I’ve lived in West Lafayette, Indiana for the past three and a half years and everything I’ve done creatively and professionally has surrounded this city.

I’ve made some of my favorite photos to date, on this Purdue campus.



I’ve had to make some of the biggest decisions of my life from this place.

It’s been a year and a half (almost to the day) since I decided to do this photography thing full-time and in hindsight, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

It has been the most fulfilling year and half so far and has taken me places I never thought imaginable but all good things must come to an end, because big new steps have to be taken!

While a student at Purdue , I met my best friend, Alex.

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I’ve been dating Alex for almost 2 years. She is in the Pharmacy program at Purdue and for her final year of school, rotation year, is actually spent off campus in Boston during June/July 2018 and New Jersey August / September / October.

Last summer, she was in Colorado for 3 months, and that wasn’t too bad as I was able to go visit her twice to split up the time. We even got to visit Rocky Mtn Nat’l Park:

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and have seen countless lighthouses last year during my Lake Michigan lighthouses project:

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(I still want to do all the Lake Superior lighthouses next, at some point)

But Lake Superior lighthouses and Midwest photography in general is going to take a bit of a pause.

I am going to ramp up my Northeast United States photography because I’m going with Alex to Boston and New Jersey, and will be coming back home again to Indianapolis in late October!

This is not only an awesome career choice for me  but is a big step for Alex and I that I am really excited for, and we are ready to take together.

I’ve never really been to the northeast USA before and the opportunities to create a portfolio of work are endless.

There are 125 lighthouses in Maine and Massachusetts alone, Acadia Nat’l Park in Maine, and countless more spots for photos.

I am wicked excited.

And don’t worry — rocket launches aren’t going anywhere.