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David Hakamaki

David Hakamaki is the owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Michigan. David has become known as the "Home Based Photography Guru" and operates a full-time home-based studio in a small, rural community. David has gained national recognition for his work with HS Seniors, Families, Children and Wedding couples. David serves on Simply Color Lab’s “Senior Dream Team”, and is a member of Kubota Image Tools’ “Champions”. He is sponsored by Simply Color Lab, Kubota Imaging Tools, Triple Scoop Music, Animoto, Fundy Software & LumiQuest. David is a regular Speaker at local, state & national conferences, provides training webinars, acts as a Photography Mentor, serves as a beta tester on industry products and has been featured in PPA Today.    
Different Light for Different Looks

Different Light for Different Looks

Too often, photographers rely on natural lighting for the majority of their portraits. Although natural light is an integral part of a photographer’s repertoire, it is also the factor that is least reliable and often changing. Here is where a good photographer can shine by utilizing different lighting sources in their arsenal.

Constant Lighting: Add New Dimensions to Your Lighting

Constant Lighting: Add New Dimensions to Your Lighting

When it comes to photography, it is getting harder to distinguish yourself just from posing and camera equipment. What is left is uncharted territory for many photographers – lighting. Whether it be strobes, speed lights or LED constant lighting, artificial lighting can be used to really distinguish your look.

Working with Bright Colors to Make Your Images Pop!

Working with Bright Colors to Make Your Images Pop!

Bringing in bright colored backgrounds will make your photographs “POP” and your subject feel alive. Incorporating bright backgrounds will also allow you to show off a bright, cheery and fun session with your session. I love to have bright colors in my teen and HS Senior sessions. This makes my sessions much more fun for my subject and emotionally grabs them and their friends when they view my images.