Photographer Fotografinja Barbara Milavec


International award-winning lifestyle and commercial photographer based on Slovenian coast. Available for assignments in Slovenia, Europe and beyond.

I help companies grow faster through powerful and unique candid imagery of high marketing value.

For all inquiries or comments, please get in touch with me at [email protected] or by phone: +386 68 621 733


Why work with me?

• my values are directly connected to providing an excellent service: integrity, trust, sincerity, connection, creativity, growth
• 25 years of experience in photography
• 15 years of experience as professional photographer in different fields of the photo industry
• professionally and individually hand edited photos
• work delivered on time – respecting the deadlines
• premium customised service – adapted to your needs
• 100% money back guarantee – in the highly unlikely event that you don’t love the photos, I will give you a full refund* (conditions at the bottom of this page)


“Barbara’s photoshoot that she did for my company Sea Design was exactly what I was looking for. She worked to a very tight schedule and produced fabulous photos. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again.”
Helen Murphy
Founder and CEO of Sea Design Yachtwear

“Barbara Milavec exceeded our expectations working as photographer to promote Sunrise coastal expeditions. Her passion, honesty and professionalism with attention to detail shows in her work which included still photography, above and underwater photo and video shoots with editing and uploading to advertising sites. We can highly recommend her work as photographer.”
Bruce Weaving
MSV Sunrise captain and owner

“We have found Barbara online when looking for a great Slovenian photographer for our seminar – and she was everything we could have asked for! We discussed before the seminar what we expect and she was flexible and professional. During the event she made beautiful pictures – also understanding how to make all of us look good – and she made sure we have some pictures already during the event to post them immediately. It was easy and pleasant to work with her, she understood well our needs. We are very happy to have found her and will enjoy our beautiful memories from our event thanks to her!”
Luca Elek
The Tarbut Fellowship


While most of my career is focused on documentary and event photography for editorial and commercial clients, my thirst for new challenges and travels took me working across many other fields – from children and family portraits to corporate and architecture, while sea and nature photography is what stays closest to my heart. After I started sailing five years ago, a passion for nautical photography naturally followed.

One thing that stays in common with working in any field is that client’s satisfaction is priority no. 1, and my satisfaction comes from yours. As a perfectionist, I always do my best to provide excellent results.

After 25 years of photographic activity, I still find myself redefining my style and goals. What I know is that I love photography and how it can integrate in every little part of your life. It is an additional reason to go out and interact with people, as well as to find yourself in the middle of an incredible landscape, feeling the gentle breeze on your face, and catching best light of the day.

For me, it’s a way to express thankfulness and admiration for all the beauty surrounding us.

After all, success is inner happiness which we seek to awake within each other.


2007 to present freelance photographer; commercial assignments, reportage, events, architecture, landscapes, portraits; publications in several Slovenian newspapers, magazines and websites, including Zurnal24, Dnevnik, Mladina, Delo, Primorske Novice,, Aura, Karma Plus, Direkt, Zofa, Hokej and german ADAC Freizeit Mobil magazine
2014 to present competent crew and photographer on (mostly sailing) boats during the Med season, and administrator and dayworker (maintenance of the exterior and interior) during winter. Sailed about 5000 nautical miles in the Mediterranean, including night sailing.
Winter 2014/2015 Club Med children photographer and photo seller, Studio Patrick, Villars-Sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Summer 2013 official photographer for Le Rosey Summer Camps, Rolle and Gstaad, Switzerland
Summer 2012 beach portrait photographer, Ile de Ré, France
2007 to 2011 in-house photographer for newspaper and web portal Zurnal24, Slovenia
2006 training period in photo agency Altitude/Terre vue du ciel (agency founded by Yann Arthus Bertrand), Paris, France
2006 training period at »Voiles et voiliers« magazine, pre-press department, Paris, France
2003 training period in photography redaction of newspaper Delo, Ljubljana, Slovenia
1999 to 2001 teacher of photography workshops in secondary school home Vič, Ljubljana, Slovenia


2006 Photography – Image processing certificate, GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (GOBELINS, image school), Paris, France
2003 degree DEUG in Visual arts, University Paris 8, Paris, France
2001 & 2002 University Paris 8, Visual arts combined with preparation certificate for section MST Photography and Multimedia, Paris, France
1999 end of studies certificate, Secondary school of design and photography, section Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia


September 2019 winner of the Cannes Yachting Festival photo competition
2013 photo selected for the book “50 years of photography at GOBELINS, l’école de l’image”
March 2005 acknowledgement on photography contest »Slovenian women photographers«, exhibition in Kos mansion, Jesenice, Slovenia
April 2000 third prize and special jury prize on photo contest »Landscape 2000«, exhibition in Jesenice, Slovenia
February 1998 selection on Emzin contest Photography of the year 1997, exhibition in Cultural Center Ivan Cankar, Ljubljana, Slovenia


January 2015 photos of Slovenian coast illustrate a collection of poems “Nedotakljiva” (“Untouchable”) by Slovenian poet Irena Husu, Amalietti publishing house
December 2014 & January 2015 group exhibition, 16th Art Salon in Ruma, Ruma Cultural Center, Ruma, Serbia
December 2012 “Landscapes of Slovenian coast” Calendar 2013
December 2008 & February 2009 group exhibition “Fotografija, ki je ni” (“(Not) a Photograph”), Mestna galerija Piran (Municipal Gallery Piran), Piran, Slovenia
April 2007 independent exhibition »L’Ile d’Yeu«, Kultivacija, Ruše pri Mariboru, Slovenia
March 2007 independent exhibition »L’Ile d’Yeu«, Red Dawns Festival, MKSMC Koper, Slovenia
June 2006 group exhibition “La lenteur” (“Slowness”), Festival du Mot, Charité sur Loire, France
April & May 2006 group exhibition »Intimno« (»Intimate«), Mestna galerija Piran (Municipal Gallery Piran), Piran, Slovenia
February & March 2006 exhibition of a group project RATP »Nomad’s Land« in parisian subway halls, photomontage on subject »Time and rythm«, dimensions 1,70 x 5 m, Paris, France
September 2005 photography projections in OPA, project with musician Laurence Moletta, Paris, France
November 2004 group exhibition, Hype Gallery project, Palais do Tokyo, Paris, France
June 2003 group exhibition, Pekarna, Maribor, Slovenia
September 2002 independent exhibition »Pot« (»Path«), gallery Menza Numero Due, MKC, Koper, Slovenia
April 2002 independent exhibition, Student Club gallery of Secondary school home Vic, Ljubljana, Slovenia
January & February 2000 group exhibition, gallery DIC, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Albania, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA




* In the highly unlikely event that you are not satisfied with my service, I will give you a full refund under the following conditions:

  • You haven’t already and will not in the future share, use, sell or publish photos anywhere and in any way.
  • You request a refund within 3 days of receiving the photos (the moment you download photos from WeTransfer counts as the moment you have received the photos).
  • You tell me why you are not satisfied (you will receive the refund regrardless the reason but I would like to know because I always strive to improve my services).


Barbara Milavec s.p., Fotografinja, Strunjan 109a, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia