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Episode 26: Gene Higa

March 6, 2008

genehiga_fsb.jpgI like to affectionately refer to Gene Higa as the Indiana Jones of wedding photography. It seems like every other month he’s in a different country shooting an amazing wedding. From Bali to Greece to India to Mexico. He’s seen it all. Gene shares with us how he got started into wedding photojournalism and his slow re-branding to become a fashion photographer. We hear what’s up with him and his studio partner Ann Hamilton, and he does something he’s never done publicly: share his thoughts and feelings on the death of his sister. I am very appreciative of Gene willing to share this very private topic, and I hope what he shares will be a healing to some of you out there. From branding to Buddhism, this is Gene Higa: uncensored. This is one for the record books!

Next week, I interview another one of my filmmaking colleagues, David Robin, event filmmaker of the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball.
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  1. March 6, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Love it! You guys are great.

  2. March 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    p.s. Oh, yeah, we argue all the time… if only Gene would just learn that I’m always right! Hah!

  3. March 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Hey Ann,

    Hmmm? Sounds just like the kind of comment a wife would make. ;-P

  4. March 7, 2008 at 12:26 am


    Thanks for sharing some personal insight on your life.

    Your business really does reflect on the great person that you are.

    Keep up the great work!

    Joel Serrato Films

  5. March 7, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Gene the Machine. You are the man…I always love to hear you talk. You are so cool, and inspirational at the same time. I’d love to come shoot with you sometime soon! One complaint…no mention of Bogie in the interview? 🙂

  6. March 7, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Awesome podcast! I learned more about Gene in this 48 mins podcast then I ever did in the last 1.5 year! Gene is an awesome dude and I am glad to be a part of his life. We love ya Gene!

  7. March 7, 2008 at 12:38 am

    By the way Ron, smooth interview. We haven’t met, and this is the first time I have listened to you, but I thought you were great! Keep up the good work!

  8. March 7, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I listened to the whole podcast! Thanks for sharing Gene, really cool to hear your perspocetive of things and future aspirations.

    If was fun listening about you and Ann too 🙂

  9. March 7, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Thanks Ron,

    Many blessings. Jen, John, Augie, Joel and Ann. Thanks for the many nice comments here and all the great emails.

    Sorry, Little Snaffo on the website and Blog. Looks like we need a week or two more. It’s gotta be perfect!

    For those of you looking to hiring a branding and identity company:

    Melanie Halim

    namaste ~

  10. Shelli-Rai James
    March 7, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Great interview!
    It was really great getting some insight into the mind of the great Gene 🙂
    Looking forward to that new website Gene!

  11. J
    March 7, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Gene is great! His attitude and willingness to share is terrific… The Young Guns panel is certainly something to attend when you are in Vegas!

    Thanks Ron for bringing this great content to us!

  12. March 7, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Great interview. Enjoyed hearing how Gene built his business and what makes him tick. S/b required listening for all young photographers.

  13. March 7, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Hey Gene,

    Rockin’ interview my man! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others. Keep it up and I’m sure you’ll get that billboard one day!

  14. March 7, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Great interview!
    I’ve learned a ton from Gene over the past year about visualizing your goal, putting it out there that you will achieve them then making it happen. My favorite Gene-ism is “well, you never know until you try!”
    How is it that poor Ann always gets dragged into this!

  15. March 7, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Hi Ron and Gene, this was a fantastic interview. Ron, you asked all the right questions…questions that audiences would want to know the answers to. Gene, you were very articulate and I learned a lot about you on both a personal and professional level. I also checked out your new website…very cool and very Gene Higa! I especially LOVED the video that Ron shot of you. It really is the perfect introduction to who you are as a photographer!! Love it, love it, love it! Great job guys!

  16. March 7, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Love your interview!

    It’s amazing how I was yours & Ann’s bride (btw, it was one of the best decision I’ve made) and now working closely with you on this project.

    You are a true inspiration in many ways, we feel so blessed. Hope for all the best and success for years to come.

  17. March 7, 2008 at 11:40 am


    Great interview.

    Thank you so much for the glowing words on us. We’ve been blessed to collaborate with you on this project. Your energy and enthusiasm are very inspiring to us and many others in the creative lines.

  18. March 7, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    You’re an inspiration for all of us. Keep up the great work and keep on smiling.

  19. Ashley Bridges
    March 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    What a wonderful intereview Gene. It’s quite impressive to hear about all your accomplishments. You truly are a talented and genuine person. We miss seeing you.


  20. March 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Fantastic interview! I have worked with Gene so many times and we have had lots and lots of opportunities to sit and talk and of course laugh, cause Gene always has you laughing! I learned some new things about you today Higa! Congratulations.

    Michelle aka “Martinez”

  21. March 8, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the interview. Ron, I thought that the interview consisted of the perfect mix of work-related questions and personal ones. Gene, it was so nice to get to know you better through this interview. You were refreshingly candid about your personal life, and it was quite inspiring to hear your thoughts on your professional life. I particularly liked the story of how you began your successful career with posting your pictures up in coffee shops. Awesome.

  22. james
    March 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    gene higa is hot!!!

  23. March 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I got a chance to listen to the entire interview two nights ago and I just gotta say it was a really good interview. It’s funny how you think you know someone and then you get to see a whole other side of them and for you it was that soft side, the man who eventually some day wants to have kids, especially a little girl. I thought that was sweet and I felt it was a really good conversation between you and Ron. Thanks for sharing the link with us…see you in Vegas!


  24. March 13, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Awesome podcast!

  25. May 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    “You can only learn more from different people.”

    Well said Gene!

    Thanks for creating this site Ron. I only just found it today. Will have to go back and listen to all of the episodes.

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