280 episodes

Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!

So You Want to be a Photographer Podcast - How to transform your skills and build a profitable photography business Gina Milicia and Valerie Khoo

    • Visual Arts

Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!

    PHOTO 280: 3 simple ways to improve your photography in 5 minutes a day

    PHOTO 280: 3 simple ways to improve your photography in 5 minutes a day

    Here are 3 simple ways you can improve your photography in 5 minutes a day. We’re all busy – but the key is to fit your professional development as a photographer into an already hectic life. It can be done! And in this episode Gina and Valerie discuss 3 simple things you can do to up-level your shooting.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    • 50 min
    PHOTO 279: How to shoot relaxed and authentic portraits with guest Nick Boothman

    PHOTO 279: How to shoot relaxed and authentic portraits with guest Nick Boothman

    Nick Boothman is a photographer and speaker who specialises in the art of connecting with people. We chat to Nick about the decades he spent as a fashion advertising photographer and the lessons he learnt about connecting with people. Nick is author of the seminal book “How to make people like you in 90 second or less”. The New York Times proclaimed: “Boothman is Dale Carnegie for a rushed era.” 

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    PHOTO 278: How to be the best photographer of newborns in the world with guest Anne Geddes

    PHOTO 278: How to be the best photographer of newborns in the world with guest Anne Geddes

    Anne Geddes is one of the world’s most respected photographers. She creates images that are iconic, award winning and beloved. Like no photographer before her, her imagery singularly captures the beauty, purity and vulnerability of children embodying her deeply held belief that each and every child must be “protected, nurtured and loved”. Anne’s work has been published in over 84 countries and translated to 24 languages, with over 19 million books and 13 million calendars sold. A multiple New York Times bestselling author, Anne’s photography has been treasured and enjoyed by many generations. Anne has also been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. Anne is based New York.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    PHOTO 277: The best photography lessons of the year

    PHOTO 277: The best photography lessons of the year

    We discuss the best photography lessons of the year. It’s been a big year with lots of fabulous guests, aha moments and incredible progress of people in our listener community. In this episode, we discuss our best photography lessons for the year and the must-listen episodes that rocked our playlists.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    PHOTO 276: Get noticed without social media with guest Daniel Milnor

    PHOTO 276: Get noticed without social media with guest Daniel Milnor

    Social media is an amazing tool. It has removed the gatekeepers who control how our images are seen and consumed and many photographers have found great success but it’s not for everyone. Our guest today Daniel Milnor, Chief Evangelist of Blurb, has some great ideas about getting your work noticed without social media and it involves good old fashioned techniques like printing books and brochures as business cards. These techniques used to be controlled by publishers and were expensive but now there are dozens of low-cost self-publishing options to choose from and the results are beautiful.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    • 57 min
    PHOTO 275: What you should do if your images are stolen or used without your permission with guest David Harvey

    PHOTO 275: What you should do if your images are stolen or used without your permission with guest David Harvey

    What happens when your images are stolen or used without your permission? In this episode, we chat with Southern Californian photographer David Harvey about how to prevent your images being stolen and used without your permission. Last month, David did a folio shoot with two reality stars, who then used the images on a sponsored post for a popular dating website. David shares his story and the valuable lessons he learned about the need for contracts and image protection for photographers.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dynamic Gold Membership in our Community which delivers monthly tutorials, live mastermind and lots of behind the scenes videos into the creative process. Find out more at ginamilicia.com.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

Sammy ,

My most listened to Podcast. EVER!

Never a day goes by without me listening to my two favourites - Gina and Valerie. Driving to work is my podcast time, and something I look forward to as I love learning, and believe there’s always room for improvement. I have my own product and lifestyle photography business but I’ve picked up so many tricks of the trade since Gina and Valerie entered my life. Great tips and advice (and a giggle) in every episode so if you’re a photographer or just wanting to learn more about the craft, I can’t recommend this podcast highly enough. Keep up the good work guys, you’ve got me hooked!

TheoCT76 ,

Enlightening, houmourous & packed with info!

Since studying photography at school and working as a freelance photographer as a side-hustle for many years on and off, I've recently got back into people photography with the intention of turning it into a full-time gig. This podcast is the best educational photography podcast I've heard over many years. Gina is incredibly knowledgeable, succinct and charismatic. Valerie too is professional and offers valuable info to compliment what Gina brings to the podcast - not to mention Valerie's infectious laugh. Together, Gina and Valerie manage to produce a podcast that is professionally yet lightheartedly delivered with each episode being long enough that you can really get your teeth into the abundance of info.

TraceyJphotography ,

The gift that keeps on giving

Just when you think this podcast can’t get any better another episode comes out that gives yet more technical information in an entertaining manner.

2 months ago I was looking for a podcast to listen to on the way home. Now I’m hooked listening to the weekly episodes and catching up on the back catalogue. I’m now a fully fledged Goldie and integrated into the podcast community on facebook.

How did this happen?

Well it’s because Gina & Valerie present the information in such a wonderful manner. Gina with the technical information presented In such a way anyone new to pro can understand. Valerie with her probing questions that will be on the top of the tongue of any newbie. A brilliant partnership that just goes from strength to strength.

Thank you both you’ve helped me grow more than I could express in words. 💕

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