Today’s photography market has changed -- opening or running a “brick & mortar” studio is difficult. Studies show that home based studios CAN be more profitable than a retail studio, with the right setup and process for success. David shows how his successful full-time, home based studio can out perform a traditional studio, by creating an inviting “business” look, separating the toys from the props, effectively conducting sales sessions and creating a professional look to your identity. See how David continues to bring in $1,000+ clients in a small, economically strapped rural town FROM HIS HOME! No more Starbucks meetings for you!
David Hakamaki Bio
David Hakamaki is the owner of Cutting Edge Photography, located in beautiful Upper Michigan. Operating a full-time home-based studio and living in a small, rural community, David has gained national recognition for his work and is now known as the “Home Based Photography Guru”.
David started out in the business world and uses his expertise of business and photography to make his studio highly desirable in a flooded and confusing industry. His studio has quickly become the highlight of his region through his unique style and client interaction.
David serves on Simply Color Lab's national Speaking Team, as well as Kubota Image Tools “Champions”. His programs are partnered with Triple Scoop Music, Animoto, Fundy Software, LumiQuest & Savage Backgrounds. David is a Featured Speaker at local, state & national conferences, provides training webinars and beta testing on industry products, serves as a Photography Mentor and has been featured at Photographers Ignite and sold out WPPI Platform and Master Classes.
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 business world background to deliver a poignant message. His fun, quirky and dynamic teaching methods offer a unique approach in presenting “real world” solutions to all levels of photographers.
David is a proud member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA) and the Wedding and Portrait Professionals International (WPPI). He is active in his local community, serves as a Girls’ softball coach and travels the country with his family in search of adventure.