300 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
    • 4.8, 125 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 307: The art of storytelling with guest documentary photographer Penny Stephens

    PHOTO 307: The art of storytelling with guest documentary photographer Penny Stephens

    When you’re a photojournalist like Penny Stephens, you need to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice, be able to capture the emotion and reality of the situation - and tell a story in a single image. Penny reveals her insights from her award-winning career including 22 years working for the respected newspaper, The Age. Penny discusses: how she prepares for a shoot to ensure she is ready to run out the door to capture a breaking story at a moment’s notice; her thought process for capturing images that tell a story; the transition from staff to freelance photographer; her experience being embedded with the Australian Defence Forces in Afghanistan; balancing work and family life and the importance of self care; the importance 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. 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

    • 1 hr 19 min
    PHOTO 306: How to boost your creativity and take original images that get noticed

    PHOTO 306: How to boost your creativity and take original images that get noticed

    Creativity might seem like an intangible quality but it’s the very thing that’s going to drive our photography. We can all do with being a bit more creative. But how do you tap into this elusive state? Well, it’s not hard. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the key steps you should take so that you could boost your creativity so you can take your photography to the next level. Gina and Valerie reveal the five qualities of light every photographer must know.

    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
    PHOTO 305: The five qualities of light every photographer must know.

    PHOTO 305: The five qualities of light every photographer must know.

    Light is the essence of all photography. And once you “get it”, your images will take on a whole new … pardon the pun … light. So what do you need to know? Gina and Valerie reveal the five qualities of light every photographer must know.

    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 3 min
    PHOTO 304: Beginner and Pro Photo fails and how to prevent them

    PHOTO 304: Beginner and Pro Photo fails and how to prevent them

    A great photographer will spend 80% of their time planning, composing, exposing and lighting their shots and 20% of their time on post-production. An inexperienced photographer will dedicate 20% of their time on planning and composing their shot and 80% of their time trying to fix their mistakes. We discuss what to look out for and how to avoid these fails: lack of originality or creativity, poor understanding of light, uncomfortable models/awkward poses, ignore the hands, flogging a dead, horse, photo face, over-retouching, the yeah baby factor, styling, the 1%ers.

    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

    • 58 min
    PHOTO 303: Photography gear guide for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

    PHOTO 303: Photography gear guide for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

    What gear should you buy? What do you actually need? No matter where you are in your photography journey, this episode reveals exactly what you need to get the right gear for your goals. We’re talking cameras, pro-level gear vs. entry-level gear, mirrorless vs DSLR, lenses, zoom vs prime, lighting, light modifiers, tripods and light stands, and accessories.

    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 2 min
    PHOTO 302: How to earn six figures plus by finding your niche with guest Tracy Moore

    PHOTO 302: How to earn six figures plus by finding your niche with guest Tracy Moore

    Discover how to earn six figures plus by finding your niche. We talk to photographer Tracy Moore on how she turned a lifelong interest  into a thriving business. As an entrepreneur, she embraces opportunities to adventure, evolve and grow. Tracy built a niche for adventurous high school senior girls and also shoots for outdoor companies, one of her favorites being Patagonia. As the sole provider for her family, she has learned how to build a thriving, successful business and a large portion of her business is now teaching other photographers how to grow successful businesses too.

    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 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

maya.singapore ,

My favorite podcast ever

I love listening to Gina and Valerie, they have such a good relationship and that makes the podcast so fun to listen to. They are funny and incredibly knowledgeable on every topic they speak about on the podcast. Listening to the podcast in the evenings is my favorite way to relax and take my mind off of anything that is stressful. I would absolutely recommend this podcast to friends and family. Thank you and keep up the great work! Love the podcast!

photogirl1983 ,

Top notch!

I’ve been listening to the podcast for some time now, I remember to write a review every time Valerie says “if you have a few seconds to leave us a review, we’d appreciate it.” Then, I carry on listening and after soaking in all the knowledge I can and laughing hysterically, I forget all about the review.
I absolutely love this podcast, Gina and Valeries banter, combined with the amazing lessons Gina gives with her awesome analogies (which I love!) makes this podcast fun and so easy to learn. Photography is obviously a very visual art and when I first saw this podcast pop up I scoffed a little and thought “how!?” Gina and Val, that’s how! The inspiration I get from listening and visualizing is priceless! I’m so glad I started listening and so thankful for all I’ve learned!
Thank you ladies for taking the time and energy to put this on week after week! I’ve enjoyed every moment! Keep up the excellent work!!

TWHoover ,

Life Changer

I have been meaning to write a review for some time and now that I have some free time on my hands, what a perfect time.

This podcast as changed my life. Aside from all the things I have learned, Gina and Valerie are very inspiring and supportive. I learned so much from being a Goldie member as well. Sadly I need to take a break for finacial reasons, but I will be back.

The best part about the podcast is after awhile you feel like you know Gina and Valerie personally. LIke you sitting right next to them or you can pop by for a glass of Champagne any time...well as long as you bring some Nutella as well.

Keep up the great work and thank you so much for all you do for the photography community.

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