When Brooks Ayola sprung forth from the birth canal, he was hardwired to be a photographer. Starting off snapping shots of this, that and the other with his handy Instamatic, he found he had a knack for catching his subjects in that perfect moment where lighting, timing and stellar composition all blend seamlessly. After trying on several other hats, like lifeguard, radio broadcaster, and cabinet finisher, twenty-ish years ago he listened to that odd inner voice nagging him that he was a photographer, and never looked back.
Brooks focuses on freezing moments in time in a way that brings the subjects to lifeeven if that subject happens to be an extremely hungry bear. I shot a grizzly bear for Yamaha and the only thing between the bear and me was a trainer throwing chunks of chicken into his mouth and a small electric wire, he recalls. But when it comes to photographing people, Brooks says, I like to keep things simple so I can concentrate on the subject. I want people to look into the eyes of the subject and feel like they know that person better, or feel compelled to ask themselves questions about that person. In most cases, I want them to feel like the person on the page is looking right at them, waiting for a response.
Brooks always stocks the fridge with stellar root beer, brings a high level of professionalism to every shoot and touts a long list of very satisfied clients, including The American Heart Association, Arcona, Aware Products, Beauty Launchpad, Bosley, Cerwin-Vega, Classified Cosmetics, Dayspa, Dermanew, Detour, Giovanni Hair Care, GQ Australia, Harris Corporation, JBL Pro Audio, KRK, LTM Lighting, Metropolis, Nailpro, Panasonic, Pork Pie Percussion, Staedtler Mars, Suspension Techniques, Tamrac, Universal Electronics, VitaMedica and Yamaha Motor Corporation.
When not making images, Brooks enjoys life with his wife Marisa and their two kids, Lily and Bennett.