Born and raised in Holland, Ohio, Jared was constantly exposed to the outdoors as a child. He and his father, Lyle, were very involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, which led to numerous camping and hiking trips. For Jared's 8th birthday, Lyle took him on his first trip to Yellowstone National Park. Soon after, Jared - along with the rest of his family - got very involved at The Buffalo Ranch in Hanover, Michigan. These events sparked Jared's love for both animals and the outdoors.

Over time, Jared followed in his father's photographic footsteps entering his first amateur competition at the age of 12. One of his images took 2nd place out of more than 50 photos, and he has since made photography a major part of his life. Jared and Lyle have returned to Yellowstone two more times and have also visited the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Glacier National Park.

Throughout high school, Jared was an honors student and multi-sport athlete. His favorite subject was math, and he played soccer, golf, and tennis for Springfield High School and also rec league basketball. Dabbling a little in many sports, Jared learned a lot about each of them, allowing him to adapt his photographic abilities to sports photography and giving him the opportunity, as a student, to photograph the high school football, soccer and tennis teams. Jared graduated in 2013 with honors and two varsity letters in golf and tennis.

Once out of high school, Jared had to make a huge decision for college. Torn between pursuing his passion of photography or a degree in engineering, Jared decided that the competition and income for a photographer would not suit his lifestyle and that his best option would be to attend the University of Toledo, majoring in mechanical engineering. This wasn't the end of his career in photography, however.

Upon graduating in 2013, Jared's mother, Kathy, took him to Australia where he spent a great deal of time doing photography. Visits to Kangaroo Island and the tropical rainforests of Cairns, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef,  fishing for red snapper off the southern coast - all of these experiences rivaled his many trips to Yellowstone. By the time college began, Jared fit in photography wherever he could, including photographing sporting events for the University of Toledo's school newspaper as well as spending many hours at the multiple Metroparks in the Toledo area and zoos throughout Ohio.

Currently, Jared is still pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering in addition to pursuing his love for photography. He recently returned from his first solo-photography trip to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, a trip which was funded by his engineering co-op experience. Though the majority of his time is spent being a full-time college student and working a part-time job at UPS between co-op experiences, Jared is determined to keep photography as a part of his life in an effort to prove that no matter what path you take in life, you can always pursue your true passion.

Jared's Inspiration

Over the past few years, Jared has been increasingly involved with his church - Threshold - as well as with the Chapel at the University of Akron, near where he did his first co-op. Throughout his experiences, he has been touched by many stories of selflessness and community involvement, so he began to seek a way that his skills could somehow benefit those in need. Turning to photography just seemed natural, and now Jared and his sister, Justin, are cooperating on making Lyle's Photography a source of this help. Any profits made from this website will now be going to a specific church, family in need, mission or missionary, or charity - specific recipients of the profits will be announced on the website.