In this edition of my “pick our brains” featured photographer webinar series, I was thrilled to be joined by senior portrait photographer David Hakamaki from Iron Mountain, Michigan.
We talked about how he built a thriving senior portrait photography business, together with the marketing, sales, and other challenges that come with that. We also learned about David’s really popular “live viewing” portrait sessions, and took an in-depth look at some of his images and processing.
We had some great questions along the way, too, making this a fact-filled and fascinating event…
Photographer Interview – Part 1
In part 1 of the webinar, David and I spent time chatting about his business, learning about his marketing, and how he attracts high school seniors to his studio to make him the place to go for senior portraits in his local community.
Photographer Interview Part 2
In part two of our photographer interview we get a close-up view of how David captures and creates his signature senior portraits, especially his “live viewing” sessions, which really help to set him apart from other photographers in his community:
About Senior Portrait Photographer David Hakamaki
David Hakamaki is the owner of Cutting Edge Photography in Iron Mountain, MI. David’s studio is a full-time, home-based photography business that focuses on high school seniors, youth sports, families, children, promotional/travel and weddings. He’s a regular speaker at photography conferences across the US and serves on Simply Color Lab’s “Senior Dream Team”. He’s also one of Kubota Image Tools “Champions”. David is married with four children, who all love to travel the country in search of adventure.
Thoughts, Comments, or Questions?
Take a moment to share your thoughts on the interview, or any questions you might have for David about his senior portrait photography, and we’ll answer as many as we can.
See also David’s guest article called “Rock Star Seniors: Chasing (and Capturing) the Elusive High School Senior“.