Promoting Passion Video Blog: Beauty & Texture


The other day I walked through a sunny spot in my kitchen and was momentarily blinded by the bright light. When I turned back around I saw that hundreds thousands millions of little dust particles were lit afire by the sun rays, and the photographer in me said: PHOTOGRAPH IT!

So I asked my husband to hold up my blue cloak as a backdrop and I photographed the dust particles against that dark backdrop. In doing so, it looked immediately to me like snow, so I took that image into Photoshop, made it black and white, added contrast, and boom! Snow overlay! I couldn’t help but share that with you today.

That prompted me to start seeing little things in new ways. Those dust particles weren’t just dust particles; they had the opportunity to become snow to add magic to an image in the future. So many things could be so much more if we learned to see them for what they could be, instead of what they are immediately.

I hope that you enjoy this free texture pack that I shot during the making of this new video! All of the textures, save the “snow”, are rocks. There are 11 textures in all including the snow overlay, and I really hope that you enjoy them! They are free to use and if you feel so inclined, you can use the hashtag #shadentextures so that others may find these more easily.

I hope you have an inspired week and that you find all sorts of hidden beauties in the unlikeliest of places!


  • February 17, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Lu - As a mindfulness meditation practitioner myself I can easily relate to this. So often we experience the world in autopilot. If we just take a second to stop and really see it for what it is we might find a snow storm in sun dust <3 . Thank you for being so kind and sharing this textures. I am editing an image today so I might need one! have a great week.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:37 am

      brookeshaden - Hi Lu! I really want to get more into meditation and really being able to calm and center myself – so great that you do that!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:20 am

    thomas miles - this is beautiful! Just what I needed πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:37 am

      brookeshaden - Wonderful! Thanks Thomas!ReplyCancel

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        milind - i would like to know how to edit them from basic to pro level πŸ™‚ been following your work since 2 years πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Bettye Rainwater - Thank you, Brooke, for your new use for dust! I am no longer just a “bad housekeeper.” Now I am an OVERLAY CREATOR πŸ™‚

    This came at the perfect time. I’m headed out this afternoon to shoot at a barren snow-covered beach and I was thinking meh, there’s really not going to be much there to shoot – but now…I can shoot textures!

    Make a beautiful day for yourself.


    • February 17, 2014 - 9:39 am

      brookeshaden - I am SO glad that you’re going to get out there and take advantage of your situation. I think it’s just wonderful! I can’t wait to see what you come back with! πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • July 7, 2016 - 5:33 am

      Magick Thoughts - it is the little things that make life beautiful especially in times of great need. I make my art from virtual world scenes and fashion. People bring their beauty and build on it in Second Life. I work with textures to make my images more real and look like they are from another time. Dust and sparkles make all the difference!–amandamagickReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Hannah Wheeler - Thank you for always inspiring and uplifting us.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:40 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you so much for being here and saying so! xoxoReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Svenlovesflo - great textures Brooke and a very good lesson . Teaching us to see things as they could be is a wonderful idea . But I think we should see things as they are as well . I am fortunate enough to live in a snowy climate…and photograph snow regularly…great to do at night for best results…or even at twilight . If you were back in Lancaster you would have plenty of snow to shoot . You are an inspiration…I was in a rut …Watched your recent creative live workshop…and you got me going again…Thank you Brooke…you are a wonderful teacher…and personReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

      brookeshaden - Thanks so much! I agree – to be able to see every side of a thing is beautiful and inspiring. To appreciate everything around you and to see even more as well. I wish I was back in snowy Lancaster right now…so much inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Mary Angelini - AWESOME!! Thank you so much – you can never have too many textures on hand and it is super fun to make your own too. I just learned how and I feel like a kid in a candy shop!! I can’t wait to leave the office and go home and make some magic with these. Thank you as always Brooke!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:44 am

      brookeshaden - I am so happy to hear that Mary! Maybe today you’ll grab your camera up and find a totally random texture to be inspired by!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:49 am

      Mary Angelini - That would be great!! I’ll share it if I can too! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Jody McNary - Wow how awesome is this!!!!!
    Thank you Brooke!!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:44 am

      brookeshaden - You are so welcome Jody! Thank YOU for being here!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:43 am

    duda bueno - tks a lot Brooke, you rocks!!!!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:44 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Andrea - So happy you posted those, will definitely try to put them to good use πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing Brooke! <3ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:50 am

      brookeshaden - Yay Andrea I hope it goes well for you!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:52 am

    cathy nocera - Thank you Brooke. You are a wonderful teacher and giving person.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:54 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Cathy! Thank you for being here πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Rocio Martinez - I looooved watching this video for different reasons. First of all.. I love the brightness in the image. I love the sound of the birds. It makes me so happy because I am so over winter. I am so tired of it and so tired of the cold. I’m not sure how cold or warm it is there, but it sure gives the impression of warmth and it gave me a feeling of hope that soon all this cold weather will go away! Thanks for giving me hope!

    Also, I love this video because it talks about the little things. The little things in life are so often overlooked. It’s funny because this past week there was lots of sunshine coming through my windows and it gave me so much happiness. I thought about it so much. How can one ray of light give a person so much strength, so much hope, so much happiness!? How can something so simple lift someone’s spirit up?! How do people not notice such beauty?!

    Thanks, as always.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

      brookeshaden - Aww Rocio that is such a beautiful thing – being inspired by the rays of light and seeing the little things. I love it.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:59 am

      Rocio Martinez - I love it too! Thanks for being so giving btw! So grateful for all your textures!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

    DanielCely - Thank you,

    I’ve tried photographing textures myself but get constantly frustrated… at least you are here to help inspire my rather unimaginative mind.

    Best of luck and great week to you.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

      brookeshaden - Ahh I hope this video helps a bit and that you try your hand at it again – and if not, I hope you enjoy these!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Tara Eveland - thank you brooke! cant wait to use them, i LOVE the other textures i got last year, the mansion ones i believe they were called, i use them sometimes and adore them!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

      brookeshaden - Aww wonderful Tara! I use the mansion textures a lot myself. I hope your hand is starting to feel better!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Aino - Thank you!!! You are so inspirational! After your last CL workshop I have promised myself to go make my own Brooke inspired photos – with emphasis on MY own. πŸ™‚ I just got your book too and can’t wait to sink into it.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:59 am

      brookeshaden - Aww yay! I am so glad! Can’t wait to see the results πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Margherita Introna - Perfect timing! I’m just going through the last stages of editing a very special image and was pondering what texture to use. I see it here πŸ˜‰ Thank you Brooke <3 It always feels like a little collaboration with you when I use one of your textures and I think that is awesome from all the way across the seas in a different country <3 xxReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 9:59 am

      brookeshaden - Fantastic! I hope they help! I love the sense of collaboration as well – it is such a beautiful thing, to be able to connect and even share images from so far away. xoxoxReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Amani - Wow, thank you! I love your textures. I used to try to make my own, it was fun. I don’t know why I stopped, I guess I found it easier to use the same ones. But now I wanna make new textures πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

      brookeshaden - I love that!!! Yes go out and DO it! There are so many great ones in Dubai…I am putting together another texture pack from my last visit and plan on making more this next time around πŸ˜€ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 10:34 am

    elena - yay, new textures!! thanks so much Brooke!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 10:42 am

      brookeshaden - You are so welcome Elena! I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Paulo Carvalho - Thanks for sharing these textures Brooke! And now, you made me think! Maybe I’ll change and use the snow texture on my “I’ AM ME” project.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 11:40 am

      brookeshaden - Wonderful Paulo! I love that!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Albin Thelander - Brooke, you’ve really made me realize how beautiful life in its simplicity is. Everyday I try to find inspiration and beauty, even though it’s not he easiest thing for me yet. I want you to know what a big help and inspiration you’ve been to me and my life. You’ve convinved me that nothing, or no one, can stop me from doing what I love, which is creating art.

    And I do never say no to new textures, even though I’ve already found a favorite which I use a lot πŸ˜€

    <3 AlbinReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 11:39 am

      brookeshaden - Albin, that is so wonderful. I am so glad that you are seeing the beauty in everything – it makes life so much more rich! I LOVE that you are doing what you love! I hope you soar to your dreams!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Becky - Just wanted to thank you for being the single most-inspiring woman I’ve had the pleasure of ‘discovering’ this past year, first on CreativeLive. I look forward to the day I can attend one of your workshops!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww Becky thank you SO much. You have brightened my world!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Diana - Brooke, you are the most unselfish, most enlightening, most inspiring person ever. You are a true artist. And thank you for the textures. It is like the icing on the cake, but your inspiration is the cake!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 12:54 pm

      brookeshaden - You have no idea how much this means to me Diana!! Thank you for being YOU!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Carin - Another verbal kick up the backside for me (in the nicest possible way) . It’s always good to hear your positive thoughts, it touches something inside of me that wants to break free. The textures are wonderful. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

      brookeshaden - Awww hehe that is awesome to hear. I always need a little kick so I have to fill my head with these thoughts πŸ˜›ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Elisabeth on Earth - LOVE this post. Thank you so much for the reminder. I used to do this fairly regularly, but only started to get back into it late last Summer after purchasing a book called How to Be an Explorer of the World. Just a couple of weeks ago, despite the blanket of snow, I found myself photographing some turkey tail fungi during a hike and thinking, “This is going to make a great dress!” LolReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

      brookeshaden - Oh my gosh Elisabeth! My best friend got me that book for Xmas and it is AMAZING. Exactly how I want to live my life. LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Mary-Claire - Last night, I was going through some photos and found one that I had worked on but couldn’t get quite the right finish. I selected on of your Textures of India. It transformed it to make the photo just what I wanted. Thanks for those and for these!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 1:41 pm

      brookeshaden - Fantastic! I can totally see what you mean in that picture. That texture in particular is my %100 absolute favorite. I love using it! So glad you liked it, too! I love seeing your photos btw!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    Lindsay - We just had snowfall here recently, so I’m really excited to experiment with the ‘snow’ overlay on the photos I took. And let me take a moment to say- you are by far one of my favorite photographers. I’m seventeen, and when I started getting serious with photography several years ago, you were the first I came across whose work I absolutely fell in love with. The concept, the creativity, the innovation, the surrealism of your work- I love it, and always look forward to seeing what you’re working on next! Oh, and I love your bohemian style. It reminds me of a fairy, haha. πŸ™‚ Thanks again for the overlays.ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 2:38 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww wonderful timing! I am so glad the snow overlay can help – let me know how it goes! Try lots of different blending modes until it sticks in just the right way πŸ™‚ Thank you for being SO kind!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Miroslava - Thank you so much for everything you do. You’ve been a huge inspiration to me Brooke! This past couple of days I had been feeling down because I didn’t know what I needed to do to be successful then I went to YouTube and started watching your videos. Now, I feel like I can do whatever it is that I want. I know that nothing comes easy and I will fail but then again we learn from our mistakes and that’s what’s gonna make us grow, mentally, emotionally and professionally. Thank you Brooke Shaden!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 3:02 pm

      brookeshaden - I am so beyond happy to hear this. Thank you for bringing brightness to my day! You CAN do what you want because we all deserve to be happy…and yes, failure might happen (it will!) and that is a good thing – Failure is the proof that dreams are being realized. So much love and happy thoughts to you!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Shasta - Recently I put down my camera and took a full time “day job” where I began to lose myself and feel my soul lose it’s sparkle… I sat down and had a “Brooke Fest” I watched about an hour of your videos and decided I needed to feed my soul and get back to basics πŸ™‚ Thank you for being an inspiration to so many!!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm

      brookeshaden - Shasta, you have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so glad that you’re feeling sparkly again!ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

      Shasta - It’s nice to know that someone is listening πŸ™‚ Today I woke up and watched two of your videos and then two of Tyrese Gibson on Facebook πŸ™‚ Life is meant to be lived! πŸ™‚ You are fantastic and don’t forget it πŸ™‚ Do what makes you happy πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    camillanyqvist - Thanks Brooke, for being so generous in sharing your passion and your work! You are truely inspirational!!!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you! Sharing gives me the greatest joy in life <3ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Erica - Love the textures! So sad I missed the AD deadline! Hope to cross paths in the future, but in the meantime these videos keep me pushing my creativity and inspired. Thanks for sharing/teaching!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm

      brookeshaden - I think our paths will cross – we’ll make it happen! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Rebecca Cobb - Thank you for another terrific video! I always love seeing your process and hearing about what inspires you! This has definitely inspired me! I hope everything is going great with you, and I will keep you in my prayers! Thank you for being such an inspiration to me lately. I have needed it! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 6:13 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you Rebecca! You are wonderful πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    BrigitteG - You are always so inspirational Brooke !
    and thank you for the textures !ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 6:20 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Brigitte!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Siyana Kasabova - Thank you Brooke!ReplyCancel

    • February 17, 2014 - 6:28 pm

      brookeshaden - Thank YOU for being here!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Bronston - Hi Brooke,

    Can you recommend a good source to learn how to artistically incorporate texture layers in photos if you’re new it?ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:16 am

      brookeshaden - Hmm! I’ve never watched a tutorial but I’m guessing a youtube search would be good! I also talk about textures in my creativeLIVE courses linked in the STORE page here. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help there!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    Chantry - You are so amazing and inspiring. I’m so glad I discovered you through creative live. I just got your book in the mail this weekend and it’s already my favorite thing ever! Also a little fyi, my four year old was watching the creative live videos with me and admired your capes so much that I got her a red one for valentines day…it hasn’t left her back for 3 days! πŸ™‚ You inspired her as well πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

      brookeshaden - Chantry, that is the most awesome way ever to start my day…imaging your daughter running around in a cape! I love it! Thank you so much for being here and sharing, you made my life brighter!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 12:08 am

    Eva - Thank you so much, not just for the textures, but for being a constant source of inspiration. I wish more people could find beauty in darkness.ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

      brookeshaden - Aww Eva thank you truly. I am so grateful for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 1:29 am

    Vanessa Corral - Thank you for the beautiful textures Brooke! You are such and inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:35 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you for checking them out Vanessa!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 2:08 am

    natascha van niekerk - Thank you Brooke! What a beautiful and generous gesture, as always, true to your very nature!ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:36 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you so much Natascha!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 2:33 am

    Hanna - Thank you so much for the textures! I was just yesterday thinking that I need snow for my self portrait that I’m creating for the “I am me”-project. So looking forward to try it out :D.ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:36 am

      brookeshaden - I am so glad that you can use it!! How wonderful! Can’t wait to see πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 5:18 am

    Mery Alin - I want the beauty in my life too!! thanks for the inspiration, and for be the way you are πŸ™‚ Blessings!!!! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:41 am

      brookeshaden - Thank you Mery!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 5:21 am

    Mery Alin - And Thank you for the textures!!!!ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:41 am

      brookeshaden - Xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Nicholas Cormier - Brooke! I just got back from Nice, France for a little tour of the city and to run in the Rock-and-Roll Carnival 10-Miler. Saturday started off rather rainy so Casey and I went to a modern/contemporary museum and I tried my hand at shooting some textures. I will letcha know how they turned out! Again, many thanks for all that you do for us and for allowing us to use the textures you have created.ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 7:41 am

      brookeshaden - That is awesome! Way to make use of a gloomy day! Can’t wait to see πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Theresa Szabo - Saw you link on my twitter feed last night so checked it out this morning and your textures are beautiful. You are very generous to share with everyone, thank you for your kindness, it really helps an amateur photographer like myself.ReplyCancel

    • February 18, 2014 - 9:28 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you so much Theresa, that is wonderful to hear!ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2014 - 9:01 am

    trena - Thank you so much for your generosity. I shared this link on my blog. You are an inspiration, not only in photography, but in giving as well.ReplyCancel

    • February 21, 2014 - 7:50 am

      brookeshaden - Aww thank you Trena, that means so much!ReplyCancel

  • February 20, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Marianna - Thank you so much for the textures!!!! You are amazing <3ReplyCancel

    • February 21, 2014 - 7:51 am

      brookeshaden - You are so welcome! I hope you enjoy them πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Didier Hannot - Thanks a lot for sharing your passion … and these textures … I ”ve just started with using textures in my work, but we can achieve often unexpected results.

    Have a nice day …

    Best regards,

  • March 25, 2014 - 1:20 am

    Yehoshua Derovan - Thank you Brooke! Just downloaded them – and they look great!
    And thank god for dusty kitchens ans sun rays!!! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Donna - Brooke you never fail to inspire me! I love the way you think, and how you can articulate so well what you feel and think. I’ve had some ‘dry’ days, where I have not taken photos, even on a beach walk. I’m so grateful for what you said about being mindful of the details and everything around us. I love finding the beauty in dilapidated places, but sometimes I miss it in the ordinary, everyday places. So now I will try to be more mindful and find the beauty everywhere!

    I have always loved and been drawn to textures. Now I’ve started using them in my photographs, and I would like to start creating my own. I noticed that you’ve converted all your textures to grayscale. Most of the textures that I have gotten from other texture artists are in color. Is there any reason you prefer to use grayscale?ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2016 - 12:48 pm

    igota3rdeye - i was just thinking about it!
    and then i watched your video!ReplyCancel

  • December 13, 2016 - 2:14 pm

    Anthony Scott - Thank you very much for both the resource and the gift of your knowledge. I truly appreciate your presence in the art community!


  • April 22, 2017 - 2:37 pm

    Stilian Rusev - Thank you very much i appriciate it!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2019 - 1:36 pm

    raimondo licastro - Grazie di esistere, grazie mille dall’italia!ReplyCancel

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