• Commercials Shot on the iPhone

    Citizen Watch Commercial by Joaquim Pujol and Dan Cimini from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. Jeep Wrangler Commercial by Matthew Stirling and Martín Seidlitz from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. As part of the Cinematography II class, students were required to shoot a commercial using only an iPhone or Android device. The class was broken up into… [Continue Reading]

    Commercials Shot on the iPhone
  • Beijing

    Before giving a chance to China, I saw it through different eyes – one of prejudice almost, and incredibility towards how the government treated their people. I could not accept that, and internally wanted to revolt about their regime by not setting my foot there. The opportunity of going to Beijing came to me through… [Continue Reading]

    Beijing
  • Take Photographs, Survive, Eat, Sleep

    Twice a semester, Ralph Clevenger of Brooks Institute takes his Natural History Photography class on a camping trip.  Clevenger states that the two purposes of these trips are to “One: Give students the experience of a real assignment, where they go to a location and have nothing else to do but create images for their client,… [Continue Reading]

    Take Photographs, Survive, Eat, Sleep
  • The Light Out There

    The Light Out There from José Márquez on Vimeo.   For the past eight years sports have helped Oralia Perez learn how to stay focused while trying to accomplish her personal goals. Perez is a 17 year-old-girl who’s participated in almost every sport her schools have had to offer, but she finds the most joy… [Continue Reading]

    The Light Out There
  • A Step Into the Old West

    In the recent months, three Visual Journalism students from Brooks Institute have been building relationships with two communities of reenactors in search of stories and pictures.  Students Zachary Kelly, Cody Phan and Marie Hobro found a goldmine of material to photograph, film and document at a reenactment camp. Reenactors are history-buffs who take on a… [Continue Reading]

    A Step Into the Old West
  • Bits and Pieces

    Bits and Pieces from José Márquez on Vimeo. A view into Michael’s life and how he finds supports as he comes out. Michael Moffatt, 18 recently went through the coming out process with his family and has been in a constant struggle because of his sexual orientation. Michael is a senior at Buena High School in… [Continue Reading]

    Bits and Pieces
  • Let’s Get Close

    This past weekend I did EPK (Electronic Press Kit) photography on set for a music video called “Let’s Get Close” by R&B artist Heather Fay. EPK is a type of behind-the-scenes photography/video that gives the artist or project exposure and publicity. It’s always an interesting challenge to get good photos while working around everyone on set,… [Continue Reading]

    Let’s Get Close
  • La Boda

      La Boda (‘The Wedding’) of Maritza Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez took place in Salinas, California, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The sacred ceremony took place in the Santa Maria Church. Yesenia Morones delivered the kneeling pillows to the bride and groom as Erick Mendoza, the ring bearer, brought the rings to the altar. The… [Continue Reading]

    La Boda
  • Through Sickness and In Health

    In 2013 my father, Todd Verrill, had a severe stroke. He was airlifted at first to one hospital, and by the time they got him to the next hospital he was in a coma. He was in the coma for one month, on and off. He spent at least three months in the hospital, including a rehabilitation… [Continue Reading]

    Through Sickness and In Health
  • Rataplan

    With a photographic memory, a genius IQ, and the drinking habits of Charles Bukowski, 20-year-old Blake Zimring finds his voice through a new form of art. From oil paintings of demonic faces on canvas, to sharpie murals on backyard walls, he finds a way to create something expressive out of everything he touches. This piece is called,… [Continue Reading]

    Rataplan
  • To Bee Or Not To Bee?

    While bees are tiny and often overlooked creatures, they are to thank for pollinating 50-80% of the food that we consume.  In the past few years, an estimated 42% of bees have disappeared and deceased due to Colony Collapse Disorder.  There is speculation about what causes this drastic epidemic within the bee population, but a very… [Continue Reading]

    To Bee Or Not To Bee?
  • Kamilo’s Flights

    Not many people have the opportunity to look at the city they live in from above, certainly not at the exact time of day they want and with the capability to pop open a window and take a great  picture. Kamilo Bustamante, however, has had the opportunity to go out on regular flights with his… [Continue Reading]

    Kamilo’s Flights
  • La Catrina

    La Catrina from José Márquez on Vimeo. A view into the life of Paty Diaz and her family business “La Catrina” Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and has spread to many other countries. It’s a day where people celebrate the lives of those who have… [Continue Reading]

    La Catrina
  • The Drought From Above

      It’s no secret that California has been in a major drought. In fact, according to the Association of California Water Agencies, the 2014 water year (Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014) was one of the driest in decades and followed two consecutive dry years throughout the state. Taken together, the 2012, 2013 and… [Continue Reading]

    The Drought From Above

Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week

It’s Week 15 here at Brooks Institute which means no sleep, lots of stress, and beautiful imagery. This week’s submissions show off some work done in the final weeks of classes. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Brooks InSight this semester! Enjoy your break!

Community

The Building of St. Barbara Monastery

  St. Barbara Monastery is an Orthodox Christian Monastery founded in 1992. It has been located in Santa Paula, Calif., since 2005 and is … [Read More...]

Deployment Homecoming Surprise

The sun was beginning to set and the sky was turning warm shades of red and orange as he walked his dog around the parking lot one last time. No words … [Read More...]

Lifestyle

Will You Marry Me?

This semester at Brooks Institute I took the wedding photography class taught by Tim Meyer. Wedding photography is one of the most common ways for … [Read More...]

Film

Through Sickness and In Health

In 2013 my father, Todd Verrill, had a severe stroke. He was airlifted at first to one hospital, and by the time they got him to the next hospital he … [Read More...]

Commercials Shot on the iPhone

Citizen Watch Commercial by Joaquim Pujol and Dan Cimini from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. Jeep Wrangler Commercial by Matthew Stirling and Martín … [Read More...]

Travel

Beijing

Before giving a chance to China, I saw it through different eyes - one of prejudice almost, and incredibility towards how the government treated their … [Read More...]

Live to Climb Another Day

My father, Ed, and I have always had a good relationship, partially because we share many passions. One of those passions: the mountains. My father … [Read More...]

Design

Design Concepts

The best graphic design is rooted in meaning and impact. These samples from recent Brooks Graphic Design students reflect that. The images are … [Read More...]

Brooks Graphic Design

  Each student receives feedback on their work from professionals currently working in the field which gives them a leg up on students … [Read More...]

Outdoor

Healing Waters

Pat Nataro III, a Brooks Institute Alumnus, is the founder of "A Walk on Water" (AWOW), an organization he created in 2000 to provide a safe … [Read More...]

Tempest

Tempest. from Dominic Crowley on Vimeo.   I never thought that Willie would be the one to do it, but he did. For years, I had discussed the … [Read More...]

The Arts

Kings

"Kings" is a short film directed by former Brooks student Tyler Michael James, and written by UCLA student Hunter Milano. The story explores youth … [Read More...]

How I Found Myself as a Set Photographer

  Since I started college in September, 2011, I’ve been on over forty different sets for movies, web series and music videos, shooting behind … [Read More...]

Sports

The Light Out There

The Light Out There from José Márquez on Vimeo.   For the past eight years sports have helped Oralia Perez learn how to … [Read More...]

Seniors Have Their Moments

During the summer of 2015, students from Brooks Institute took an intensive Sports Photography class and most traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to … [Read More...]