• 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
  • Illustrated Portraits

      The human face can be the most challenging and difficult thing to draw. On paper or on a computer, the contours and shades can be a challenge for even the most seasoned professionals. To capture the essence of a person, to capture their personality in an illustration can be the most frustrating, and most rewarding, assignment,… [Continue Reading]

    Illustrated Portraits
  • 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
  • I Went Into Town for Peaches and Came Back With a Puppy

    Per usual, I had pulled the short straw among my dirt-bag friends while on a rock climbing trip in the Sierras during the spring of 2013 and was elected to make the 60-mile round trip into Bishop, Calif., to replenish our group’s exhausted water supply. Although inconvenient, I realized that I could also retrieve a… [Continue Reading]

    I Went Into Town for Peaches and Came Back With a Puppy
  • 15 Strangers

    I went out one day to the Ventura pier to take portraits of the people who make up this town. There was so much diversity that presented itself. There were fisherman catching sharks, a local musician playing his ukulele, tourists visiting from Florida, friends meeting up after a long time apart, a pastor spending time… [Continue Reading]

    15 Strangers
  • Motion Graphics Portfolio

    Motion Graphics Portfolio from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. Animation, and the sophisticated software that creates it, is now as much a part of the Graphic Design landscape as Typography, Design and Illustration. It’s a hybrid tool, mixing print and design skills with the film and video medium. Making things move brings viewers a richer visual… [Continue Reading]

    Motion Graphics Portfolio
  • Animation Showreel

    In the Computer Animation 1 class in the Graphic Design Department at Brooks, students are introduced to high-end 3D software and the basic principles of movement and animation. Students follow step-by-step instruction to create the illusion of momentum and weight and character performance on film, using the cutting-edge and industry-standard software, Autodesk Maya. The Principles… [Continue Reading]

    Animation Showreel
  • 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 environment in the ocean where children who have special needs can feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. He says of the group, “A Walk On Water is an organization… [Continue Reading]

    Healing Waters
  • 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 currently in the process of building a church. The building of anything is a process, whether it be a church or the beginning of your religion. You must start from the… [Continue Reading]

    The Building of St. Barbara Monastery
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ferguson Verdict Protests Reach Los Angeles

      Following the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, mass protests broke out across the nation on Monday, November 24, 2014. Demonstrations drew large crowds for three nights in downtown Los Angeles before mass arrests successfully diffused the unrest. All three… [Continue Reading]

    Ferguson Verdict Protests Reach Los Angeles
  • 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 young photographers to get work. Unfortunately for me, just the idea of shooting a couple’s intimate moments was enough to give me a heart attack. This is what I was hoping… [Continue Reading]

    Will You Marry Me?
  • 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

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...]