truly and always. I am so grateful to know you, get to watch your creative process, and spend time with you this year. Here’s to much more friendship and love.ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 11:18 am

    fahad - brooke thank you so much for doing such a wonder thing. your words are as inspiring as your workReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:17 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Fahad! That means a lot πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Gina Miller - That was beautiful Brooke! I’m trying to work through my fears in 2014 because I have many goals and dreams to reach this year. I look forward to your future videos. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:17 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Gina! I am so happy to hear that! I know you will go so far. I am constantly working through my own fears, and it feels great πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Vinod Krishnan - thanks brooke….you are GOD sent…can see a angel in you

    is any india trip happening ?ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:16 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Vinod! Thank you so much! Yes! I will be in India twice this year if all goes to plan πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Angela - I just want to give you a HUGE hug Miss Brooke.

    Is is wrong that you brought happy tears to me with your Promoting Passion video?

    Let’s have brilliant fun dreams together this 2014.

    xxoxxReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:15 pm

      brookeshaden - I want to give YOU a huge hug!!! Thank you for being so WONDERFUL!ReplyCancel

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  • January 1, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Jody McNary - I can hardly wait to get started.
    You have inspired me ,Brooke.
    I only say that because, I see all kind of art and photography day in out. Yours stand out not only because of your incredible art work, but more for your deep passion for what you do.

    Thank youReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:15 pm

      brookeshaden - Wow Jody thank you endlessly. This is so meaningful to me and your support means the world!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Hildegunn SolbΓΈ - Your work is so special and inspiring, thank you for posting! I have one wish; could you please let the video of your prosess go a littebit slower, it is so interesting to see the way you`re working. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:14 pm

      brookeshaden - Thanks Hildegunn! Thank you so much! And if you’d ever want to come to a workshop to learn the editing process I’d love to have you! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Rand - Thank you so much for being honest and open with the all of us…you are such an inspiration for me to keep pushing myself and to never give up on what I want to create. For 2014, I will start creating fine art photographs and get rid of the fear that I’m not good enough to do it. Thanks again for being so inspirational:)

    All the best and happy new year,ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:13 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Rand! Oh I am so happy to hear this – I hope that you find personal fulfillment in creating images like that. I just know you will. Please do show me what you’re up to!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Janet Hoffman - Love this new Monday video. Looking forward to it. Thank you for doing this to help us grow as photographers.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:12 pm

      brookeshaden - Thanks Janet! Thanks! I am so grateful you watched πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Jennifer Dworek - You ROCK Brooke! I’m excited to say you are from PA too! Thank you for continuing to strive to help others see more creatively! A Happy New Year to you and your family!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:10 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you Jennifer! Yay to PA!! πŸ˜‰ Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Elena Pardo - Your photo and videos are amazing. Altought would love to one day you put texted in the videos.
    My dream for 2014 is completed the 365 days project and learn and advance in photography.ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:09 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Elena! Thank you so much! And I am now looking into putting closed captioning in my videos πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Kate Price - Inspirational as always Brooke <3 thank you for your kind heart and immense ability for sharing. Onwards and upwards for 2014!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww Kate thank you! I appreciate you so much!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Rosemarie - Brooke, what a wonderful and inspirational idea. Your warmth and passions comes out when you speak! Thank you for sharing your dream and encouraging others to do the same. It will be fun to see where this goes and what grows out of your vision… Happy New Year to you and your family…..ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

      brookeshaden - Rosemarie, thank you for being so kind. I hope you have the best new year ever!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Stacy Z - Im so excited to follow along with you this year! This new year is starting out with a lot of exciting and scary changes for me – stepping out on my own (and with my hubby!) and starting a business. My hope is that I will find myself more fulfilled creatively and give me more time to spend with my family. Thank you for continuing to not only share your work, but your passion as well – it’s infectious and Im so grateful. Here’s to a wonderful 2014 πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:06 pm

      brookeshaden - Stacy!! I am so happy for you! I can’t wait until you tell me about all of your amazing adventures this year. I can’t wait for our paths to cross <3ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Kathy J - Thank you so much for sharing your dreams, your talent and your heart. Last year was a lot of trial and errors for me and unfortunately I allowed to bog me down. But by the end of 2013 I woke up and decided that this year I was going to step out of my comfort zone and believe in my ability to follow my passion, photography. I’m fairly new and have so much to learn, but no more excuses. Thanks for sharing and making me feel like I can achieve my dreams, goals and passion.

    Bright blessings,
    KathyReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:05 pm

      brookeshaden - Kathy, that is so inspiring. I love hearing that you have no more excuses. They are so easy to come up with and so quickly block the good things in life. To push past fear is to truly find your passion and inspiration. I am so excited for you and your journey, I know it will be wonderful! Keep me posted on what you’re up to!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Alison H. LeBrun - Thank you SO much for starting your new blog ! I was so inspired by what you said about dreams !! Entertainingly seemed to click for me the moment after you said that ; My dream is to empower people to follow their dreams and realize their self worth through my own creative and artistic expression . Thank you for being so uniquely YOU and sharing so generously .ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:02 pm

      brookeshaden - Alison! Thank you SO much for saying such kind words. I really wish I could give you a huge hug right now. Right on for wanting to empower people!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    Alberto - Very nice, Brooke.

    I had a cycling blog going for a while…

    http://amrcycling.blogspot.com.au/

    … and it was about riding with passion.

    Love it!!

    All the best!!!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 7:50 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Alberto! That is so awesome! Passion is the most amazing life force πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Jennifer - Hi Brooke! Have you ever thought about putting closed captions in your videos because it’d be very helpful for the deaf! Inspiring work like always!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 7:49 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Jennifer! Wow thank you so much for saying that. I hadn’t even considered it, and now I definitely will. Funny enough, I just recorded a video that is all text, just a coincidence but now I’m glad I did! I hope you’re well. You are always inspiring and I’m so glad to know you.ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Abbigail Speiser - I think your work is beyond beautiful. Actually, I found your work a few months back and you have inspired me to become a find art photographer myself. I’m now showing people my dreams through my own camera. I couldn’t thank you more. If you would ever consider becoming a mentor for a young photographer, please remember me! I hope you have a wonderful new year. Let’s take the wold by storm.

    facebook.com/abbigailspeiserphotographyReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:22 pm

      brookeshaden - Abbigail, thank you so much and I have so many good wishes for you, that you take your creativity and soar!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    Abbigail Speiser - I meant fine art. Dang typo.ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    Jinette - I interned with Lindsay for the better half of the year, I can’t tell you how much watching her make an image has inspired me – as an individual, and as a business!

    My new years DREAM is to see my photos published in a magazine! I want to take my work and mass produce it, start selling it at fairs and markets, pay myself and completely orbit my art daily.

    the way you and her give back to others is totally the reason you are so successful. The universe loves that! And I appreciate it so much!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:27 pm

      brookeshaden - Thanks Jinette! Lindsay is seriously just an amazing inspiration. And the more you know her personally, the more inspirational she really is. I hope that you succeed at all of your dreams, and I believe you will!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Jennifer - I love this!! You are such an incredible force – you make it all look so easy and attainable. Your new book is quickly becoming my favourite of all time! Thank you for being you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:26 pm

      brookeshaden - Wow Jennifer thank you so much, your kind words are massively appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Krista - Yes! Totally agree. I’ve very excited for this series. Since finding your work through CreativeLive I’ve been very inspired. While my style is not the same as yours your teaching, technique and philosophy speak very much to me and make the pieces of photography fit together for me and make sense. I applied to join in February. Horrible video. πŸ™‚ but regardless I if I am chosen or not I will follow this, this year, and join you either in person or on the computer for your Master your Craft in Feb. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2014 - 4:53 am

      brookeshaden - Krista thank you! Isn’t it great when ideas can transcend media?! I love learning from painters the most! I hope that we can meet in February! That would be just so amazing for me. Thank you for applying, and for writing!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Ashley - You are my biggest inspiration. This is a beautiful picture, you are so amazing at what you do and I look forward to watching your weekly videos. My goals for this year are to actually get my name out there as a photographer and to hopefully go to one of your workshops. Thank you for being such an inspiration and willing to show people your process it means a lot.ReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2014 - 4:52 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Ashley! I believe truly that if you do what you love and you do it passionately, people can’t help to take notice. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 3:37 am

    Jill - Hi Brooke
    I love your work and it is beautiful. I would love to meet you one day. I am Deaf and am gutted that most your videos have no subtitles for me to access as equal to hearing people.

    xxReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2014 - 4:52 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Jill! Thank you for writing! Yes this has been commented on and I will do my best to fix that in the future. It might take just a little bit of time since I’m very not tech savvy and don’t have help yet, but I’m going to do my absolute best!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 5:19 am

    natascha van niekerk - Hi Brooke! Love your new blog and the space that you are creating for us all to be inspired and inspire! My dreams for this year is to build up my Fine Art portfolio in preparation for exhibition/s and decor shows. I have finally decided to pursue what I’ve actually always wanted to do with photography, and you have been such a huge influence! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:00 am

      brookeshaden - That is an amazing dream Natascha! I am really glad that you’ll be pursuing your dreams and I can’t wait to see what happens. Keep me posted!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Susan - Brooke, you have to be the sweetest and most inspiring person I have met. I am so glad that i got to take your workshop in NJ. You give others the courage to explore who they are and express it in ways they have never imagined. My dream for 2014 is to do just that. Explore, create, imagine. Thank you for all that you do.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Susan!! I am so grateful that I got to meet you last year. Thank you for being so kind and wonderful, you make my heart melt! I know your dreams will come true.ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Charlie Mango - You really inspired me a lot. Thank you for sharing your talent, the love and the passion. Keep up the good work brooke! I am a fan of yours actually. Thank you soo much. My dreams are alive and kicking.! πŸ™‚ Lovelots :*waiting for more videos. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:02 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Charlie! Thank you so much!! And I am so glad to hear your dreams are doing just fine – good for you!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Jen McKey - Hi Brooke!
    This is an amazing idea for a blog, I can’t wait to discover the new material and inspiring words every week! The most inspirational time for me in 2013 was when I watched your first creative Live course a couple months ago. Paradoxically, I remember not being able to pick up the camera for days after that, because I was afraid I would just end up copying your work. But after a few days, the original ideas just came flowing! And I have never been as photo-prolific as I am since then! Like right now, I’m at my grandma’s home in South Texas, and it’s on a beautiful piece of land. I’ve been coming here since I was a baby, and I have never felt so inspired by it than I am this year. I’m actually on my way to do my first self-portrait shoot! So Thank you Brooke, for sharing so much of yourself through your art and through your words. You are a true inspiration.
    JenReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:03 am

      brookeshaden - Oh Jen! These words you’ve written have really touched me. To hear about your inspiration is as inspired as I can get, so selfishly, thank you!! I cannot wait to see what you come up with for a self-portrait, should you want to share. <3ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2014 - 10:18 pm

      Charlie - Maraming slaamt brooke! mahal kita (our language) means thank you very much! love you brooke πŸ™‚ Keep ispiring evryone! My birthday wish is to have a shoot with you hopefully! keeping my fingers crossed πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

      • January 9, 2014 - 8:11 am

        brookeshaden - Hi Charlie! That sounds amazing! I hope our paths can cross someday!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Rocio Martinez - Incredible video, Brooke! I am so excited to follow your video blog! You have always been an inspiration! Good luck in all of your endeavors.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:04 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Rocio! You are always so kind and I am very appreciative.ReplyCancel

    • January 10, 2014 - 7:50 pm

      Charlie - I hope so! You’re my inspiration actually. And now im not afraid toi take risks, embrace challenges and love photography. thank you soo much brooke because you open my eyes in doing fine art photography. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    karen - I’ve loved your work since I first saw it a few years back. My goal this year in photography is to tackle a composite like yours. Thank you for the inspiration and courage to tryReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:06 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Karen! I think you will absolutely rock a composite and I can’t wait to see…I hope you’ll share! Xo!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Sonja - Dearest Brooke, this is absolutely amazing. People love you, not only because of your amazing work, but also for all of the energy you put into giving people back love and inspiration. This new community will probably be a giant pit of ideas and inspiration!

    You’ve helped me use my imagination to the fullest – at eighteen years old I’m creating photographies that I never imagined possible. I can’t thank you enough!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:06 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Sonja! Wow thank you for saying that….that is absolutely so kind of you and now I feel energized by your words. I hope that your new year is filled with amazing dreams!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    Susan - Hi Brooke!
    I am so excited about your new blog! Thank you for being so willing to share your creativity and passion with all of us! Your generosity of spirit is such a joy!

    You have been such an encouragement to me as I find my photographic voice.

    Back in May, I was getting ready to photograph my first wedding (as a second shooter) and my first prom and I was petrified. That very weekend, I saw you on CreativeLive and your teaching gave me the confidence to get out there and do the best job I could. And everything went great!

    I will always be grateful to you and look forward to seeing all that you have to offer in the new year! Happy 2014!

    Blessings,
    SusanReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:07 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Susan! That is the best story!! I am so glad to hear that you’ve found confidence and you are pushing forward to big and great things πŸ™‚ Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 4:09 am

    Laesia Juditta - Thank you so much Brooke.

    I love your work, I love your photos, I love your style – and I adore so-so much the way you live and share…

    Thank you for all and looking forward to Mondays! πŸ™‚

    Have a start of as much fun as you desire! πŸ˜‰

    JuditReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:10 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Laesia! I hope you have an inspirational new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Tina - First of all, I LOVE your work. I got your new book for Christmas and had to open it up immediately. Your kindness and generosity are so inspiring. This year, I plan on going after what I want instead of just sitting around waiting for it to come to me. I also have several stylized shoots that I would love to do and am going to do. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:10 am

      brookeshaden - Tina, thank you! I am so glad to hear that you are embracing a new year with vibrancy and I can’t wait to see what you do!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 11:06 am

      Laesia Juditta - Sure! πŸ˜‰

      Started my new blog some weeks ago, keep on singing and using/studying alternative medicine. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Beata RydΓ©n - My dream for 2014 is to create a better routine for myself when it comes to working on my own. I need to exercise more in order to find a better health, and I want to find a good balance between things in my life. I also have a dream of being more in the nature, simply because it makes me feel whole and happy. Photography-wise I feel like I should push myself even more and get out of my comfort zone in order to create what I truly want! πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to a new year in this community!!! I hope your start of this year will be great!! <3ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:11 am

      brookeshaden - Beata! That is wonderful. I love hearing your dreams of 2014. I should adopt some of them! Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    shelle singer - Hi Brooke,
    Love your new art piece! I hope to join you as a member of the studio audience at creativeLive in February. I have my application in!
    I am a pet photographer so I’m not sure if that can be further from your genre but I have been inspired by your work. My goal is to expand my creativity and create something that I have not seen in my area of photography. I find your work exciting and I want to do the same for my pieces. I’ve created a couple of photographs using this new mindset and I’m excited by the work. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:28 am

      brookeshaden - Shelle, that is wonderful that you are branching out and creating from your dreams…I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    shelle singer - Update…I just received an email from creativeLIVE that I was selected to be in the studio audience. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:29 am

      brookeshaden - Ooh I am so happy!!! Congrats and I can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Catherine Barth - Hi Brooke,
    Thank you!!!, thank you so much for all you do! You are a amazing person and I am so happy of your work and what you do because not only inspire me to be a better artist, but also a better person. And you do not know how it helps me to watch you and see that you are happy doing what you love!

    My dream for this year is not being a insecure person and to do my best to express in my photos what I feel.

    Have a nice day! πŸ™‚
    CathyReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:29 am

      brookeshaden - Oh Cathy, you have just given me such a gift with these words. I am so glad to hear that you are moving forward and pursuing dreams. How wonderful πŸ™‚ Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Miriam - Your very presence is inspiring, let alone that incredible work you create. May I tell you that my oldest daughter is also named Brooke. She’s 10.

    Clearly my dream for 2014 needs to involve pinpointing where my passion actually IS … what an odd thing to consider … my motherhood journey is my greatest joy and a bottomless pit of energy-sapping. I think I’ve gotten a bit lost in there somewhere.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:30 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Miriam! I understand what you say – it can be so hard to find yourself when there are so many others to take care of. I know you will find that one thing that propels you forward and I want to hear all about it when you do.

      Yay to Brookes!! hehe πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Adrienne Bergonzini - Just wanted to stop in and say hi and thank you for being willing to share and help inspire all of us photographers reaching for our dreams. Your truly a brave hero to me! May your 2014 year be amazing sweet friend πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2014 - 9:42 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Adrienne! Thank you so much!! I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2014 - 11:27 am

    Jenn - Hi Brooke,
    You are such an inspiration. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut for quite sometime now. For 2014 my dream is to let go of thoughts that hold me back from expressing myself, be present in the moment & draw inspiration from it. I’ve always been a dreamer and a creative thinker, but once I became a Mom, it’s like all that was put on hold. I now know where to find my inspiration again. My Daughter & the imagination I had as a child when anything was possible. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Kimberley - I just soak up all your passion and your ‘hippy-ness’ seriously, there are only a handful of genuine photographers out there who wish to share, inspire and give back. EVERYTHING you are doing is what I have thought about – but never moved on. Could be lazy, could be critical of myself, could be fear, could be I am ADHD and can never stay with one idea until it is complete – who knows but 2014 is my year to move on those dreams (teaching, healing others and myself with my work, and getting my work out in the public eye more often) So thank you for being you and in a way giving me permission to just shoot and create what I need to. (Yea, photography is my healing/growing tool and you were just added to my toolbox ha ha)ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 8:13 am

      brookeshaden - Kimberley, you are so awesome for sharing that. I think that everyone has those things holding them back but not everyone will admit it or move past it. I wish you so much good fortune this year and I can’t wait to see how you grow!ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 7:34 pm

      Kimberley - whoops sorry I posted in the wrong spot… eeeep. Step one of getting out there was submitting an image to your 2013 best of, and step 2 is your CL session in Feb, once I get my voice back I will be submitting. πŸ˜‰ Blessings (please delete my boo boo entry if you find it DOH)ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Anna - I love this! I have been working on my composites and while I am no where near as good as you in photoshop, I hope to learn more this year. I too started a project to promote positivity and well being. I am currently working on it and when the blog launches I would love to share it with you. Stay awesome! And thank you for sharing!!! xoxoReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 10:38 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Anna! Remember to work hard at getting to a place that fulfills your dreams and I know you will! Please do share with me, I am excited to see πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 7:32 pm

      Kimberley - Thank you! I hope to make it to your CL in Feb, once I get my voice back I will be submitting. πŸ˜‰ Step one in getting out there. BlessingsReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Daniel - amazing photos, I love this photos, πŸ™‚ very good,
    im big fan on this page and im follow Fb too,
    Im learn and im trying to do some photos like this , im asking about some tutorials out some page where can i learn better,

    love it πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Mariely (Ellie) - Hi, Brooke I’m so exited about your new blog, I was reading your definitions of success on your 1st blog and it was a big help, speacially now that I’m really getting into my photography business, my style is completely different from yours but I love getting inspired by you, your are very passionate, creative, and positive person. I can tell lots of good things are coming out of this blog for you as well as many persons like me.

    Thanks for being who you are.ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Antonio Castro - Thank you a lot, you inspired me! Continue with this amazing dream, cheers from spain πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2014 - 7:36 am

    Izzy - Thank you for sharing this. I am so incredibly inspired by all of your work as a young photographer. I often notice that I am limiting myself for whatever reason — whether it is a lack of resources or access to locations, and I understand now that I may be looking for reasons to avoid shooting. Maybe I don’t want to try new things, because what I have done before always has been met with good feedback. Your surreal photos take my breath away. Your editing process is really quite incredible and you’re ability to be in touch with yourself is more than admirable. While I don’t want to solely depend on photoshop to create my photos for me (and I am in no way suggesting that this is what you do), I have realized that photoshop can create wonderful things — it allows your imagination to run wild and the possibilities of visual composition to be endless — if you don’t have the dress you need, you can take a photo and paste it in. If the background isn’t as you want it to be, you can adjust it.

    We do have to be careful though I believe, and ensure that the usage of photoshop is still your work, your photography. If we depend on it to much, we can become reliant on it, and lazy, thinking that if we need something we can just paste it in.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and I wish you the best.ReplyCancel

Imagine a world where people thought every day was New Year’s day. Imagine a place where potential was always realized, dreams always capitalized on, and life was constantly moving forward to a place of inspiration. That is the power that a new year has on us. We feel as though something has been renewed and reset; we finally have the power we had been searching for to make changes and be better. A new year means a second chance, or for many of us, countless second chances. It means a time for us to think about who we have been and who we are, who we want to be and how we can be. But more than that, it is a time for us to create an image of ourselves with as much imaginative intensity as we can muster.

What if we lived every single day like it was the start of a new year? What if we could wake up and feel a sense of renewed energy, as though each day were the start of something new? I believe that we can. I believe that we should. And I believe that if we don’t, life becomes stagnant. Stagnation is the enemy of inspiration. Inspiration is what fuels life, it is what keeps us motivated and excited and passionate. Without that passion, life stalls. We are sidelined from our own lives.

As the year progresses, never believe that the chance for a new start is past. Never believe that something is out of your control. Never think that you don’t have the power to change, even if that change is contained to your mindset and not necessarily your actions.

There are so many pitfalls that I run into when embracing a new year. The scary “what if” factor – what if this happens or that, and I can’t do this or that. Well, what about the other Β “what ifs”? What about asking yourself – what if something amazing happens this year? What if I plan a life for myself that I love? What if I find myself in control of all the things I’ve always dreamed of?

The fact is that we are already in control. The great thing about a new year is that we have more potential to realize that. And why? Because of a date on the calendar. Because of a one-digit number change. Thirteen to Fourteen. We see that year change and suddenly possibilities are endless. Just remember this: every day is a new day. Every moment is a catalyst for change. Moments come and go like waves lapping on the seashore, but we have every opportunity to ride them out into the endless ocean. It is deep and full of fear, but if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be worth watching in awe of the beauty and power it possesses.

Isn’t that why so many of us fear the ocean, or appreciate it? It is vast and unspeakable in size, and the opportunities it possesses and the secrets it holds draw us in closer, until we can no longer see the floor below and the dark depths either lure us forward or push us back. Let it pull you in. Let every new moment take you one step further into the unknown where the impossible is less impossible, and fear turns into the simple acceptance of a road untravelled.

  • January 1, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Kaitrin Rae - Brooke, you and your words and the way you live your life make me so so happy! Thank you for everything that you believe in and share with us : )ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 10:26 pm

      brookeshaden - Awww thank you Kaitrin!!! That is soooo kind of you!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2014 - 2:21 am

    Lidija - I hope by time I’ll stop giving up πŸ™ It is so heartbreaking that I cant do what i want because I’m afraid for a lot of reasons….ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2014 - 8:11 am

      brookeshaden - Aww Lidija, I understand and I hear you. It can be so hard to push past those fears. If ever you want to send me an email or write back here more personally, please do <3 Sending love!ReplyCancel

    • February 4, 2014 - 1:47 pm

      kerry - I get the giving up. I have insecurities
      that won’t allow me get out of my own way.ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Bettye Rainwater - “Stagnation is the enemy of inspiration.”

    I read this in your book. Wrote it down in my journal. Think I’ll paint it on a plate or something πŸ™‚ Brilliant.

    Stagnation. Enemy of *many* things. Relationships (an issue currently near to my sad heart).

    Every day *is* a new day. Thanks for saying that. I know I need to hear that. Again. And again and again and again.

    I’m loving the new blog so much!ReplyCancel

I asked the amazing lovely people on my Facebook page to send me their favorite photographs that they took in 2013. The response was overwhelmingly happy. To see images and know that each one of them was created by someone who is proud of their achievements fills my heart with so much joy, and I hope it does yours as well.

We must remember, always, that art is personal. These pictures are all loved in equal measure, and I treasure them as one of the greatest gifts I have seen this year. Thank you for sending them. I didn’t get to respond to each email, but please know that everyone’s kind words touched me so deeply, and I carry those words with me into the new year.

Without further adieu…The amazing images of a community that I share my inspiration with:

Yvette Leur 500px.com:YvetteAntoinette Zack Berwick Zoe Chipperfield Anne Snape ParsonsAshley PetersenАнна Π’Π°Ρ€Π°Π½Ρ†Π΅Π²Π°Yulia Starostina Ying Yi Lin T Xenia Joy Yenrue Chen facebook.com:YPCphotographyWendy Lamothe Wendy Schreier gwenzeal.wordpress.com: www.flickr.com:photos:brookstar126:Vinod Krishnan Vladimir Milovanovic Weinraub Robert Vera Little Veronika Schweiger Victoria Klein www.facebook.com:pages:Petitvi-Photography:150405421744807Vanessa Vokey Ve Dhanito Veneta Karamfilova Tristan Anderson Valerie Kasinki Vanessa Pastore greatandterriblethings.tumblr.com:Tony Reddington Tracy Hymas www.facebook.com:pages:Tracy-Hymas-Photography:216632455028256 Trisha Weir and Warren Craddock Thanh Tran Timmy Reynolds www.flickr.com:photos:rymmit: Tom Miles Tessah Shaw www.facebook.com:pages:Tessah-Shaw-Photography:114192848660628 Teri Hofford Teija Harmaaho Tavis Leaf Glover Taylor Harris Tea Laroux Tara Hills Tasos Li Isabelle Konrad Tatiana Topyrik Tara Eveland Tanya M Tanya KryderTamsin-Marie Gosselin Tammy Swarek Tamra Phillips Sydney Paige Sylvelin Wenche Jansen Omdal Tahereh Salimi Suzanne HolstedSusanne Orlich Susan Gietka Stevie Keen Stephanie Parkinson Stephanie DeFranco Stasa Frank Stacy Shaeffer Stacy Fuerstenberg Sophie Sonja Lovdal Siyana Kasabova Simon J Boucher-Harris Sian Grahl Shishir Gaurav shelly newnhamSheri Kowalski Shermin TanShaun Shelly Baisa Shasta Ortwein Shantel Rich Shantel HardingShannon Meng Severine Raynaud Shadow Rose Shannon Hreha Sarah Smith Saul Puerta Sebastian Davila Fritsch Sarah DunnSarah Hallam Sarah Jane Sarah Crooks Sarah Cowan Sarah Clements Sara Helwe Sarah Allegra Sarah Chan Samantha Williamson Sanket Pandit Sandra Ayala Samantha Leonetti Samantha Goss Samantha Finn Sacha Sanborn Sabrina Speaker S. Khan Russ Turner Ryan Eda Ryando Hendy Roz Simina RS Photography Ruh Dias Rosie Prosser Rose Fredriksen Rory Armstrong Robin Macmillan Robert Hurkes Robert Cornelius Reylia Slaby Rhiannon Brunett Riley Kathleen Regina BlankRene Roberts Rachel Nicole www.facebook.com:pages:Rachel-Nichole-Photography:195060093844451 Raihan Shafique Rebeca Cygnus Rachel Adams Rach Ashurst Poppy Ellen Petteri Lopponen Piotr BieniaszThe Snow Maiden by Phil Jones-PhotographyPaolo Fugazzi Pam Korman Pallin Allar Norman Cabezas Ornella Tortorici Oveck Nina Carmina Catudio Ninon Cretin Nora Sue Nicole Persing-Wethington Nicole Guercio Nick CormierNicholas Javed Nate Buchman Natascha van Niekerk Natalia Le Fay Natalia Pek Natalie Field Nadya Ekler Naid Kelly Naman Verma Monica Quintana Monika Nowak Morne Prinsloo Milad Qamoh Milka Delcheva Monica Nunes Mike Alegado Mike Mangano Mike Newcomer www.michaelnewcomer.comMiguel Lugo Michelle Shustack Michelle Knowles Michael Doss Michael Nofal Michael Savage Mia Parker-Tang Michael Becker Michael Bilotta Melissa HutchinsonMelissa Morgan Wagley Merlin Viir Melissa DeWitt Melissa Hall Melissa Hughes Melanie Myhre Meghan Courtney Meghan Clemm Meg Heimovics Kumin Megan Niger Matt Linzel Mary GiannopoulouMaryKate Stallings Mathilde Vesterherup Martin Ivancan Martina Rigotti Mary Angelini Marlon VillaverdeMarousia van der Woerdt Martin Howard With The ElephantsMarko Gracin Marko Nadj Marianna Chambard Marisa White Mark Boucher Margherita Introna Maria Bondoc Maria Marcus Jake Marc Espina Manuel Estheim Mallika K Mandy Schulte Manuel Delaflor Mackenzie Moore Madeleine Stanley Maja Topcagic Lynda Lyndsay West Lucia Colombo Maajiedah Satardien Lucien Meye Lucy Cooper Lucz Lucia Gasparovicova Louise Coghill Lorelyne Pzz Louis Bryant Louise Alexander Lisa Lizarraga Lois Nichols Lola Mitchell Lindsey O Lindsay Galliher Lina Jensen Lisa Askew Lisa Emilia Lisa Griffin Liat Aharoni Lidia Darkova Lieke Anna Leighanne Deeney Leslie Richter Lia Niobe Lauren Seidel Leah Manzari Leena Hannonen Lauren Miller Laura Drazek Laura Behary Krzysztof PasternakKyla Byrne Laura Abbott Kristina Miklosova Kristin Kory Zuccarelli Kira Sanoja Koen Hillewaert Kirsten Adler Kim Yanick Kimberlee Zier Kindra Keitel Kevin Lowe Kevin Sikorski Kim Bajorek Kaylin Amabile Kelsie LeMonnier Kevin KockKatie Gould Katie Klema Katrin Auch Katie Eleanor Katharina Jung Katelynn George Kate Formina Kate Powell Kate Berry KaLee Kilgrow Karen Johnson Karin Pringsheim PhotographySONY DSCKailee KriegelKailash Gurung Julz Kirschenbaum Justin Vaseur Kabir Chandra Julie Covington Julie Mullin Julie Ray Joshua Pheneger Judy GrahamJuliana Scodeler John RichardsonJoe Symchyshyn Jody McNary Jim Kogk Eddie VedderJimmy Longomba Jessica Trainor Jessie ReidJill Mansfield Jessica KirbyJessica Ingram Jessica Ginzel Jessica Augarde Jesse Schlauch Jeremy Weichsel Jess Brown Jesse Fox Jennifer Marie GiffordJennifer Rebecca Jeremy FinkJenna LethamJenna Petrone Jen Sulak Jeff Madison Jen Lin Jeannette Stata Jason Mooney Jean-Marc Mulomba-Sonet Jayna Milan Janine Langhorne Jarrad Seng Jason KulakowskiJamie Maldonado Jane Love James Capisinio Jacqueline Foxx Jacquelyn Fishburne Jade Greenbrooke Isabelle Konrad Isol Buffiere Ivy Taylor Iain McNally Ify KegwacheIsabella TanHyago Kayann Holly Nylund holly goodingHeidi Denney Helen Cramer Himani Jadeja Heather Rous Heather Hanrahan Hannah Davis GM Photography Studio Graeme MacDonald Haley Hutchinson Gina Vasquez Gina Miller Geoffrey Devautour Genevieve Neal Bridal and Fashion on location in BrusselsGalyna Zastavnyuk FilippoGabriela Alatorre Gaia Li Mandri Feather Meredith Federica Nardese Felicia Simion Evan BatesFarraha Barbre Fatima-Zahrae Majidi Eva Creel Erin Graboski Erik Brede Enrico Burani Eric Douglas Erica Rowland Emily Morgalis Emz Nocedo Emily Snell Ellie Chavez Ellen WilsonElizabeth ThompsonElisabeth Ladwig Elizabeth Nord Edry Hilario EDBE Photography Edith-Jose Wallet Ed McGowan Dyana Safiya Doru Vat Donna Macauley Dominika Fronckiewicz Diggie Vitt Dina Haggerty Diogo Costta Diana Baggett Delphine Millet Debbie Rabinowitz David Ostentatious David Rackley Dayana Burguesa David Ejikeme Uzochukwu David HuangDavid Irwin David Cortez Dave Hancock Dasha Riley Daniella Fishburne Danielle Douglass Danny Sanchez Dan O Dan Reyes Daniel FreireDamien Cynthia Perez Crystal Sandoval Crystal Dickerson-Hancock Crystal George Cristina Ramos Craig Gardner Courtney Diaz Connie and Jerry Rosenthal ConnieColin Storteboom www.flickr.com:photos:photographycs: Claire Gunn Ciara Ward Ciera Wilson Cindy Paulsen Christine Martinsen Chrystal Olivero Christoph Michaelis Christina Davis Christa Holmes Christa Dee Chloe Chudasama Chloe Isabella Chris Santiago Charlotte Gervais Chelsea JeanCheryl Fallon Charlotte Anne Ramos Chad Spann Caterina Valakou Catherine BarthCassie Burdette Cassie ThielCaroline Rutland Carmen Carcamo PhotographyCarly Zee Carlos Bracho Candace Candice Burica Callan Kapush Camille StClair Caitlin van der Merwe Brooke Golightly Caitlin Corbett Brian Parchim Brittany JuravichBrenda McChesney Brandi Douglas Brandon Marley Brian C Parks Β Amita Manandhar Amani AlShaali Amanda Tomlinson Amanda Simons Amanda Rohrbach Amanda Fisher Amanda Cobey Alyssa Zacharias Alli Woods Frederick Alizza Mistades Aline Aronsky Alicia Raft Alicia M Blair Alexis Beltran Alexia Cassiopee Alexandra Banti Alex Alex Fraser Alex Currie Alethea Leggett Albin Thelander Alberto Rego Alan Uchoa Alain Viglino Akosua Afriyie Aja Palmer Aimee Boschet Adriana Anaya Adrian Meredith Adi Dekel Adelyn Baber Abby Fawbush Brooke Shaden

  • December 30, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Alexandra Banti - Thank you Brooke for sharing these beautiful photos, and my little one πŸ™‚ This was a great idea !ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you for joining! I so appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Eva Creel - Thank you Brooke! Here’s to the best year yet.ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

      brookeshaden - Couldn’t agree more Eva!!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Tara Hills - Thank you so much for featuring my photo Brooke! This is such a wonderful idea – I’m going to spend hours going through all of these fab talented artists πŸ™‚ hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and bring on 2014! xReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 9:25 am

      brookeshaden - I am so glad! It really will take hours, oh my gosh, so much to look at! It is over-whleming in the best way possible <3ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Joshua Pheneger - Thank you so, so much for putting this together! It was the push I needed to put myself out there and take a chance. The results have been nothing but positive! I am ending the year on a high note and looking forward to 2014!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 9:28 am

      brookeshaden - Josh I am so happy to hear that. You are really a creative force and it has been such an honor to meet you this year and see your work grow.ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Lyndsay West - Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos from these beautiful artists. This has certainly been a wonderful year!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 9:28 am

      brookeshaden - Lyndsay thank you for viewing, and I agree…this year was great because we made it so πŸ™‚ I just love realizing how much control we have over happiness.ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 11:39 am

    David Irwin - Thanks so much for featuring my image on your blog Brooke along with so many talented artists. Its such a wonderful way to promote everybody’s passion for photography and image creation. I’m going to spend hours looking through everyones work. Happy New Year and here’s to an exciting 2014 ahead. David

    http://www.dirwinphotography.comReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 11:55 am

      brookeshaden - Hi David! Thank you so much for submitting and viewing, it is a delight to see your work and I hope that it brings you lots of inspiration for the new year <3ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Veneta Karamfilova - I just saw some great works and I’m really honored to be a part of this huge inspiration gift you made for all of as Brooke. Thanks a lot. Happy New Year πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 12:26 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you Veneta! I am honored to have you here!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Delphine Millet - Waouh ! It’s a little bit long to download but it worths it! I discovered a lot of great new talents. Thank you so much Brooke to share like you do. And thank you for sharing my picture, it’s an honor. Have a happy new year !ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 1:28 pm

      brookeshaden - Delphine, viewing your work always brings me so much joy, thank you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Monica Quintana - Really a generous idea, Brooke. It really should have taken a long time to upload them! I’m very thankful and I must say it has been a really good way to discover very talented photographers. I’m absolutely amazed with the quality of every work!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 1:29 pm

      brookeshaden - Same here Monica! It is so easy to see the beauty in something when you know it is special to someone else. That is why I love drawing inspiration from something like this. We should all celebrate our accomplishments. Xo!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Tammy Swarek - I can not thank you enough for sharing my image on your blog Brooke! You are as generous as you are talented! Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    TammyReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 1:29 pm

      brookeshaden - You are so great Tammy. Every time I visit your pictures, I swoon.ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Shaun - Thank you very much for this awesome project, and for putting one of my images in it. There are some truly amazing photo’s here!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 7:11 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you for submitting!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    Erin Graboski - Thank you so much for featuring my image, Brooke! So amazing being apart of this, Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 7:12 pm

      brookeshaden - Always a pleasure to see what you’re up to Erin!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Gina Miller - Thank you so much for doing this Brooke! I love looking at all the amazing artists works and am honored to be among them. I’m in awe of many of these images. People amaze me. So happy to see many of my [fa] group friends in here as well. <3 Getting ready to do some of your exercises from your book! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 7:12 pm

      brookeshaden - Awwww wonderful Gina!! I hope that you enjoy the exercises, they are very precious to me <3 Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 6:51 pm

    Charlotte Key - What a fantastic way to end an inspiring year! Thank you Brooke for making this gallery. Much love from Louisiana.ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 7:12 pm

      brookeshaden - So welcome! Ahhh LA, I wish I could visit!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    Ruh Dias and Diogo Costta - My boyfriend and I are so honored that you’ve chosen some parts of us to be here, among so talented people and so close to you and your work. You are such a great inspiration for us, beginners in photography.
    We are from Brazil, so, let’s say: Obrigado! (:
    We β™₯ you!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 7:13 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you so much, you guys are just wonderful. Thank you for being here πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    riando - Thank you so much ,Brooke!
    for featuring my photo .. i’m from indonesia ,, Happy New Year
    Love you,Brooke!ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 8:37 pm

      brookeshaden - Thanks for submitting! <3!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Anne - Although my photo did not make the cut in 2013, I am determined to keep shooting, keep learning, and hopefully, gain entrance to another of Brooke’s incredible workshops in 2014. Thanks for inspiring me and my son….Happy Hogmanay to all and all whom you love. Slainte…ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2013 - 11:12 pm

      brookeshaden - Hi Anne! I just added your photo, which I love, and of course, it is of my dear sister in law! πŸ˜€ Long story short, your email was somehow embedded in another email sent at the same time, and I couldn’t see it unless I searched your full name. At least the mystery is solved, and I’m sorry it didn’t get added sooner. I love your talent and passion. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    Melanie Myhre - Thank you Brooke for creating this post and for including my image. There are so many stunning photos here and your generosity is a gift on many levels for a lot of people. You are an amazing lady and I hope to meet you in person one day. May the New Year bring you much peace, love, and joy!ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:11 am

      brookeshaden - Melanie, thank you for being such an amazing person. I can’t wait until we can chat face to face! Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 1:20 am

    natascha van niekerk - What a wonderful collection of images! So much talent and so much inspiration! Thank you Brooke for sharing your fans with your fans πŸ˜‰ We love and appreciate you generosity!ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:10 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Natascha!! I really appreciate you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 4:29 am

    Mike Alegado - I see my photo up there!! Thank you so much Brooke you are an inspiration to everyone! Happy New Year, may 2014 be an awesome year for all of us! I hope I could meet you in person someday! πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:10 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Mike! Yay awesome! I know that 2014 will be a year of inspiration. I hope our paths cross, too!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 4:42 am

    Erik Brede - I’m not the most creative guys in the world but your work and your wonderful book has given me so much inspiration and joy to face the new year with great optimism. Thank you for featuring my photo in the collection of such amazing work. Wishing you a good and creative new year.

    ErikReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 4:59 am

    MANAS RANJAN PATTNAIK - Dear Brooke,
    How can I send you my last photo of the year ? All through these periods I have been learning from you.
    Regards
    ManasReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:08 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Manas πŸ™‚ I’d love to see what you’re up to! Feel free to post a link here in the comments.ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Donna - Thank you so much, Brooke, for opening your blog and sharing images from all these talented artist and for featuring my work.ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:07 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Donna, you are so welcome! Thank YOU for being involved!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 7:52 am

    Sonja Lovdal - All of these are absolutely amazing. I feel so honored to be included. Thank you so much! You’re my greatest inspiration (besides my crazy imagination of course)! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:57 am

      brookeshaden - Ooh Sonja I love that! Imagination indeed should be our greatest of inspirations, and I look forward to a new year of magical daydreams πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Natalie - Brooke,I was thinking about, what would be beautiful to read for you here, but ..I just want to say thank you for your LOVE. <3 will come back to you even greater :)..ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 7:59 am

      brookeshaden - Natalie, that is so incredibly kind of you. I appreciate your words so much <3ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 10:43 am

    Sydney Paige Richardson - This was such a wonderfully amazing idea! I just spent the last hour going thru these photos and I am just in awe of everyone! I was so excited to see mine in the mix! You are doing wonderful things by inspiring others and bring us all together to inspire eachother! Here is to 2014! :]ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2013 - 10:13 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank YOU so much for helping to inspire everyone!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Melissa DeWitt - You are such an amazing artist, Brooke….and I love that fact that you took all that time to show off other artist’s work on YOUR blog. You are inspiring and it was wonderful seeing an image of mine featured on this blog. Thank you!!!!! Happy 2014!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:01 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Melissa! I figure what’s the point in having a blog if it doesn’t go both ways – I share myself with whoever will listen and if I can, then I show the talents of others for greater inspiration. I am so glad you participated πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Anca - Hi Brooke, artists like you are rare. Thank you for your heart. Will work hard to be selected next year:). wishing you best light!ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2014 - 8:08 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh Anca thank you for saying that, you’ve just brightened my heart πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2014 - 4:28 am

    Gavin Conlan - An amazing idea Brooke, a post enriched with inspirational images that I’ve loved looking through – add that to the excitement of seeing my little image on here too – all in all a win win !!!

    Happy 2014 everyone!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2014 - 12:06 pm

    iceman - Nice collection of inspiration… I wished i had mine in there too πŸ˜‰
    anyway here is my take on fine art photography
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/icemanfernandez/10528530025/ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Adriana Anaya - Thank you so much Brooke. You heart is as magic as your art.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    New Work | photos and plants - […] An image from the series I’m working on at the moment kindly shared by Brooke Shaden on her new blog: http://www.promotingpassion.com/2013-a-year-in-photos/ […]ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Elizabeth Rose - What a wonderful collection of images!
    Thank you for adding mine πŸ™‚
    – ElizabethReplyCancel

  • January 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Judy Graham - Thanks Brooke for including my image on your blog…There were so many great ones and to find mine nestled among them was a wonderful surprise…Your work always inspires me but until just recently I had no working knowledge of Photoshop…So this year I am hoping to have images that are even more compelling..ReplyCancel

  • January 15, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Handy Andy Pandy - Holy cow, I was featured in the cover image, are you kidding me??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m so so so so so honoured to be featured amongst such legends!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2014 - 10:38 pm

    jen sulak - thanks for letting us celebrate 2013 with you! I certainly won’t forget the great times, the great images….and i had lots of fun with my checkerboard floor – an idea that I didn’t give up on. πŸ™‚ <3 Herez to 2014!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Jason - Hi Brooke, Thanks for compiling this. Wonderful images. I found your work by accident and followed your series in Framed as well as your own channel in youtube. You have been my inspiration and I just love your work. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Alizza Mistades - Thank you so much for including my photo! All the photos featured are awesome! I’m really glad to be part of it! ^_____^ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2017 - 9:04 am

    Happy New Year – One Last Look at 2013! | Sydney Paige Richardson - […] creation and her new post –  is about working with others and being inspired by others. Promoting Passion is amazing and I am excited to say one of my photos with my model Savanna is on there! My dreams are […]ReplyCancel

Well, I have to say, even though writing on this blog looks exactly the same as writing on my old blog, it feels…different. Special. And I intend to make it so!

I moved blogs because this year I have new hopes for myself (personally and professionally). I want to do as much as is humanly possible to help in any way that I can, and that extends to anyone reading this blog to the charity work I’ll be doing in India (and hopefully more!).

Promoting Passion is a big idea that I’ll be introducing a little bit at a time. You’ll see that you can get ideas for various charities you can become involved with, and in time that will grow into a campaign that anyone can join to teach workshops to underprivileged groups…but that will come out in it’s own time, when all of the appropriate contacts are collected.

So! In the meantime, I’ll be writing here like my usual self, sharing new images, essays, and what I hope to be inspirational thoughts. But I’m adding something a little different to this blog. Every Monday of the new year I’ll be releasing a video. If you ever have a question or idea for a video topic, please do let me know and I will do my best to answer it. Every Monday you can check in here for a new message, and the topics range from how-to videos for shooting and editing to thoughts on inspiration…and everything in between.

It’s the start of 2014. It is the perfect time to try new things and inspire yourself. But always remember that every moment of every day holds that same opportunity, and it is up to us to take it. I hope you enjoy the new blog, and thank you INFINITELY for being here…my world is brighter for it.

  • December 30, 2013 - 8:11 am

    aniya - love it! cant wait Brooke!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Bettye Rainwater - I love the idea of sharing photography with those in need…one of my current blog responsibilities is for the school (for those with autism) where I work and I’m planning a project of giving students and clients disposable cameras to shoot their day with…so maybe we can get a look at what the day looks like through their eyes. Some of the kids are higher functioning and I hope to spend some time sharing lessons on using natural light and creating interesting compositions.

    I have much to learn about photography…but I love to share what I do know!

    I look forward to hearing more about your project when it’s time!ReplyCancel