Hibiki Hatakeyama's passion has always been cars since he was exposed to car shows and motorsports events ever since he was little, thanks to his father's occupation and so he began his professional photography journey in 2007 as a motorsports photographer in Malaysia and then covering Super GT & Super Taikyu races since 2010.
But he felt that he wanted to experiment in a different type of photography and felt that he always wanted to do more portraiture work. So in 2011, he began doing commercial assignments in Japan, working on projects that included shooting photobooks, CD artwork covers, and commercial portraiture for a number of talent agencies that handle race queens and models. Among the Nikon photography society in Japan, he is recognized as the youngest photographer to do both, motorsports and portraiture. In his portraiture work, he relies largely on ambient lighting, often citing a lack of strobism knowledge as the answer to any queries as to why he doesn’t use flash guns in his work. Starting in 2014, Hibiki starts doing commercial photography with Japanese Idols, whether shooting portraiture for the use of merchandise or shooting musical concerts.
Despite that his current work now is mostly portraiture, Hibiki acknowledges that his earlier work is influenced by Minoru Kobayashi, one of the most established motorsports photographers in the world.
On March 2018, Hibiki officially started his own company in Japan to focus more on his work and broaden his spectrum and work field.
His nickname, “Hibiki”, was chosen because of his love for everything Japanese where else recently he adopted the family name "Hatakeyama" from his Japanese family that always takes care of Hibiki during his stay in Tokyo since 2011.