David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog., is a globally renowned speaker, educator & visionary photographer. David started out in the cut-throat business world and has taught college business, marketing & economics. Since 2002, he has operated a thriving full-time, home studio in Iron Mountain, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Dave is the School Photographer for all area High Schools, as well as the vast majority of Youth Sports programs.
David holds degrees from Northern Michigan University (BS) and the University of Michigan (Masters). He has taught at Bay College, Northland College and the University of Michigan on business and other programs, including Micro and Macro Economics, Small Business Management, Marketing & Problem Solving & Analysis. He has also served as a Business Development consultant for several companies.
Dave also earned his Photography degree from the prestigious New York Institute of Photography and has served as an Instructor of Photography at Bay College. David works closely with many of the Photography industry’s leading companies and serves as a Miller's Professional Imaging Speaker, Simply Color Lab “Simply Seniors” Ambassador, Flashpoint Lighting Ambassador, Savage Universal Ambassador, and Fundy "Storyteller". He is a regular speaker at Conferences/Workshops throughout the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Loved by audiences around the world, David’s electrifying presentations not only focus on photography & lighting, but dig deep into the art of sales, marketing and client interaction with a fun, quirky approach. A go-to authority on operating a home photography studio, High School seniors, HS & youth sports, location-based lighting, and all things business, David’s programs are a must-see experience.
His business, Cutting Edge Photography, is located in Iron Mountain, MI, and has been in operation for over 20 years. Cutting Edge Photography is the area's premier HS Senior, HS & Youth Sports and Commercial photographer. Cutting Edge Photography's services are available across the nation and travel and tourism images have showcased the beauty and grandeur of the United States and Canada.
David is a member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA), Wedding and Portrait Professionals International (WPPI), and The Society of Photographers.