Portrait and lifestyle photography through
Gina Milicia’s unique lens

Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? World class portrait and lifestyle photographer Gina Milicia mentors enthusiasts and professionals who want to want to improve their skills in photography, post-production and directing.

Gina shares how to turn your skills into a profitable business and reveals her shooting hacks so you can get the right shot – every time.

Gina Milicia has photographed the ‘who’s who’ of the entertainment and fashion industry, in Australia and around the world. She has photographed personalities including Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Bieber, Ricky Martin, Princess Mary, Liza Minnelli, Shane Warne, David Wenham, Rebel Wilson, Dannii Minogue, Megan Gale, the Dalai Lama, Ben Mendelsohn, Elle Macpherson, Lachy Hulme, Hamish & Andy, Claudia Schiffer, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley… and many more.

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  • No matter what the circumstance Gina’s approach helped me with posing and lighting every type of portrait. I’m truly grateful for everything I learned from her and use this knowledge every time I pick up my camera.
    Dustin Cantrell
  • "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."
    Jayme Saleem
  • "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."
    Dale Harper
  • "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!"
    Joi Murugavell
  • "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."
    Roger Plastow
  • Gina knows how to make one feel comfortable and at ease in order to capture the essence of a great portrait. It is poetry in motion. The choreography is magic to watch, Gina's skills and technique (as well as her monologues - her comic timing is genius) will remain essential in my routine, always.
    Kaily Koutsogiannis
  • Before learning from you, I was didn't have any direction. I was shooting anything and copying other photographers and didn't have a style of my own. I learnt to see how photos are lit (particularly advertising). How just a little bit of light can make a massive impact and take my photos to the next level. How lighting can be simple and doesn't nee to complicated. Those two things has given the confidence to shoot the way I see the world and develop my own style.
    David Rook

Podcasts

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Chennai, India
Smokin #Chennai #Fujix100f
This man is 92 and still going strong!
Want to know how to take images that stand out in a crowded market? This week on the podcast @valeriekhoo and I chat about
how to shoot images that stand out from the pack. Link in bio.
#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries
#mirrorless#mirrorlesscamera #fujilove #timeless_streets
#x100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed
Chennai, India
Holy man #Chennai #Fujix100f “Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we've loved them, left them, or fought them.” #Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #portraiture
Mumbai Gate of India
Birdman #Mumbai #Fujix100f
Spotted this man guarding the side entrance to The Gateway of Mumbai monument in Colaba. This is “The St Marks Square” of Mumbai and the Birdman looks after the two million pigeons that happily pose
for photos with the visitors.
This is a big job, some of these pigeons have been spoiled by their Instagram fame. They can be divas, no wonder he looks so stressed.
Thank you Birdman, we need more people like you in the world.
#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #instagood

Want to improve your photography? I'd love to work with you. Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything” Link in bio
Sri Lanka
'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.’ If you walk past a stranger today, smile and say hello, everyone deserves to feel special and loved.
Canon 5DMK4
Seminyak, Bali
📷Fuji x100f Beach Boxer Bali
“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” – Steven Pressfield 🙏

This week on the podcast @valeriekhoo and I chat about the 5 things every photographer must know. This has nothing to do with gear and everything to do with your mindset.

Oh and if you’re interested in learning how to shoot with fill flash I have a few spots available to my May Sicily portrait workshop.
6 Days
Intensive lighting, directing and post production
LINK IN BIO
Brighton Baths Health Club
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Samuel Ullman

I had the most inspiring day photographing members of the Brighton Baths Icebergers. These men and women, mostly over 50, enjoy a dawn and early morning ritual of bathing in the last remaining sea pool in Port Phillip Bay.
In winter the water temperature is close to freezing and the Icebergers are hooked on the benefits to both body and mind.

One thing I noticed in all the swimmers I photographed was a sense of joy and a positive energy. This is Jan, she is 79 years young and has been open water swimming for 30+ years, and is a regular winter swimmer.
Want to improve your photography?
Sign up to my newsletter for free tips and techniques.
Listen to my podcast or sign up for mentoring Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything” LINK IN BIO
Bright, Victoria
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.
Bali, Indonesia
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.

#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #fujiframez#fujilove #ig#portraitphotography#photooftheday l #portraiture#portraitmood #instagood
#balitravel
Want to improve your photography?
Sign up to my newsletter for free tips and techniques.
Listen to my podcast or sign up for mentoring Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything” LINK IN BIO
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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.
Nusa Penida Island
Seaweed fisherman, Bali #Fujix100f
#Fujifilmx_au #Fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujinon #fujixseries#Fujifilmxseries 
#x100f #fujix100f #fujifilm#fujifilm_xseries#fujifilm_street#storyofthestreet#streetphotography#ig_street #fujifeed #fujiframez#fujilove #ig#portraitphotography#photooftheday l #portraiture#portraitmood #instagood

There are three elements to a great portrait: light, subject and location.
Which is more important? Let me put it this way: if light, subject and location played paper, scissors, rock; light would always win.
Why? A beautiful subject in an awesome location can be ruined by poor light. So when you’re organizing a shoot, looking for good light should be the first thing you do.
The results you can achieve shooting in natural light can be incredible, but natural light is fickle. It will never look the same twice. To find yourself with a spectacular background and great light is incredibly rare so if you can recreate the beauty of natural light, you can create a beautiful photo anywhere.

Want to improve your photography? I'd love to work with you. Check out my Gold Membership, I've created hundreds of tutorials which share all my lighting, posing and editing techniques. We also have a members forum, video photo critiques each month and a live "Ask me anything”
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