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Gina Milicia

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

Ep 294: Documentary photography with guest Donato DiCamillo

We talk to podcast favourite, documentary photography Donato Dicamillo, who is living and shooting at the epicentre of COVID-19 in and around New York. Discover what he’s been up to since our last chat (ep 214) and what he’s shooting now. 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 Shoutouts Cool levitation images from last week’s challenge Allan Malenfant I’m so over this egg I don’t care if it just gets up and...

Binge these 3 great movies about photographers

Gregory Crewdson A fascinating profile of Gregory Crewdson, whose riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, large-scale image, set in small towns or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. For more information visit http://www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com. The Bang Bang Club The Bang Bang Club is the real life story of a group of four young combat photographers – Greg Marinovich, Joao Silva, Kevin Carter and Ken Oosterbroek – bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risked their lives and used their camera lenses to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post Apartheid South Africa in the early 90s. This intense political period brought out their best work (two won Pulitzers during the period) but cost them a heavy price. Based on the book of...

Ep 293: Macro Photography challenge for beginners and pros

Want to become a pro at macro photography? This episode will help you take the guesswork out of this style of photography (even if you don’t have a macro lens!). These simple exercises will help you understand what you need to know to get the skills you need so that you’re always ready for that close-up! 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 Shoutouts Episode Cover photographer Sue Morris I’ve been taking...

Inspiring words by James Clear

Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You can practice social distancing on social media too. Stay away from people who are infected with negativity, a lack of generosity, an unwillingness to seek the truth, etc.”  –James Clear

The best movies photographers should binge watch right now

Life (2015) This movie chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE Magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man. Watch trailer. Annie Leibowitz: Life Through a Lens (2008) Photographer Annie Leibovitz has produced some of the most memorable and iconic images of the last 30 years, from her work with Rolling Stone magazine through to her Hollywood cover portraits at Vanity Fair. She has also recorded the horrors of war in Rwanda and Sarajevo and taken intimate shots her own friends and family, including Susan Sontag. This documentary, directed by her sister, is a fascinating portrait of a great talent, featuring vintage footage of Leibovitz in action during the 1960s and contributions from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger and George Clooney. Watch trailer....

Ep 292: Trick photography challenge for beginners, enthusiasts and pros

A great technique you can try at home with fun results. Master these trick photography ideas and consider how you might be able to incorporate them in your regular shoots. Learn how to shoot people or products levitating through the air and even how to throw objects at your camera and capture the shot mid-air (without breaking your camera!). 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 ShoutoutsBrian Becnel I’m soooo excited...
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