My name is Trevor Mahlmann. I am a professional photographer and I specialize in graduation photography at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus!

I am gearing up for my December 2021 / Christmas graduation availability and have an incredibly easy process for booking photo sessions!

Whether you’re by yourself, with your boyfriend/girlfriend, or have a massive family/group of friends/sorority sisters/fraternity brothers, I’ve got just the session for you! Below you’ll find a place to select which type of session you’d like, schedule when you’d like them done, and pay online, securely and simply!

Please use the graduates’ name, phone number & email when booking the session for clarity. You can include parents/grandparents/etc who would like to also receive the completed photo gallery in the “Notes” section.

Also, if you have photo ideas or specific places you’d like photos taken – please include those in the “Notes” section when booking! This will make it much easier to plan out logistics of visiting the places you want during your time slot.

Below, you’ll also find an FAQ section with LOTS of information about logistics, timing, etc. If you could please, read through it to see if your question is answered there before sending me an email.

December Purdue Graduation Photography FAQ

If your session begins at:
8:30 AM,
11:00 AM,
or 1:30 PM
meet me at the Purdue Gateway to the Future Arch!
Here's a Google Maps Pin of where exactly to meet me at the Arch!
If your session begins at:
9:45 AM,
12:15 Noon,
or 2:45 PM
meet me at the Purdue Memorial Union! (South East Corner)
Here's a Google Maps Pin of where exactly to meet me at PMU!
There is currently construction at the front of the Union so this is just to the side of the front steps/'Purdue' shrub!

For both IU & Purdue

If you refer five (5) people to book a session with me, you'll get your session for free! Like free, free.
To add a referral, include who referred you (first and last name of the graduate) in the "Notes" section when you book your session! (click here to see an example of the Notes section/how to earn a referral)
  1. I am happy to make referrals retroactive too for May 2020 when I've begun this program. If you've already booked your session this year and know you referred several people: contact those people and have them click or tap on the "Reschedule or Cancel" button in the email received when they first booked their appointment, and type your name in the "Notes" section (remember to give them the same name you booked with)
  2. Year: Referrals will count regardless of school year! If you refer 5 people to book *this year* but your son or daughter isn't graduating until May 2021 etc, I will be keeping a master list of names and referral totals.
  3. School: Referrals will count regardless of whether you book/refer a session at Purdue West Lafayette or Indiana University in Bloomington. If you book a session at Purdue WL and 5 people book with me at IUB, you get yours free! If you book a session at Purdue WL and 3 book at Purdue WL and 2 book at IUB, you get yours free! (and vise versa/no matter the number of each or combinations)

Fine print/Terms:

  1. Only graduation sessions May 2020 and forward are eligible for a refund. Photo sessions booked for Winter 2019 or earlier are not eligible to be refunded.
  2. All or nothing. 5 referrals must be reached. 4 referrals and less (while much appreciated for spreading the word) won't get a reward. You need 5 to get your photo session free!
  3. Your window to reach 5 referrals and eligibility for a refund ends at 8:59 PM Eastern Time the day before your photo session date. For example: If your session is on May 16th, 2020, you'll need to reach 5 referrals before 8:59 PM on May 15th, 2020.
  4. The "Notes" section of the booking area is the only way to earn referrals. Referrals will not be taken via any other communication method (email, Facebook Message, Twitter DM etc) to keep it simple and to avoid duplicates.
I'll email you a link to your private gallery (just like this) within 1 week of your session date/time, where you can download your full-res, edited JPG files - free!
For example: If your session is on say Thursday the 3rd at 3:00pm, you will have your photos signed, sealed, and delivered by Thursday the 10th at 3:00pm.
You are guaranteed a minimum of 25 photos!
Yes! I know things can come up. If it is more than 2 weeks before your respective session, you can reschedule directly through the confirmation email you received at the time of booking! If it is within one week of your session, just click here to send me an email! I would be more than happy to help try to find you a new day/time!
If you have ideas for specific photos that you want taken, I would love to hear them! During or after booking (via confirmation email) you can add your ideas to the "notes" section of your photo session or email me: trevor.mahlmann@gmail.com, I would be happy to add them to your session notes for you if you've already booked!
My Single, Small Family, Large Family, and Small Group sessions include individual photos of graduates. Large and XL Group sessions are (usually) group photos only, unless time allows. (which, it usually does if we're efficient and you know where you want photos at on campus)
Looking to have photos taken with your boyfriend or girlfriend? I'd be glad to accommodate you both!
Simply book the Small Group (2-5 Grads or Friends) session!
I am open to your suggestions of things generally in-between the Arch and PMU but here are the locations graduates want to visit most frequently:
  • Purdue Gateway Arch
  • Neil Armstrong Statue/Hall of Engineering
  • Engineering Fountain
  • Hovde Hall
  • Bell Tower
  • John Purdue Statue
  • Loeb Fountain
  • University Hall
  • Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished "Block P" Sculpture
  • Purdue University Sign #1 on Grant Street (near KNOY)
  • Purdue Memorial Union
  • Purdue University Sign #2 on Grant Street (L shaped corner of Grant and State St.)
  • Harry's Chocolate Shop Outside Wall
The order will vary inversely based on your meeting location.
Yes! And when I send you the completed gallery of images, there will be a 30% off coupon code at the top of the page you can use for physical prints through me.
Full-res JPGs will be available for free download of every photo.
The prices shown above are a total price!
You would divide the price by how many graduates/friends you have in your group.
For example: Large Group // $350 // 10 Graduates // $35 per Graduate
The group should designate one person to book the session and the friends in the group would be responsible for paying that person back.
Full payment at booking required.
My full-time job is covering the rocket launches in the United States. (Florida, Texas, Virginia, etc) Here are some examples of my work if you're interested!! The schedules for them can and often do change. If an important launch comes up on my end that interferes with our scheduled session date / time, I will always work in good-faith with you to reschedule to another date and time. If we are unable to find a time that works for the both of us within the semester/season in question, after the first reschedule, you will be given a full-refund. As of Oct 2021, I have photographed hundreds of graduates and have only ever had customers cancel on me. Have never canceled the session outright on my end, to-date. The furthest I have needed to move a session from the original booking date to the actual date the session occurred is 7 days, and reschedules are less than 10% of all sessions. If you are able to be flexible with me I am always happy to be flexible with you to capture your photos 🙂
Cancellation policy:
- Full refund: If customer cancels within 24 hours of booking your respective session or if the situation as described with a rocket launch on my end in the introduction occurs and we are unable to find a new date and time.
- 50% refund: If customer cancels after 24 hours of booking but more than two weeks from your respective session.
- No refund: cancellations within two weeks of respective session.
- Weather: Over hundreds of sessions to date, I have always been able to find a day before/after/nearby our scheduled session day to tackle the photos - so I am happy to reschedule in the event of poor weather. If we run out of time and I am unable to reschedule before I need to leave town, you will be given a full-refund.
- Family Emergency: If you are unable to make it to your session due to an emergency (like a family members passing) and there are still session slots available, you will be given an opportunity to reschedule. If no sessions are available, a 75% refund will be issued.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Situation: Barring any restrictions (lockdown) physically preventing travel to/from the Purdue University West Lafayette campus, I plan to do each and every photo session. As a photographer, I wear a mask at all times and will keep my social distance properly. ====
All refunds take between 9 - 14 business days (total) to process and show up on your end, depending on your bank. If you decide not to show for your appointment, no refund will be issued. Thank you for your understanding.
I will adjust the leniency of this refund policy as I see fit given the constantly changing Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

If you still have questions about booking not answered above, feel free to contact me here and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP!

What kinds of photos you can expect:

Link to my full grad portfolio: https://photos.tmahlmann.com/People/Graduation