• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 from other schools. The one-on-one tutelage ensures the highest possible learning experience. These examples are just a small fraction of the amazing and talented work produced by the students here at Brooks.… [Continue Reading]

    Brooks Graphic Design
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 technically strong, of course, but the meaning – the concept – behind the images shines brightest, though sometimes not at first glance.

    Design Concepts
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brooks Institute Getting Friendly With Fire

    Brooks Institute Visual Journalism faculty Greg Cooper has been communicating with the Ventura County Fire Department with hopes of setting up opportunities for students to get real-life experiences in the field of community photojournalism. In and around the county visual journalism students are asked to look for journalistically interesting material to photograph for class and… [Continue Reading]

    Brooks Institute Getting Friendly With Fire
  • 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
  • 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
  • 365 Strangers

    What started out as a high school project during Marie Eriel Hobro’s sophomore year of high school  in Hawaii evolved into something much bigger. In 2011 she was given an assignment that forced her to photograph random strangers on the street. After her photo teacher, Keith Sasada, introduced Hobro to street photography and portraits, she… [Continue Reading]

    365 Strangers

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...]

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...]


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...]