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David Hakamaki

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David Hakamaki operates a full-time, home-based studio in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Hakamaki has gained international recognition for his work, his business photography-related programs, and is affectionately known as the “Home-Based Photography Guru”.

David started out in the business world and opened his photography studio in 2002. His full time, home-based studio quickly became the highlight of his region in a small rural community. David has taught business, marketing, and economics at multiple colleges and trains photographers in all aspects of posing, lighting, client relations, business and marketing.

His presentations not only focus on photography, but dig deep into the art of sales, marketing and client interaction. Understanding the pitfalls that today's photographers encounter, David uses his fun, quirky and dynamic teaching methods to offer a unique approach in presenting real world solutions to all levels of photographers.  His presentations on business topics bring college level material down-to-earth and are easily implemented into anyone's photography business.  He is the “go-to” speaker on running a home-based photography studio. David’s HS Seniors work has captivated audiences with his innovative ways to create a thriving senior business, create dynamic images that make his studio the “place to go” and  regularly bring in $1000+ sales.

David’s use of a wide variety of lighting products and techniques continues to keep him at the forefront of the photography industry as an Interfit Creative Pro.


- WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International)
- SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers)
- SISEP (Society of International School and Events Photographers)
- PPA (Professional Photographers Association)