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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Was honored to take photos of the Iron Mountain Public Schools 2019 Graduates last night before commencement. Also got some fun buddy photos that evening. Enjoy, everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you!!!

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A 5-0 victory for the Mountaineers made.a chilly evening bearable. Great job IMHS! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for taking photos!!😀

Great pictures!! Thank you, Dave!

Congratulations 🎊🎉. Incredible photos⭐️ 🌟⭐️🌟🌟🌟

Charlie Kivi • Class of 2019

Still doing Senior Portraits. A few days ago, we had Charlie come in for senior portraits. Taking advantage of the beautiful Spring weather, we laughed and had a great time in several cool locations. #senior #seniorpictures #seniorportraits #library #artist
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Iron Mountain Mountaineers vs Niagara Badgers game photos. ... See MoreSee Less

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Iron Mountain vs Escanaba Varsity Baseball photos on April 15, 2019. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great photos!

You do such a great job! I’m so glad the school is working with you!

Love all these! You captured great action photos! 💛🖤⚾️

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Austin Steve • Ontonagon Area Jr/Sr High School • Class of 2019

What do you do on a beautiful winter day? Go take portraits of a senior. Playing with light to show off Austin, we had a great day of photos, conversation and laughs. #photographer #photography #senior #seniorpictures #seniorsunday #winter #snow #light
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The Iron Mountain Mountaineers took on the Bark River-Harris Broncos in the Team District Wrestling match at IMHS Gymnasium. The Mountaineers prevailed and captured the Team District Title. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great photos

Wonderful phots of the Mountaineers Wrestling team!

Way to go mountaineers proud of you

Awesome pics. Thanks Dave.

4 months ago

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Can you say DOUBLE SELL OUT! Both of my HS Senior PhotoWalks at the WPPI International Photography Convention have already sold out. The first sold out over 2.5 months in advance and the most recent one sold out a month in advance (on my birthday!). Time to show off our amazing HS Seniors!! #boom #soldout #thatshowitisdone #photography #photographer #seniors #seniorpictures #lovemyseniors #getshownoff ... See MoreSee Less

Can you say DOUBLE SELL OUT!  Both of my HS Senior PhotoWalks at the WPPI International Photography Convention have already sold out.   The first sold out over 2.5 months in advance and the most recent one sold out a month in advance (on my birthday!). Time to show off our amazing HS Seniors!! #boom #soldout #thatshowitisdone #photography #photographer #seniors #seniorpictures #lovemyseniors #getshownoff

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Rocking another wedding show at The Winter Wedding Show at ShopKo Hall in Green Bay. Two days of brides. Come visit us and get the wedding of your dreams. #wedding #weddingdress #WeddingPhotography #destinationwedding #Photography #Photographer #bride #Love #ShopKo #GreenBay ... See MoreSee Less

Rocking another wedding show at The Winter Wedding Show at ShopKo Hall in Green Bay. Two days of brides. Come visit us and get the wedding of your dreams. #wedding #weddingdress #WeddingPhotography #destinationwedding #Photography #Photographer #bride #Love #ShopKo #GreenBay

 

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You do amazing work and have the personality to match, good luck to u!

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Trey Doda • Norway High School • Class of 2019

Still doing Seniors! Today, our multipart athlete from Norway HS, Trey Doda, came in to get some killer senior portraits. Braving the cold and crazy suggestions, we hit a home run on EVERYTHING. #boom #photography #photographer #seniors #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #baseball #basketball #football #iphone #creative #norway Julie Doda Mark Doda
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Handsome young man, keep up the good work Trey!

Gary Johnson

Nice pictures

Great pictures Jules!

Thank You David Hakamaki of Cutting Edge photography!!! So much fun!! You are awesome!!👍

Great pics!

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Pretty overwhelmed to be invited to speak at The Photography Show in the U.K. in March. Thank you HS Seniors, Wedding Couples , and families for helping me get to speak at an another international photography convention! #photographer #photography #thephotographyshow #uk #speaker #blessed #hardwork ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty overwhelmed to be invited to speak at The Photography Show in the U.K. in March. Thank you HS Seniors, Wedding Couples , and families for helping me get to speak at an another international photography convention! #photographer #photography #thephotographyshow #uk #speaker #blessed #hardwork

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Competitive Cheer completion at Iron Mountain High School. Teams included Iron Mountain, Escanaba, & Munising. Congratulations to the Escanaba Varsity and Middle School teams on taking 1st in both of their respective grade levels. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Matt Mattson, Dawn Mattson, Morgan Sontag....I loved seeing Kate compete today!

Thank you so much for coming 😍

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IM Varsity Boys Basketball game photos vs. Gladstone from 12/18/18. To order photos, please contact Dave @ Cutting Edge Photography. ... See MoreSee Less

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IM JV Boys Basketball game photos vs. Gladstone from 12/18/18. To order photos, please contact Dave @ Cutting Edge Photography. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jessica & Matt's Winter Wedding • December 10, 2018

Winter doesn't slow us down when it comes to gorgeous wedding photos. Jessica and Matt enjoyed everything the Northwoods has to offer with a stunning winter wedding. Even though it was chilly out, their love burned bright and made the day fly by. #weddings #weddingphotography #upperpeninsulaweddingphotographer #photography #photographer #winter #winterweddings #destinationweddings #snow
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Rebecca Perhalla • A.D. Johnston Jr/Sr High School • Class of 2019

Winter Senior Portraits are just so awesome. Our gorgeous senior from the west end of the UP came over to get her senior portraits in the snow and the weather did not disappoint. Rebecca was stunning in any outfit and location and she will be the envy of her entire class. #senior #seniorpotraits #seniorpictures #winter #wintershoot #stunning #photographer #photography #snow
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Rebecca I 😍😍 that first pic (eyes of blue) gorgeous (Jailynn's mom)

These are fantastic. What a beauty.

6 months ago

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My PhotoWalk on HS Seniors at the International Photography Convention (WPPI) has SOLD OUT. 2.5 months in advance. Amazed! #Boom ... See MoreSee Less

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IM Varsity Girls Basketball game photos vs. WIC from 12/3/18. To order photos, please contact Dave @ Cutting Edge Photography. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

I’m so happy you’re the sports photographer!!!!!!!

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IM JV Girls Basketball game photos vs. WIC from 12/3/18. To order photos, please contact Dave @ Cutting Edge Photography. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sarah Premo • Forest Park High School • Class of 2019

Our future neuroscientist, Sarah, was in today for a gorgeous fall day of senior portraits. Sarah is such a fun person to talk with and photography, that the day seemed to fly by. The beautiful fall colors didn't hurt either. #senior #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #photography #photographer #fall #fallcolors
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Great shots! I love them all!! ❤️

Sarah they are so cute!!!

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Abby Anderson • Stephenson High School • Class of 2019

Fall means hunting and sports. We had Abby, our volleyballer and avid hunter in for her Senior Portraits. She brought in several cool props, which really added to her session on a chilly fall day. #senior #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #photography #photographer #fall #fallcolors #hunting #voleyball
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SunShine Carlson • Iron Mountain High School • Class of 2019

More fall seniors! SunShine Carlson brought on the sunshine for her fall session. Although it was chilly, we captured the stunning fall colors, to go along with this stunning senior. Amazed to see how she has grown into a striking young woman. Special thanks to Teresa Cornelia at Salon 323 for the amazing hair and makeup. #senior #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #fall #fallcolors #fashion #blackandwhite #photography #photographer
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Amy & Allan's Wedding • Sheboygan, WI

Love my destination weddings. Amy & Allan were an amazing couple to work with. They showed their happiness and love all day, surrounded by friends and family. That is how a wedding day should be spent.....along with some killer wedding photos. #wedding #weddingday #bride #groom #destinationweddings #weddingphotographer #photographer #photography #fall #fallcolors
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Simon Robledo • Florence High School • Class of 2018

This kid has style! Yesterday was another chilly fall day with Simon, our football and basketball player from Florence HS. We braved the cold, included his dog in his portraits and Simon kill it with the outfits. #senior #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #photographer #photography #style #dog #football #basketball #fall #fallcolors
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Tianna Fiorucci • Kingsford High School • Class of 2019

The many faces of "The Flame", aka Tianna. Our roller derby girl and music lover was the perfect subject for our fall colors. Her gorgeous red hair really popped with the yellows, oranges and reds of fall. #senior #seniorportraits #seniorpictures #photographer #photography #fall #fallcolors #rollerderby #derbygirl #hair
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The roller derby image could be an ad for the sport and since Rome is bidding for the 2024 olympics AND intending on entering roller derby as their suggested new olympic sport additions, she rules. Goddess of derby emerges victorious from this urban scene.

These are gorgeous Amy!! Good luck choosing 😉

The pictures of Tia are amazing.

Nice pictures!!

Awesome pictures !!! She looks adorable!!

Wonderful pictures

A tough decision you have. 🤔 Beautiful.

Adorable pictures!!

Beautiful!!

Wow. Amazing

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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