Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Faces of Drought

Published on May 1, 2017 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay, Video | 0 comments

Last month I traveled to far northern Kenya to document the grueling impact of the current drought on children and families for ChildFund. Most of the stories I captured were of extreme need – stories that I hope will stir hearts and open pocketbooks in order to bring relief to those attempting to endure the […]

City of Churches

Published on February 11, 2017 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 0 comments

While on assignment in Nicaragua earlier this month, I got a chance to spend the afternoon in Léon, the City of Churches. Léon is a bastion of Roman Catholic fervor and its historic colonial temples date back as far as the early 16th century. I first visited Léon ten years ago, but was happy this time to see […]

Smiles from Timor-Leste

Published on November 28, 2016 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 0 comments

One thing I love about working with ChildFund is the bit of extra time they sometimes allow me to focus my lens on a country’s culture and daily life. In addition to shooting a few videos recently for the organization in Timor-Leste, I also shot these photographs, which give bit of insight into the country’s people […]

Fair Trade Cash Crops

Published on September 20, 2016 in Assignment, Photo Essay | 0 comments

Who says money doesn’t grow on trees? I recently visited several villages in Burkina Faso and Kenya where the primary sources of livelihood fall from the sky, later to be collected from the ground and sold on the market – macadamia and shea nuts. Okay, it’s not always quite that easy, especially for shea nuts, which must go […]

Coffee from the Mountains of the Moon

Published on April 13, 2016 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 0 comments

On my whirlwind five-day trip to Uganda last month I managed to cover a lot of ground in both the east and west of the country. Squeezed between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, Uganda may look like a dwarf on the map, but it’s actually more than double the size of my home […]

Reaping the Dust

Published on February 19, 2016 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 0 comments

There are some parts of Ethiopia right now that haven’t received more than a few sprinkles of rain in over two years. Since so many people live out in rural areas of the country and have to rely on seasonal rains to grow their own food- raising their own vegetables and livestock on small farms- […]

Investing in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire

Published on November 20, 2015 in Assignment, Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 1 comment

Want to make some extra cash while giving a boost to markets in the developing world? Shared Interest lends capital to fair trade buyer and producer organizations in areas of the world that have limited access to finance. Because they only invest in Fair Trade businesses, that means living wages, better working conditions, and often […]

Through Wild Karamoja

Published on October 18, 2015 in Blog Posts, Photo Essay | 2 comments

The journey by road to Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park takes you through the remote and untamed Karamoja region. Don’t linger too long with the locals, or you may miss out on the wildlife ahead.