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Becoming a Professional Wedding Photographer with Gene Higa – Interview by SLR Lounge

By Pye Jirsa on June 8th 2012

In 2008, Pop Photo rated Gene Higa as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. It is a designation and accolade that we definitely agree with. Having followed Gene for quite a long time, his work always continues to inspire and push the boundaries of artistry in the wedding and portrait photography world.


The only thing more refreshing and inspiring than Gene’s work, is his incredibly humble personality and willingness to share his knowledge and experience with his fellow photographer peers.

In this interview, we chat through how Gene started his business and how he markets to potential clients. We chat about his favorite tools of the trade, lighting techniques, and even take several live questions from SLR Loungers!

This interview is nearly an hour in length, so we are breaking it into two parts. There are so many wonderful golden bits of information in this interview, so don’t skip! Enjoy!

Part II

The flash triggers and flash units discussed in the video are listed below:

Yong Nuo Flash Triggers
Yong Nuo Speed Light
Interfit Strobie Octobox

Check out more of Gene’s Work on his official website and portfolio.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bryanna

    Love this! I was contemplating buying a new camera because I felt the Classic 5d was too outdated and this just completly inspired me! I’m going to continue shooting with this and make it work for me. Thank you!

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  2. Donny Pedrino

    Great Interview!  Gene just shot a wedding in Carmel that my wife and I were in too and he was wonderful!

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  3. Lynn

    Omg, awesome interview!! This is interview have so many great tips and advices! Thank you!

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  4. Julio Larregoity

    Ufffffffffffff-saw both , how interesting. So simple and humble Giga is. Too much to learn from him. Keep me posted on future interviews | Julio Larregoity

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  5. Achandira Kushalappa

    Good one. I should say if I need any info on photography I check in SLR Lounge first. Looks like this is becoming my dictionary now a days :) 

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  6. David Crowder

    Cool interviews. Loads of interesting tips and great conversation.

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  7. Jakub Skorupa

    Great stuff – keep it coming !!!

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  8. Elegantdelightphotography

    Cool interview.   Gene seems like a really down to earth person.  Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Conwyn Pixel

    Where is part 2?

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