BOUNDLESS PASSION

One of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World, Gene Higa travels the world doing what he loves, photographing weddings near and far, and is one of the most sought-after destination wedding photographers today. Originally from Los Angeles, Gene makes his home in Orange County, but calls the world his office. Gene has been commissioned to photograph weddings all over the world, including Spain, Philippines, Peru, India, Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Jamaica, Thailand, Brazil, Barbados, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Hong Kong, France, Canada and across the United States. Gene also teaches and shares his approach to shooting weddings with professional photographers across the country, inspiring a new generation of photographers to reach for the stars.

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Gene Higa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California
 
1997
  • His Mom suggests to study photography
  • His Dad gives him his first camera
  • Moves to Santa Cruz, CA. to pursue a photography career 
1998
  • Attending school for photography during the weekdays
  • Assisting a pro photographer at weddings on Saturdays
  • Bussing tables on Sundays
  • Pumping gas 3 days a week
  • Supervising the pro department at a Photo Lab at night
1999 
  • Takes 1 photo at a wedding as an assistant. That photo still hangs above his desk today 
2000
  • Gene Higa Photography is born 
  • Shoots his first wedding on film (Hasselblad)
2001 - 2005
  • Starts marketing his business, books an average 30 weddings a year
  • Switches to digital cameras
2005 - 2007
  • Learns SEO for international weddings
  • Launches genehiga.com
  • Moves to San Fransisco
  • Opens up a storefront studio in San Francisco
  • Photographs his first destination wedding in Salamanca, Spain
  • Travels to 18 international weddings in 1 year
2008 - 2010
  • Named One of the Top Ten Wedding photographers in the World
  • Named One of the 12 hottest Young Guns to watch by WPPI
  • Speaks at WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photographers International) to a sold out crowd
  • Develops Gene Higa Workshops 
2011 - 2012
  • Moves back to Southern California
  • Proposes to his then girlfriend. She says, YES! 
2013
  • Named one of the top 5 photographers in Asia - Marie Claire 
  • Marries the love of his life
2015 - Present
  • Starts development on his wedding software
  • Continues to live the dream

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