Conference Classes by Brooke Shaden
Keynote: Meaningful Art, Meaningful Life
Growing up I was extremely shy, socially awkward, and lacked adventure in every sense. I quickly realized that I didn’t want to get to the end of my life without having created, and lived, meaningfully. It wasn’t until I embraced selfish, full-hearted art that my life began to transform into a story worth telling. We will talk about how to create images that speak to your soul, and in doing so create a life worth living. We will bust through the lies we tell ourselves to embrace the artist that is dying – literally – to get out. Finally, we will talk about how creating art and living life fully can transform the lives of others in unimaginable ways.
The Art of Sharing
My business has been built on the foundation of authenticity and carefully curated content. We will talk about how to create a voice that people want to hear, how to create shareable content that will attract a following as well as engage that following, and how to extend the reach of that content by parlaying it into a business. Over the course of the past eight years I have reached one million followers on my social sites without ever paying for an advertisement, and though I abhor turning people into numbers, we will talk about how to get the most out of authentic reach.
Creating Simple Yet Powerful Stories
We will go through a fine art portrait shoot, utilizing methods and elements that anyone, no matter the skill level, can incorporate with little money and limited time. From a full on fine art shoot to editing techniques ranging from compositing to drastically changing color and light, we will go through the process of creating an image start to finish with hands-on participation.
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 began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait fine art photographer. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own. Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.