How to go from taking average photos to creating awesome portrait and lifestyle images – for pleasure or profit.
This world class course will show you how to direct like a pro and reveals the secrets top photographers use to produce such stunning images.
Ready to take your portrait and lifestyle photography to a whole new level?
You love taking photos. It might be a hobby or you might already be a pro. But when it comes to shooting people, it takes more than great technical knowledge and smart lighting skills to really get the perfect shot.
If you want to create magic in your portrait photography, you need to connect with your subject. Whether you’re shooting women, men, groups or children, you need to know how to direct and pose them so they look natural – and amazing.
It can be frustrating when you know that you’ve done all the things right. You’ve found a great location, the lighting is perfect, your gear is working perfectly, you know the ideal F-stop and shutter speed to use – but your shots just turn out …. okay.
Well, all that is about to change.
Why? Because this comprehensive course will change the way you shoot and direct – forever.
It’s designed to show you the secrets used by top photographers, smart hacks that show how to really get the best out of your subjects – whether you are photographing the girl next door, a supermodel, or a football team.
I’ve spent the past 25 years shooting everyone from high profile A-list celebrities, to CEOs to the guy who runs the corner store.
I’m absolutely passionate about portrait photography and my work has been featured on magazine covers, billboards and in editorial spreads and advertising campaigns from over the world.
You are going to learn so much from this course and will be able to put your new skills into practice immediately.
And you can get started straight away. With over 74 modules – filled with 3 hours and 30 minutes of instructional videos – this course is full of practical examples and ideas that you can swipe for your own photography.
You can use these tools to improve and enhance your photography right now. Your shots will never be the same again.
3 of the most common challenges facing portrait photographers
No matter how good you are technically, portrait photographers often face these dilemmas:
Your “model” feels awkward or nervous.
As photographers, we’re not always blessed with professional models who know how to strike the ideal pose at the drop of a hat. We’re often shooting “real people” who can be nervous in front of the camera. Even if they say they’re ok, their body language tells another story.
Your “model” is insecure of his or her looks.
There are tonne of things that can be running through your model’s head. “Am I too tall/fat/thin/short?” “Are my arms too big?” “Does my bum look big in this?” “Is this the image I want to convey?”
Your shots are good – but you know they’re not great.
Your pics are missing that X factor. There’s nothing especially wrong with them but they are not jumping off the page. They’re not going to win you awards or score a lucrative editorial or advertising job.
When I first started out in photography, I spent so much time trying to get the technical stuff right – you know, the lighting, the aperture, the softbox, the shutter speed – that it took me a while before I realised that I was missing a really key ingredient.
That all important connection with my subject.
I realised I couldn’t just plonk them in front of the camera, issue a few directions and hope that one of the frames was going to turn out.
When I took the time to really connect with my subjects, I ended up with shots that graced magazine covers or were used on massive billboards that I would stare at while driving down the freeway.
The secret is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time to connect with people. (Sometimes I’ve been allocated a mere five minutes to shoot them!) You just need to understand what you need to do in order to get the shot you want.
Over time, I developed a proven framework to get the best out of people. And I worked out a series of “go to” techniques to take amazing shots of men, women, children, groups and couples. I’ve used these techniques in all my photography – and it gets results every time!
I’ve worked out how to deal with insecure people, arrogant people and everyone in between – not only to produce shots that they love, but that look great as well.
But it doesn’t have to take you 25 years to learn these techniques. Why? Because I’ve packaged everything I know about directing and posing people into this course. Think of it as a comprehensive guide that will change your photography forever.
“Calling the Shots: How to direct and pose like a pro”
Start learning today with this jam-packed online course. It’s designed to teach you vital directing and posing techniques used by pros. This is not taught at photography school. And it will up your game and ensure your portrait shots are better than they have ever been before.
Your photography is about to transform. You’ll be using your new skills on your very next shoot. Are you ready?
You’re about to learn how to take extraordinary portraits because I reveal the techniques and strategies you need to know in the online course “Calling the Shots” (with immediate 24/7 access). Here, you’ll quickly learn how to pose and direct your subjects and create more awesome photos than anything you’ve done up to now.
The best part is that you can take these techniques and use them to enhance your own shooting style and creative vision.
So let’s check out what’s in this course …
When you enrol, you’ll be given instant, 24/7 lifetime access to a private training community featuring 74 training videos to give you the skills you need to transform your photography.
You will also receive invaluable cheatsheets and resources to help you:
Create professional run sheets for clients
Send pre-shoot preparation emails to female models on what to wear, what to bring, what NOT to wear and so on.
Send pre-shoot preparation emails to male models on what to wear, what to bring, what NOT to wear and so on.
Checklists for before, during and after the shoot.
Cropping and composition guidelines
Lens compression cheat sheets
And much more
Specifically: You’ll get all the training and tools you need to up-level your photography immediately and ensure your images look like they have been shot by a true professional.
74 Core training modules
These instructional videos are the core of the course and they will change the way you shoot. You’ll have access to 74 training videos, arranged into specific sections, each focusing on a targeted area.
You will get immediate access to the videos, and you can choose to binge-watch in one go – or dip in and out of them as you need to. The best part is that you have access to these videos for as long as you want. So you can come back to them whenever you need a refresher.
And here’s the thing …
It’s not just me talking to you on camera. This course is not about theory. It’s incredibly practical. If I explain a concept, I always show you a real life example. That’s the best way to learn. Because you can then take that example and apply the same technique to your own shoots.
For photographers at all levels
Whether you’re a newbie or a professional, this course will improve your photography.
Can’t see how a course can cater to newbies AND professionals? This course does because it’s not about the technical aspects of photography. It’s about directing and posing your portraits.
It doesn’t matter whether you are the most technically proficient photographer on the planet – or whether you picked up a camera for the first time last week. When you learn the right directing and posing skills, you can use these skills immediately, no matter what level you’re at. And you’ll see a marked difference in your shots.
You’ll learn professional posing and directing techniques – the same techniques I’ve used on the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Bieber, Claudia Schiffer, Rebel Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, The Dalai Lama and many others – that will apply regardless of whether you have an entry level or pro camera. (And if it’s good enough for Harry Potter, it’s definitely right for you.)
What you are going to learn in this course?
I’m an expert in photographing PEOPLE. Not fruit bowls. Not dinner plates. People. And now I want to share everything I’ve learnt about posing, directing and connecting with people to help transform YOUR photography.
This course is designed to help YOU become a better people person. I reveal my posing hacks and techniques, providing you with a step-by-step guide on how to connect with the people you’re shooting – regardless of whether they’re professional models or regular ‘people on the street’.
You’ll develop your very own blueprint:
This course helps you get the best out of your subjects every time you’re behind the lens – whether you shoot weddings, family pictures, corporate shots, portraits or lifestyle. It’s your comprehensive guide to taking the guesswork out of your shooting.
My classic “go to” poses and how to achieve them
You need these in your toolbox. As a portrait photographer, you need classic poses you can rely on which look amazing (almost) every single time. You’ll also discover how to vary those poses to suit your own style.
6 top ways to pose men
You want men to look great – without looking cheesy. Over the years, I’ve developed these poses that area ideal for men. We also cover the poses you must NEVER do!
5 essential poses to make women look amazing
Women will love you if you can make them feel beautiful. However, every woman is different. I’ve developed 5 awesome poses you can’t live without.
The best way deal with children
When you’re working with children, some photographers adopt the attitude: “Shoot as many frames as you can and hope something works”. I reveal my hacks on how to work with kids quickly and efficiently.
How to shoot couples without looking cheesy
It’s so easy to end up with contrived shots that make people cringe slightly on the inside. Here, you’ll discover the exact frameworks you need to shoot romantic (and platonic) couples.
Arranging groups for the perfect balance in your shot
You might be shooting a corporate group, a school band, or a family photo. Group shots can often look either messy or boring. Here’s the technique to make them look incredible.
How to take a great head shot
Master this and you can create an entire career just based on head shots. But you need to get them right. You’ll discover how here.
What gear you need to take great portraits
If you want to get serious, I outline the gear you need to take great portraits.
How to create the right environment
No matter where you’re shooting, creating the right environment is all about bringing the right attitude and vibe to the shoot. I’ll show you how.
What to do with hands and feets
These pesky appendages often appear like they’re in the way! I reveal my techniques on how to incorporate them perfectly in your shots.
And much more!
BONUS Resource #1
Cheat sheets and templates that pro photographers use. These include:
The ultimate portrait checklist – On the day
The ultimate portrait checklist – Before the shoot
Portrait Shoot Call Sheet – great to give to your clients and crew
Pre-shoot preparation email for female models
Pre-shoot preparation email for male models
Portrait backgrounds: ideal backgrounds and ones to avoid
Lens Compression Cheat Sheet: should you shoot wide or long?
Cheat Sheet: Cropping and Composition: fine-tuning your portraits
BONUS Resource #2 My exclusive Portrait Power Pack of 50 Lightroom presets (Valued at $97) These are the presets I’ve used on iconic images I’ve shot for magazines covers, billboards and advertising all around the world. And now you can apply the same techniques to your own images. If you’ve never used Lightroom, don’t worry. I’ll show you how – it’s easy! (And you can try it for free thanks to the 30-day free trial.) With 50 amazing presets to choose from. These include:
The B&W Old School Collection: A faded grunge look and hint of grain to give your portraits a retro film look with a slightly warm tint. Use them to add a retro edge or old school film look to editorial and portrait shots.
The B&W Split Tone Collection: The split tone pack contains 10 presets to add a subtle split tone to your B&W images.
The B&W Retro Collection: The black and white retro collection was inspired by 1950’s and 60’s black and white film era when photographs had grain and contrast and everyone looked so cool.
B&W Roma: Inspired by 1950’s Rome. It’s a contrasty black and white preset perfect for street portraits.
Date Nite: A black and white preset with a broad tonal range that has been specifically created to rescue overexposed highlights.
Fidel: A soft pastel preset designed to give your portraits a cool retro feel with a bit of edge.
Gorgeous George Collection: Designed specifically for portraits of men. Ideal for editorial and advertising jobs.
Happy Highlights: This is for character portraits shot on the go, it adds more detail to highlights and texture to the skin and hair.
Jaipur: Inspired by the soft dusk light in Jaipur, India. Use this preset on travel images if you want to create more of a cinematic feel.
Musk: Use the Musk preset if you want to create a softer look on your images. I first created it to use in a series of images of a ballerina from the National Cuban Ballet company.
Open Shadows: Ideal for dark moody images that need more detail to the shadow areas. Perfect for low key or moody street portraits.
Ping Pong: This subtle preset is great to give skin tones and midtones a little kick.
Pushbike Romeo: This matches the black and white film stock I first started shooting with more than 25 years ago.
Rainman: This brings out tiny details in portraits like rain or water droplets, with a touch of grunge.
Rockstar Tommy: Designed for photographing rock stars. It’s gritty and grungy and tough just like all rock stars should be.
Sunshine 30: Add a splash of sunshine to your images with this preset. Perfect for adding a hint of sunshine to images shot on overcast days.
The Ratpack Collection: Inspired by 1960’s Vegas. Use them to add a cool vintage look to your portraits.
The Vignette Collection: This is a collection of borders to give your images a slick finished look. A vignette draws the eye of the viewer into the frame and helps to highlight the areas you want people to focus on.
“I have been taking pictures for most of my life. Generally speaking, I thought the pics were pretty good. But I just kept wondering why I could’t produce a picture that made me go WOW! My how things have changed. Thanks to you Gina. Your teaching style is right on the mark.
“Within a very short space of time, you were able to demystify the art of photography and give me a simple and clear understanding of how things work. More importantly you have reignited my passion for photography as an art form and as a vehicle to express myself. As if teaching me to be a better photographer wasn’t enough, you also introduced me to the mind blowing magic of Lightroom. WOW WOW WOW. Now I don’t just get to shoot pictures, I transform into artist mode and get to develop them just the way I want.”
“I was moving from web design into becoming a headshot and portrait photographer. The most valuable part of learning from Gina was watching how she operates. It’s all about the interaction and soft skills. She has a talent for working with people she has never met before. The experience vastly improved my confidence to keep evolving professionally and to work harder than ever.”
headshot and portrait photographer
“Before I discovered Gina Milicia I was pretty much taking really crap photos and crossing my fingers! Which was terrible as I’m an artist, and often a good photo is the only way for someone to get close to my artwork. Since putting Gina’s tips to practice I’ve been more confident with my photography and sending my pics to press for editorials. I love her fun, practical approach to teaching too, it makes learning actually exciting!”
“I learnt the rules for taking better-than-good pics, but at the same time, to experiment and dare to be different. I learnt to look at a subject and frame it in a number of ways, visualising the finished product and imagining what it could be.
“The most valuable part of the experience was learning that if you want to be a better-than-average photographer you cannot be shy (or even just a little daring), you have to be confident in your own ability, and a touch of ‘crazy’ can sometimes be a big help. Gina is well qualified to teach all those things. It changed my approach completely. I now see excellent subjects I have never noticed before. I can now produce pics that tell their own story and enhance everything I write.”
“Not only does Gina demonstrate the importance of technically producing sound images, her ability to relate to people was exceptional, allowing me to realise how crucial such methods are to running a photographic business. I am extremely grateful to Gina for her positive outlook and providing me with the confidence to take further steps in my career.”
“You helped me see the ‘light’ when shooting people – to engage with them (despite language barriers), to observe their behaviors, and what they were doing, to connect prior to shooting – doing so enriches both the subject and the photographer.”
How much does this course cost?
How much would an amazing training like this cost? Many people would say it’s invaluable. But seriously, I know people with photographer qualifications that have cost them thousands of dollars. When I teach these skills in live mentoring workshops, I usually charge $3500 a day.
However, I’m passionate about sharing these skills with as many people as possible. Why? Because I’ve been doing this for over 25 years and it has blessed me with an amazing life that has taken me all over the world. So now I want to help other photographers achieve the same success.
Today, you’ll receive this training – with all the added bonuses – for only $297 (though it’s soon expected to go up to $397).
Think about it. This could change your portrait photography forever. You can be THAT photographer who takes “WOW” photos of people. You can easily recoup your investment in just one job.
You just don’t come across a course like this often. So take action and sign up. I’ve mentored many photographers in recent years. And they all say that learning about connecting, posing and directing from me has transformed their photography – and their careers. This is going to change the way you see things and the way you shoot – and I’m certain it’s going to inspire you to become an even better photographer than you already are.
Fujix100F + Speedlight and Gary Fong “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen
I spent my childhood feeling like a misfit and then I went to art school and found “my people”
Artists spend their lives seeing and feeling things the rest of the world ignore. I think we are the sane ones and the rest of the world is crazy.
FUJI X100F “A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.” ―Arnold Newman
Ep 232 of my podcast with the amazing @valeriekhoo is out. eady to start a photography business? Here are some common mistakes to avoid.
Giving up your day job.
Quitting too soon
Ignoring social media
Only relying on social media
Placing all your eggs in one basket
Poor training and mentorship (learn how to shoot, how to charge etc)
Charging too little
Investing in gear too early
No networking skills
No basic business skills (TAX, insurance, contracts, cashflow)
Lack of Editing and workflow knowledge
A business name that nobody can remember or find.
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“When you buy something from an artist you are buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul… a piece of someone else’s life.” –Rebekah Joy Plett
Fuji x100f “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
Having the WRONG mindset will undermine more photo opportunities than upgrading to the best lens and camera combo will ever give you.
How many times have you seen a fantastic photo opportunity and then talked yourself out of it because you believed the dribble your inner voice is saying to you?
How many times have you passed on an opportunity because you thought you weren’t ready?
How many times has a fear of failure OR ridicule stopped you from trying something new?
“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.” –Suzy Kassem
The great thing about changing your mindset is that you can do it right now. You can decide at this moment that you want to shoot in manual mode, use off camera flash or start a photography business. The only thing stopping you is you.
There are a million different ways you can fail at achieving your goals and a million different ways you can succeed, but it’s pointless focusing on negative thoughts.
This is the dribble your mind tells you to keep you small. To keep you safe. To prevent you from succeeding. It’s a hangover from your caveman brain that needed to manage risk, so you didn’t leave the cave and get eaten by a dinosaur.
So next time a negative thought comes up, ask yourself these questions:
“Am I in danger of being eaten by a dinosaur if I do this?”
“Will shooting in manual mode, asking a stranger to photograph them or attempting off-camera flash jeopardize the safety of my family?”
If the answer is no, then take the leap. Say “yes” to the opportunity. Share your work, take the class, ask the question.
Switch your thinking, instead of “what if I fail?” ask yourself “what if I succeed?” Changing your mindset and attitude is the best upgrade you’ll ever make.
Success and failure begin in your mind.
Some people glow from the inside out.
Happy 2019, I’m in my happy place. My heart is full. So much colour and soul in this incredible country.
Photographed with canon 5D MK4
#southafrica #canon #canonaustralia #landscapegardeners
She is beautiful but her looks never stood a chance compared to how breathtaking her soul is -Joseph colombrita
What a face! Meeting and photographing Yanti was a definite highlight on my trip to Nusa Penida.
For more tips on portraits check out Ep 224 of my podcast with @valeriekhoo.This week we do a deep dive on how to take flattering portraits of anyone. Just look for “So you want to be a photographer” on ITunes
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