David Hakamaki to Speak at The Photography Show in the UK

David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog., owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, Michigan, will be a featured speaker at The Photography Show at the NEC Convention Center in Birmingham, UK in March 2019. The Photography Show is the UK’s largest photography convention and has world class speakers and photographers from around the globe.

David’s topic is “Chasing the Unicorn: Being Successful in Photography” and will discuss ways photographers can make their photography business more successful.

David is an internationally recognized speaker at Photography Conventions on a variety of topics, including HS Senior Portraits, Lighting, Business, In Person Sales, Social Media, and Lighting. Follow David on social media on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/davehakamaki  or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/davehakamaki.

Photo by David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog. @ Cutting Edge Photography

Marketing to HS Seniors – Photography Marketing Masters, Episode 12 with David Hakamaki from Cutting Edge Photography

Photo by David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog. @ Cutting Edge Photography

David Hakamaki was featured on the Marketing Masters Series on Prime Focus Lab site in an interview on Marketing to High School Seniors. David’s studio, Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, Michigan, is a hotspot for High School Senior Portraits. His work is nationally recognized for his unique lighting, posing and location selection.

Listen to the interview at the following link –> https://primefocuslab.com/pmm-012-marketing-high-school-seniors/

Photo by David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog. @ Cutting Edge Photography

David Hakamaki featured by New York Institute of Photography (NYIP)

Photo by David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog. @ Cutting Edge Photography

David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog., owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, Michigan, was recently featured by the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) as one of their Photographer Success stories. The story was a question/answer based interview on how David started out in his Photographic career and what he has learned along the way in a successful 17 year career. The interview also provides insights for future photographers on how the NYIP prepared David for success, as well as advice for budding photography entrepreneurs.

David runs a highly successful Home-Based Photography Studio in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Iron Mountain is a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and his business has become nationally recognized for his work with High School Seniors, Destination & Elegant Weddings, Youth Sports, Commercial & Professionals, Families and Photo Restoration. David is also an International Speaker, having been a featured speaker at Photography Conventions across the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada. He is also an Ambassador for several of the Photography Industry’s largest companies and has taught Business & Economics at numerous colleges.

Here is the link to the article from the New York Institute of Photography on David –> https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/student-success/david-hakamaki

David Hakamaki Speaking at WPPI 2018 on High School Senior Portraits

Register for WPPI 2019 and see David Hakamaki from Cutting Edge Photography conduct a Photowalk on HS Senior Portraits.

Register for a Photowalk with David Hakamaki from Cutting Edge Photography on HS Senior Portraits.

David Hakamaki, owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, will be speaking at the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International WPPI 2019 Convention in 2019.  David will be featured in a PhotoWalk on High School Senior Portraits.  David is a nationally known senior photorapher and his attendees will gain a look inside his success as his area’s top senior photographer.  Attendees will get to work with a model, as well as understand proper lighting, posing and location selection. Limited spots are available, so register early.

Register at https://www.wppiexpo.com or on David’s PhotoWalk page at WPPI PhotoWalk on HS Senior Portraits with David Hakamaki.

SWPP London Review with David Hakamaki featured

The Society of Photographers SWPP Convention in London in January 2018 was the highlight of my speaking career.  In fact, being able to do three programs to UK photographers was an honor.  However, not everyone was able to make it to my programs.

It was interesting to find my name listed as one of the reasons Kam Assi wanted to attend, but was unable to make it to my Business lecture, “20 Things Businesses Do that PI$$ People Off”.  Here is that link –> https://www.kamassiphotographer.co.uk/swpp-convention-trade-show-2018-quick-visit-review/.  Well, Kam, it was a packed room, filled with tons of great insights on what we do good (and bad).  It was lighthearted and (much to the amazement of several in attendance) filled with laughter.  Maybe next time, Kam.  I promise I will entertain and delight you.

So, London, it was fun.  It was memorable.  And, I hope to see you soon.  The word is out that I will be speaking at The Photography Show in Birmingham, Uk in March 2019, so watch for that schedule.

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Parker Stroud • Iron Mountain High School • Class of 2022 Carrie Stroud ... See MoreSee Less

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Pictures look great. Hard to believe they are Seniors now!

These are all great!!!💛

Really great photos as always! 👏

Love them P 💞💕💓

Love this♥️ thank you Dave. These are awesome!

Love these!!! I can’t believe they are seniors!!!!!

Very nice pictures!

Carrie Stroud

Omg look at how grown he is love these

Love the pictures!

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Stunning! Great work as always, Dave!!

Beautiful

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Nice surprise in the mail yesterday. 15 years as a member of the Professional Photographers of America. #PPA #speaker #photography ... See MoreSee Less

Nice surprise in the mail yesterday. 15 years as a member of the Professional Photographers of America. #PPA #speaker #photography

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Looking good

No way, he’s all grown up.

Katie , can’t believe your son is going to be a senior! Great pictures l remember giving the boys snacks at work 😊😊

Wonderful photos!!! Looking good, Lucas!!!

Years go by fast, don’t they? Great looking photos!! 🏉⚾️🏆

Enjoyed our time watching your boys grow up. Keep up the good work Lucas,

Love the pictures

These are fantastic!

Looking great! Congrats!!

Great pictures

Omg already a grad!!! Where did the time go🧐

Very nice pictures.

Very nice

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Beautiful 💕

She’s beautiful, Lori Eslinger Plemel she looks a lot like you!! 😁

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Providing photography services to the Veterans for their Creative Art Festival at the Oscar G Johnson VA Hospital. Love that we can help recognize the talents of our Veterans. #giveback #Veterans #heroes ... See MoreSee Less

Providing photography services to the Veterans for their Creative Art Festival at the Oscar G Johnson VA Hospital. Love that we can help recognize the talents of our Veterans. #GiveBack #veterans #heroes

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Hello, Can you tell me how I can text or email the Veterans Administrations Hospital in Manila to schedule appointment for Covid Shot ? Thank You

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Nice pictures and omg is he getting tall!

Very nice!!

4 weeks ago

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Got a nice Membership package in the mail from @thesocietiesofphotographers . This UK group is full of amazing photographers and I am proud to be a part of it. #photography #photographer #professionalphotographer ... See MoreSee Less

Got a nice Membership package in the mail from @thesocietiesofphotographers . This UK group is full of amazing photographers and I am proud to be a part of it. #photography #photographer #professionalphotographer

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And….Little League Baseball & Softball season is a wrap! Over 50 teams and hundreds of players photographed this Spring. Thank you teams, coaches, parents, sponsors and leagues for allowing Cutting Edge Photography to serve as your youth sports photographer! See you all next year! #baseball #softball #TeeBall #sportsphotography ... See MoreSee Less

And….Little League Baseball & Softball season is a wrap! Over 50 teams and hundreds of players photographed this Spring. Thank you teams, coaches, parents, sponsors and leagues for allowing Cutting Edge Photography to serve as your youth sports photographer! See you all next year! #baseball #softball #TeeBall #sportsphotography

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Going to be a busy summer of Senior Portraits! #seniors #seniorpictures #giveback ... See MoreSee Less

Going to be a busy summer of Senior Portraits! #Seniors #SeniorPictures #GiveBack

Going to be a busy summer with Senior Portraits! # Seniors #seniorpictures #giveback ... See MoreSee Less

Going to be a busy summer with Senior Portraits! # Seniors #seniorpictures #giveback

Chelsea & Levi's Wedding

Running behind, but here are some fun images from Chelsea & Levi's wedding. Gorgeous couple and so fun of a wedding day. Too many to pick from. #wedding #weddingphotographer #love Chelsea Matchett Levi Matchett
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Love them all

So handsome Levi & Steven

Wowwww you do fantastic work!!!!

Fantastic job Dave!!

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2 months ago

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More softball photos today. Bring on that sun and heat. We’re going to make everyone look like a superstar! #softball #sports #photography #photographer #blackrapid ... See MoreSee Less

More softball photos today. Bring on that sun and heat. We’re going to make everyone look like a superstar! #softball #sports #photography #photographer #blackrapid

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You always do!

2022 Seniors - Dates are getting thin. If you are in FALL SPORTS, please schedule your Senior Portrait session NOW, so we can get you a time before practices start in August. Everyone else....grab your ROCKSTAR session today! #seniors2022 #Senior #seniorpictures #rockstar #cuttingedgephotography ... See MoreSee Less

2022 Seniors - Dates are getting thin. If you are in FALL SPORTS, please schedule your Senior Portrait session NOW, so we can get you a time before practices start in August. Everyone else....grab your ROCKSTAR session today! #Seniors2022 #senior #seniorpictures #ROCKSTAR #CuttingEdgePhotography

3 months ago

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Still doing Senior Portraits. #senior2021 #seniorpictures

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Thank you so much!!

You look so beautiful! I love your photos. Love you honey! I look forward to what God will do in your life.

Beautiful pictures! I love the pictures! 💜😊🌷

Wow Joleen Peterson, these are beautiful.

You are so beautiful talented and grown-up now you have a lot to offer this world my dear sorry we’re not closer

Beautiful pictures❤️🌻🌸

They are gorgeous and so are you 😍❤

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3 months ago

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It’s official! 9th straight year speaking at the WPPI International Photo Convention. PhotoWalk on Seniors in Aug 2021! #boom #werebackbaby #wppi2021 ... See MoreSee Less

It’s official! 9th straight year speaking at the WPPI International Photo Convention. PhotoWalk on Seniors in Aug 2021! #boom #werebackbaby #wppi2021

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Congratulations!!

Wow! Congratulations! I will recommend you to everyone. 🤩

Congratulations! Although I am not too surprised. I always knew you are awesome.

Wow! Congrats Adrienne!

4 months ago

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Pond and waterfall all up and running. Ready for another senior portrait season! #spring #pond #waterfall ... See MoreSee Less

Pond and waterfall all up and running. Ready for another senior portrait season! #spring #pond #waterfall

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What a setting. Perfect for pictures, Dave 👏👏👏👏

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5 months ago

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Getting ready for The Networking Panel Discussion, with my other panelists at @thephotographyshow UK on Sunday. Ask us anything and we will answer your burning photography questions!

www.photographyshow.com/spring-shoots-main-stage/networking-event#/
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Getting ready for The Networking Panel Discussion, with my other panelists at @thephotographyshow UK on Sunday. Ask us anything and we will answer your burning photography questions!

https://www.photographyshow.com/spring-shoots-main-stage/networking-event#/

In one week, I will be presenting a program called "Quick Lighting Setups" for The Photography Show UK Spring Shoots. I will also be Hosting a Panel of Photographers, where we will answer questions LIVE on Sunday, March 7th. Quite honored to be Speaking and Hosting a panel of some amazing Photographers from around the world. Best of all, my HS Seniors, Sports, Headshot and Wedding clients will be featured during my lighting program. #blessed #photographer #seniorportraitphotographer #weddingphotography #speakerPros and amateurs alike are taking their photography and filmmaking outdoors, to make the most of current global restrictions. Get advice at Spring Shoots, 6 & 7 March from a range of experts on kit and techniques for shooting landscapes and nature at our Saturday Clinic, and shooting people, whatever the weather, at our Clinic on Sunday.

Register now: www.photographyshow.com/free-registration
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In one week, I will be presenting a program called Quick Lighting Setups for The Photography Show UK Spring Shoots. I will also be Hosting a Panel of Photographers, where we will answer questions LIVE on Sunday, March 7th. Quite honored to be Speaking and Hosting a panel of some amazing Photographers from around the world. Best of all, my HS Seniors, Sports, Headshot and Wedding clients will be featured during my lighting program. #blessed #photographer #seniorportraitphotographer #weddingphotography #speaker

5 months ago

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Had a fabulous weekend meeting couples at the Winter Wedding Show at the Resch Center on Green Bay. Going to have many happy events to photograph in 2021 and 2022! #Wedding #weddingphotography ... See MoreSee Less

Had a fabulous weekend meeting couples at the Winter Wedding Show at the Resch Center on Green Bay. Going to have many happy events to photograph in 2021 and 2022! #wedding #weddingphotography
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Interfit S1 Moonlight with HSS Review by David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog.

I recently received several AC/DC powered S1 strobes from Interfit Photographic. This is a studio strobe that looks and acts very similar to the pro photo B1. Although the pro photo be ones are stellar strobes, they can put a significant dent into your bank account. The Interfit S one costs about 1/2 to 1/3 of the pro photo equivalent and specs out relatively the same.

The Interfit S1 is a TTL strobe with high-speed sync. It provides 10 stops of power range, with three of those stops at the upper end available for high-speed sync. High-speed sync operates in manual Mode and can accommodate shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of a second. Adjustments are made in 1/10 stop increments, allowing for an amazing array of adjustments.

Looking at the Interfit S1, it looks very similar to the Profoto B1. The S1 provides 500 Watt/Seconds of power and uses removable and exchangeable lithium ion battery that is flush with the body, offering around 350 full power flashes. There is an integrated wireless system, using a corresponding Interfit remote, that provides TTL flash exposure compensation and manual power control for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

Construction is very durable aluminum with a Bowens S-type mount for a large array of rings and modifiers, such as soft boxes, reflectors, and other attachments. The S one weighs 6.3 pounds and operates on either AC or DC mode. Battery recharge time is approximately three hours and is charge separately, so the strobe can be used in AC mode while the battery is charging. There is an AC only model called the S1a, which is virtually identical to the S1.

A review in the field will be published shortly, which will show off the Interfit S1 in action.  Photos of behind-the-scenes, as well as final captures will be included to assist with understanding what the S1 can do on location.  A final review will go in depth on the high speed sync (HSS) features of the S1 and new opportunities for amazing photography.  Stay tuned for these upcoming reviews.

Overall, this unit is simply powerful and filled with conveniences.  The S1 unit retails for around $749 on Interfit’s and other major retailer websites.  However, you can save an additional 10% by purchasing directly from the Interfit Photographic website (www.interfitphotographic.com) and enter code Hakamaki10.  Happy shooting!

Savage Universal Product Pro LED Light Table demo with David Hakamaki

Savage Universal Corporation has released their new Product Pro LED Light Table.  This product is intended for photographing macro or small item products.  In the video below, David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog. from Cutting Edge Photography, goes over the major features and uses of this product and how it will assist photographers with photographing smaller items.  The Product Pro LED Light Table comes in two sizes 15″x15″ -or- 22″x22″ and is available from all major photography retailers.  Our friends at Hunt’s Photo & Video have a special price on this item, so follow this link to save a few bucks.

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From Savage Universal’s website:

The Savage Product Pro LED Light Table is every commercial photographer’s solution to capturing attractive, professional quality product photography without the hassle of compiling an array of complicated lighting and background gear for small subjects. Simply flip a switch and the powerful LED light strips under the table brightly illuminate evenly across the table, creating an instant high-key background. Each rechargeable overhead LED light contains 36 LED chips with a CRI of 91, and are mounted on heavy-duty flexible arms to provide high-quality backlight, highlights and under lighting where desired.

Kit includes:

(1) LED light table
(1) Accessory tray
(4) Rechargeable 36 bulb LED lights
(4) AC Power cords for charging lights
(4) Diffuser socks
(4) 20” Flexible arms
(1) Nylon protective sleeve for transport and storage

David Hakamaki to be featured Speaker at WPPI 2017 Convention

David Hakamaki, owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, will be speaking at the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International WPPI 2017 photography convention in Las Vegas.
David Hakamaki, owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, will be speaking at the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International WPPI 2017 photography convention in Las Vegas.

David Hakamaki, owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, Michigan, has been invited to be a featured speaker at the Wedding & Portrait Professionals International (WPPI) 2017 photography convention in Las Vegas on February 8, 2017.  David will be presenting “Different Light for Different Looks“, which will be an advanced Master Class on lighting.  His program is sponsored by Simply Color Lab and Savage Universal.

David’s work has become known for his unconventional use of different lighting to create unique looks.  He has incorporated LED continuous lighting, strobes, speed lights, and natural light into his senior portraits, weddings, models, youth sports teams, professional portraits and commercial photography.  His expertise has also extended to reviews of products, including a recent article he authored on two new continuous lighting products by Savage Universal – their 2000 watt Location Kit and Cobra LED Interview Kit.

David is also a national speaker on business, marketing, and motivational topics and information on these items can be found at his website at www.theglobalspeaker.com.

Savage Universal 2000 Watt Location Kit and LED Cobra Interview Kit Review

Here is a recent review of the new Savage Universal 2000 Watt Location Kit and Cobra LED Interview Kit written by David Hakamaki from Cutting Edge Photography.

Savage Constant Lighting Review by David Hakamaki