Welcome back to part 2 of our artist spotlight interview with the super talented fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden.

In part one of the SLR Lounge interview, Brooke talks about how started in photography and film, as well as what made her become a fine art photographer. Additionally, she talked about her experience in how she she established herself in the art world by getting her work in various art galleries. Be sure to watch part 1 of her interview if you haven’t already watched it!

Brooke Shaden

Part 2 of the SLR Lounge Interview with Brooke Shaden

In part 2 of her interview with SLR Lounge, Brooke breaks down some of the symbolism connected to her images of the black birds and the umbrella. She will also talk about how she plans a shoot, use sketches to translate her idea, and generally produce a concept shoot without having to spend a lot of money, if at all.

Continuing on the theme of minimalism, Brooke also covers the small amount of gear that she uses, as well as how tips on how to shoot self portraits for conceptual pieces.

Finally, Brooke gives us some awesome secrets in her compositing work. It’s definitely worth the watch!

Catch Brooke on Creative Live!

If you want to see Brooke teach a live workshop, she will be having a live 3-day Fine Art Portraits workshop on Creative Live from Thursday, 5/16 at 9am PST to Saturday 4pm. Be sure to enroll!

More Images from Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden

More about Brooke

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.

You can see more of her work at her website, BrookeShaden.com, and follow her on Facebook and her ShadenProductions.com blog.