373 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: Transform your skills and build a profitable photography business Gina Milicia

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 140 Ratings

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 373: How Luci Valentine learned off-camera flash in one week

    PHOTO 373: How Luci Valentine learned off-camera flash in one week

    Ok, we get it. You love shooting with daylight. And either you think that learning to use flash is hard or you think it’s not the look you’re after. The reality is that mastering flash will not only improve your photography by leaps and bounds, it gives you much greater flexibility, enables you to shoot in the most challenging situations and provides you an edge in the way you create your images. San Francisco-based photographer Luci Valentine used to be in the same boat. But she’s now embraced flash photography - and she did it in a week. She discusses: her past life as a publicist for bands like  Snoop dog, Nine-inch nails, Dr Dre and No Doubt, how she overcame her reluctance to shoot with flash, the benefits of embracing the selfie, the garage lighting project, shooting high volume headshots of female leaders, attracting new clients vs chasing new clients, the positive benefits of giving, the amazing success of the front steps project, her flower photography, the benefits of personal projects and much more.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

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    • 52 min
    PHOTO 372: Stepping out of your photography comfort zone and thriving with guest Kerri Setch

    PHOTO 372: Stepping out of your photography comfort zone and thriving with guest Kerri Setch

    Is it time to get out of your comfort zone? Whether that’s trying a new technique or working with strangers, it can give your photography a new lease on life – even if it seems a little daunting at first. In this episode, Brisbane-based photographer Kerri Setch discusses how she wen beyond her comfort zone. Kerri used to find the idea of approaching strangers for photos daunting. She discusses how she overcame this fear and thrived. Kerri covers: the importance of living in the moment and lessons dragonflies can teach us, why invest the extra time and effort in 1%ers and how clients react, how she used photography as therapy to overcome chronic fatigue, the moment she made the leap from day job to full time photographer, transitioning from daylight to flash, working with strangers as an introvert, and heaps more!

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

    Join the So you want to be a photographer: Podcast community

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

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    • 51 min
    PHOTO 371: Five reasons your images look old fashioned or dated and how to fix them

    PHOTO 371: Five reasons your images look old fashioned or dated and how to fix them

    You might be technically brilliant but if you’ve been shooting for a while, there is a chance your images may appear dated. If you want to ensure you maintain an edge with your photography, discover these five reasons your images may look outdated – and how to fix this. 

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

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    • 45 min
    PHOTO 370: Finding your niche with portrait photographer Brian Becnel

    PHOTO 370: Finding your niche with portrait photographer Brian Becnel

    Meet Orlando-based photographer Brian Becnel, whose portrait and event photography oozes authenticity. His love of finding the beauty in everyone he sees translates into authentic and relaxed portraits. We chat about starting out on his photography journey; workshops and education, the first moment he realised this could be a side hustle; seeing the beauty in everyone; shooting authentically, how Brian relaxes his models, reading the cues clients give you; the photographer he always dreamed of becoming. 

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

    Join the So you want to be a photographer: Podcast community

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

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    • 58 min
    PHOTO 369: Pet photography with guest Jannene Meyer

    PHOTO 369: Pet photography with guest Jannene Meyer

    Meet Jannene Meyer, an award winning pet photographer located on the Gold Coast of Australia. We chat about: making the transition from what you ‘think’ you should be photographing to following your heart and photographing what you love; working with assistants, the power of mentors, Facebook marketing, 3rd party promotions, the importance of standing out in a crowded market, doggy markets, in person sales and heaps more.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

    Join the So you want to be a photographer: Podcast community

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    PHOTO 368: It’s never too late to be what you might have been, with guest Karla Livney

    PHOTO 368: It’s never too late to be what you might have been, with guest Karla Livney

    We chat to guest photographer Karla Livney about making the transition from corp life to the creative life, playing the long game, the importance of creating your own website, photographing the stuff you love vs the work you think you should be doing, how working for charities is a great way to grow your business, learning to light and developing confidence, saying no to certain gigs is just as important as saying yes, gear and much more.

    Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets at GinaMilicia.com. 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.

    Join the So you want to be a photographer: Podcast community

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    Email Gina and Valerie news@ginamilicia.com 

    Visit GinaMilicia.com | ValerieKhoo.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

KT8ird ,

Engaging and Informative Podcast

There is so much to learn about the art and science of photography. I have been enjoying photography for a few years. But it is daunting - so much to learn and some of it can be too technical. What I learn from this podcast is a perfect fit for my skill set, is easily understood, and there are supporting show notes as well as examples to help illustrate the subject matter. I am learning lots of new techniques and the show also helps reinforce or correct/refine what I've learned in the past. This podcast so fun to listen to - the dynamic between the professional photographer, Gina, and the "budding" photographer and interviewer, Valerie, is very fun and enthusiastic (I feel like I'm hanging out with my buddies at a coffee shop). The facebook community is very engaging and I love working through challenges with other members. I'm so glad I ran across this resource, thanks to you and your team for producing it!

Lburzynski ,

The best photography podcast!

I discovered Gina and Valerie at the beginning of the pandemic and have listened (and re-listened) faithfully ever since. Gina generously shares her decades worth of tips, tricks, hacks, and McGyverisms for all things related to photography with easy-to-understand entertaining explanations. Val keeps the discussion moving with insightful questions, while sharing practical business tips and action plans. These ladies are a pure joy to listen to, and I’m learning so much from them. I’ve, recently become a member of the Goldies, something I now wish I’d done a long time ago.
Thank you, Gina and Val! Keep up the GREAT work!

stacy_ideus ,

Didn’t know how much I needed this!

Stacy here in Midwest USA! Stumbled upon your podcast randomly and didn’t know exactly how much I needed you in my life! Gina and Val… You truly make me laugh every day and remind me how much I love this job. Portrait photography requires so many different skills and you cover them all! I’ve been at this for 20 years and you’ve sparked something new in my brain to keep me curious. Thank you so much!

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