Month

May 2020

Love this quote by Roy T. Bennett

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” – Roy T. Bennett

Ep 298: The importance of personal projects with guest Joseph Rodriguez

Meet social documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez from Brooklyn. He has photographed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; journeys of new immigrants to America; gang life in East Los Angeles; and life in Spanish Harlem. Joseph’s photographs have appeared in: The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Newsweek, Esquire, and more. We chat to Joseph about: his love of cinema; beating a Heroin addiction in his 20s; being mugged and stabbed and having his first camera stolen; why he quit a high paying job working for advertising agencies; working 12 hour days driving a taxi to support his photography studies; the advice Mary Ellen Mark gave him to improve his photography; the importance of playing the long game in documentary photography; difference between the tortoise photographer and the hare photographer – and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom...

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

Above: Image by Gina Milicia impostor syndrome noun noun: imposter syndrome the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills. My first day of art school was the best and worst day of my life. I was so excited to be in a room full of students who shared my love of art. I’d finally found my people! This joy soon turned to despair when I discovered how talented everyone was. I was surrounded by the artistic equivalents of 10’s and I felt like a -50. I had just graduated from high school where I was a big fish in a small pond. I was the only art student in my graduating year and my confidence as an artist was sky-high. The swagger and smugness were quickly replaced by a new emotion, imposter syndrome. I didn’t...

Ep 297: Underwater portrait photography with guest Steffen Binke

Underwater portrait photography. Three words that don’t usually go together. But it’s a niche – and a fun one! We talk to underwater portrait photographer Steffen Binke on: the best locations to shoot underwater portraits; breathing techniques to control buoyancy; techniques Steffen uses to pose and direct his models; hair and makeup for underwater portraits; styling underwater portraits; how he gets spectacular results working with non-models, often doing their very first underwater shoot; how he achieves his amazing poses in such a short time (often 5 seconds or less); lighting techniques and heaps 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia Click play to listen...

Love this quote by Goethe

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe  

Ep 296: The secrets to a successful portrait photography business with guest Bernie Griffiths

  If you want to build a successful photography career then your business decisions are just as important as your technical ones. We chat to portrait photographer Bernie Griffiths on: lessons learned from shooting on a cruise ship and working in a lab; getting over the fear of selling; the biggest mistake photographers make when promoting themselves; how to soft sell; and the strategies he recommends for photographers moving back to work after COVID restrictions ease. We also cover Bernie’s advice on Facebook ads, marketing, finding new clients, pricing and 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia Click play to listen to the podcast...

Ep 295: Bring your photos to life with cinemagraphs

Cinemagraphs are the new black. Bring your photos to life with this clever technique to bring subtle movement into your shot. We break it down step by step so that you’ll be creating cinemagraphs like a pro before you know it. 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. Connect with us on Instagram @valeriekhoo @ginamilicia Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show Notes SHOUT OUTS MACRO CHALLENGE Julie Turley Photography I needed some help today getting my Diet Coke open. Like Gina is to Nutella, I (Julie)...

Love this quote by Anais Nin

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
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