Born in Minnesota, Hagen's childhood was filled with "constant travel" throughout the United States, fueling an already rich imagination and exposing him to a steady flow of new people and ideas.
At age 18 he left his midwestern home to study filmmaking in Los Angeles, California and shortly thereafter, moved to Hollywood. While developing a portfolio as a model and actor there he discovered a natural passion for photography.
Hagen eventually returned to the midwest where he formally studied Fine Art Photography, graduating with a BFA in 2014. He is currently an MFA student studying Digital Cinema at the University of Wisconsin.