Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Wonder of the Kathmandu Valley

Published on March 3, 2015 in Blog Posts, Personal Work, Video | 0 comments

Wedged between the Indian subcontinent and the lofty Himalayas, Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley is a place where various cultures and religions meld together to create a spiritual fusion.  While anthropologists may say otherwise, locals will tell you there is no distinction between Buddhism and Hinduism here.  With settlements dating back as far as 130BC, the valley […]

Mombasa Groove

Published on January 8, 2015 in Blog Posts, Personal Work, Video | 2 comments

Beat the traffic blues and sway along with the tuk-tuks and baobab trees. This is Mombasa! I shot this entirely with the GoPro Hero3+, controlling the camera from inside the car using the GoPro app.

Seeing My Wild Side

Published on April 26, 2014 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Personal Work | 1 comment

My passion is to tell people’s stories. Sometimes, however, I find myself in places of incredible natural beauty where creatures other than humans make their dwelling.  Already this year I’ve had no shortage of close encounters with the animal kingdom. The footage above and a few of the photographs below were taken as part of […]

Chaos & Calm

Published on October 7, 2013 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Personal Work, Video | 0 comments

Whether you’re in a rickshaw or a limousine, in a city of fourteen million no one is immune to the horrors of traffic. India’s third-largest city, Kolkata (otherwise known as Calcutta, or কলকাতা), was my base for the last two weeks during dual video assignments for Lutheran World Relief and ChildFund. During journeys in and […]

Andean High

Published on September 25, 2013 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Personal Work, Photo Essay | 2 comments

I’m back in Latin America for the first time in several years.  Actually, by the time I publish this I’ll be in India, but anyway.   As I work to film and produce a series of videos on the organization’s Early Childhood Development Programs world-wide, recent assignments with ChildFund took me first to Honduras, then […]

Samburu Runway

Published on July 2, 2013 in Blog Posts, Personal Work, Photo Essay | 0 comments

Every photographer will tell you that sometimes you have to wait around for the right shot; but don’t think there aren’t any shots while you’re just waiting around. I recently needed to photograph a girl from the Samburu tribe in Kenya whose family and community had been helped by ChildFund through the gift of a […]

Indian Summer

Published on June 5, 2013 in Blog Posts, Personal Work | 0 comments

While on my way to some rural areas of Maharashtra state, I took a moment to see how some of Mumbai’s 21 million residents spend their afternoon.  I’ve made it to India at the height of summer, but I much prefer the 100°F+ dry heat of June to the extreme humidity to come in July […]