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Brooke Shaden on Creativity and Loving What You Do

By Anthony Thurston on August 13th 2013

Brooke Shaden is one of my personal favorite photographers to follow. Her work is unique and creative and you can see that there is a story behind it, you can see that she really puts her heart and soul into it. Brooke just released a new behind the scenes video in which she took a moment to talk about the importance of loving what you do.  Normally I would try to paraphrase what she says in the video to give you all a sort of TL;DR version, but in this case I feel like you need to see the video to get the full effect. So here it is, ill see you all under the video…

I could not agree more with what Brooke says in this video regarding not having this or not having that. Its easy to see the beautiful work that other photographers are doing and to write yourself off because you don’t have this or that. The truth is that while you may not be able to create exactly what they did, you shouldn’t want to. You should be interested in creating what moves you, what excites you, what makes you want to get up in the morning and be a photographer.

I am guilty of this, I think we all are guilty of this at some point or another. The fact is that we all need to realize that the reason that these people have such exceptional work is not because they have this camera or that lens, its because they are invested in what they are doing. They live it, breathe it, and dream it.

So next time you find yourself sitting at home watching YouTube videos or browsing 500px and feeling down because you work is not as good as this person or that person I want you to get up, shut off the computer and go take some pictures. Find something that inspires you in your home, or your front yard or a nearby park. It could be a flower, or a water fountain, or some kids playing in a sand pit. Get out and get inspired, create something that you want to create and own it.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Kimdj

    Very inspired. Thanks a lot.

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  2. Ihab Mokayed

    Even though I think almost a lot of us already knows that, but hearing her saying it, just assures it to us and makes me personally feel like I have those words to back me up.

    Thank you for sharing this, it’s without a doubt one of my favourite behind the scenes!

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  3. Samantha Pugsley

    Thank you so much for featuring this video of Brooke Shaden. I love her. She has been and continues to be one of my inspirations. She seems to always know what I need to hear when I’m creatively stunted. I think the article you wrote to go along with her words is just perfect. I’m definitely leaving my chair this afternoon to go shoot what I feel like shooting. Seriously, how did you know I’ve been browsing 500px wallowing in my own “I’m not good enough” self-pity? :p

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  4. Michael Chiricosta

    SO very true, I think we’ve all been more concerned with our gear than our talents

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