• 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
  • Cystic Fibrosis Can’t Slow Her Down

    At an early age, her parents knew there was something wrong. Recess at school was more of a chore than it was play time. Without much physical activity, she would wheeze and become lightheaded, often coughing up a good amount of phlegm. She was taken to their family doctor to have a full check-up done… [Continue Reading]

    Cystic Fibrosis Can’t Slow Her Down
  • 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 has been climbing in the Sierra Nevada mountains since before I was born, even before he met my mother. I was too young to remember the first time my father… [Continue Reading]

    Live to Climb Another Day
  • Silly Rabbit, Dominatrix Aren’t for Kids

    With today’s acceptance of different lifestyles, there seems to be a more openness to the world of BDSM. BDSM is bondage domination, sadism and masochism. This is an erotic practice between consenting adults involving the different aspects of BDSM. Upon hearing about this, some of us more “vanilla” folk think of Fifty Shades of Grey. To the BDSM… [Continue Reading]

    Silly Rabbit, Dominatrix Aren’t for Kids
  • 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 finding happiness and self-fulfillment and is told backwards and forwards in a non-linear timeline. The film features Hunter Milano and Anthony Sorrells, both actors attending UCLA’s school of Theatre, Film & Television. The film… [Continue Reading]

    Kings
  • 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
  • Second Nature

    Second Nature was the graduation show of nine Brooks MFA students and was featured as Brooks Institute’s final exhibit in Santa Barbara. Each artist has spent the past year conceiving and crafting a unique body of photographic work. Written artist statements convey their discovery of the boundaries of learned responses and instinctive behaviors as they… [Continue Reading]

    Second Nature
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cycles

    Cycles from Alicia Afshar on Vimeo. “People can make you feel like a slave,” says Maria Perez on Ventura Avenue in Ventura, California, as she watches rain go down the gutter. “He was telling me, ‘Oh its good that you tell her to go away, because she doesn’t want to see how I’m gonna kill… [Continue Reading]

    Cycles
  • 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

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...]

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...]

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...]