Paul Jaekel has had an interest in photography for many, many years. For a long while he only took the usual pictures of clouds and nature with his cell phone. Then, in early 2015, he started fully acting on that growing interest by turning it into an amateur hobby. As a lifelong resident of Southeastern Michigan he began by driving around to places nearby his home. As he ventured, he found places that he never stopped at before. Later, he traveled to places further out from home - towards Detroit and up into the “Thumb” of Michigan. During the holiday season of December 2015, Paul bought himself his first DSLR camera and then began self-taught photography. After spending almost two years seriously building his hobby, he looks toward the future; exploring paths to turn it into a professional career.