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:
Alexandra Banti - Thank you Brooke for sharing these beautiful photos, and my little one 🙂 This was a great idea !
brookeshaden - Thank you for joining! I so appreciate it!
Eva Creel - Thank you Brooke! Here’s to the best year yet.
brookeshaden - Couldn’t agree more Eva!!
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 🙂 hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and bring on 2014! x
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 <3
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!
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.
Lyndsay West - Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos from these beautiful artists. This has certainly been a wonderful year!
brookeshaden - Lyndsay thank you for viewing, and I agree…this year was great because we made it so 🙂 I just love realizing how much control we have over happiness.
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
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 <3
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 🙂
brookeshaden - Thank you Veneta! I am honored to have you here!
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 !
brookeshaden - Delphine, viewing your work always brings me so much joy, thank you 🙂
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!
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!
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 🙂
brookeshaden - You are so great Tammy. Every time I visit your pictures, I swoon.
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!
brookeshaden - Thank you for submitting!
Erin Graboski - Thank you so much for featuring my image, Brooke! So amazing being apart of this, Happy New Year!
brookeshaden - Always a pleasure to see what you’re up to Erin!
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!
brookeshaden - Awwww wonderful Gina!! I hope that you enjoy the exercises, they are very precious to me <3 Happy new year!
Charlotte Key - What a fantastic way to end an inspiring year! Thank you Brooke for making this gallery. Much love from Louisiana.
brookeshaden - So welcome! Ahhh LA, I wish I could visit!
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 ♥ you!
brookeshaden - Aww thank you so much, you guys are just wonderful. Thank you for being here 🙂
riando - Thank you so much ,Brooke!
for featuring my photo .. i’m from indonesia ,, Happy New Year
brookeshaden - Thanks for submitting! <3!
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…
brookeshaden - Hi Anne! I just added your photo, which I love, and of course, it is of my dear sister in law! 😀 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!
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!
brookeshaden - Melanie, thank you for being such an amazing person. I can’t wait until we can chat face to face! Happy new year!
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 😉 We love and appreciate you generosity!
brookeshaden - Aww thank you Natascha!! I really appreciate you 🙂
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! 😀
brookeshaden - Hi Mike! Yay awesome! I know that 2014 will be a year of inspiration. I hope our paths cross, too!
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.
brookeshaden - Erik, that means the world to me, it truly does. I wish I could properly express how hearing your words inspires and motivates me. I wish you so much happiness for a great 2014, and remember that you are only as creative as you think you are, and your potential is endless.
Erik Brede - Thank you so much for your reply 🙂 This is one of my latest images (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=746715255354476&set=pb.217691328256874.-2207520000.1388507621.&type=3&theater) and it is your “fault” that I have fallen in love with the square format 😉
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.
brookeshaden - Hi Manas 🙂 I’d love to see what you’re up to! Feel free to post a link here in the comments.
Donna - Thank you so much, Brooke, for opening your blog and sharing images from all these talented artist and for featuring my work.
brookeshaden - Hi Donna, you are so welcome! Thank YOU for being involved!
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)! 🙂
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 🙂
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 :)..
brookeshaden - Natalie, that is so incredibly kind of you. I appreciate your words so much <3
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! :]
brookeshaden - Thank YOU so much for helping to inspire everyone!
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!
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 🙂
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!
brookeshaden - Oh Anca thank you for saying that, you’ve just brightened my heart 🙂 Happy new year to you!
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!!!
iceman - Nice collection of inspiration… I wished i had mine in there too 😉
anyway here is my take on fine art photography
Adriana Anaya - Thank you so much Brooke. You heart is as magic as your art.
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Elizabeth Rose - What a wonderful collection of images!
Thank you for adding mine 🙂
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..
Handy Andy Pandy - Holy cow, I was featured in the cover image, are you kidding me??? 😀 😀 😀 I’m so so so so so honoured to be featured amongst such legends!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
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. 🙂 <3 Herez to 2014!!!
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.
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! ^_____^
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