April 2021

My camera used to be an overpriced paperweight until I met Dave.

Above: Image by Gina Milicia A few years ago I decided to invest in a fancy coffee machine. You know the ones that grind the coffee for you, give you the option of making short black, long black, decaf, latte, macchiato or whatever type of coffee all the cool kids are drinking. Dave, the salesman at the place where beautiful shiny things get sold, did an amazing job selling and upsizing this gorgeous machine. Then he proceeded to give me a demo: “It’s easy,” he said. “Here’s what you need to do…”  At this point I did what I always do when someone is giving me simple instructions or directions – I tune out, smile politely, nod approval now and then and assure them I understand the “simple” 79 steps needed to make “the best coffee ever!” “Boiler pressure needs to be… and the burr grinder… something about pumps, tamper...

Ep 341: How to overcome fear and become a more confident photographer

In this episode, you’ll discover what you can do to build your confidence and the techniques we recommend to quell fear – on your creative journey and during your shoots.


“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin  Above: Image by Gina Milicia

Ep 340: How to shoot great portraits under extreme time pressure or poor lighting conditions

In this episode, we discuss the best ways to shoot under extreme time pressure, find or make the best lighting and nail the perfect shot.

Here are my 5 essentials when giving directions in a portrait shoot

Above: Image by Gina Milicia, A farmer, photographed in Sicily for 1. Be Authentic Always ensure the words you are speaking are yours. Just because you once heard a photographer say a certain phrase that always worked, doesn’t mean it will work for you, particularly if the style, language and tone isn’t similar to yours. The most important thing to remember is to be sincere and authentic in everything you say. Don’t say, “OMG, you look amazing in that dress” if you don’t believe it. There will be something in your tone or body language that will give the lie away and your model will lose trust in you. Try looking for something that you truly believe. It may be that you love the colour of their eyes, the way they laugh or their shoes. 2. Lower your voice, speak clearly and confidently Okay, this is harder than it sounds. I...


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How to direct and pose like a pro


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