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Awards and Accolades

David HakamakiRecognition of David Hakamaki at WPPI 2016

David Hakamaki from Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain has expertise in posing, lighting and location, along with an ability to educate other photographers. David has achieved the highest levels in the photographic industry and continues to educate photographers around the world. A few of his awards and accolades include:

Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) - Professional Photographers America (PPA)

Awarded by the largest professional photography organization for excellence in photography and photography education. Awardees must meet merit criteria in photographic submissions, speaking and service to photographic organizations.

Door County Travel Magazine "Featured Wedding Photographer" - 3 out of 4 Years

David Hakamaki has been the featured wedding photographer in Door County Travel Magazine 3 out of 4 years. Door County is a destination location and has been listed as one of the top destinations in the US by Fortune Magazine. His wedding images were published to promote weddings in Door County Travel Magazine.

International Speaker & Educator

David Hakamaki has been a featured speaker at many of the top photography conventions around the world. He has been a routine speaker at the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International (WPPI) convention, presenting to sold out audiences for the past 10 years. David has been invited to speak Internationally at the CanAm Photo Expo, the prestigious Society of Photographers UK Convention in London (2018, 2022 & 2023), and The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK (2019, 2021, & 2024), where his unique brand of photography and business knowledge thrilled his Canadian and British audiences. Mr. Hakamaki has also been a speaker at numerous state, regional and local conferences throughout the county, including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Photography Industry Ambassador & Leader

David Hakamaki is an industry leader and actively involved with many of the Photography Industry's leading companies. Being an Ambassador and Leader is an honor that shows his leadership as a educator and product tester/evaluator. Some of David's major accolades include:

Speaking Team - Miller's Professional Imaging

Senior Dream Team - Simply Color Lab Speaking Team

Photographic Storyteller - Fundy Designer

Lighting Master Affiliate - Flashpoint Lighting

Interfit Creative Pro - Interfit Photographic

Photographic "Champion" - Kubota Image Tools

Creative Ambassador - Savage Universal Corporation

Photography Ambassador - QT Albums

Other Accolades

David Hakamaki has been featured in numerous professional articles, webinars and training programs. Other accolades include:

Professional Imagemaker - Multiple Articles

Rangefinder Magazine - Senior & Sports Portraiture Lighting

Photographers Ignite - Featured Presenter

Faces of PPA - Featured Photographer

PPA Today - Featured Article on David Hakamaki

Photographer Success Stories: David Hakamaki - New York Institute of Photography (NYIP)

Speakers Corner - The Societies of Photographers UK

Kubota CLICK online Photography Magazine - Feature Article on David Hakamaki

Adjunct Professor - Micro & Macroeconomics - Bay College

Instructor of Photography - Bay College & Michigan Technical Education Center

Cover and page images - UP Travel Guide (multiple years)

Cover and page images - Door County Travel Magazine


Professional Photographers Association (PPA)

Wedding & Portrait Professionals International (WPPI)

Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP)

Society of International School and Event Photographers (SISEP)

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