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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Posing for the Story

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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Lesson Info

25. Posing for the Story
Brooke will photograph three different poses, each one changing the story of the image, to demonstrate how pose can alter the viewer’s perception of the series.


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

Lesson Info

Posing for the Story

Okay, So I'm gonna take my camera over here to get in front. We haven't talked about pose yet. So that's what I want to talk about. Next is how we compose for the story here. And I think we're going to try a few different things. One of the things that we want to try for the pose is toe look really like you're just so worn out like you just don't You're dying of thirst of, like, the whole world dying around you. So we'll try something kind of on your side and just kind of hunched over like this. And if you need to hold the bowl, we hold the bowl, and if it can hang, then it'll hang. And, you know, we'll just see how it goes, and it's OK. Either way, it doesn't really make a difference. Okay, I'm going to rotate it, if you don't mind. There we go. Cool. Okay. All right. Oh, I love this pose just as it is. So I'm going to go ahead and captured that and, uh, let you know my settings here. So I am shooting with a Sony a seven or four on a 24 to 70 millimeter lens. And this is my go to came...

ra because it has so many pixels in it. So many megapixels. So I can shoot and print really large with this camera, and that is very ideal when it comes to selling prints. I'm on my to 70 for versatility right now so that I just have a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to getting further away or not. And I have been shooting a lot of Samsara on the 24 millimeters side of things to get a little bit of distortion just a little bit, which I think is adding to the abstraction of the Siri's. I really am digging this, so I really like it and I'm gonna take my first shot once I get it off my remote setting. Here we go. And what I'm noticing is two things. We've got a little too much clay happening on this whole side of your body, so I'm going to grab the sponge and you can relax. And if you need to take that off your head, you feel free. You know, you just get comfy. Don't worry about the flowers and I'm going thio dab some of the side of you because I think it's a little too thick. And once we get some of that, we can try the pose again. The sponge works wonders, though. Okay, Hendon depress against you. All right. That looks really good. I'm sorry. Is that hurting you and all the sponge? Okay, Alright. So let's take a shot like that. It's creating amazing texture. Perfect. Yes. I love love. Love this pose. Awesome. Okay, so this this looks pretty close to my vision. I'm just going to adjust my settings. So I'm adjusting my settings to be I'm at 2/50 for my shutter speed F 3.2 and isso 12 50. And that looks good to me. And I'm just gonna really play up the angle here by getting really low. So I'm gonna go as low as I can for the shot, which I love, because the angles of Anna's body are excellent right now. Super interesting. Okay, so now let's try a slightly different pose. And this time, let's go for almost something more hopeful. So instead of looking down this time, I want to kind of look up so you're really looking up to the sky and your hands can hold. That's exactly it. Oh, this is why I love working with models. It never happens. I'm always alone. This is so great. Okay? And I'm going to keep that low angle because I think that's working really well for this particular shot. Awesome. Can you bring the front of the fish bowl down so that it's covering your chin? Yeah, Exactly. Perfect. Oh, I love it. Okay, now we're gonna try one more post here, and what I'm doing is I haven't settled on the story of this image yet. I'm trying to figure out Is this image super sad where she's hunched over or is there hope So I've got varying levels of sadness toe hope So let's do something on your knees a little bit more. We're really coming up exactly. And oh, yeah, that's perfect. And then I'm gonna have you keep your legs where they are, But then twist your upper body that direction exactly like that. Oh, yea. Okay. Oh, it's so good. Okay. Um, can you take this front? Leg your knee toward me more? There you go. Exactly. Perfect. Okay. Very cool. Let's relax

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!