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Dave Hakamaki, Cr. Photog.



David Hakamaki, Cr.Photog., is an international speaker, educator and photographer. David operates a full-time, home-based studio in Upper Michigan.

David serves on Simply Color Lab's Simply Seniors Speaking Team, is an Interfit Creative Pro, BlackRapid Affiliate, Fundy Storyteller, Adorama Affiliate, and Savage Universal Featured Photographer. He is a regular speaker at PPA Conferences and Workshops, as well as being a repeat speaker at Photography conventions in Canada and the United Kingdom.

David started out in the business world and opened his photography studio in 2002. His studio quickly became the highlight of his region and currently generates 6 figures of revenue in a small, rural Michigan community. David has taught business, marketing & economics at multiple colleges and trains photographers on 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 with his fun, quirky and dynamic teaching methods. David is the “go to” speaker on running a home based photography studio, sports and business topics. His innovative HS Seniors business has also captivated audiences, showing how to regularly bring in $1000+ sales.

David is a proud member of WPPI, SWPP, SISEP, PPA & BNI. He is highly active in his local community and roams the country with his family in search of adventure.


Dominating Your Senior Market

How do you grab a 17/18 year old’s attention and make them want to hang out with you? Much less, how do you attract clients who will PAY you for their taking their senior portraits, rather than lose them to the "friend with a camera", hobby photographer or competitor?

David Hakamaki is an International Speaker and renowned Senior Portrait Photographer. David will show how to market yourself to the elusive and fickle HS Senior client and discuss social marketing, senior interaction, photo processing & sales sessions. Find out how his sales have tripled over the past decade by approaching the ever changing HS Senior market from an unconventional angle. David's techniques work in either a small town or big city, out of the home or in an established brick and mortar studio.

David will demonstrate his “Live Viewing” process that allows the client to immediately see what is being photographed, as it displays on a tablet device. He will also show his highly mobile lighting setup that will make your session fast, efficient and dynamic for easily bored teens. To finish, David will show the process he uses to display images to clients (both in person and virtual) to conduct a highly effective sales session.

David’s program blends photography & business to allow his audience to immediately see results in their HS Senior market. Allow this session to bust you out of the pack and make you the HOT place to go. Stop letting your senior business control you. Take control and DOMINATE YOUR SENIOR MARKET!



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