I love capturing moments and making creative, authentic portraits of people and would be happy to talk with you about family portraits, senior sessions, headshots, and photo shoots to promote your business. I'm passionate, patient, and easygoing, a few of the best qualities a photographer can have, in my opinion! I’ve been a professional photojournalist for 28 years, and I feel blessed to be able to make a living doing what I love.
I’ve spent 14 of those years as a newspaper photographer, where I’ve covered everything from NBA championships to presidential visits to Elian Gonzalez protests and made inventive portraits of celebrities and everyday people. You might wonder what this has to do with a family or senior session - well, a lot because I have tons of experience remaining calm while shooting in rapidly changing situations under intense pressure.
In early 2008, I left my staff photography position at The Miami Herald to move my family to NC and join the communications team at Duke University, where I currently work full time as a multimedia producer capturing imagery and editing videos that highlight teaching, learning, healing and discovery for various marketing channels.
Whether I’m photographing a brilliant genetics researcher in their lab or your playful son or daughter in your backyard, I approach all my shoots with the same enthusiasm and professionalism, so the result is a contemporary blend of photojournalism and magazine-style portraiture.
When I don't have a camera in my hand, I love playing ultimate frisbee & chess, kayaking, and watching movies with my family at our home in Hillsborough, NC. I also enjoy leading photography workshops on Duke's campus, where I serve as the staff adviser to the student-run Duke Photography Club. I was born in Miami in 1972 and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1994, having worked at The Fayetteville Observer (NC), The Tennessean (Nashville), and The Miami Herald, before joining the public affairs team at Duke University in 2008. My work has appeared in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, People, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. My recent project on Duke cancer patients is on display in the Duke Cancer Center.
"These are wonderful pictures! Thanks so much. We've never had such lovely pictures of the 4 of us. We had such a great time."
Jared, GREAT, GREAT job! Thank you so much for all you did. Photos are fantastic. Great energy and fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so happy with all you did for us!
Hi Jared, I'm amazed at how well these turned out given the less-than-ideal participation by our wretched children. Thank you (and Caroline!)
Are you interested in working together? I'm happy to answer any questions you have. Drop me a line by filling out this contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.