Brinkerhoff worked as a commercial photographer for some 25 years before joining the Visual Arts Faculty at BYU, where he taught Photography in the Department of Design. Over the years Professor Brinkerhoff has won various awards for his photography and has published several books.
In 2012 some of Brinkerhoff's works were on display at the "Treasured Truths" exhibit at BYU. His collection, photographs of the architectural beauties of different religious buildings, was the result of a six-year journey to 45 different countries and many hours of study to understand the common religious symbolism of Islam and Christianity. The exhibit was later displayed at the Springville Museum of Art's Sacred Settings exhibit.
- Best of Show Award at the Boulder Arts Association Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition in Boulder, Colorado
- Photographs accepted into the "Photography Now" National Juried Photography Competition in Cohassett, Maine
- Recognized with an Eliza R. Snow Award for his significant accomplishments in photography
- The Universe - BYU photography professor highlighted at Springville Museum of Art (12 Mar 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Photographer discusses art, religion, symbolism at museum (21 Feb 2013)
- The Universe - "Treasured Truths": Artists explore similarities between Islam and Christianity (9 Oct 2012)
- Mormon Times - BYU professor finds meaning in sacred architecture (1 Oct 2009)
- BYU Magazine – Ask an Expert: How to Make Great Pictures (Fall 2008)