• 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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]

  • Living With It

      Garrett Nichols of Anaheim, Calif., was an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. He returned from combat with pins and medals for his accomplishments, but also with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When he left for the war zone Garrett, 24, had a thought in the back of his mind that he might not come… [Continue Reading]

    Living With It
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Surf Is Where You Park It

    About three years ago, Austin Krause had an idea. At the time, the idea represented more of a farfetched dream, one of those subconscious wisps of an optimistic goal that most of us would lose with time, a busy schedule and pre-existing obligations to life. But Austin doesn’t often neglect his dreams. I’m driving down… [Continue Reading]

    Surf Is Where You Park It
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 the scenes as a set photographer. Sometimes people are sent to maybe six sets a year. Imagine being on set 10 times in one summer. It just depends on how busy… [Continue Reading]

    How I Found Myself as a Set Photographer
  • 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?
  • 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

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!


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...]


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...]


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...]



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...]


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 … [Read More...]

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...]


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. 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" 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...]


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...]