Tyler joined the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent at the age of 18. Following boot camp and Marine Combat Training, Tyler attended the Defense Information School studying Public Affairs. Upon completion, Tyler was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California. A year later he deployed to the middle east, documenting training and the assisting foreign allies in multiple countries over the course of nine months. Tyler was later accepted to the Military Photojournalism Course at Syracuse University after submitting his portfolio built from military experiences. Tyler also works as a freelance videographer/photographer specializing in portraits and video production.