Ep. 002: Brooke Shaden | Be Inspired Photography Podcast
Fine-art photographer Brooke Shaden on how she first became interested in photography, her creative process and how you can be inspired every day.
Brooke Shaden Bio:
Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the “Amish Country” until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and English. She now resides in Los Angeles, CA, USA with her husband and two cats.
She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self-portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.
Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.
Be Inspired Photography Podcast with Brooke Shaden.
00:00 Welcome to the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
Brooke Shaden Interview on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
01:03 Brooke Shaden interview.
01:10 How Brooke first become interested in photography.
01:47 How Brooke made the change to professional photography.
02:40 Shaden’s first year as a professional photographer.
05:33 Similarities between film-making and Brooke’s approach to photography.
07:05 What is her creative process like?
08:22 Creating characters.
08:51 How do you know when you’re finished?
09:52 The importance of walking away and coming back to your work.
10:09 Brooke’s other influences – painters and photographers.
11:15 What type of camera does she uses.
11:30 Why the square format?
12:09 Brooke Shaden discusses her new book on inspiring photographers.
12:50 It’s possible to train yourself to be inspired.
16:18 What Brooke Shaden’s work day looks like.
17:13 Bow Ties are cool!
18:10 What inspires Brooke?
19:18 Brooke’s post-production workflow.
21:31 Down to business: How Brooke Shaden makes a living from fine-art photography.
23:05 Her approach to marketing.
23:46 Advice for new fine-art photographers.
25:00 8 hours of sleep!
25:35 Who is Shaden’s favourite photographer?
27:00 Where to find Brooke online.
27:40 Thanks to Brooke Shaden for joining us on the Be Inspired Podcast!
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27:47 Thank you to Brooke Shaden for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
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