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Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it. In this podcast, we hear stories from business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success. As we delve into their lessons learned we offer easy business life-hacks and debunk common business myths giving you tangible and tactical tools, tips and tricks to revolutionise how you build your own business. I’m your host Ingrid Thompson – renowned business educator & mentor with ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
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This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Last Guests' by J.P. Pomare. This is another chilling literary thriller from the award-winning J.P. Pomare, whose previous books are 'Tell Me Lies', 'In The Clearing' and 'Call Me Evie'. Lina and Cain are doing their best to stay afloat. Money has been tight since Cain ret…
 
"Find your Niche" they say and we resist saying "I can help everyone" or "Oh, I don't want to exclude anyone" I've just finished a terrific conversation with Dana and David Hagstrom about the business they started when they "retired" and moved to Mexico. They call it their Encore Career This is one of my Stand Out episodes and is all about Finding …
 
If you have a fulltime job, what steps can you take to build your photography side hustle? You’ll discover: Should you start a side hustle? What is your definition of success? What are the basics needed to start a side hustle? Learn the basics, practice, rinse and repeat. How to find your niche. Advertising and branding. And more. Gina and Valerie …
 
Kelli Komondor says her motto might well be "Why not now?" Why wait another 5 years or 10 years - why not now? In this rich and rewarding conversation Kelli tells her story - and much more. 2020 - the year of necessary changes for small businesses, nonprofits and corporations. Kelli Komondor found the courage to follow her dreams to have a business…
 
Meet Max Barry, author of 'The 22 Murders of Madison May'. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By Australian Writers' Centre
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Dying Diplomats Club' by Matthew Benns. Australian listeners will know Matthew as a journalist who is currently editor-at-large with The Daily Telegraph. He has published several non-fiction books, but this is his first foray into fiction - and it is a wild ride! As you’ll…
 
Meet Pauline Klemm, who had a sliding doors moment 3 years ago that completely changed her life when her brother, Michael, a gifted photographer, died tragically in India. Her decision to keep his camera and learn photography began as a way of sharing his legacy. This has now grown and Pauline’s life has grown and evolved in exciting ways. If you’v…
 
This is a completely different style of podcast episode. Today I'm in conversation with Ian Whitworth as we discuss his book "Undistruptable. Timeless business truths for thriving in a world of non-stop change" Ian describes himself as "Failed vet student, amusement ride operator, audiovisual technician" He started his own advertising agency so he …
 
In this 'inbetweenisode', Valerie Khoo sits down with Sam Buckerfield, who has co-written a book called Generation Alpha. Now what’s interesting is that this is a nonfiction book - but Sam’s passion has always been in fiction. But as you’ll hear, Sam was able to use his fiction skills to create a compelling and very readable narrative out of 20 yea…
 
These days, there are countless options available to aspiring photographers who want to improve their skills? Podcasts, courses, mentoring, assisting, and more! So how do you choose the best method to fast track your own learning and ensure that you uplevel your skills effectively and efficiently? Discover this and more in this week’s episode. Gina…
 
We take a deep dive into the conventions and tropes in 'charming crime fiction' with Pamela Hart, author of 'Digging Up Dirt'. Winner of flash fiction story stuns husband into silence. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Book Club: A Journal' to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook V…
 
Nicki Krawczyk created a storm when she named her business Filthy Rich Writer - in fact she was surprised at the response. Nicki Krawczyk is determined to destroy the myth that writers don’t make any money. After earning her degree in Public Relations and reading a book her mother gave her about how to become a copywriter and earn 6-figures, Nicki …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Thursdays at Orange Blossom House' by Sophie Green. This is another delightful novel about friendship from the bestselling author of 'The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle' and 'The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club'. Once again, Sophie has created wonderful c…
 
Ever wanted to print your own image at home but achieve the professional output you would get from a lab? Meet multi award winning Australian photographer Ian van der Wolde, a successful Melbourne based commercial photographer who specialities include advertising, aerial, fashion, food, corporate, people, public relations, portraiture, product and …
 
Meet Jacqueline Maley, author of 'The Truth About Her'. Impress your friends and family with the word 'otiose'. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The 22 Murders of Madison May' by Max Barry to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valer…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Others' by Mark Brandi. This is the latest novel from the bestselling Australian author of 'Wimmera' and 'The Rip'. Once again, Mark has crafted an evocative story with a tense underlying thread of fear. Before he reads from his novel, Mark answers some questions about his…
 
How do you take jaw-dropping astro photography? We talk to Michael Goh and you’ll discover: how Michael went from working with a corporate sponsor to full time commercial photographer shooting business events and astro photography for documentaries, WA Museum, WA tourism, WA opera and heaps more, getting his break as a commercial business event pho…
 
Meet Cristy Burne, co-author of 'Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows'. Discover what's happening at the Shoalhaven Readers and Writers Festival and learn about the Australia Book Design Awards. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Instructions for Dancing' by Nicola Yoon to giveaway. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Widow's Island' by L.A. Larkin. This is the latest from bestselling author and queen of suspense. Louisa is also a presenter at the Australian Writers' Centre, and we're so thrilled she has another thriller for us to devour. Once again, Louisa has crafted a nail-biting tale, t…
 
How does commercial portrait photography differ from regular portrait photography? We talk to Jeroen Nieuwhuis on his work as a commercial portrait photographer. You’ll discover: how he landed his first commercial gig at 18, the importance of knowing how to pose and direct models, why you need good assistants, getting booked from personal projects …
 
You'll meet Will Dean, author of 'The Last Thing To Burn'. We have a recap of the Capricorn Coast Writers' Festival to share with you. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Rum: A Distilled History of Colonial Australia' by Matt Murphy to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wr…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Can't Say It Went to Plan' by Gabrielle Tozer. This is the latest young adult novel from the fabulous Gabrielle Tozer, author of 'The Intern', 'Faking It' and 'Remind Me How This Ends'. This time, Gabrielle is taking on schoolies - that infamous break at the end of high school…
 
Connecting with people when you’re taking their portraits can be challenging. Because a great shot is not just about the technical aspects of photography. It’s also about whether your subject is comfortable, relaxed and at ease with the camera. In this episode, you’ll discover the techniques you need to use when you’re directing shy, anxious, overc…
 
You'll meet Sally Thorne, author of 'Second First Impressions'. Discover how to run an online writers' workshopping group. Plus, we have a cosy winter reading pack of 5 books to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.c…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Had It Coming' by B.M. Carroll. This is another exciting thriller from the pen of B. M. Carroll, who also writes as Ber Carroll. It’s a tense psychological drama that will hook you in right from the dramatic opening scene until the final pages. Before she reads her first c…
 
When you’re posing people, it can be easy to fall into the trap of letting them fall into awkward or cliched poses without even noticing. That could make or break a shot. So what kind of poses should you look out for? How can you avoid them? And if you find your subject doing one, what can you do to turn a “meh” pose into a winner? Find out about t…
 
You'll meet Irma Gold, author of 'The Breaking'. Discover a new documentary about indie bookstores. Plus, we have 3 copies of the picture book 'Hello Baby!' by AWC alumna Shelly Unwin to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Vale…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Inside Man' by James Phelps. You’ll know James Phelps better as a journalist and true crime writer - but this is his first fiction novel. And as you can expect from Australia’s number one true crime crime writer, it’s an absolute cracker. Before he reads from his novel, Ja…
 
How do you achieve compelling shots with total strangers. We chat to Daryl and Judy Ford about: the pros and cons of two creatives living together, how Judy and Daryl used a photo tour guide to help them gain access to subjects living in remote locations, techniques they used to connect with complete strangers. Jude gives us her tips on applying fo…
 
Meet Lynette Noni, author of 'The Prison Healer'. Check out some indie author success stories. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Reading like an Australian writer' edited by Belinda Castles to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Valer…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Before You Knew My Name' by Jacqueline Bublitz. Jacqueline has written an astonishing debut with an intriguing and original concept. This is not your usual murder myster or dead girl novel. It’s very powerful and readers have already been raving about how engrossing it is. It’…
 
To drop or not to crop? And if you are going to crop, exactly where is the right spot? This episode is all about how to crop your portraits perfectly. You’ll discover: key cropping proportions that will make all the difference, why understanding the final use and purpose of the shot is so important, where you should NEVER crop, why you need to allo…
 
Meet A.G. Slatter (Angela Slatter), author of 'All the Murmuring Bones'. You'll discover top tips on how to become a best-selling author and learn what's coming up for A.L. Tait. Plus, there are 10x double passes to LAPSIS to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Writer…
 
Whether you are thinking about starting a yoga studio business, a Pilates studio or any other wellbeing, health or fitness business - this episode is for you!! We talk about pricing, attracting clients, keeping clients, making a profit - more than just "paying yourself enough" Michael walks us through some of the big changes he's seen in the indust…
 
This episode is all about how to get of auto and master manual mode forever. If you’ve been scared to embrace manual mode fully, or you’re still relying on “aperture priority” or “shutter priority”, discover how these functions all relate to each other so that you can capture the kind of shots you’ve always wanted. Gina and Valerie discuss this and…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Grace Under Pressure' by Tori Haschka. This is a hilarious and honest book about motherhood and parenting in the age of social media and constant scrutiny and the pressure to ‘do it all’. Tori is better known as a food writer and she has written several cookbooks, and this is …
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Tipping' by Anna George. This is a funny, relevant and thought-provoking book. This is a bit of a departure from Anna’s previous two novels - the stunning thrillers 'What Came Before' and 'The Lone Child'. It has the same exciting pace, but this time Anna trains her focus on t…
 
What are the best portrait lenses for beginners, enthusiasts and pros? Everything you need to know about the lenses you need to take great portraits. What you need to consider about crop and full frame, wide versus long, zoom versus prime and much more. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free L…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Need to Know' by Nicola Moriarty. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of 'The Ex' and 'Those Other Women' - and once again, Nicola has created an intriguing drama that will hook you right from the start and grip you right to the stunning end. Plus, there a…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'All We Have is Now' by Kaneana May. This is Kaneana’s second novel, following her incredible debut 'The One'. Kaneana has once again weaved together the story of three different women who run a wellness centre together. It’s a beautiful novel full of compassion, hope, love and…
 
How to photograph high end looking products with entry level gear. It’s not your gear, it’s how you use it. In this episode, you’ll discover how to create high end looking product shots using entry level equipment. If you would like to watch the screenshare as we show how the techniques are done, go to Episode 345 on GinaMilicia.com You’ll discover…
 
Episode 400 is all about YOU! Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing: how to edit, publishing a short story collection, getting an agent, career building and much more. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Julia Makes it Easy' by Julia Morris to giveaway. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and …
 
Discover the five portrait tips every photographer should know. From composing, exposing, to white balance, connection and depth, you’ll find out key strategies and techniques to make your portraits stand out from the pack. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. Sign up to the newsletter for great tips and free Lightroom presets. Join the dyn…
 
Meet Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'. Learn 8 practical writing tips from authors. Plus, our popular MOJO MONTH event is back in May, providing you with 31 days of writing motivation. We also have 3 copies of 'Where the Grass is Green' by Lauren Weisberger to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
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