• 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
  • Experiencing Ventura’s Parks and Recreation

      Ventura County is rated as one of the best places in the world to live and its diverse range of public parks, beaches and national forests make the county a great place to enjoy all kinds of recreational activities in nature. The County sports some of the best beaches in Southern California and is… [Continue Reading]

    Experiencing Ventura’s Parks and Recreation
  • 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]

  • The Journey

    The Journey from Elissa Simons on Vimeo. “The Journey” is a short artist profile on Michael Tine, a painter, sculptor, philosopher, and inspiration. Tine says he draws inspiration for his sculptures from art history, philosophy, ancient civilizations and classical sculpture techniques.  His paintings, on the other hand, are purely personal projects and have only been… [Continue Reading]

    The Journey
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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]

  • A Break From Brooks

    Even while on a two-week break between summer and fall semesters, Brooks students carried their passion for photography to places such as Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and the mountains of California.

    A Break From Brooks
  • 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
  • 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
  • The River Taught Me

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown fond of finding extravagant excuses to justify adventures that are similar to the ones I enjoyed when I was in third grade and would get me in trouble for climbing too high up trees or skinning my knees and staining my jeans with blood. While I enjoy the idea… [Continue Reading]

    The River Taught Me
  • Million-Dollar Experience

    “I had this thought of, ‘I would’ve paid a million dollars for this experience,’” Jessica Hoover said about experiencing an out-of-hospital birth. In October she became part of the 1.36% of mothers in the United States who decided to have their baby out-of-hospital with a midwife. An out-of-hospital birth can take place at a birth… [Continue Reading]

    Million-Dollar Experience
  • 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!


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...]


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...]

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 … [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...]